Whether you’re after fireworks, family fun or something a little more frivolous this New Year’s Eve, Brisbane’s got you covered. The river city always goes off with a bang and this year will be no exception with glorious events popping up at every corner. Luckily – for those who hate research – we’ve done the hard work for you. Allow us to present our top picks to send out 2016.
A New Year’s Eve without fireworks is like a piece of toast without spread. Sure, you can go without, but isn’t it so much enjoyable as a complete set? The city’s biggest and best fireworks go off at South Bank, with an 8:30 spectacular for the little ones and a midnight show for the big kids. Head down early and get a good spot at one of the bars or roll out a picnic rug in the parklands. For something extra special, book a private gondola on the Wheel of Brisbane and watch the show from above, glass of bubbly in hand.
Just a little further down the river, Kangaroo Point Cliffs also offer incredible views of the fireworks. Unfortunately, the secret’s well and truly out about this one so you’ll need to get there early to secure a good spot. If you want to avoid the crowds without sacrificing the view, head to the lesser known vantage point that is Highgate Hill Park and set up camp for the evening. If you’re happy to venture a little further out of the CBD, take the drive to the top of Mt Coo-tha. The lookout, sitting pretty at 287 metres above sea level, offers spectacular panoramic views of the city making it the perfect spot to take in firework displays as they bloom across the night sky.
As well as having the best fireworks in town, South Bank is the number one pick for family fun. In addition to the kid friendly firework display, the precinct has free family movies running from the early afternoon and a selection of the city’s best food trucks to keep hungry tummies at bay. Another great option is joining one of the river cruises timed to catch the 8:30pm fireworks. The little ones will love watching the colourful sparks explode above them and you can enjoy a celebratory beverage from the on board bar.
For celebrations of a different kind, head to The Fox in South Brisbane to farewell 2016 with a lavish Japanese themed party. There are various food and drink packages available but think sushi, sake, delicious Japanese cocktails and a rooftop bar perfectly placed to catch the fireworks in all their sparkling glory.
Another excellent option is Alfred & Constance, a converted Queenslander in Fortitude Valley which is known for its legendary parties. This year’s NYE theme is yet to be released but one thing’s for sure: come here and you’ll be dancing until the wee hours, potentially fuelled by sweet treats from the late-night dessert café. Come 12:01am you can also start your New Year’s health kick, making a purchase at the alcoholic juice and smoothie station. Surely veggies cancel out vodka…
For a fancier affair, book yourself into QPAC’s NYE Gala where you can don black tie, enjoy world class orchestra and indulge in drinks and canapes on the rooftop until the final firework.