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Published December 14th 2015
No Plans for New Year's? No Worries
Let me guess, you've been ticking along, worrying about presents and preparations for Christmas, now you've realised New Year's Eve is around the corner and you haven't thought of anything! Don't panic, although we can't bring you a posse, we can give you a list of great events!
FAMILY FRIENDLY Streets Happy Zoo Year
Perth Zoo's annual NYE celebration includes a countdown at 9pm, Disney characters and a kid's dance party. Illusionists Adam and Selena, Explosive Dance Company, Hula Magic Polynesian dancers and a cover band, Dakota will be on hand to ensure you and your little ones have a rocking New Year's Eve. Where: Perth Zoo, 20 Labouchere Rd, South Perth
For the first time, Rottnest Island will have a fireworks show over Thompson Bay at the family friendly time of 9pm. Free entertainment between 4.00pm and 8.30pm include WASAMBA, games station, glow in the dark face painting and an art & craft station. There will also be food outlets and live music by China Doll until 8.30pm in the Settlement Food Village.
When: 4.00pm – Midnight
Where: 1 Bedford Ave, Thomsons Bay, Rottnest Island
How Much? Free. Special discounted late ferries running until 10.00pm and 1am
Ferries From Fremantle: Adults $55 / Children 12 and under Free (for 9.45pm ferry only)
Ferries from Hillarys: Adults: $55 / Children: $35
More Information: www.rottnestisland.com/nye
Mandurah Foreshore NYE
Bring your picnic rug down to the foreshore to join in on entertainment, fireworks and a smoke and alcohol free event. Entertainment includes Danny Bau, Hip Hop dancer Brenand Buens, The Blue Beats and The Merinda's. Various food vans, market stalls and amusement rides will be close by as well as Sector X, a free gaming zone for 11-25 yr olds. Fireworks at 9pm for the kids and another at midnight to ring in the New Year.
Where: Eastern Foreshore, Mandurah
When: 6.00pm – Midnight
How Much? Free! (Bring money for food/rides)
What to bring: Picnic rugs and blankets
More Information: www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/NYE.htm
Kings Park Botanic Garden. Image courtesy bgpa website
DINNER AND DANCING
After a nice night out, but still want to hear what the person next to you is saying? Here is a list of some great restaurants offering a sit down dinner menu and a bit of a boogie later in the evening.
If a relaxed, gourmet dinner is more your pace, head to Mosmans Restaurant. With an oyster station and a glass of sparkling on arrival, guests will be provided a delicious dinner with dessert and even a cheese station. Cover band Little Belle Trio will get the party moving with classic hits from the 50s to now. Formal dress code applies.
Where: Mosmans Restaurant, 15 Johnson Parade, Mosman Park
When: 7.00pm – 1.00am
How Much? $149 per person, Additional $65 for wine pairing
Includes: Oysters, canapes, dinner, dessert, cheese station, welcome drink
More Information: www.mosmans.com.au/whats-on
Dinner at Crown
With a number of Perth's best restaurants in one precinct, you're bound to find something that suits your mood! As well as the restaurant functions, Crown Perth will have roving performers and entertainment throughout the whole complex. Modo Mio – $195 per person ($95 per 13-17yo, $48 per 4-12yo) includes a four course menu, beer wine & soft drinks and live entertainment from In The Groove. 7.00pm – 1.00am Market & Co - $180 per person ($90 per 13-17yo, $45 per 4-12yo) includes a five course menu, beer, wine & soft drink and live entertainment from 9.00pm. Atrium - $85 per person will give you live entertainment and full access to the buffet (Drinks at additional charge). First sitting: 5.00pm – 7.30pm, Second sitting: 8.00pm – late.
Where: Crown Perth, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood
More Information: www.crownperth.com.au/entertainment/nye
Swan River NYE Cruise The Crystal Swan is putting on a three course plated meal to be enjoyed while guests cruise the Swan River. Afterwards there will be entertainment on the upper level and a resident DJ on the lower level, allowing guests the freedom to choose what style of night they prefer.
Where: Boarding from Barrack Square, Perth CBD
When: 8.00pm sharp – 12.30am
How Much? $195 per person
Includes: Canapes, 3 Course dinner, welcome drink
More Information: www.crystalswan.com.au/functions/new-years-eve/ Captain Cook Cruises are providing a buffet dinner and drinks while taking in the Perth Skyline. After dinner, guests are welcome to enjoy the view on the decks outside for a relaxing start to 2016, or start the party with a DJ to bring in the New Year on the dance floor.
Where: Boarding from Barrack St Jetty, Pier 3, Perth CBD
When: 8.00pm (Boarding 7.30pm sharp) – 1.00am
How Much? $235 per person
Includes: Party hats, canapes, cold, hot and dessert buffet, wine, beer and soft drinks
More Information: www.captaincookcruises.com.au/special-cruises
View of the City from the Swan River. Image courtesy Crystal Swan
PARTY, PARTY, PARTY!
New Years Eve Beach Party at Hotel Rottnest
Hotel Rottnest are hosting DJ Micah Black and DJ DNGRFLD for a beach party, complete with pop up food stalls, drink specials and the view of the 9pm fireworks over Thomson Bay.
When: 8.00pm - Late
How Much? $35 entry (excludes ferry tickets, food and drinks)
More Information: www.rottnestisland.com/nye
New Years Eve White Party
You can expect mermaids, fire throwers and plenty of Moet at the Matisse NYE White Party. Ben Rennna & Saxman Lynch, Saul Bliss, Chiari & 3mmanuel will be on deck providing entertainment all night.
General Admission: $175 per person. Beer, Wine and Soft Drinks included 7.30pm -10.30pm
Poolside Cabana: $2,800 for 10 people. 7.00pm – close. Wine, beer and cider, Magnum of Moet Imperial Ice, 1 x bottle of Belvedere with 2 x mixers, canapes and transport for 10 in Chrysler limousine at 6.30pm – 1.30am
Indoor Booths: $2,200 for up to 10 people. Wine, beer and cider 7.30pm-10.30pm, Magnum of Moet Imperial Ice, 1 x bottle of Belvedere with 2 x mixers, canapes
Where: Matisse Beach Club, 148 Esplanade, Scarborough
When: 7.00pm to late
More Information: www.matissebeachclub.com.au/upcoming-events/2015/11/1/new-years-eve-white-party
New Year's Eve on the Foreshore
After a festival vibe with a view this New Years? NYE on the Foreshore is for you! Featuring an outdoor festival stage, silent disco, acoustic stage and roving performers, you certainly won't be bored! DJ's T-Squared, SHANN, Wello and Maxwell will be on the main stage and Sandy Jones & the Mad Agents and Skeleton Jump will show the electric and reggae funk fans a good time.
Where: Ozone Reserve, East Perth
When: 6.00pm – 1am
General Admission: $69.50
Gold VIP: $154.50. Private bar/toilets, buffet dinner, 4 complimentary drinks
Platinum VIP: $219.50. Glass of champagne on arrival, platinum lounge, canapes and buffet dinner, 6 complimentary drinks.
More Information: www.nyeontheforeshore.com.au
One of Perth's biggest NYE festivals, Origin has a massive line up including Andy C, Bonkaz, Keys n Krates, Pusha T and Mac Miller (refer to the website for complete lineup).
Where: Claremont Showgrounds
When: 5.00pm - late
How Much?: General Admission: $179.00 / VIP: $299. Includes private viewing platform, private cash bar and private toilets
More Information: www.theorigin.com.au
Origin NYE 2015. Image courtesy Origin facebook page