New Years Eve In Brisbane

New Years Eve is a time to party around the world. Brisbane is no exception.

New Years Eve Fireworks Brisbane Australia
New Years Eve Fireworks in Brisbane

The fireworks in Brisbane on NYE are probably not as big as the Riverfire ones in September.

You are still in for a treat when visiting Queensland's capital city at this time of year.

Brisbane has a selection of events based around the river, city and South Bank areas from formal to family.

This page is updated as soon as I get new information.

Unfortunately, many venues don't publish their plans and menus until mid-November each year.

If you find the previous year's information, use it as a guide to the sorts of things you will be able to find and do.

It's a good idea to bookmark this page and come back for the updates.

Read on for more information about the types of events and activities you can expect around Brisbane at this time of the year...

NYE Brisbane Australia 2012 to 2013

About NYE

In Australia we are one of the first countries in the world to celebrate the beginning of the new year. New Year's Eve (NYE) is 31 December each year. The next day (1 January) is a public holiday in Queensland*, making it a great excuse to not only welcome in the new year in style but to party like you don't have to get up tomorrow!

On this page you will find suggestions of times and places to go to watch the fireworks, family friendly options where kids are welcome, hip and trendy parties and balls aimed at adults as well as some good places to eat out on NYE.

Brisbane has a good selection of:

Booking in early for events, dinners, cruises and parties is highly recommended. Also note that some hotels offer special events for house guests only, therefore you will need to check this when you book.

If you find yourself on the Gold Coast for New Year our sister site has lots of information about that.



About New Years Holidays for 2013

* Sometimes if 1 January falls on a weekend there are holidays in lieu or additional holidays. This changes each year. Check out the official holidays for Queensland. In 2013 since 1 January 2013 is a Tuesday this will be the New Years Day public holiday in Queensland.

Please Note - All prices quoted are approximate and may change. Please check with each venue before booking. Many venues require full payment on booking to secure your place. Check the specific terms and conditions when you book. Disclaimer: I don't get paid to do this research, so if I have made a mistake or two, please forgive me and let me know so I can fix it up for the next person. Enjoy the partying to welcome in a brand new year!

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New Years Eve Brisbane Options By Category

# Adults Only - is my classification. Some are TRULY adults only, whilst other are in my opinion obviously designed for adults and are priced accordingly with no children's prices. Check the details and you will find out which are truly Adult only parties, balls or dinners.

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Family Friendly New Years Eve Options

Great options for families with children for New Years Eve in Brisbane:

  • South Bank Parklands* - this is the place to be on NYE! Celebrate from 2pm to 7pm in Cultural Forecort and Riverside Green with live music and two spectacular fireworks displays at 8.30pm and midnight on the Brisbane River. This is the most popular location to view the fireworks. Other areas within parklands to enjoy include:
    • The Beach - bring your cozzie
    • Clem Jones Promenade - get in early for the best viewing position.
    • Little Stanley Street - featuring live bands
    • Suncorp Piazza - be prepared to dance and enjoy the music!
    • Cultural Forecourt - carnival rides, fairy floss, competitions for the kids and family-friendly movies
  • Eagle Street Pier - there are a variety of restaurants of all types in this precinct and there is viewing from various walkways of the river and fireworks. Check out Aria Restaurant, Mr & Mrs G Riverbar, George's Paragon, Nagomi, Sake, Shadow Lounge or take a cruise with the Kookaburra River Queens on New Year's eve.
  • Fireworks - Mainly around the river areas usually around 8.30pm and midnight.

Adult Only NYE Options - NightClubs and Venues

New Year celebrations are probably more about adults than the kids, and this is reflected in the many more options of adults only parties, cruises and balls. This list is a basic round up of the options along with some nightclubs, pubs and taverns that offer a range of options to suit most budgets. Take your pick.

