No Plans? Here Are Some Last Minute NYE Ideas Around Australia

Another year has come and gone and with it, the age-old question has resurfaced: "Got plans for New Year's Eve?"

If you've been stuck in an infinite loop of trying to decide what to do and just realised the big night is only a few days away, here are some last-minute events and ideas to get you sorted.



You can always keep it traditional and watch the iconic Sydney fireworks from one of the dozens of vantage points across the city. A lot of areas are already sold out and some are ticketed but here's a list of areas with free entry that can get you a stunning view of the display.

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  • Darling Harbour
  • Dawes Point (Tar-Ra) Park, The Rocks
  • Birchgrove Park
  • Cremorne Point
  • Duff Reserve, Point Piper
  • Dumaresq Reserve, Rose Bay
  • East Circular Quay
  • Elkington Park, Balmain
  • Embarkation Park, Potts Point
  • Illoura Reserve, Balmain East
  • Lookes Avenue Reserve, Balmain East
  • Manly Cove, Manly
  • Manns Point, Greenwich
  • McKell Park, Darling Point
  • Mort Bay Park, Birchgrove
  • Mrs Macquarie's Point, Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Murray Rose Pool & Blackburn Gardens, Double Bay
  • North Head, Manly
  • Observatory Hill Park, Millers Point
  • Pirrama Park, Pyrmont
  • Pyrmont Bay Park, Pyrmont
  • Robertson Park, Watsons Bay
  • Rose Bay Foreshore
  • Rushcutters Bay Park, Darling Point
  • Simmons Point, Balmain east
  • Sydney Opera House
  • The Rocks
  • Thornton Park, Balmain East
  • West Circular Quay, The Rocks
  • Yarranabbe Park, Darling Point
  • Yurublin Park, Birchgrove

NYE In The Park

NYE In The Park is being promised as the biggest New Year's Eve festival in Sydney. Taking place in Victoria Park, the electronic music festival, now in its third year, will bring to the stage a number of local and international artists including Hermitude, Girl Talk, Sneaky Sound System and Owl Eyes.

Falls Festival 

It's the 27th edition of the annual music and arts festival to be held in Byron Bay from NYE to January 2. They're boasting a stellar lineup including Halsey, Vampire Weekend, Disclosure, Peking Duk, Pnau, Of Monsters And Men, Lewis Capaldi, Milky Chance and John Farnham.

NYE Cruise

There's a number of cruise options still available, ranging from a simple viewing party to a multi-course dinner and show. Prices range from around $100 well into $1000.

Catch a movie

If you'd rather avoid the crowds, Event Cinemas are slinging a number of films for cheaper than usual on New Years' Eve.



Brisbane's biggest fireworks display at South Bank will be on at 8:30pm and then again at midnight on New Year's Eve.

If you're looking for the best vantage points to catch the display, Visit Brisbane recommends:

  • Clem Jones Promenade
  • Streets Beach
  • River Quay
New Year's Eve over the Brisbane River at Southbank. Image: AAP

Woodford Folk Festival 

The annual Queensland festival sees hundreds of thousands descend on Woodfordia for the event which ends on January 1. It's got music and dance performances, markets and all sorts of workshops.

Riverlife Paddle and BBQ

Fancy ringing in the New Year on an illuminated kayak on the Brisbane River? The Riverlife paddle and bbq starts from 6pm and, alongside a kayak tour, you'll also be treated to a barbeque, dessert and of course champers to boot.



Melbourne knows how to put on a show for New Year's Eve and this year is promised to be no different.

City of Melbourne recommends visiting one of its four "official fireworks celebration zones" to ring in 2020 with the best vantage point of the display.

All four open at 9pm and finish at 1am and will feature food, drink and a host of DJs ahead of the midnight fireworks.

  •  Treasury Gardens
  • Flagstaff Gardens
  • Docklands
  • Kings Domain
Fireworks over the Princes Bridge during New Year's Eve celebrations. Image: AAP.

Eureka Tower

Watch the fireworks and celebrate the start of a brand new decade from Australia's tallest building. Need we say more?

NYE at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium 

Ring in the New Year alongside some cute animals at Melbourne's SEA LIFE Aquarium. There are family-friendly and adult-only options available for the night and it will give everyone plenty of time to wander through all the displays and meet the animals before the fireworks start.

NYE On The Hill

The four-day music festival in Victoria's Gippsland Region is promising a fabulous New Years' Eve celebration with a host of acts including, Kirklandd, The Living End, Odette, Pearce Brothers, Birds, Loure and Babytones.



City of Adelaide is hosting a free New Year's Eve party at Elder Park and on the Riverbank for people of all ages. A whole host of live music, entertainment, food and drink options will be in full swing before the big firework event.

Fireworks are also being held at Holdfast Bay with vantage points at the Bay, Glenelg and Brighton Foreshore. Semaphore Beach Fireworks in Port Adelaide will also kick off at 9:30pm and then again at midnight.

New Year's Eve Big Bash

The game kicks off at 6:40pm and there is a perfect vantage point for the 9 pm fireworks from the Southern Stand.

Adelaide Oval RoofClimb

Catch the fireworks from the top of the Adelaide Oval roof... really!

Mount Gambier New Year's Eve Festival 

Grab your picnic rugs and settle in for a night of entertainment and stunning fireworks at Vansittart Park. There will be rides and entertainment, and lots of food and drink options available.



Perth City will be hosting a free event on the big night at Yagan Square and Perth Cultural Centre ahead of the big fireworks.

The event is promised to have live music, entertainment for the kids, street performers and rides.

NYE at Rottnest

If you don't want to be in the middle of the CBD for New Year's but are still keen to see some amazing fireworks, Rottnest Island hosts its own display over Thomson  Bay.

There will be free entertainment and music beforehand... because there's nothing like bringing in a New Year on an Aussie beach.

The Dock, Fremantle

Ring in the new decade in style at Fremantle with the first-ever pop-up wharf bar.

Event organisers are promising froze and craft beers from 3pm onwards as well as yummy food trucks alongside live entertainment before the countdown begins for the midnight fireworks.