December is a time for loved ones and all things Christmas. Although with a new decade right around the corner, it’s also time to get ready to say goodbye to 2019 and commit to plans for New Year’s Eve!

From picnics on the grass to firework displays on the beach, fine dining and an 80s themed party 230 metres above sea level — there are tons of memorable ways to ring in the New Year on the Gold Coast. To help with your decision, we have a list of the best Gold Coast New Year’s Eve events to make sure you and your tribe kick things off right for 2020.

Our favourites include those for the foodies, the outdoor lovers and the partygoers, with something for everyone and of all ages. Your hardest decision will be exactly what event to don your signature party attire…

For the foodies:

For the outdoor lovers (perfect for families):

For the partygoers:

For the foodies

Hilton Surfers Paradise

Spend the last evening of 2019 at the Hilton’s Catch Restaurant with your family and closest friends, indulging in delicious food, in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Enjoy the three-course menu for $55 per person or opt for the signature Seafood Platter for 2 for $69. Both specials include a complimentary Manly Perry Spritz Cocktail and kids eat free with every paying adult between 5:30pm and 7pm (win-win).

After dinner, stroll down onto Surfers Paradise Beach (a mere street away) to enjoy the extraordinary fireworks displays that will light up the sky at 8pm then again at midnight.

Time: 5.30pm to 9.30pm
Price: $55 & $69 package options per adult
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The Star Gold Coast

If you’re looking for a venue that has it all for your decade celebrations, then look no further than New Year’s Eve 2020 at The Star Gold Coast. With multi-course offerings in Seafood, Japanese, Italian and pretty much everything style, chose your vibe with a chic picnic on the lawn at The Garden Bar; indulge in a fine feast at Harvest Buffet or Cucina Vivo or enjoy a sophisticated soirée at Kiyomi or Nineteen at The Star – the choice is yours.

After you’ve finished wining and dining and you’re ready to take to the dance floor, be sure to head down to the main Atrium Foyer to witness the iconic balloon drop at midnight.

Balloon Drop at The Atrium, The Star Gold Coast
Balloon Drop at The Atrium, The Star Gold Coast. Photo: The Star Gold Coast

Time: Various sunset and moonlight sittings available from 5pm and 8pm until late.
Price: $101 to $180 per adult for drink, dining and degustation packages; kids from $40 (at Harvest Buffet).
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InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort

Ring in the New Year on an exotic palm-lined Lagoon Beach, feeling the sand beneath your feet while toasting to 2019 courtesy of your five-hour VIP dining experience. Suited for adults, the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove’s VIP dining experience will have you seated in your own private part of the Lagoon Beach while you enjoy gourmet canapés and a four-course menu designed by Executive Chef (and food extraordinaire) Matt Hart.

For an all-inclusive family-friendly experience, simply book-in next door at the Lagoon Beach for a market-style buffet for $165 per adult and from $55 per child. Equipped with its very own a Peking duck pancake station (yes!), oyster shucking, paella and plenty of sweet desserts, it will keep you and the kids going throughout the night of nights.

Time: 7pm to midnight
Price: $165 & $249 dining options per adult
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For families and outdoor lovers

New Year’s Eve Under The Stars

For a casual night under the evening stars with your friends or family, no matter what end you’re staying on the coast, we recommend heading beachside to watch a specular fireworks display (given no statewide fire bans are in place). For some of the best vantage points, check out:

Surfers Paradise Fireworks

This family-friendly event on Surfers Paradise Beach will see not one, but two spectacular displays during the New Year’s Eve Carnival in Surfers Paradise. The first display is set to light up the foreshore at 8pm for the young ones and again at midnight, with DJs and MCs sending 2019 out with a bang. Carnival rides will also be in operation from 3pm to 10pm near the Surfers foreshore from December 27 until January 1 (excluding NYE which will operate from 3pm until midnight) on the Surfers Paradise foreshore *ride cost apply as part of the mini Carnival experience.

New Year fireworks at Surfers Paradise
Spectacular city fireworks at Surfers Paradise. Photo: Ashley Roach

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Broadbeach Fireworks

Those who head to the equally popular Broadbeach precinct will also be treated to two scheduled fireworks displays and live entertainment to welcome in the new year. With your blanket and picnic basket in tow, head to Kurrawa Beach early (or later towards midnight) to claim your spot.
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Coolangatta Fireworks

If you’re down the southern end of the Gold Coast, be sure to head to Queen Elizabeth Park in Coolangatta for your fireworks fix. The first display will kick off at 9pm and the second at midnight, so pack your outdoor camp chair or dine at one of the many restaurants dotted along Marine Parade for an uninterrupted view.
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For the over 18’s

Justin Lane Rooftop Party

Thinking there’s nothing better than a cocktail paired with pizza or pasta for your night out on the town? We’re on your wavelength with New Year’s at locals favourite, Justin Lane.