NYE @ Cloudland

Location: Cloudland Restaurant and Bar, 641 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Date: Monday 31 December 2012
Time: Starts at 7.30pm
Theme of Party: NYE 2013 - What Happens in Cloudland Stays in Cloudland (Sin City, Las Vegas style!)
Dress Code: None stated, check venue
Food & Drinks: Fabulous canapes and a generous 5 hour drinks package including wine, beer and French bubbles.
Entertainment: Live entertainment, dance floor, disco, chill out space and more.
Approx. Prices*: Adult $135 per person (plus booking fees)
Booking details: More information at www.cloudland.tv and tickets through moshtix.com.au

Other Comments: Cloudland is worth a visit NYE or not! Amazing venue. But it looks especially fun this new year. Cloudland is an amazing complex bar and restaurants over 4 levels and 5 individual spaces.

New Years Eve on the Roof Top - Limes Hotel

Location: Limes Hotel Roof Top Bar, Brisbane
Date: Monday 31 December 2012
Time: 8.00pm to 2.00am
Theme of Ball: On the Roof Top
Dress Code: None stated - check with venue.
Food & Drinks: 6 hour package of food (canapes) and drinks
Entertainment: Music and DJs!
Approx. Prices*: Adult $195 per person
Booking details: Limited tickets available through moshtix. More information www.limeshotel.com.au

Other Comments: Limes Hotel is a boutique hotel in The Valley and the roof top bar is famous for cocktails. It was open air, but now has a fully retractable roof which makes it a fantastic venue in any weather. Since this is a hotel, you can always book a room and then you don't have to worry about getting home!
Here are some other options for Nightclubs and NYE parties:

  • Family Nightclub - 8 McLaughlin Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. 4 floors of nightclub, doors open 8pm. DJs and more.
  • Electric Playground - 27 Warner Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. In the heart of the party central area in the Valley.
  • The Normanby Hotel - 1 Musgrave Rd, Red Hill, Brisbane are hosting a New Year's Eve 2012 Mirrorball Party for $79 all Inclusive package including live entertainment, 4 hour food and drink package from 8pm) or upgrade to $99 VIP for cocktails, Express entry and access to Bovine VIP Lounge.
  • Level 12 Rooftop at Rydges South Bank Hotel - fine dining with 5 course degustation menu and beverage package, live entertainment and views of Brisbane for the fireworks to welcome 2013. Monday 31st December 2012 from 7pm to 1am. Adults $200 and dress is usually formal, but check if it is strictly black tie like last year.

New Years Eve Balls & Parties

Brisbane New Years Eve Heroes & Villains Ball 2012 / 2013

Location: RNA Showgrounds, The Avenue, Bowen Hills, Brisbane
Date: Monday 31 December 2012
Time: Doors open 7.30pm closes 1.00am
Theme of Ball: Heroes & Villains
Dress Code: Dress up as fave hero or villain or formal
Entertainment: Entertainment on 3 stages.
Approx. Prices*: Adult $145 per person
Booking details: Tickets through Ticketmaster or www.ballevents.org.au

Other Comments: This is the BIG event in town with up to 2000 guests! It used to be held at City Hall and moved to RNA Showgrounds in 2010. This ball sells out and is great value for a night filled with entertainment, food and range of drinks for $145 per person.

Moda Events Portside New Years Eve Musicology 2012

Location: Level 2, Portside Wharf, 39 Hercules Street, Hamilton
Date: Monday 31 December 2012
Time: 8.00 pm to 12.30am
Theme of Party: Musicology - Music from he 60s to today!
Dress Code: None stated
Food & Drinks: 4½ hour beverage package and a canape menu
Entertainment: Live DJ. Exclusive Portside fireworks at 9pm and midnight.
Approx. Prices*: Adult $125 per person
Booking details: Moda Events Portside www.modaevents.com.au

Other Comments: Moda events always seem to put on a great event.

Riverlife Summer Night New Year's Ball 2012

Location: Riverlife Function Centre, Old Naval Stores, Lower River Terrace, Kangaroo Point (at the bottom of the cliffs)
Date: Monday 31 December 2012
Time: 8.00 pm to late
Theme of Party: Summer Nights (wasn't sure if this meant Grease style but Josh from Riverlife just told me it's a summer night party!)
Dress Code: Cocktail
Food & Drinks: Food canape style, 2 premium drinks and then cash bar.
Entertainment: Entertainment live acoustic music, DJ to dance too and lucky door prizes. Riverside viewing of fireworks at midnight.
Approx. Prices*: Adult $79 per person
Booking details: RiverLife at www.riverlife.com.au

Other Comments: Riverlife is an adventure group based in the Old Naval Stores at the bottom of the cliffs at Kangaroo Point. Secure yourself a prime position for the midnight fireworks and enjoy a party atmosphere.

