There’s no bigger night of the year for fireworks in Australia than NYE. Wherever you are or are planning to go to celebrate, we’ve put together a list of the best spots to see the sky light up for the night.
Sydney’s NYE fireworks
If you’re planning on seeing in 2019 in Sydney, it goes without saying that there is nowhere with a more spectacular display than the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
If you have some money for the occasion, there are bars and restaurants with ticketed entry that overlook the 9pm and midnight displays, and will have a variety of NYE-themed food and drink offers.
If you’d rather not splash the cash, there are also plenty of places in the city where you can watch the fireworks for free.
Melbourne’s NYE fireworks
While Melbourne may not hold the crown for most famous firework display, it still puts on a great show, launching 14 tonnes of fireworks from twenty-two city rooftops.
Sites include Flagstaff Gardens, Kings Domain, Docklands and Treasury Gardens for the midnight shows (for families, there is also an earlier display at 9.30pm).
Around 300,000 to 500,000 people are expected for the event.
Brisbane’s NYE fireworks
The place to be to see in 2019 in Queensland’s capital is the Brisbane River.
The South Bank is host to the most spectacular light shows, which will be held at 8.30pm and midnight.
Along the river are a multitude of bars, restaurants and hotels with ticketed nights on offer. It’s recommended that you pre-book to secure a spot and to get the best views.
Brisbane also offers river cruises where you can watch the fireworks from the water; tickets range from about $100- $200.
Adelaide’s NYE fireworks
For Adelaide’s festivities, Elder Park, next to the Torrens River, has displays at both 9pm and midnight, along with live music, food and drinks.
Other celebrations can be found at Glenelg, Brighton, North Adelaide, Normanville, Semaphore, Streaky Bay, Victor Harbor, Wallaroo, Christies Beach and Mannum.
Perth’s NYE fireworks
See in 2019 in Perth beside the Swan River (for the largest displays), Rottnest Island, Mandurah and along the Cannington River, which will all be hosting fireworks displays at 9pm and midnight.
Ticketed river cruises to view the fireworks are also available.
Hobart’s NYE fireworks
Hobart’s main NYE fireworks displays can be seen from Hobart Waterfront, Mount Wellington and Mount Nelson Lookout.
There is also a ticketed event, called ‘Taste of Tasmania’, where you can indulge in some decadent dishes and a drink or two to toast in the new year.
Canberra’s NYE fireworks
Civic Square is the place to be to watch the 9pm and midnight fireworks displays. And from 6pm, a free concert for all ages will also be held.
Darwin’s NYE fireworks
Darwin waterfront will be hosting 9pm and midnight fireworks, with live music from Aussie artists.