With tickets at just $22 per person, enjoy drinks on the rooftop alfresco style from 3pm, with DJs running three set intervals from 4pm until 1am. Food and drinks aren’t included with entry tickets, although all will be forgotten when you tuck into a braised beef cheek with parsnip puree; mixed herbs chicken, spinach, olive and ricotta tapenade pizza, paired with your Zeppelin Gin Spritz.

Justin Lane
Justin Lane Rooftop. Photo: Richard Gosling

Time: 3pm to 1am
Price: $22 per person
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Sparkle at Hyde Paradiso

Another newcomer to the Gold Coast’s bar and dining (and New Year’s) scene is Hyde Paradiso. Located on the Surfers Paradise beachfront beneath Peppers Soul hotel, enjoy a Hyde-branded cocktail on arrival followed by four glorious hours of free-flowing premium beverages and tantalising canapés throughout the evening. To add to all that sparkles, all guests will receive a free Hyde party favour to celebrate in style – it’s the place to be seen by the sea.

Hyde Paradiso Dining
Oceanside dining in Surfers Paradise. Photo: Hyde Paradiso

Prime oceanfront views also means you’ll have the best seat in the house come midnight for the magical Surfers Paradise fireworks display, and to reflect on the year (and decade) that was.

Time: 7.30pm to 1am
Price: $169 per person
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New Year’s Eve 2020 at The Island

In the heart of Surfers Paradise at the newly refurbed Island escape, party across three levels and six exclusive spaces at The Island’s New Year’s Eve 2020 extravaganza. Experience live entertainment, delicious food and drink, themed photo opps and more at arguably one of the best New Year’s Eve parties on the Gold Coast.

Opt for a Cocktail Experience package with 4.5-hour food and drink across the Rooftop, Goldie’s Bar and all-new Island Pool Deck. Or, treat yourself to the VIP Experience for a 4.5-hour super-premium food and drinks package across The Island Penthouse on level 12. Sitting sky high, you’ll be graced with a dazzling view of the surrounding Surfers Paradise CBD.

The Island in Surfers Paradise CBD
The Island in Surfers Paradise CBD. Photo: The Island Gold Coast

Time: 7pm to 5am
Price: $149 per person Cocktail Experience; $199 per person VIP Experience
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Neon Palms at Aviary Rooftop Bar

For a great venue and good vibes on the northern end of the Gold Coast without the price tag, Neon Palms at Aviary Rooftop Bar is the place for you. Nestled on top of the Mantra at Sharks hotel (and a part of the Southport Sharks Precinct), purchase an entry ticket for just $20 and be greeted with a complimentary drink on arrival and access to the modern open-air rooftop, where you can soak up the sun and the stars of the last day of 2019.

In addition to the usual drinks menu, The Aviary will be serving Miami-inspired cocktails as well as an authentic Italian pizza and tapas menu.

Time: 8.00pm to 1.00am
Price: $20 per person
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Q1 SkyPoint Observation Deck 80s Party

Whilst waiting to celebrate the start of a new decade in time, go back in time at SkyPoint’s New Year’s Eve 80s Night. Perched above the city – at Australia’s only beachside Observation Deck – SkyPoint’s entry ticket will grant you 2 hours of canapés, a 4.5-hour beverage package, a sliders and sweets interactive food station and live 80s themed entertainment and nightly hits – all on level 77 of the Q1 building.

As the world’s tallest residential building, you’ll have no trouble taking in the extraordinary 360-degree views of the Gold Coast and of course the fireworks along Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Coolangatta in the same southerly view.

Pull out the headbands and the fluoro legwarmers because there’s a best-dressed competition too.

Time: 7.30pm to 1am
Price: $199 per person
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The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub’s Glitter Party

Glitter certainly seems to be the theme this year, with Broadbeach entertainment venue newcomer, The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub hosting their very first New Year’s Eve Glitter Party.

For $158 per person, guests can celebrate glitter, gloss and glamour at the incredible 90-minute resident show SUAVÉ as well as complimentary entry into the Unadulterated after-party and disco heaven. This golden ticket also includes a glass of champagne or beer on arrival, pre-show canapés and a mouthwatering food station from the talented bunch at The Collective Palm Beach.

If you already have dinner plans but wish to join the after-party, tickets are just $18 per person for entry from 9pm.

Time: 6.30pm to 5am
Price: $158.00 per person from 6.30pm or $18 for after-party entry from 9pm.
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Pink hues at The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub
Be entertained SUAVÉ style in Broadbeach. Photo: The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub

And there you have it – no matter what your New Year’s style, the Gold Coast has the perfect event to ring in your best year yet.

We’ll see you soon!

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