Whether you just want to watch the fireworks, enjoy a nice dinner with the family or you’re looking to party all night long – we’ve got you covered this New Year’s Eve!

From the best places to enjoy the fireworks to the best places to eat and party, with this guide to New Years Eve you’ll be sure to find something to do!

Best vantage points for the fireworks

Nothing says New Year’s Eve better than sitting down with the family and watching the fireworks. This year, there will be two spectacular shows – one at 8:30pm for the little kids and one at midnight for the big kids.

As you know South Bank Parklands is one of the best places to view the fireworks, but that can be a bit of a problem with the crowds! If crowds tend to turn you away, there are some quieter places you can go.

Kangaroo Point Cliffs offers an incredible view of the fireworks, river and city. But, if you want to get a good spot make sure you get there early!

Camp Hill Bowls Club offers sweeping views of the city, so you’ll be sure to get a great seat for the fireworks here! And, while you wait for them to start, you could have a game of barefoot bowls with your mates!

Mount Coot-tha Lookout is another great place to enjoy the fireworks and with a restaurant on site you could also enjoy a drink and some nibbles!

If you’ve ever driven through Coorparoo, you know about the sweet spots for breathtaking views of the city. The elevated sides of Old Cleveland Road and Chatsworth Road are favourites for locals.

Beneath the Story Bridge you’ll find Captain Burke Park and it’s a great spot to view the fireworks! There are also a couple of BBQs if you feel like a snag and play equipment for the kids!

If you really want to get fancy though, you could always book a private gondola on the Wheel of Brisbane and enjoy all the action of the fireworks from the night sky.

Where to Party

Ahhhh yes, New Year’s Eve parties – one of the many things Brisbane do well! Here’s our list of some of the best NYE parties on in Brisbane, this year.

Cove Bar and Dining

Cove Bar and Dining is the perfect spot to bask in Brisbane’s beauty for the last time in 2015!

Enjoy an array of hot and cold canapés, grazing dishes and desserts, plus a 4.5 hour drinks package – while you watch the fireworks. Plus some cool tunes from their DJ.

Tickets: $159pp

Cove Bar and Dining is located at River Quay, Sidon Street in South Bank. For tickets click here

South Bank Beer Garden

Why not welcome in the New Year from Brisbane’s best vantage point?

Enjoy a spectacular evening beneath Brisbane’s New Year’s Eve fireworks in the beer garden or indulge in a two course a la carte menu and watch on as the sky lights up with glittery colours.

Tickets: From $10 (cover charge)

South Bank Beer Garden is located on Stanley Street in South Bank Parklands. Bookings are essential. To book emailinfo@southbankbeergarden.com.au or call 3844 2866

Taps the Valley

Kick back and stretch out in the Laneway Lounge at Taps The Valley’s House Party, this New Year’s eve.

Enjoy cocktails and craft beer eskies, plus pour your own beers and pig out at the sausage sizzle! There will also be fantastic with live bands and DJ action, and it’s FREE!

Taps the Valley is located in Brunswick Street Mall, Fortitude Valley.

The Flying Cock

Sail into 2016 smugglers bar style at The Flying Cock.

Enjoy a 3 hour all-inclusive NYE food and drinks package, as well as live entertainment from house band ‘Birdman Randy’!

Tickets: From $60pp

The Flying Cock is located at 388 Brunswick Street in Fortitude Valley. For tickets click here

The Fox Hotel

Dust off those sombreros and celebrate New Year Eve’s in true Mexican style at the Fox Hotel!

Enjoy Mexican street food and a 5 hour bevvy package on ground floor at Margaritaville or join the party upstairs at the Cancun Rooftop bash with street food, treats and a bevvy package. Plus, incredible views of the fireworks!

Tickets: Margaritaville $89pp, Cancun Rooftop $179pp

The Fox Hotel is located on the corner of Melbourne and Hope Streets in South Brisbane. For tickets click here


Cloudland welcomes you to kick off 2016 in exclusive style, surrounding yourself with Bond bombshells, diamonds, martinis (shaken, not stirred) and glitter, as they bring 007’s world to life. Be sure to have your poker face on for the full Casino Royale experience and bring your dancing shoes for the 70s and 80s disco in the Rainbow Room hosted by Melbourne DJ duo Jank Facques!

Enjoy a 4.5 hour drinks package from 8pm including basic spirits, beer, wine, bubbles and the exclusive cloudland cocktail plus an array of delicious canapés!

Tickets: $149pp

Cloudland is located at 641 Ann Street in Fortitude Valley. For tickets click here

Brooklyn Standard

Brooklyn Standard’s first ever New Years Eve block party will rock Brisbane’s CBD this year – turning Eagle Lane into a scene from New York City!

