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

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    All Ages

By: Carolyn Tate, ellaslist
Nov 23, 2018

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.

How about one of these:


Southbank is a hub of activity on New Years 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. 

Website: Southbank Parklands
Where: Southbank Parklands, South Brisbane
Cost: Free


Woodford is a wonderful festival 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.


Website: Woodford Folk Festival
Where: 87 Woodrow Road, Woodford
Cost: Day tickets are $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 Years Eve kicks off early at the Sandstone Point Hotel, with festivities getting underway at 12pm. It has kids’ rides, 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.

Website: Sandstone Point Hotel
Where: 1800 Bribie Island Rd, Sandstone Point
Cost: Adults $5.50, children $2.50, under 3s are free. (There is also a cocktail party for adults only at a cost of $128.05.)

Manly Harbour Village

Avoid the city crowds and join in the family fun at Manly Harbour Village, with a carnival atmosphere along the esplanade and a movie in the park. Restaurants will be open, along with some stalls staying open from the morning markets. Children’s fireworks are on at 9pm. 

Website: Manly Harbour Village
Where: The Esplanade, Manly
Cost: Free

Robelle Domain

There’s a wonderful family atmosphere at Robelle Domain parklands for New Years Eve, and the Greater Springfield community flocks to it. Festivities kick off at 5pm, with carnival rides, food and beverage stalls, and live music. Then the evening wraps up with children’s fireworks at 9pm. 

Website: Robelle Domain 
Where: Robelle Domain Parklands, Springfield Central
Cost: Free

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Image credit: Woodford Folk Festival