It's that time of year again. New Year's Eve holds quite a lot of pressure - it's the one night a year where you are practically commanded to have as much fun as possible and have the most super special night. Yikes!
I personally - and I think many people would agree - for the most part, feel that 2016 was a pretty tough year, so I am rather happy to see it come to an end. Although, I am truly hopeful of a much happier, kinder and peaceful 2017. Let's make it happen!
Now usually, the best New Year's Eve is spent with family and friends and includes lots of fun, frolics, and fireworks. Luckily for us Gold Coast peeps, we are truly spoilt this time of year with so many free Christmas and New Year events. As always the beautiful Gold Coast beaches will light up the night sky at various firework events from North to South GC. Also, as usual, you don't have to wait till midnight to get your firework fix - there are displays at different times to suit both the party animals and the family focused.
My family has been to the Surfers Paradise NYE fireworks a couple of times and it is a really cool display, with a really buzzing atmosphere, although it does get very crowded. Last year my daughter was a little overwhelmed by the noise and all the people, but you can find a slightly quieter area down from the main strip, where you can watch happily. It is a great way to see out the year with family and friends, and of course what is even better, is all the displays are free.
As always here is the list of where to catch all the NYE firework action on the Gold Coast for 2016.
Free New Year's Eve fireworks displays at Kurrawa Park in Broadbeach. Two displays are scheduled - for the families with young children there's an early display at 8pm, and then for the grown-ups, a midnight display to welcome New Year's Eve in style.
The Southern Gold Coast will welcome the New Year with two fireworks displays over Coolangatta Beach. The displays take place at 9pm and midnight.
Food Truck Feast is on again at Broadwater Parklands and what better way to bring in the new year than with food, fun and fireworks. On from 5pm to 9pm with spectacular fireworks at 9pm.
There will be great food and entertainment.
Surfers Paradise will light up for New Year's Eve with the family-favourite 'superheroes' theme returning for a fourth year.This is one of the largest fireworks displays in Queensland.
Firework shows will be held at 8pm and midnight on Surfers Paradise Beach. Plus there will be an additional fireworks show at 10pm on the Surfers Paradise Riverside.
North Kirra Surf Club
New Year's Eve celebration perfect for families. BBQ/food available, jumping castle, fireworks and more.
From 5pm to 7.30pm at the North Kirra Surf Life Saving Club, Pacific Parade, North Kirra.
Community family New Year's Eve event with amusement rides, shows, live entertainment, kids disco, food and drink stalls and of course Fireworks. This is a no alcohol event.
From 5pm to 9.30pm at Viney Park, 1 Yaun Street, Coomera.
Featuring a synchronised fireworks display to music, this family celebration includes live music on the main stage, from local and established artists. There will be a parade of stilt walkers, fire twirlers, free face painting, clowns and dancing dragons.
The concert is from 5.30pm - 9pm and the fireworks display at 9pm, at Paradise Point Parklands, The Esplanade, Paradise Point.
Celebrate New Year's Eve with us on the Promenade, complete with live entertainment and fireworks. From 5pm - 9pm.
Usually, there is a Tweed Heads Fireworks display at midnight NSW Time (11pm Qld Time) at Jack Evans Boat Harbour, Tweed Heads. Please note: I am unsure if this is taking place this year, as can not find confirmation.
Whatever you do, I hope you all have a really awesome night ... Let's reset, restart and remember to make 2017 a brilliant year.