Enjoy a 4.5 hour drinks package and delicious American street eats from food trucks like Pizzantica and Red Hook.

Then, party the night away with live entertainment from bands Pocketlove and LS Philosophy, special visuals and lighting and roving performers.

Tickets: $149pp

Brooklyn Standard is located at Eagle Lane in Brisbane’s CBD. For tickets click here


Celebrate New Year’s Eve with mouth watering Italian dishes, flowing cocktails and family and friends at Popolo.

From 5pm you and the family can sit down and enjoy a set banquet menu, while watching the early fireworks display.

Then, from 9pm the over 18s can mingle over a 3 hour drink package and canapés while they get ready for the midnight fireworks show!

Tickets: 5pm Seating – $79pp, under 15s half price, under 5 is free. 9pm Seating – $140pp

Popolo is located at 3 Sidon Street, River Quay in South Bank Parklands. For bookings call 3846 7784 or email info@popolodining.com

Story Bridge Hotel

It’s all happening under the bridge for New Year’s Eve 2015, as Story Bridge Hotel hosts three exciting parties!

Shelter Bar and Outback Bar

The Shelter Bar and Outback Bar will be transformed into a fanciful funhouse for the Mad Hatters NYE Garden Party!

Don a flashy hat for this riotous night featuring jugglers, acrobats, dancers, DJs and live bands.

Tickets: $25pp, including a Mad Hatters cocktail or Heineken on arrival.

Martini and Heritage Rooms

Put on your sharpest tux or most elegant cocktail dress for the debonair do upstairs in the Martini and Heritage Rooms.

The theme is Bond – James Bond – so practice your best Sean Connery voice and prepare for the suavest start to 2016.

Enjoy a four-hour package of delicious canapes, gourmet noodle boxes, Champagne, beer, wine and basic spirits from 8.30pm – 12.30am, as well as a ‘Bond’ cocktail on arrival.

There will also be DJs, entertainment, casino tables and prize auctions. The Bond NYE party also boasts spectacular views of the fireworks displays over the river and CBD.

Tickets: $125pp

The Piano Room

For the ultimate elegant celebration, book your ticket for The Piano Room in Main St Bar and Eatery.

Dress up and enjoy great tunes and entertainment, as well as a five-hour package of canapes, gourmet noodle boxes, beer, wine and basic spirits.

Tickets: $150pp

The Story Bridge Hotel is located at 200 Main Street in Kangaroo Point. To secure your ticket call 3391 2266 or visit www.storybridgehotel.com.au

The Summit

Sit down for a delicious meal and take in the breathtaking views over Brisbane at The Summit at Mt Coot-tha.

Enjoy some pre-dinner drinks on the deck while watching the fireworks, before moving inside for some live entertainment by John Boyle.

Tickets: From $75pp to $159.50pp

The Summit is located at 1012 Sir Samuel Griffith Drive in Mt Coot-tha. For bookings visit call 3369 9922 or click here

Rydges South Bank

Why not ring in the New Year in style at Rydges South Bank, featuring two massive parties!

Soleil Pool Bar

Soleil Pool Bar brings the best of Cuba to your New Year’s Eve with a vibrant Havana Nights New Year’s Eve Soiree.

Enjoy premium beverages, gourmet canapés, a Havana beach bar with real sand, night long roving entertainment (including fire performers, exotic birds, samba dancers, a photo booth and confetti cannons to rain down at midnight) as well as DJ’s and live acts!

Tickets: $249pp

Platinum Rooftop Party

Rydges South Bank is taking you all the way to the top – the Level 12 Rooftop that is.

Enjoy decadent canapés and premium drinks, live entertainment and DJ acts, as you see in 2016. You’ll have incredible uninterrupted views of the fireworks too!

Tickets: $199pp

Rydges South Bank is located at 9 Glenelg Street, South Bank. For more info click here

QT Gold Coast

Thinking about heading to the Coast for New Years? QT Gold Coast are celebrating Vegas style!

Be inspired by the Ocean’s movie trilogy and join the high rollers in Bazaar Marketplace or immerse yourself with the players at Stingray Lounge.


Enjoy canapés and a 2 hour beverage package of beer, wine and bubbles in the funky yet sophisticated Stingray Lounge!

Tickets: $99pp


Enjoy a delicious dinner and a glass of French Sparkling on arrival or opt for the 2 hour beverage package at the delicious Bazaar. Plus you’ll get access to Stingray’s Ocean’s 15 New Years Eve party!

Tickets: $110pp (without bev package) or $149pp (with bev package).

QT Gold Coast is located at 7 Staghorn Avenue, Gold Coast. For tickets call 5584 1238 or email ashleigh_hobson@qthotels.com.au

Where will you be celebrating this New Year’s Eve? Are there any places we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments!