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New Year’s Eve Event Guide

Charntel Cleveland | December 2020

Slam the door on 2020 with an epic New Year’s Eve celebration including friends, frolicking and good old-fashioned frivolity.

But with many venues reopening under COVID-Safe plans, New Year’s Eve is the ideal opportunity to slam the door on 2020 and ring in the new year with some fun, frolicking and good old-fashioned frivolity.

Here we’ve rounded up some of the Gold Coast’s most popular New Year’s Eve events spanning parties, cruises and specialty dining, as well as family-friendly options ideal for the whole family.

Parties

Cocktail party at The Island (Cost: from $159)

Party under the stars at the Gold Coast’s largest open-air rooftop bar with live entertainment, immersive pop-up displays, roaming performers, special guests and more. From 8pm, enjoy a 4.5-hour food and drinks package including premium tap beers and cider, wine, French bubbles and delicious canapes. Doors open at 7pm and the party kicks on until 5am.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve at The Island.

VIP Penthouse party at The Island (Cost: from $219)

The VIP experience at the Island Penthouse gives you exclusive access to one of the hottest New Year’s Eve parties on the Gold Coast. Enjoy premium food and drinks, entertainment, DJs, roaming performers and dazzling pop-up displays, plus 360-degree views of the Surfers Paradise CBD, coastline and hinterland. Starting at 8pm, the VIP experience includes 4.5-hour food and premium drinks package.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve at The Island.

New Year’s Eve celebrations at The Lucky Squire (Cost: from $129)

The Lucky Squire’s two-storey brewhouse at Broadbeach is set to ring in the new year with good vibes and great times with a four-hour food, drinks and entertainment package for $159 per person. Early birds can secure a ticket for $129.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve celebrations at the Lucky Squire.

VIP Masquerade Ball at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove (Cost: $299)

Add some mystique to your New Year’s Eve at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort’s VIP Masquerade Ball. Enjoy canapes and a fancy four-course meal plus a five-hour drinks package and live entertainment. There will also be fireworks by The Fountain Terrace at midnight.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about VIP Masquerade Ball at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort.

NYE reggae party at Southport Yacht Club (Cost: adults $109, kids $59)

Calling all reggae lovers! Dust off your tie-dyed shirts and crochet beanies this New Year’s Eve for Southport Yacht Club’s “Reggaetta” party. Grab a pre-dinner pina colada, mojito or a Caribbean breeze before tucking into a four-course Caribbean-style dinner. Hit the floor for a bogle dance or kick back and relax as you soak up the chilled reggae beats of music duo Kulaz. Make sure you look the part—there will also be prizes for best-dressed guest, best reggae dancer and best-dressed couple.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about NYE reggae party at Southport Yacht Club.

Golden Globes party at Retro’s Cocktail Lounge (Cost: from $120)

Party like a movie star at Retro’s New Year’s Eve Golden Globes party, where they’ll be belting out the hits from the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s all night long. A three-hour food and beverage package runs from 9pm until midnight and don’t forget to glam up as there will also be prizes for best dressed throughout the night.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about the Golden Globes party at Retro’s.

Roaring ‘20s party at The Cavill Hotel (Cost: from $99)

The glitz and glamour of the roaring ‘20s is calling at The Cavill Hotel in Surfers Paradise this New Year’s Eve. Choose from the $99 or $149 four-hour food and beverage package, or add on cocktails for an extra $50. There’ll also be venue voucher giveaways for best-dressed guests, with live entertainment and count-down celebrations at midnight.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about the Roaring ‘20s at The Cavill Hotel.

NYE at The Rusty Barrel (Cost: free)

Enjoy delicious food, fine whiskies and exclusive cocktails that’ll start your New Year off the right way! DJ performance from 8pm onwards.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve at The Rusty Barrel.

Glitz, Glamour and Everything Gold party at Finn McCool’s (Cost: $109)

Get set to celebrate all that glitters at Fin McCool’s in Surfers Paradise, with the Irish bar’s Glitz, Glamour and Everything Gold party. A three-hour food and beverage package includes beer, wine, soft drinks and tapas, as well as live entertainment. There will also be prizes for the best dressed as well as other promos and giveaways.   

Visit our events calendar to see more information about Finn McCool’s Glitz, Glamour and Everything Gold party

SkyPoint New Year’s Eve ($129)

Take your party sky high and welcome 2021 at SkyPoint on Level 77 of the Q1 building at Surfers Paradise. Tickets are $129 per person and include entry to SkyPoint, access to chef-manned food stations, delicious canapes, a two-hour beverage package plus live entertainment.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about SkyPoint New Year’s Eve.

LUXE party at Stingray Lounge, QT Gold Coast (Cost: from $119)

Rub shoulders with a head-turning crowd and see out the year on a high with a lavish night at LUXE—an opulent New York loft-style party filled with fanciful entertainers, fashion aficionados and flowing champagne. There’ll also be fun food stations as part of a three-hour food and beverage package, as well as live entertainment and LUXE surprises throughout the night.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about LUXE party at Stingray Lounge, QT Gold Coast.

