Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
New Years Eve is a chance to rejoice, reflect, and resolve. After a horrendous start to 2011, Brisbanites are looking forward to some rejoicing. There is an amazing array of options with something for everyone; from family-friendly events to posh parties, from free for all to extremely exclusive.
South Bank Parklands
For family fun, head to the free fireworks and laser show at South Bank Parklands. This annual event is a crowd pleaser with two firework displays, 8:30 pm and midnight. In addition, families can watch a movie under the stars or enjoy a carnival. Make sure you get there early to secure a great spot along the Brisbane River.
Cruise the River
Undoubtedly, the best views of the fireworks are on the river. A four hour Mirimar Brisbane River Cruise includes a two course buffet dinner and entertainment. Drinks are not included but may be purchased onboard. Tickets cost $80 per adult, $50 per child, and children under 5 are free.
Brisbane Summer Nights NYE Ball
Witness the spectacular fireworks display from the Riverlife Function Centre, located on the banks of the Brisbane River in Kangaroo Point. Tickets to their New Years Eve Ball cost $135 which includes canapés, gourmet ice cream and entertainment. Click here for more information.
Wet 'n' Wild Water Park
Another family favourite is Wet 'n' Wild Water Park on the Gold Coast. Kids New Years Eve is an annual tradition. Included in general admission to the park, this event combines water rides, a dive-in movie, and fireworks at 9 pm. A one day pass cost $59.99 for an adult and $34.99 for a child (3-13).
The No Years New Years Eve Festival at the Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm will include an art exhibition, delicious food, and international and local live acts. Last year's inaugural event sold out so don't delay. Tickets cost $89. For more information visit the No Years website.
Woodford Folk Festival
The Woodford Folk Festival, from December 27 until January 1, features over 400 acts from around the world. Click here for a detailed list of performing artists and/or ticket prices.
Brisbane New Year Ball: Prom Night
Prom Night , at the RNA Showgrounds in Bowen Hills, includes three stages, live music, DJs, and prizes for best dressed. This popular event has sold out the last nine years. Cost is $145 all inclusive: spirits, wine, beer, bubbly and fabulous food. Check out their website for more information.
Live Large at Cloudland
Cloudland in Fortitude Valley will have five themed spaces over four levels. Stylish and sophisticated revellers can choose to listen to live music, dance the night away in the disco, or try their luck at blackjack, poker, or roulette in the gaming room. Another fashionable New Years Eve event, last year was a sell out. $130 includes canapés and a five hour drinks package including wines, local draught beer, and French champagne.
Palazzo Versace's 24k Gold New Years Eve Ball
All that glitters is not gold, unless of course you are at the Palazzo Versace's New Years Eve Ball. Every year the Palazzo Versace, on the Gold Coast, hosts an exclusive party for the privileged few. This year's theme is 24k Gold. Tickets, starting at $250, include interactive art instillations, gastronomic delights, Moet & Chandon champagne, live entertainment and international DJs. Click here for details.
Reigning A-League premiers, the Brisbane Roar, come face to face with their arch rivals, the Melbourne Victory, in a New Years Eve showdown at Suncorp Stadium. Kick-off is at 7:30 pm with family passes costing $112. Ticket holders can enjoy free travel to and from the game on the bus or train from mid-day until the last scheduled service.