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Best Places to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Australia

New Year's eve fireworks show at Sydney Harbour bridge

Most people usually celebrate Christmas Eve with their loved ones - enjoying home cooked meals and opening gifts. New Year's Eve, on the other hand, is all about having fun and looking for the best place to party! If you live in Australia, then you already have an idea where to go. However, for those who are planning to spend their holidays in the Land Down Under for the first time, we can help you decide which place to go on December 31. Check out our list of the best New Year's Eve destinations below.

Where to go in Oz for NYE


Fireworks display at Brisbane Story bridge during New Year's Eve

Just like Sydney, Brisbane also boasts a marvelous fireworks display at South Bank. You can see the sky over Brisbane River light up at 8:30 pm and midnight of December 31. Please note, each show is every 10 minutes. Head to the Clem Jones Promenade, Streets Beach or River Quay for the best view. To find these locations easily, make sure to check out the official South Bank map and arrive early to get a very good view of the fireworks on New Year's Eve. If you are searching for a better place to let loose, join one of Brisbane's much anticipated events at The Normanby Hotel for the NYE Mirror Ball Party in Red Hill.

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The capital of New South Wales is known worldwide for its spectacular, family-friendly fireworks display. See the night sky of Sydney light up on New Year's Eve with magnificent fireworks show at Darling Harbour. Best of all, the dazzling display is free so you can just bring some drinks and hang out at the Harbourside or Cockle Bay Wharf. There is also a wide selection of restaurants, cafes, and bars in the area so make sure to book a seat in advance to get the best view of the fireworks display. If you are planning to drive your hire car to Darling Harbour, there are several car park options within and around the vicinity. It is advisable to book a car space ahead of time so you wouldn't worry looking for a place to park your rental car when you get there.

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Fireworks display over the Yarra river in Melbourne

Unlike Sydney and Brisbane which both a central location for New Year's Eve celebrations, the events in Melbourne are spread out in various areas including the CBD, Southbank, Federation Square, and the Docklands. There are also several events and parties held in suburbs such as St Kilda, Collingwood, South Wharf, Richmond, South Yarra, Mornington and Abbotsford. This means that you have more options where to celebrate on New Year's Eve. If you enjoy a Hawaiian-themed party, say aloha to the New Year in the heart of Melbourne at European Bier Café & Aer Rooftop Bar or if a 90s themed extravaganza is your thing, join the party in Penthouse 15 at 123 Queen Street.

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Gold Coast

Just like Melbourne, Gold Coast turns into one big party destination for New Year's Eve. In search for a holiday playground where you can enjoy three amazing pyrotechnics displays? Then head to Surfers Paradise. The shows will be held at 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and midnight on the famous beach. When travelling via rental car, take note that some roads will be closed to ensure the safety of the pedestrians. If you prefer a unique celebration, join the 10th edition of the White Party NYE on the island where you get to wear your best white outfit, go on a boat cruise and dance from sunset to sunrise to the sounds of renowned DJs from Australia and around the world.

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