Wicked Club Crawl nightclub party tour (Cost: From $49) – SOLD OUT

A ticket for the Wicked Club Crawl is the ultimate party passport for those planning on hitting multiple nightclubs this New Year’s Eve. You’ll save time lining up and money on cover charges, with your ticket covering entry into four of the hottest clubs in Surfers Paradise. The package also includes pizza and nibbles, venue vouchers, party games, prizes and private security.

Retro Revival dinner and show at Southport Sharks (Cost: adults $65–$75, kids over five $24–$26) – SOLD OUT

Tease your hair, shove in some shoulder pads and take the fam to Frenzy’s this New Year’s Eve, where you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet as well live entertainment from ‘80s Glam Rock Gods band and Bon Jovi Tribute. The buffet will be filled with summer favourites like prawns, oysters, roast meats, salads and desserts, and you can groove the night away to some of the ‘80s greatest rock anthems and pop dance classics.

Black and White Music Extravaganza at The Gold Coast Italo-Australian Club (Cost: $89)

Enjoy a delicious three-course meal at the Gold Coast Italo-Australian club this New Year’s Eve, while grooving to tunes from classic acts such as Abba, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Little Richie and many more. Bookings are essential and doors open at 6pm.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about the Black and White Music Extravaganza.

Wild New Year’s Eve at Aviary Rooftop Bar, Southport Sharks (Cost: from $129) – SOLD OUT

It’s a jungle out there! Well, it will be at Aviary Rooftop Bar’s Wild New Year’s Eve party. Guests will be treated to a fun sensory safari with front-row seats to views of the Gold Coast skyline plus live music from DJ GNGE featuring bongo drums and entertainment from roaming jungle acrobats. Celebrations kick off at 7pm and all ticket holders will enjoy a four-hour food and beverage package from 8.30pm.

Aloha New Year’s at Cabana Bar and Lounge, Southport Sharks (Cost: free)

Southport Sharks’ Cabana Bar and Lounge is hosting a tropical-flavoured New Year’s Eve celebration—perfect for those seeking a more intimate, laid-back atmosphere to ring in 2021. Kick back in an open-air cabana and enjoy refreshing cocktails and Hawaiian-inspired tapas. You’ll also receive a complimentary welcome cocktail if you book for this event.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about the Aloha New Year’s at Cabana Bar and Lounge.

Hollywood Nights party at Spaghetti and Jazz (Cost: $135)

Roll in on the red carpet and celebrate the new year in style at Spaghetti and Jazz’s Hollywood Nights New Year’s Eve party. Receive a glass of bubbles on arrival and enjoy a live variety show featuring hits from genres spanning rock ‘n’ roll, disco, musicals and pop. A delicious selection of tapas will be served and you can dance into the wee hours of January 1.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about the Hollywood Nights New Year’s Eve party at Spaghetti and Jazz.

CRUISES

New Year’s Eve cruise along the Broadwater (Cost: adults $117, kids $85)

Join Spirit Broadwater Cruises this New Year’s Eve for a family-friendly, relaxing, calm water cruise with stunning views. Cruise highlights include cocktail-style dining with canapes, live music and a fully licenced bar.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about Spirit Broadwater Cruises family-friendly New Year’s Eve cruise

New Year’s Eve cruise aboard the Spirit of Elston (Cost: $199)

Cruise along the Gold Coast waterways aboard Sea World’s newest vessel, the Spirit of Elston. The four-hour cruise departs and returns from Surfers Paradise and takes you to the Broadwater, seeing Marina Mirage, Sea World, Palazzo Versace and more. Celebrations include a four-hour beverage package, live music and canape selections all aboard a classy air-conditioned vessel. Boarding is 8.15pm for an 8.30pm departure.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve cruise aboard the Spirit of Elston.

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SHOWS AND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

New Year’s Eve at Dracula’s (Cost: $155)

Get set to sink your fangs into 2021 at Dracula’s, where you can experience the cabaret theatre’s latest live show Muertos while sipping cocktails and savouring a delicious three-course meal. You’ll also get a ghost train ride, VIP necklace and complimentary glass of bubbles at midnight.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve at Dracula’s.

PINK the Tribute Show at Diggers and Sports Club (Cost: $149)

If you’re a Pink fan, you’re in for a treat this New Year’s Eve. Diggers and Sports Club in Surfers Paradise are hosting PINK the Tribute show, complete with live band playing all her hits and a four-hour food and beverage package.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about PINK the Tribute Show at Diggers and Sports Club.

New Year’s Eve entertainment at Currumbin RSL (Free)

For a chilled, live music experience this New Year’s Eve, head to Currumbin RSL. Soloist Tim Conlon will be playing from 2pm–5pm, followed by Deck Acoustics with Ben Amour from 5pm–8pm. Acoustic duo Resonance will help you ring in the new year when they take the stage from 8pm–1am.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve entertainment at Currumbin RSL.

