A Guide to the Coolest NYE Parties Happening Across Australia This Year

Updated 12/04/18

We're nearing the end of November which means December—or what we like to call party season—is basically here. Christmas is spent with your friends, family, homemade cocktails and a large bowl of trifle, but New Years Eve is a whole other story. 

Every year, deciding where to celebrate can be difficult, not only because there are so many events happening, but because there's temptation to just stay in (our Stan obsession is real).

If you're struggling to decide how and where to enjoy your New Year celebrations, we've found some of the best events happening in your city. Read on to see what parties are happening in your area this New Year's Eve, and then flick this link onto your friends so you can set a plan in motion.

Sydney

@watsonsbayboutiquehotel

BELLA VISTA: NEW YEAR'S EVE CRUISE 

What: A six-hour cruise around Sydney Harbour in a glass vessel with an open bar, canapés, buffet dinner and dessert menu, DJs and an open deck. 

Where: Casino Wharf, Pyrmont

When: 7pm - 1am

Price$695 per person

NEW YEAR'S EVE AT OPERA KITCHEN

What: Two dinner packages at the Sydney Opera House kitchen. Gold Package includes a reserved table, a glass of Louis Roederer Brut Champagne on arrival, a selection of substantial canapés and roving entrées from 7pm. Platinum Package includes a VIP harbour-side table, an all inclusive platinum drinks package, canapés and premium roving entrées and VIP area table-service waiters

Where: Lower Concourse Level Sydney Opera House 

When: 7pm to 1am

Price: From $750 per person

NEW YEAR'S GREAT GATSBY COCKTAIL PARTY

What: A four-hour drinks and canapé package with a live jazz band overlooking Sydney Habour. 

When: 7pm to 1am

Where: 12 Micron, Tower 1, Level 2/100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

Price$190 per person

WATSON'S BAY HOTEL NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY

What: A New Year's Eve party with exclusive bar and balcony access, roaming canapes, a two-hour beverage package and a cocktail on arrival. 

When: 6pm - late

Where: 1 Military Rd, Watsons Bay

Price: from $114 per person

ROOFTOP NEW YEAR'S EVE SUNSET PARTY

What: A rooftop party including a three-hour drink package, canapes and music from of Sydney's most successful DJs.

When: 6pm to 1am

Where: Untied Rooftop Bar, 4, 400 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

Price$140 per person

Melbourne

@waterslidebar

WATERSLIDE BAR NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY

WHAT: A New Year's Eve party with city skyline views, a four-hour beverage package and roving canapés. 

WHEN: 8pm until late

WHERE: Shop MR3 Mid Level East End, Southgate Avenue

PRICE$120 per person

SUMMER VIBES NYE PARTY

What: Beach-side new Year's Eve party with continual finger food throughout the night, live music and a free drink on arrival.

When: 6pm - 1am

Where: Pontoon, 30 Jacka Boulevard St Kilda

Price: From $85 per person. 

STOLEN GEM ROOFTOP PARTY

What: A rooftop party with 260 degree city views, canapés and grazing dishes, interactive food stations, cocktails all night and live music before the midnight fireworks begin. 

When: 7:30pm to 1am

Where: The Stolen Gem, Level 8, 388 Bourke Street Melbourne

Price$256 per person

NEW YEAR'S EVE WHITE PARTY

What: New Year's Eve celebration where the dress code is all-white. Receive a cocktail on arrival and a seven-hour drink package, four levels of entertainment, roaming canapes and pizza on the basement level. 

When: 7pm until late

Where: Aer Bar at the European Beir Cafe 120 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

NEW YEAR'S EVE NIGHT GARDEN FESTIVAL

What: A New Year's Eve mini-festival with a four-hour drink and food package, pop-up Pimm's bar, roving canapes, riverside entertainment and views of the midnight fireworks. 

When: 8pm to late

Where: Hopscotch, 4 Riverside Quay, Southbank

Price$165 per person

Brisbane

@victoriapark

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS NEW YEAR'S EVE BALL

WHAT: A Parisian event with French-inspired canapes, cocktail bar, five-hour beverage package, live musicians and French performers, photo booth and exclusive fireworks display. 

WHEN: 7:30pm - 12:30am

WHERE: The Marquee Room, Victoria Park Golf Course 

PRICE: $149 per person.

NEW YEAR'S EVE BALL 

What: A multi-level soirée with three packages to choose from. All packages include a four-hour drink package and substantial canapés with live entertainment. 

