Many Australians celebrate New Year’s Eve with parties, music and other forms of entertainment on December 31.
Many Australian cities have their own special New Year’s Eve events that include parades, entertainment and music. Celebrities are often invited as guests of honour or hosts for big New Year’s Eve events. NYE balls are very popular and have different themes like a masquerade, black-tie or glamour. Prizes for the best outfit are awarded at these events and many people also prepare their New Year’s resolutions for the next day.
Many Aussies celebrate the event on beach, boat cruises and parklands. Some hold parties or barbecues at their own backyards. Public countdowns are made at big events in major cities, which are often televised so those at home can partake in the celebrations. As the clock strikes 12, fireworks are launched to bid farewell to the old year and welcome the New Year. People make their toasts and drink champagne or wine to celebrate the occasion.
NYE is not a public holiday in Australia, but schools and educational institutions are closed because it is the school holiday period. Some government offices may have limited staff as many public employees get time off during this period.
Now that we have presented how Australian’s celebrate New Year, below are the best destinations in Australia where you can party and celebrate New Year’s Eve.
The Sydney Harbour fireworks are as exciting and beautiful as London’s Big Ben and New York’s Time Square. Australia’s most exciting and spectacular NYE display sees more than 1 million people going to the CBD and finding a prime position to watch the blanket of fireworks on and around the Harbour Bridge. There are many vantage points around the city, but the prime spot also means getting there very early.
Glenworthy Valley, New South Wales
If you’re in a friendly group who likes live music, the Lost Paradise is for you. From December 28 and over three days, a crowd of about 8,000 families, wellness practitioners, hipsters and nature lovers will go to NSW’s Glenworth Valley to experience a music festival like no other.
3 music stages will showcase international and local talents. There’s also a full yoga program led by some of the Australia’s yogis. A variety of massages, wellness therapies are offered, art, performances, communal feasts, and a carnival parade will surely satisfy even the most demanding gourmands.
Melbourne is one party place for New Year’s Eve, which is an alternative to watching the city’s fireworks. And that place is the Yarra River. You can rent a private vessel or you can have a place on one of Melbourne’s party boats. It’s like going to a nightclub, but you’re cruising on a river. The cruises offer DJs, delicious food and a fully stocked bar.
Tweed Heads, New South Wales and Coolangatta, Queensland
If you want to party longer or probably twice on NYE, then head to the twin towns Coolangata and Tweed Heads. NSW is an hour ahead of Queensland so you can just simply walk between the borders. Both towns have their fireworks shows, thus its double the fun. You can also go to the beach before watching the fireworks.
Byron Bay, New South Wales
If you want to be first to see the sunrise of the year, then Byron bay is the place to go. Cape Byron in Byron Bay is the easternmost point of mainland Australia, thus it’s the first place on the mainland to see the first dawn of 2017.
Pumpkin Island, Queensland
If you have the moolah to spend and want to channel your inner rock star, why not rent out an entire island? Pumpkin Island in the Southern Great Barrier Reef is a private eco-retreat located 14 kilometres off the coast of Yeppoon. You can have a slice of tropical paradise for less than the cost of staying at a hotel’s penthouse. There are no fireworks there, but Mother Nature will provide a very impressive show in the night sky. You can go for hours of stargazing, drinking wine and relaxing in hammocks, lounges and swinging chairs.
The well-known Sydney to Hobart yacht race concludes around New Year’s Eve in the Tasmanian capital. The affluent yachties and hungry foodies also enjoy the yearly Taste of Tasmania festival. The week-long celebration present’s the region’s food, beers and wines through different market stalls and tasting events. Live music, midnight fireworks and DJs are in high gear during New Year’s Eve.
So where will you spend New Year’s Eve?