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The Best New Year’s Eve Events in Australia in 2023

New Year’s Eve in Australia is one of the most exciting nights of the year. It’s a night that brings together family and friends, a night that perfectly showcases the vibrant culture of Australia and a night of fireworks and celebration. Are you still looking for a perfect way to celebrate New Year’s Eve? Read on to find out how you can welcome 2024 in style – wherever you are in Australia!


Once again, Sydney will host its famous fireworks event with an unbeatable view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You can watch the fireworks at one of the many vantage points around the city, but make sure you book your spot in advance so you don’t miss out! 

There are many other New Year’s Eve events to choose from, with food, drinks, and live music experiences at various locations. From harbour cruises to free rooftop parties, there is something for everyone’s taste and budget!


Watch Melbourne’s early evening or midnight fireworks at one of the free, family-friendly Celebration Zones around the city, whilst also enjoying light installations, food trucks, and music. The best news is that bookings are not required.

A highlight of Melbourne New Year’s Eve events, When Pigs Fly is a fresh music festival starting at 3 pm on December 31. It will feature 14 local and international acts on two stages along the Birrarung at Collingwood Children’s Farm. Tickets are $100 and can be secured here.


Brisbane River and Southbank are the best places to watch the fireworks in Brisbane, but there are also many amazing dining and dinner options at restaurants along the river, in the CBD and in surrounding suburbs.  

If you want to party your heart out, Wildlands Festival still has some tickets left! With massive headliners, Rüfüs Du Sol, Central Cee and Peggy Gou, this will be an unforgettable event to bring in the new year.


If you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve in Adelaide, head down to Elder Park for end-of-year festivities along the river. This family-friendly celebration will have live music, food vendors and pop-up bars, as well as two spectacular sky shows at 9.30pm and midnight. Whilst entry is free and there’s no need to book!

If you’re looking for a real party atmosphere, there will also be multiple locations around the city and North Adelaide, like the Lion Hotel, Austral Laneway Party and the Queen’s Head. Each location will provide an unforgettable dining and hospitality experience, so make sure you book ahead through the individual host venues.


Western Australia’s largest New Year’s Eve festival, Snack NYE, is even bigger and better this year.  With a boombox main stage, mega silent disco, karaoke village and foam party, this event is not to be missed!

If you want to dance your way into 2024, book a ticket at Freedom Time, an amazing open-air dance festival. 

For a New Year’s Eve party like no other, Hotel Rottnest is hosting the best of Electro House Classics dance party. Expect a huge lineup of DJs, drink specials and amazing views of the fireworks display.

There’s also a range of bars across the city that offer free entry on New Year’s Eve, such as The Brass Monkey Club, The Bentley Hotel and The Globe. While bookings are recommended, they aren’t essential – you’ll just want to get there earlier rather than later to avoid waiting in a queue!


Australia’s capital city will ring in the new year with fireworks along the shores of Lake Burley Griffin at 9pm and midnight. Plan a picnic with friends and family and enjoy the views from Regatta Point, Patrick White Lawns, Rond Terrace or Bowen Park. Each location will have food trucks, music and DJs to make sure you welcome the new year in style. 

Canberra is home to many affordable New Year’s Eve events for students, including the New Year’s Eve Prohibition Party at Molly Bar and Ostani Bar. Booking is highly recommended to guarantee entry.


Darwin is well-known for its lively crowds, so bid farewell to 2023 with a breathtaking fireworks show at Darwin Waterfront. There’s something for everyone at this free, non-ticketed event, including live performances and a brand-new show from Liquid Light.


Welcome 2024 at Tasmania’s most popular summer festival, Taste of Summer. Located on Princes Wharf in the heart of historic Salamanca, you can enjoy food, drinks and local entertainment at this family-friendly festival. While the festival is on from 27 December to 2 January, New Year’s Eve promises to be extra special. Make sure you book your ticket for this unmissable night – they won’t last long! 

You can also enjoy the city’s fireworks at midnight from various vantage points, including the docks of Derwent, Mount Nelson Reserve and Lookout, Sandy Park, Mount Wellington and Clarence. Most of the Sydney to Hobart yachts are moored in the docks of the Derwent River, which also adds to the magical atmosphere of the evening.

Staying home for New Year’s Eve

If you plan on skipping the crowds and queues, you can have your own New Year’s Eve celebrations at home. Invite your friends and family and host a viewing party to watch the fireworks on television. What better way to welcome 2024 than from the comfort of your own home with those you care about?

You can also host a virtual party if you’re eager to celebrate New Year’s Eve while also connecting with your loved ones who are far away.