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New Year’s Eve Event Guide

Charntel Cleveland | November 19, 2021

It’s hard to believe it’s almost the end of the year already.

As New Year’s Eve approaches, it’s prime time to reflect on all the blessings and lessons of 2021, and get set to celebrate new beginnings on December 31 with family and friends.

Here we’ve rounded up some of the Gold Coast’s most popular New Year’s Eve events spanning parties, live shows, cruises, fireworks and specialty dining.

Parties

No Scrubs New Year’s Eve at The Coolangatta Hotel

Round up your gang and get 2022 off to a fresh start at the Cooly Hotel’s Balcony, where can dance out your demons to all the best bangers from the past 20 years. With tickets less than $25, this is one of the best priced New Year’s Eve parties on the Gold Coast.

Cost: $24.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve at The Coolangatta Hotel.

A Nautical New Year’s Eve at Retro’s

Set sail into 2022 at Retro’s very nautical New Year’s Eve, with a three-hour food and beverage package and hits from the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s to count down the end of 2021. Don’t forget to dress to impress! The fun starts from 8pm.

Cost: $136.55.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve at Retro’s.

Laneway Lights party at The Island

From 8pm to 12.30am, enjoy a 4.5-hour food and drinks package while partying across the entire ground level of The Island, including the Pool Deck, Lounge and Goldie’s. There’ll also be live entertainment, immersive pop-up displays, roaming performers and special guests.

Cost: from $149 plus booking fee.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve at The Island.

Hollywood party at The Cavill Hotel

Strike a pose and stroll down the walk of fame straight into 2022 at The Cavill Hotel’s Hollywood New Year’s Eve party. Get the VIP treatment with a three-hour beverage package from 8.30pm, plus tapas from 8.30pm to 10pm.

Cost: from $116.15.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve at The Cavill Hotel.

Rooftop Breeze party at The Island

Party under the stars at The Island, at the Gold Coast’s largest open-air rooftop bar, with a bird’s eye view of Surfers Paradise, coastline and hinterland. From 8pm to 12.30am, enjoy a premium drinks package, cocktails on arrival, live entertainment from 42 Band, pop-up displays, roaming performers and special guests.

Cost: from $289 plus booking fee.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve at The Island.

Rumours Tribute Show at Southport Yacht Club

Ring in the new year dancing to Fleetwood Mac tribute band Rumours at the Southport Yacht Club. An all-you-can-eat seafood buffet, drink specials and stunning waterfront view will round out a night of pure delight.

Cost: adults $119, kids $49.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve at Southport Yacht Club.

Duke and Diamonds Penthouse VIP party at The Island

The VIP Experience at the Island Penthouse gives you exclusive access to one of the hottest New Year’s Eve parties on the coast—not to mention the 360-degree birds-eye view of the Surfers coastline and hinterland. The fun stars at 8pm and runs until 12.30pm with premium drinks, cocktails on arrival, food stations, entertainment, roaming performers and dazzling pop-up displays.

Cost: from $289 plus booking fee.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve at The Island.

’80s AND ’90s party at Southport Sharks

Fuel up at Southport Sharks’ all-you-can-eat seafood buffet before hitting the dancefloor, where Jurassic Pop will perform popular ’80s and ’90s jams live. Kids are welcome to join the fun.

Cost: adults $65, kids 8–12 $20, kids 4–7 $15.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve at Southport Sharks.

LUXE at Stingray Lounge, QT Gold Coast

Revel at an opulent New York loft-style party for the who’s who at Stingray’s LUXE New Year’s Eve party. Enjoy champagne on arrival and three hours of premium drinks, canapes and food stations, plus live DJs and fanciful entertainers. There will also be a few LUXE surprises.

Cost: from $119.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve at QT Gold Coast.

Peaky Blinders Party at Finn McCool’s

New Year’s Eve at Finn McCool’s Surfers Paradise will be a night filled to the brim with incredible food, drinks and live entertainment, plus all the grit and glamour of a Peaky Blinders-themed evening. Enjoy a three-hour food and beverage package from 8.30pm and party into the wee-smalls of January 1.

Cost: $99.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve at Finn McCool’s.

New Year’s Eve Wicked Club Crawl

Join the party of the year with Wicked Club Crawl, where you can skip the queues when you hit four different night clubs: Surfers Paradise Beergarden, Taboo Tiki, Asylum and Arcade. Your wicked party pack also includes pizza and nibbles, prize giveaways, venue vouchers, professional photographer and MC host.

Cost: from $55.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve with Wicked Club Crawl.

New Year’s Eve party at Spaghetti and Jazz

Celebrate the year that was with delicious food, awesome music and warm Italian hospitality at Spaghetti and Jazz. Enjoy a glass of bubbles on arrival plus non-stop tapas and live entertainment from Joe Phillips, who will be playing hits from genres spanning rock, Latin, Motown, Italian opera and more.

Cost: $139.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve at Spaghetti and Jazz.

Providence Farm Hall New Year’s Eve party

Enjoy some fresh air and country charm this New Year’s Eve at the Providence Farm Hall, Beechmont. With free camping, live music from Blues Arcadia and food trucks aplenty, this family-friendly event has something for everyone.

Cost: adults $35, kids $15.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve at Providence Farm Hall.

Live shows

New Year’s Eve at Dracula’s

Sink your teeth into 2022 at Dracula’s, where you can enjoy a frightfully full stage show and three-course dinner, plus ghost train ride and champagne at midnight. The fun starts from 7.30pm.

Cost: $155.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve at Dracula’s.

