Traditions vary from place to place but there is one festival which is celebrated all over the world at same time with same gusto and same excitement. This is New Year celebration. Though capital city of Queensland is Brisbane, however when it comes to New Years Eve parties, most Queenslanders definitely head down to the Gold Coast and its attraction Surfers Paradise. Surfers Paradise is the capital of the Gold Coast, and one of the largest tourist destinations in Australia with many events and celebrations on New Years Eve 2018. From the high rise apartments that line the shore, to the the nightclubs, pubs and late night shopping lining the mall, Surfers is busy all through the day and night, especially on the occasion of Christmas and New Year holidays.
Venues and Events
With a dramatic backdrop of sykscrapers, topped by the iconic Q1 Tower, a long frontage of golden beaches and an absolutely buzzing bar and club scene supported by some of the most luxurious hotels in the world, Surfers really does have something for everyone this new years eve. You are of course also ideally positioned if you would like to head a little further north and do some scuba diving on the Great barrier Reef.
The focal point of the evening’s festivities is the midnight NYE fireworks display, which prides itself on being the biggest in the whole of Queensland, The coastal setting of Surfers Paradise means you get an excellent view from pretty much anyway, and in fact you’ll be able to see the pyrotechnics very clearly all the way down the Gold Coast, right as far as Burleigh Heads.
Surfers Paradise itself is quite compact, and you walk between Cavill Mall and the beaches. In fact walking may often take less time than trying to find a parking spot close to the centre. Surfside bus lines provides public bus services for the Gold Coast area, for timetable information and prices . Taxi cabs are another way to go, but can be quite expensive on New Year holidays.
In Surfers itself The Esplanade on the foreshore will be the hub of activity with crowds drifting between the various parties on offer. A lot of people bring a picnic (i.e a barbeque!) and their blankets and hunker down for the evening – remember you’re deep in the southern hemisphere here so the weather will be balmy. There is an earlier fireworks display at 9pm aimed at families with younger kids who might not want to stay out for the main event at midnight.
Away from the main NYE events, for those of a livelier disposition there is a plethora of bars and clubs to choose from – one option is to see as many as you can with a Nightclub Tour which starts at Surfers Paradise Beer Garden on the famous Cavill Avenue at 5.00pm and later moves on to venues including Billy’s Beach House, Cocktails & Dreams, Vanity Nightclub and Sincity The Nightclub.
Accommodations on NYE
Several opular hotels in Surfer Paradise are Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, Mantra Circle On Cavill, Palazzo Versace Hotel, Sanctuary Cove Resort, Conrad Jupiters, Broadbeach, Sea World Resort, Main Beach, Q1 Resort & Spa, Mantra Legends Hotel, Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise, Surfers Paradise. Do remember to book well in advance your rooms and your tickets to avoid any last moment problems.