The Top Spots In Brisbane To Spend New Years Eve With The Kids

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Remember when New Year’s Eve was just about finding the best parties, and not worrying about where you were going to sleep until after the sun came up? Then you had kids. Now somebody has to be the responsible adult, and apparently that somebody is you. 

But don’t despair, just because you have kids doesn’t mean you need to stay home on New Year’s Eve. There’s still plenty of fun to be had, and we’ve found the top options for you.


Southbank is a hub of activity on New Year's Eve and it has the best fireworks too. They run a family-friendly countdown at 8:30pm, which you can watch from anywhere in the parklands, or you can get fancy and hire a private gondola on the Wheel of Brisbane. If you want to dine in one of the restaurants, you’d be best off making a booking because they get mega busy. Or bring a picnic and find a spot on the grass. Get in early to get a good spot. 

Where: Southbank Parklands, South Brisbane
Cost: Free


Woodford Folk Festival is a wonderful 5-day event for families, with a children’s festival, loads of activities and things to see, and a beautiful atmosphere. New Year’s Eve is a special celebration and if you book them in early, you can drop your kids off at the Land of Nod and head out into the festival on your own for a bit. Freedom! 

Where: 87 Woodrow Road, Woodford
Cost: Day passes from $130 for adults, $75 for youth (13-17) and $15 for kids (6-12), and free for 5 and under. Season and camping tickets are also available.

Sandstone Point Hotel 

New Year's Eve kicks off early at the Sandstone Point Hotel with festivities getting underway at 12pm. It has kids’ rides, food stalls, live music, entertainment and heaps more going on. Plus they’ve got kids’ fireworks at the respectable time of 8:30pm, so you can be tucked up early and fresh for the new year the following day. Of course, there will be spectacular traditional fireworks at midnight!

Where: 1800 Bribie Island Rd, Sandstone Point
Cost: Adults $5.65, children $2.55, under 3s are free. (There is also a cocktail party for adults only from $129pp + bf.)

New Year’s Eve At Lakeside

Join the local community for free family fun and fireworks at the annual New Year's Eve at Lakeside event. From 5pm - 9:30pm at Victoria Point Lakeside Shopping Centre there will be free magic shows, the comedy circus, music and a fireworks finale on the lake! PLUS the High St Markets will be offering amazing food and crafts.

Where: 7-27 Bunker Road, Victoria Point
Cost: Free

Party On The Promenade

Stamford Plaza Brisbane is hosting one of the best family-friendly New Year's Eve events right on the water. Party on the Promenade will have fireworks displays at 8:30pm and midnight, plus kids entertainment, food stations and DJ Master D on the decks so you can dance the decade away!

Where: Stamford Plaza Brisbane, 39 Edward St, Brisbane
Cost: $79 for adults (with a 3hr drinks package from 7-10pm plus $20 food voucher); $39 for kids age 5-17 (with a 3hr soft drink package from 7-10pm plus $15 food voucher)

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Image credit: Woodford Folk Festival