Tonight's New Year's Eve fireworks promise to be the most spectacular ever. All-new effects and colours will be making their debut in most capital cities, including pastel fireworks. Here's when and where to watch around Australia - whether you're keen to catch a pre-midnight show, a live stream or the big show in the flesh.
Where To Watch New Year’s Eve Fireworks In Sydney
The Big One is, of course, the Sydney Harbour Bridge display. The two fireworks displays will take place at 9pm and midnight AEDT. There are a ton of places you can catch the fireworks from if you’re in Sydney and want to head down. Some of the best vantage points are ticketed, but there are plenty of spots along the north side that will give you a great view of the Bridge.
No matter where you go – it’s recommended you head down early. Tourists and Sydney-siders flock to the bridge on NYE like seagulls to a chip for the yearly spectacular.
How To Watch The Sydney Fireworks Online
ABC and iview will have the whole thing live from 8:35pm AEDT and will simulcast on their Facebook page and YouTube channel. You can also livestream the whole event from the comfort of your living room, if that’s more your thing, by heading to the Sydney New Year’s Eve site.
Other Fireworks Worth Watching
If you’re in Sydney and want to see a few smaller fireworks displays, Darling Harbour has its own displays at 9pm and midnight AEDT, and from 7pm hourly water and fire shows.
You could also head down to Coogee Beach for their family friendly fireworks display and for those out west, Parramatta serves up a sky full of light from 4pm onwards at Parramatta park. Their fireworks display is at the extremely kid-friendly time of 9pm so you can be in bed before 2019 hits if you so desire!
Where To Watch New Year’s Eve Fireworks In Melbourne
Yarra Park and Footscray Park will light up at 9:30pm AEDT with family-friendly fireworks displays if you’re keen for an early evening.
The ‘We-Want-To-Be-Sydney’ fireworks will occur from the city rooftops and have a number of solid vantage points. You can visit any of Melbourne’s midnight live sites including Treasury Gardens, Docklands, Flagstaff Gardens and Kings Domain because Melbourne CBD touts their fireworks as basically impossible to miss if you’re in the city. They fly into the sky and explode at midnight.
If you’re not in Victoria, you can catch Melbourne’s fireworks display here.
Where To Watch New Year’s Eve Fireworks In Brisbane
The big fireworks celebration in Brisbane happens at South Bank at 8:30pm and Midnight local time. The fireworks display lasts for ten minutes. It’s worth heading down as early as possible to secure yourself a decent position.
A host of other fireworks displays will take place along Brisbane River with sky explosion shows at Eagle Street Pier and Portside Wharf occurring at 8:30pm and midnight. These displays will both last for ten minutes.
Where To Watch New Year’s Eve Fireworks In Adelaide
Elder Park, in the heart of the city, plays host to the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Adelaide with fireworks at both 9pm and at midnight, local time. Officially, festivities kick off at 6pm at Elder Park, right next to the Torrens River.
The picturesque Glenelg beach will see fireworks displays at 9:30pm and midnight, with free entertainment and a smorgasboard of DJs. Glenelg gets busy – and rowdy – so if you’re not keen on the crowds, you could head to nearby Brighton beach instead. A shuttle bus will run between Harbour Town and the beaches so you can easily grab a park and not worry about the car.
Semaphore Beach is also a popular destination for New Year’s Eve displays in Adelaide, with the parks and beach surrounding the lighthouse packed with families chomping on ice-cream and lazing on picnic rugs. Semaphore will have fireworks displays at both 9:30pm and midnight and there’s a ton of carnival rides set up along the beach if you want to get in some drunk dodgem (don’t drunk dodgem).
The Adelaide Strikers play the Brisbane Heat in BBL|07 on NYE at Adelaide Oval, so if you’re heading to the game, you’ll get a fireworks special thrown in for good measure too.
A little further out of the city and you can head to Victor Harbour to catch an early fireworks display at 9:30pm or stay up late and catch the midnight fireworks spectacular.
Where To Watch New Year’s Eve Fireworks In Perth
Perth has a solid selection of fireworks to transition from the dumpster fire we know as 2018 into the hopefully-less-of-a-dumpster-fire 2019. The major display occurs on the immaculate Swan River that will hold two separate fireworks displays at 9pm and midnight local time. NYE on the Foreshore is one place to celebrate if you're looking for a big night, otherwise you can find a vantage point along the river.
Further south sees fireworks displays at the Eastern Foreshore in Mandurah, where the sky will be painted fire at 9pm and midnight. The festivities kick off a little earlier - at 6pm local - and the event is alcohol and smoke free so the kiddies can be safe and happy.
Rottnest Island is a family zone and you can take a free ferry over to the island for a fireworks display at 9pm. If you're looking to kick on after that, 'Rotto' will have venues aplenty for you to see out the year.
Where To Watch New Year’s Eve Fireworks In Darwin
The Darwin waterfront has two fireworks displays – one at 9pm and one at midnight. A family friendly event kicks off from 5pm local time and there will be a number of Australian artists rocking out on stage from 9:30pm. Take note that the event is alcohol-free.
Where To Watch New Year’s Eve Fireworks In Canberra
Art vs Science are playing a free show in Canberra’s Civic Square and a host of food trucks and family friendly entertainment will be ringing in the New Year with fireworks displays at 9pm and midnight AEDT from City Hill. Across the road, Garema Place has DJs throughout the night if you feel like getting your dance on.
Where To Watch New Year’s Eve Fireworks In Hobart
The waterfront along the River Derwent is where you will need to set up shop to see Tasmania’s NYE fireworks displays. The Taste of Tasmania festival has some prime vantage points along the river but will set you back $65 for entry. If you can find yourself a spot on the waterfront, that’ll be your best bet but you could also catch the exploding sky lights from up on Mount Wellington or Mount Nelson, if you’re more adventurous, when they explode at midnight.