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New Years Eve in Brisbane City

The countdown is on for New Year's Eve. Bring in the new year in Brisbane City capturing the NYE fireworks along Brisbane River. The hardest part is finding where to watch the fireworks, so we’ve done the work for you. Here are our top picks on the best seats in Brisbane City for New Year's Eve.

Picnics

Pack a picnic and blanket and soak up the atmosphere from the City Botanic Gardens, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, or City Riverwalk. Each location is perfectly positioned to offer you front row seats for the fireworks display.

Restaurants

Choose from one of Brisbane City’s many riverside restaurants and bars at the Riverside Centre and Eagle Street Pier for views of the Story Bridge or head to Three Blue Ducks, Persone or Heritij for river views overlooking South Bank. 

OTTO Brisbane

OTTO Brisbane

Boasting one of the best vantage points in Brisbane City, enjoy a three-course Italian set menu for the early sitting or a four-course menu at the later sitting with OTTO Brisbane. If you’re heading off to see the fireworks after dinner enjoy the early sitting from 5.30pm or enjoy a glass of champagne at later if you’d like to sit back and relax into the night.

Price

Early Sitting: $105 per person | $60 per child 

Late Sitting: $150 per person | $60 per child 

Aria

Welcome 2019 in style. Enjoy the incredible views from Aria Brisbane while dining on a three-course dinner featuring dishes from the summer menu, with a glass of champagne and canapes on arrival.

Price: $180 per person | $65 children

Riverland

Dance your way into the new year at Riverland this New Year’s Eve with DJ Ben E & Tristan Trumpet providing entertainment for the night. Reserve your space on the river with no cover charge or extensive drink packages.

Price: Free entry

Treasury Brisbane

Dress to the nines and live large at the Treasury Brisbane's NYE parties. Experience a money-can't-buy New Year's Eve experience, which includes Dom Pérignon champagne, Hennessy cocktails, an oyster bar and more, or party with the Shimmer and Shine package, which has live entertainment, cocktails, wine, and more.

Price:

On the Rooftop with Dom Pérignon Package: $350 per person

Shimmer and Shine Package: $175 per person 

Il Centro

Greet 2019 by the river with tremendous views of the Story Bridge and fireworks at Il Centro. Enjoy a three-course menu for $130 per person with two sittings available. 

Price: $130 per person | $60 children

Persone | $150 - $220 four-hour package

Indulge yourself with this lavish New Years Eve cocktail party at Persone in Brisbane Quarter. You'll receive sweeping views of the South Bank fireworks, delicious canapes, and a four-hour beverage package including beer, wine, spirits and prosecco. Upgrade your package to include Moet Chandon Champagne.

Price:

$150 for four-hour beverage package 

$220 upgrade four-hour beverage package

Cha Cha Char

Cha Cha Char

Celebrate the New Year with spectacular views of fireworks, Story Bridge and Brisbane River at Cha Cha Char. Enjoy a range of dishes from the al a carte menu including Wagyu Pappardelle, Sovereign Lamb Rump and Spatchcock Quail.

Price: $150 per person | $60 children

Jellyfish

Jellyfish

A prime location along the boardwalk means that Jellyfish has unrivaled views of the Story Bridge. Settle in for an a la carte menu (may we recommend the seafood?) and enjoy a bottle of champagne in a prime location.

Price: $150 per person minimum spend

Three Blue Ducks

Bask in the incredible view of New Years Eve from Three Blue Ducks. The first sitting is for families and early birds, followed by a later sitting for revellers chasing flowing drinks and fireworks over South Bank at 8.30pm and midnight.

Price: 

Early Sitting (5.30pm - 7.30pm): $105 per person | $60 per child (aged 3-12 years old), kids under 3 years eat free

Late Sitting (8.30pm - 12.30 am, 18+ only): $220 per person

Heritij

Enjoy spectacular views of the NYE fireworks to celebrate the year that has been and welcome in the new year. Dine on a superb Indian feast buffet with firework views and included beverages. 

Price

Early Sitting: $130 per adult | $50 per child (early sitting 5pm-8pm)

Later Sitting: $160 (later sitting)

Howard Smith Wharves

Be one of the first to experience New Years Eve at Howard Smith Wharves. From sipping on a beer at Felons Brewing Co. to enjoying canapes at Mr Percival's, there are NYE options for everyone. Check out all of HSW options here.

Cruises

For a closer view of the fireworks, join Kookaburra Showboat Cruises to take in the light display from the Brisbane River.

Hotels

To experience the full New Year's Eve experience, why not book a room with a view? Enjoy the fireworks away from the crowds with these hotels offering river view rooms. 

Stamford Plaza

Stamford Plaza

With every room offering river views, why would the Stamford not be your place of choice for NYE? All rooms boast a large viewing window, or upgrade to the Plaza or Stamford Suite for a balcony experience. Brasserie on the River offers a seafood buffet package with exceptional views of the Story Bridge, or enjoy teppanyaki at Kabuki or relaxed dining at the Pav Bar before heading to the private viewing promenade for a front row seat of the fireworks. 

Meriton Herschel Street 

Meriton Herschel St

Whether you’re wanting a one-bedroom modern suite for date night or a two-bedroom modern suite to house the family, Meriton at Herschel Street has got you covered with over 30 rooms available with views of the fireworks. If you’re wanting luxury for the evening, book one of the Penthouse Collection suites, located on level 74 of the hotel – the view couldn’t get much better than this.

Brisbane Marriot Hotel

You can book a King river view room for you and that special someone or the twin double river view room for the family, all with unobstructed views of the Story Bridge. If you want to heighten your experience, we suggest the executive rooms that offer Story Bridge views as well as sweeping river views toward South Bank. Call to reserve one of these high-level rooms.  

Mercure Brisbane on North Quay 

With complete views of South Bank, the Mercure at North Quay can offer a room to suit your every need. Ranging from a standard queen to executive suites, levels 3 to 14 offer the perfect large windowed views of the NYE fireworks. To ensure you’re booking one of the river view rooms, we recommend calling the hotel as we doubt you’ll be wanting a view of the city on this particular evening. 

W Brisbane 

With views overlooking South Bank, W Brisbane offers rooms with sweeping river views. The Spectacular Room has over-sized windows to showcase the Brisbane River, so you’re guaranteed to capture the fireworks. For the full New Year's Eve experience check out the the Cool Corner Room, with wall-to-wall windows overlooking the river. 

By Brittany Mohr

Brittany’s ultimate weekend involves wine (rosé) and cheese (manchego) at La Lune, seeing a live show and going for a wander along the Brisbane River. Passionate about the leafy Western suburbs, she’s a lady of fine tastes so naturally her best kept secret is #treatingyo'self to a session at luxe day spa One Wybelenna. Bliss.

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