What each capital has planned for New Year’s Eve

With the end of 2022 just days away, Australians are looking for the perfect way to say goodbye to the year that was.

Each capital city offers plenty of events for those who want to go out and welcome 2023 with a bang, literally.

Fireworks shows in all major cities are free, with a couple of special additions for the family this year.

Here you can find the perfect place to bring in the new year.

Adelaide

South Australians will be invited to spend December 31 at Rymill Park / Murlawirrapurka to see them in 2023.

Starting at 6 p.m., a public event will host live music, roving performers and plenty of food options.

Attendees can enjoy a “hybrid” show of both lights and fireworks at 9.30pm and again when the clock strikes midnight.

Other events in Adelaide include the collaborative efforts of Peel St and Leigh St venues that make up the City of Adelaide’s ‘Midnight Moments’.

This special evening will feature live music on both streets and street dining, with participating venues including Eleven, Jennie Wine Bar, Alfred’s Bar, Maybe Mae, Leigh Street Luggage, Pink Moon Saloon and more.

If you’d rather say goodbye to 2022 by the ocean, the Glenelg seafront will once again host the festivities.

A fireworks show at 9.30pm before the traditional midnight display, and family entertainment will start from 7pm on the beach.

Perth

West Australians can watch fireworks over the Swan River this year, with the Elizabeth Quay Fun Fair set to ‘light up the sky’.

The fireworks “extravaganza” will start at 9pm so the kids can at least enjoy a taste of the main show, which of course starts at midnight.

Open from 5pm, the Elizabeth Quay Fun Fair offers a side alley and rides and food trucks to help people enjoy the final hours of the year.

Stilts and jesters are also part of the fun.

To get a good view of the fireworks, attendees are encouraged to find a good spot early at the Elizabeth Quay entrance and bridge, or at other viewing areas around the city.

Melbourne

Melbourne families can watch the action in dedicated kid-friendly areas at Docklands, Flagstaff Gardens, Kings Domain and Treasury Gardens for the best views of the fireworks.

Light installations, food trucks, live music and performances will keep everyone entertained, no reservations required.

The midnight fireworks show is “designed to be seen from afar” and will see both fireworks and lasers bring the city to life.

Both should be visible from most of the city, but views of the skyline from further afield will provide the best view.

The festivities in the family areas will start from 6pm and will last until 1am on New Year’s Day.

Sydney

Sydneysiders are once again invited to Sydney Harbor to watch the magnificent Harbor Bridge fireworks display.

A family-friendly morning sky show will begin at 9:00 p.m., with the “main event” kicking off at midnight.

The fireworks are best viewed at the Sydney Opera House, but space is limited and the area is open from 1pm.

Alcohol is permitted and can only be purchased in authorized areas.

For a full list of Sydney events, see here.

Hobart

Tasmanians are invited to watch the Hobart fireworks at Sullivan’s Cove along the Derwent River.

Two eight-minute firework displays – the first at 9.30pm and the second bringing in the new year at midnight – will be launched from a barge on the River Derwent.

The best viewing of the display is expected to be from the Taste Of Summer event, the regatta venue, the Parliament Lawns and Princes Park.

Free parking is available at the regatta grounds, with plenty of space for families to enjoy the evening from close to the cenotaph.

All fireworks waste from the night is biodegradable and will not harm marine life or the environment.

Steps are being taken to ensure the event is aligned with the city’s environmental and waste management policies.

Brisbane

The South Bank Parklands will come alive on 31st December with the Lord Mayor’s New Year Fireworks Event.

Two special fireworks shows are planned for the night, and the first family session will start at 8.30pm.

For those a little older who can stay awake longer than that, a special midnight showing will be welcome in 2023.

The event is alcohol-free and attendance is free.

Canberra

As the nation’s capital looks to bring in the new year, Lake Burley Griffin will host two fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve: one at 9pm and one at midnight.

Families are encouraged to bring a picnic from 6pm to one of the four central areas along the coast.

Regatta Point, Patrick White Lawns, Rond Terrace and Bowen Park will enjoy the best views of the sky.

Food trucks, first aid, portable toilets and security are among the services available throughout the night, with DJs located in all central areas to help create a positive atmosphere before 9pm.

There will be two fireworks locations: one in the central basin and one in the east.

The West Basin will not feature in this year’s show, and there is no center in Lennox Garden either.

Darwin

The Northern Territory will bid farewell to 2022 at the Darwin Waterfront, with a little help from music icons Birds of Tokyo, Melanie Gray Duo, DJ Lady Kay and, for the little ones, Bananas in Pajama.

The free event, which is also alcohol and smoke free, will open at 3pm and entertainment will start from 5pm.

No alcohol is allowed in the event area, but access to all restaurants remains open.

Picnics at the event are welcome, but food trucks will be available on Kitchener Drive for those who prefer to purchase dinner.

Birds of Tokyo will rock the crowd until the 9pm fireworks, and local DJ Lady Kay will bring 2022.

Reservations are essential for waterfront restaurants.

Originally published as What every capital has planned for New Year’s Eve

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