Disco Revolution at Diggers and Sports Club

Slip on your flares, step into your platforms and get down at Diggers this New Year’s Eve, where Disco Revolution will have everyone blaming it on the boogie with a range of disco classics. There’ll also be prizes for ’70s best dressed. Doors open from 5.30pm; show starts at 8.30pm.

Cost: $38.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve at Diggers and Sports Club.

Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise will both have early and midnight fireworks.

Surfers Paradise fireworks ring in the New Year

Happy New Year!

Dinner and drinks

NYE Dinner at Little Cooly

Wave goodbye to 2021 in style with dinner at Little Cooly overlooking Coolangatta Beach, where you can indulge in a three-course menu for just $50 per person. Choose between the early sitting from 5pm to 7pm or the late sitting, which commences at 7.30pm.

Cost: $50.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve at Little Cooly.

Bazaar Marketplace at QT Gold Coast

This New Year’s Eve, immerse yourself in the magic of Bazaar’s marketplace dining. Inspired by the souks and bodegas of international street stalls, Bazaar invites you to delight in trawler-fresh seafood, crustacean and charcuterie bars, Asian delicacies, grill stations, wood-fired pizzas, rotisserie goods and much more. Adults also receive free access to the LUXE party in the Stingray Lounge.

Cost: adults from $110, kids $59.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve at QT Gold Coast.

Yamagen at QT Gold Coast

QT Gold Coast’s newest dining destination, Yamagen is set to celebrate its first New Year’s Eve with a bang. The edgy new izakayastyle restaurant offers two NYE seatings (6pm–8pm or 9pm–late), champagne on arrival and free access for adults to the LUXE party in the Stingray Lounge.

Cost: from $80.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve at QT Gold Coast.

Harvest Buffet at The Star Gold Coast

Enjoy a glass of complimentary bubbles on arrival before indulging in Harvest Buffet’s selection of all-you-can-eat fresh seafood, hot and cold dishes, salads, cheeses and decadent desserts. There are two seatings to choose from: 5pm–7pm or 7.30pm–9.30pm.

Cost: adults $99, kids $29.90.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve at The Star.

Nineteen at The Star Gold Coast

For a sophisticated New Year’s Eve experience, book a sunset or moonlight seating at Nineteen, where you can delight in a five-course set menu amid a stylish rooftop setting.

Cost: adults from $160, kids from $75.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve at The Star.

Cucina Vivo at The Star Gold Coast

Enjoy New Year’s Eve Italian style at Cucina Vivo, where there are two seating options available. The first seating from 5.30pm–7.45pm includes a mouth-watering three course set menu, drink on arrival and live entertainment. The second seating runs from 8.30pm to midnight and includes a six-course dinner, 3.5-hour beverage package, live entertainment and exclusive viewing of midnight fireworks from the Cucina Vivo terrace.

Cost: adults $75–$170, kids menu available.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve at The Star.

Garden Kitchen and Bar at The Star Gold Coast

Whether you fancy an a la carte affair or a multi-course menu in the restaurant, or a gourmet picnic under the stars, Garden Kitchen and Bar has you covered.

Cost: various prices.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve at The Star.

The Exhibitionist Bar at HOTA

Spend the evening at The Exhibitionist Bar, on the Rooftop of HOTA Gallery and enjoy a caviar bump on arrival and continuing with sensational canapes and a bold beverage pack to keep the drinks flowing.

Palette Restaurant at HOTA

For the ultimate foodie experience, nowhere boasts culinary excellence like Palette Restaurant, as a menu of fresh local ingredients meets unrivalled decadent delights matched with 5-course paired wines.

Cruises

Superlife Yacht party

Step aboard the Mermaid Spirit this New Year’s Eve for a four-hour dance party spanning three levels of superyacht luxury. Enjoy fresh cheese and snack platters plus drinks from the bar, or indulge in a VIP package with reserved booth seating plus champagne or cocktails for your group. Take to the rooftop to enjoy the midnight fireworks.

Cost: from $158.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve with Superlife Yacht Party.

New Year’s Eve dinner cruise with Spirit Broadwater Cruises

Celebrate new beginnings aboard the Spirit with a 2.5-hour journey along the beautiful Gold Coast Broadwater. Enjoy cocktail-style dining and canapes, live entertainment and the early Broadwater Parklands fireworks from the Spirit’s unique vantage point.

Cost: adults $109, kids $79.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve with Spirit Broadwater Cruises.

New Year’s Eve cruise with Sea World Cruises

Hit the waterways and enjoy the New Year’s Eve fireworks aboard your choice of Sea World Cruises’ vessels: either the Spirit of Elston or Kaiala. The cruise begins along the canals, taking in the stunning Surfers Paradise skyline, before heading out to the Gold Coast Broadwater for the Sea World Resort midnight fireworks from open-top decks. Enjoy a glass of Chandon on arrival plus a four-hour food and beverage package.

Cost: $199.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve with Sea World Cruises.

Fireworks

Head to the following locations to for some free and wholesome fun on December 31.

Surfers Paradise

Ring in 2022 with two spectacular fireworks displays at the Esplanade in Surfers Paradise! The fireworks display will take place at 8pm and midnight.

Arrive early to enjoy a meal in one of the many Surfers Paradise restaurants.

Catch the G:Link to Surfers Paradise Station to avoid any potential congestion on the evening. Please see TransLink and Surfside websites for more information on public transport timetables.

Presented by City of Gold Coast.

Broadbeach

There will be two spectacular fireworks displays at Kurrawa Pratten Park at 8.30pm and midnight.

Movie under the Stars will be showing Abominable at 7pm.

Catch the G:Link to Broadbeach North Station to avoid any potential congestion on the evening.

Presented by City of Gold Coast.

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