What every capital city has planned for New Year’s Eve

With the end of 2022 just days away, Aussies are looking for the perfect way to say goodbye to the year gone.

Each capital city offers plenty of events for those on the go who want to welcome 2023 with a bang – literally.

Fireworks shows in all major cities are free to attend, with a few special family-friendly additions this year.

Here you will find the perfect place to ring in the new year.


South Australians are invited to spend December 31st at Rymill Park/Murlawirrapurka to see 2023.

Starting at 6:00 p.m., there will be a public event with live music, itinerant artists and plenty of dining options.

Attendees can enjoy a ‘hybrid’ show of lights and fireworks at 9:30pm and again at midnight.

Other events in Adelaide include the combined efforts of venues on Peel Street and Leigh Street that make up the city of Adelaide’s ‘Midnight Moments’.

This special night will feature live music on both streets and restaurants on the street 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 bid farewell by the sea in 2022, the Glenelg foreshore will once again host celebrations.

Fireworks precede the traditional midnight show at 9:30pm, and family-friendly entertainment begins at 7pm on the beach.


Western Australians can catch fireworks over the Swan River this year as the Elizabeth Quay Fun Fair is ready to ‘set the sky on fire’.

The fireworks ‘Extravaganza’ starts at 9pm to give the kids at least a taste of the main display which of course comes into action at midnight.

The Elizabeth Quay Fun Fair is open from 5pm and features a side show lane as well as rides and food trucks to keep people enjoying the last hours of the year.

Stilt walkers and jesters are also part of the fun.

To get a good view of the fireworks, attendees are advised to get a good seat early on at the Elizabeth Quay entrance and bridge or other vantage points in the city.


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

Light installations, food trucks, live music, and performances are all entertained with no reservations required.

Meant to be “seen from afar,” the midnight fireworks display will see both fireworks and lasers bringing the city to life.

Both should be visible from most parts of the city, however, longer distance skyline views offer the best views.

Celebrations in the family-friendly zones begin at 6:00 p.m. on New Year’s Day and last until 1:00 a.m.


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

A family-friendly matinee sky show begins at 9:00 p.m., with the “main event” beginning at midnight.

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

Alcohol is only permitted and available in licensed areas.

A full listing of Sydney events can be found here.


Tasmania residents are invited to watch the Hobart fireworks display over Sullivan’s Cove along the Derwent River.

Two eight-minute fireworks shows — the first at 9:30 p.m. and the second ringing in the New Year at midnight — will be launched from a barge in the Derwent River.

The best views of the display are expected to be from the Taste Of Summer event, the Regatta Grounds, the Lawns of Parliament and Princes Park.

Free parking is available at the regatta site, with plenty of space for families to enjoy the evening near the cenotaph.

All of the evening’s firework residue is biodegradable and will not harm marine life or the surrounding area.

Steps will be taken to ensure that the event is consistent with the city’s waste management and environmental policies.


The South Bank Parklands come alive on December 31st with the Lord Mayor’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

Two special fireworks shows are planned for the evening, with the first family-friendly session starting at 8.30pm.

For those who are a bit older and can stay up late, a special midnight display will be welcome in 2023.

The event is non-alcoholic and entry is free.


As the nation’s capital prepares to ring 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 lunch to one of the four hubs along the foreshore starting at 6pm.

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

Food trucks, first aid, portable toilets and security are among the services on offer this evening, with DJs set up in each hub area to create an upbeat atmosphere in the run-up to the 9pm fireworks display.

There will be two fireworks locations – one in the central pool and one in the east.

The West Basin will not feature in the exhibition this year, nor will there be a hub in Lennox Garden.


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

The free event, which is also alcohol and smoke-free, begins at 3:00 p.m. with entertainment from 5:00 p.m.

No alcohol is allowed within the event area, however access to all restaurants will remain open.

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

Birds of Tokyo will keep crowds entertained until the 9pm fireworks, and local DJ Lady Kay will be DJing in 2022.

Reservations are essential for waterfront restaurants.

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