Riverside Extravaganza New Year Party 2012

Location: Byblos Bar and Restaurant, Portside Wharf, 37 Hercules Street, Hamilton
Date: Monday 31 December 2012
Time: 8.00 pm to 1.00am (ticketed) Open to public from 1am to 3am
Theme of Party: Riverside Extravaganza
Dress Code: None stated
Food & Drinks: 5 hour premium drinks package (including cocktails and spirits) and canapes.
Entertainment: Live music performances and DJ. Exclusive fireworks at 9pm and midnight.
Approx. Prices*: Adult $199 per person
Booking details: More information www.byblosbar.com.au

Other Comments: At Portside Wharf in Hamilton, this is a private party until 1am and then open to the public from 1am to 3am. Complimentary buses avaialbe to Ann Street Fortitude Valley from 12.30 to 2am.

New Year's Eve Dinners

There are several options for enjoying a good dinner with great company in a fabulous location here are some ideas for your New Year's Eve 2012:

Nagomi Bento - Japanese Style New Years Eve at Eagle Street Pier. 8.30pm to 12.30am Enjoy Japanese canapés and beverages including Asahi beer, wines and Japanese cocktails from 8pm to 12.30am. Entertainment and DJ. $95 per person inclusive.

Bookings for all these events are essential. Most require that you pay when you book.

If you miss out on these, check back as I will be updating these as I get more information about these other holiday options:

  • New Year Eve Parties
  • New Years Specials
  • New Years Eve Cruise
  • New Years Eve Packages
  • New Years Hotel

Brisbane New Years Eve Fireworks Video

NYE fireworks in Brisbane are mainly held in and around the river in several location. Family ones are held around 8.30pm to enable the younger children to enjoy them before midnight.

Main fireworks are around South Bank on the river. Great viewing options include the South Bank, Kangaroo Point on the cliffs, Eagle Street Pier area, Botanical Garden area and some city high rise buildings. Here is a video of 2010 NYE fireworks in Brisbane - I like this one, as you can see the intensity of the fireworks, makes you want to go see them for sure....

New Years Eve Brisbane River Cruises

Fancy a cruise on the river on to celebrate NYE? Try these:

  • Brisbane Cruises - New Years Eve Party Cruise is available for both adults ($130) and children ($70). The boats are based at Eagle Street Pier.
  • Kookaburra Queen Paddlesteamer Cruises - offers two NYE cruises a 3 course seafood and carvery buffet dinner cruise option for Adults $195 | Children (4 to 14 years) $97.50 | Under 4s Free.

    Cocktails cruise option, which puts you on the top deck with a canapes and beverage package to keep you partying. Adults $170 | Children (4 to 14 years) $85 | Under 4s Free.

    Boarding at 8pm - departs at 8.30pm sharp returning 12.45am. Check out www.kookaburrariverqueens.com for more information.

NYE 2011 Cultural Events in Brisbane

  • New Years Eve Gala 2012 / 2013
    Where: QPAC, South Bank Parklands, South Brisbane.
    Concert by the Queensland Pops Orchestra. A 2 hour feast of good music for those who enjoy a little culture with the new year celebrations.
  • Brisbane Jazz Club Annie Street, Kangaroo Point - 2012 New Years Eve Party. Open 5.30pm with bands from 7pm to 12.30am All tickets $115. Includes NYE 3 course dinner provided by Story Bridge Hotel Chefs. More information www.brisbanejazzclub.com.au

Alternative NYE Events - something different

Here are some different options to check out:

  • For NYE 2012 Palace Cinemas at The Barracks will be celebrating with Hitchcock a new movie about his life and wife. Starring Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock and Helen Mirren as his wife. 9pm screening for this pre-release movie.

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