Christmas and New Year’s Eve are important events on Brisbane yearly schedule, and the celebration continues until the New Year day. The city of Brisbane is rather quiet compares to Sidney or Melbourne, but the folks there have their tradition of celebrating the end of the year. If you happen to be in Brisbane on those seasons of the year, be prepared for some exciting celebration in a row, with the New Year’s Eve being the highlight of the events. Here are things that you can expect on New Year’s Eve in Brisbane:
Brisbane loves fireworks, and it is one of the festive happenings to look forward to. They are set off along the Brisbane River, as early as 8.30 for the Kid’s Fireworks display, and the main event at midnight. Anywhere that can see the city skyline will be a great spot for enjoying the super bright midnight fireworks display, but the best vantage point of the show is to South Bank and the focal point being the Story Bridge.
Here are some popular vantage points:
- South Bank Parklands is the most favorite spot since it is one of the closest spots to the fireworks.
- Mount Coot-tha is the highest vantage point so that you can get the clearest view of the fireworks.
- Eagle Street Pier is a precinct of cosmopolitan restaurants and bars, and you can see the fireworks while enjoying meals and beverages with the loved ones. It will be packed with the crowd, so get your bookings early.
There are also some cruises that can take you strolling around the river while enjoying the moonlight and pamper you with dining and live entertainment. Sitting on a boat on the Brisbane River is the best way of being in the front row seats of viewing the fireworks.
If you are watching with kids, a gondola on the Brisbane Wheel is an awesome option to watch the fireworks with style. The Wheel of Brisbane is located in the Parklands at South Bank in the heart of Brisbane’s cultural, lifestyle, and entertainment area. It is recommended to make your booking as early as possible and check the special schedules on public holidays.
Party and live entertainment
It is a cozy summer here in Brisbane in December. The city events always attract large crowds with a fabulous party atmosphere, and many tourists come for the excitement. There are many great options and ideas of bars, clubs, hotels and restaurants where you can celebrate the New Year’s Eve in Brisbane.
Some of the most favorite entertainment choices are held in the cruises along the Brisbane River, such as:
Sail Australia that has a variety of boats, launches, and ships available with varying inclusive packages to suit your New Year party needs, offers you a night to remember.
Brisvegas Cruise caters hot and cold finger food and a fully licensed bar to enjoy with all night live entertainment.
Australian Explorer takes you leisurely cruising past the beautiful botanic gardens; kangaroo point cliffs, maritime museum, Southbank precinct, the Brisbane Wheel and many more of the city’s exciting attractions – while enjoying a delicious dinner and live entertainment.
Enjoy the last evening of the year in a cozy hotel room with great view.
For a memorable New Year’s Eve in Brisbane, you can also stay in Brisbane hotels with views of the fireworks. Specify that you want the rooms with higher floors and ask for windows facing the river to ensure you can see the fireworks show. Some of the hotels are Rydges South Bank Brisbane, Oaks Aurora, Oaks Casino Towers, Brisbane Marriott Hotel, Stamford Plaza Brisbane, Royal on The Park Hotel, Mantra on The Quay, and Mercure Brisbane.