When: 8pm - 12:30am

Where: Cloudland, 641 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

Price: From $149 per person

BLACKBIRD NEW YEAR'S EVE

What: A riverside event with perfect views of the midnight fireworks, free flowing drinks, canapés, food stations and three levels of live entertainment. 

When: 8pm - 1am

Where: Blackbird, Riverside Centre, 123 Eagle Street

Price: $230 per person

ROOFTOP PARTY OF THE YEAR

What: Rooftop views with a four-hour drink and canape package, and live entertainment. 

When: 8pm - 12am

Where: Elixir Rooftop Bar, Fortitude Valley

Price: $140 per person.

NYE UNDER THE STARS

What: A riverside event with a five-hour drink package, food stations, two fireworks displays and live entertainment throughout the night. 

When: 7:30pm - 1am

Where: Byblos, Portside Wharf, Hamilton

Price: $189 per person. 

Perth

@theglobeperth

AROUND THE GLOBE NYE

WHAT: A NYE event that blends Italian food, Japanese beverages and a Mexican Fiesta. Plenty of food and drink throughout the night and live entertainment.

WHEN: 7pm - 1am

WHERE: The Globe, 495 Wellington St, Perth

PRICE$49 per person. 

NYE CARNIVALE PARTY

What: An evening with canapes and drinks before a dinner, dessert and five-hour beverage package until midnight. An after-party will then be held until late. 

When: 7pm - 1am

Where: The Vines Resort & Country Club, Verdelho Drive, The Vines

Price: $165 per person. 

HANSEL & GRETEL HOUSE NYE 

What: A fairytale-themed New Year's Eve party with candy cane cocktails, witch's toastie oven, Gingerbread Spiders and cheese fondue couldrons until late. 

When: 7pm - 1am

Where: Wolf Lane, Rear 321 Murray St, Perth

Price: $70 per person. 

NEW YEAR'S EVE DINNER CRUISE

What: A cruise around the Swan River with a buffet dinner and dessert, inclusive drinks package, live entertainment and views of the midnight fireworks. 

When: 8pm - 12am

Where: Pier 3 Barrack Street Jetty, Perth

Price: $249 per person

Adelaide

@stamfordgrandadelaide

A CASINO ROYALE NEW YEAR'S EVE

What: A James Bond-themed event with a three course dinner, premium beverage package and live entertainment in a high class casino space before Glenelg's midnight fireworks. 

When: 7:30pm - 12:30am

Where: Stamford Grand Adelaide Hotel, 2 Jetty Road Glenelg

Price$165 per person

HORIZON'S VINTAGE HOLLYWOOD NEW YEAR'S EVE

What: A vintage Hollywood-themed party with a variety of cocktails, roving canapes and live entertainment before the midnight fireworks begin. 

When: 8pm - 12:30am

Where: Horizon's Cocktail Lounge, Stamford Grand Adelaide Hote,l 2 Jetty Road, Glenelg

Price$125 per person

NEW YEAR'S EVE GALA

What: An elegant event featuring a four-course dinner with local wine, live music and views of the riverbank fireworks. 

When: 7:30 pm - 1am

Where: Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide

Price$190 per person

HARDY' VERANDAH RESTAURANT NEW YEAR'S EVE DINNER 

What: A dinner event overlooking the Piccadilly Valley with a seven-course degustation menu with wine and beverages available on the day. 

When: 8pm - 11:30pm

Where: 1 Mawson Drive, Crafers

Price$185 per person

Hobart

@murestasmainia

NEW YEAR'S EVE DINNER AT MURES UPPER DECK 

What: Two dinner events with an early dinner featuring a three-course set menu, beverage on arrival and views of the early fireworks display. The later celebration dinner includes a four-course set menu, a beverage on arrival and views of the midnight fireworks display.

When: Early dinner from 6pm, celebration dinner from 8pm

Where: Tasmaina Mures, Victoria Dock, Hobart

Price: From $105 for adults and $75 per child over four years. 

NEW YEAR'S ON THE PIER 

What: A seven-course degustation dinner with drinks included throughout the night. Live entertainment and great views of the midnight fireworks. 

When: 7pm - 12am

Where: Hobart Function and Conference Centre

Darwin

@thehoteldarwin

NYE AT THE HOTEL DARWIN 

What: A two-course set dinner menu, live entertainment and NYE activities throughout the venue. 

When: 6pm to 12am

Where: 39 Mitchell Street Darwin. 

Price: TBA

Opening Image: Brooke Testoni

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