New Year's Eve is on its way, so it is time to celebrate all around the Nelson Bay region! Last year in 2020 the fireworks in Nelson Bay were cancelled due to COVID-19 and at the time of writing (11th December), they are still to be announced for 2021 (see the Port Stephens Council Facebook
and their Events page
for the latest news). With or without the fireworks, there are still plenty
of events around the region to celebrate the end of 2021.
Keep reading for decadent dinners, colourful cocktails, scenic cruises, '80's tunes and Drag Queen Bingo - there's something for everyone! Where will you be going?
Shoal Bay Country Club
Party into the night at Shoal Bay Country Club! Image: Original images from Shoal Bay Country Club Facebook
will be hosting a New Year's Eve party to remember! Atmos
Greek restaurant will have a decadent Greek feast including fresh prawns, lobster, souvla BBQ meats and more, with a 4 hour beverage package. This is an 18 and over event and tickets cost $210 plus booking fee. Patio and Kitchen
restaurant has a sold-out event, with VIP Patio tickets still available for $189 per person. Downstairs on Beach Level
there will be live music and DJs in the main room, Courtyard and even in the carpark! Live entertainment begins at 2pm with free entry. See here
Soldiers Point Bowling Club
will be hosting a Solid Gold Party night for visitors, members
and guests. Put those dancing shoes on and enjoy party tunes from the '60s to '80s! Book a table at Taylor's Bistro
if you plan to eat beforehand, as it gets very busy. See here
Moonshadow - TQC Cruises
will be hosting an NYE Sunset Eats 'n 'Beats Cruise. Enjoy a 3-course menu and live music as you cruise the waters of Port Stephens. Take a walk to the top deck and look for dolphins. Tickets cost $149 per person. See here
Cheeky Dog Bar
Spend NYE on the water at Moonshadow Cruises! Image: Original images from Moonshadow - TQC Cruises Facebook
at Bannisters Hotel
at Soldiers Point will be having a NYE Drag Queen Bingo with Timberlina! This free event will begin at 7pm and then there will be music until late. Although the event is free, bookings are required for numbers and COVID restrictions - see here
Also, check out your local restaurant or club, to see what's happening near you. You may find that many waterside restaurants book out early for dinner reservations on New Year's Eve, so book in early to avoid disappointment. Popular ones include Little Beach Boathouse, The Point, The Deck
and Rick Stein's
at Bannisters Port Stephens (see here
for website links). Alternatively, take a drive to Newcastle
and take part in their festivities and firework spectacular. If you're looking for a recovery party the next day, then check out Murray's Brewery
at Bobs Farm, for some live music
, burgers and large pizzas to get you back to your former self. There are large, shady trees for a quick power nap on your picnic blanket too!
Wherever you go, have a Happy New Year in Port Stephens!
Book your FREE ticket to Drag Queen Bingo at Cheeky Dog! Image: Cheeky Dog Facebook