New Year’s Eve entertainment at the Coolangatta Hotel (Cost: $29.10)

If you’re looking for a fun night filled with live music, The Cooly Hotel has you covered. The fun starts from 5pm in the Main Bar with Musical Bingo hosted by Hit That Hit before soloist Steve Blaik takes the stage at 7pm. Disco Disciples follow at 10pm with nostalgic ’70s funk, while in the Bandroom, Division 4 will have you rocking out from 9pm until after midnight.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about New Year’s Eve at the Coolangatta Hotel.

DINNER AND DRINKS

Yamagen at QT Gold Coast (Cost: from $80)

For those who appreciate modern Japanese flavours, funky surroundings and a well-executed bar, Yamagen is the place to be this New Year’s Eve. Enjoy a special menu, which includes champagne on arrival and access to Stingray’s New Year’s Eve party LUXE.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about Yamagen at QT Gold Coast.

Bazaar Marketplace, QT Gold Coast (Cost: adults from $129, kids from $39)

For a global dining experience this New Year’s Eve, immerse yourself in the magic of Bazaar’s Marketplace, inspired by the souks and bodegas of international street stalls. On offer is trawler-fresh seafood, crustacean and charcuterie bars, Asian delicacies, grill stations, a wood-fired pizza oven, rotisserie and much more. Choose from a variety of dinner and drinks packages, which also includes free entry to Stingray’s LUXE party for adults.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about Bazaar Marketplace, QT Gold Coast.

Carmody’s, Southport Sharks (Cost: $85–$95) – SOLD OUT

Celebrate with your tastebuds at Carmody’s this New Year’s Eve and enjoy a three-course culinary treat with a head chef Nathan Hay’s special celebratory menu. Complement your meal with the restaurant’s wide range of wines and spirits. If you would like a recommendation, the restaurant’s knowledgeable staff are happy to assist.

Palazzo Versace Gold Coast (Cost: $249 to $695)

Mark the start of a marvellous 2021 at Palazzo Versace, with a range of dining options to choose from. Enjoy a decadent six-course degustation with matched wines at Vanitas, or three or four courses of fine Italian cuisine at Il Barocco. Alternatively, begin 2021 under the stars as the Water Salon is transformed into a spectacular array of pyrotechnics with roving entertainment and DJ, delectable food stations, canapes and free-flowing beverages.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about Palazzo Versace.

Nineteen at The Star Gold Coast (Cost: adults $160, kids $75)

For a first-class New Year’s Eve experience, head to Nineteen at The Star where you can choose from two separate dinner settings by sunset or moonlight. Enjoy an unforgettable, multi-course dining experience at one of the Gold Coast’s most elegant locations.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about Nineteen at The Star Gold Coast

Cucina Vivo at The Star Gold Coast ($77–$190) – SOLD OUT

Welcome the New Year Italian style at Cucina Vivo, with two seating times to choose from. Start the night off right with a three-course share menu between 6pm and 8pm with a two-hour drinks package, or ring in the new year from 8.30pm with a set menu and three-hour beverage package.

Garden Kitchen and Bar at the Star Gold Coast (Cost: from $125) – SOLD OUT

Whether you want to relax on The Lawn with a picnic package, book a special dinner in the restaurant or dance the night away on the deck, Garden Kitchen and Bar has it all. The restaurant and picnic menus each come with a three-hour drinks package.

Kiyomi Restaurant at The Star Gold Coast (Cost: $154)

Farewell 2020 Japanese style at Kiyomi Restaurant, with an innovative set menu created by visionary Executive Chef Chase Kojima. Two sittings are available and include glass of champagne on arrival.

Visit our events calendar to see more information Kiyomi Restaurant at The Star Gold Coast.

Imperial at The Star Gold Coast (Cost: Various)

Treat yourself to something extra special this New Year’s Eve and indulge in a beautiful Chinese meal with friends and family at Imperial at The Star. There are two sittings to choose from and guests will be welcomed with a glass of bubbles. At the first sitting, from 5.30pm–7.30pm, you can select dishes from the a la carte menu or at the second sitting, from 7.45pm until late, you can enjoy a buffet menu.

Visit our events calendar to see more information at Imperial at The Star Gold Coast.

Terraces Restaurant at Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort (Cost: adults $220, kids $89)

For a classy family-friendly evening, book a spot at Terraces Restaurant where your taste buds will celebrate a decadent seafood buffet, salads and vegetables, delicious roasts and indulgent desserts. Adults receive complimentary bubbles on arrival.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about Terraces Restaurant at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort.

Horizons, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort (Cost: $349)

Elegant, modern dining setting Horizons is providing a lavish seven-course degustation dinner with matching wines to toast the new year. The mouth-watering set menu, carefully crafted by Head Chef Christopher Dodds, features dishes including tuna dukkha with compressed melon, avocado, soy and ginger vinaigrette, spiced duck with sauteed scallop and spring vegetables and a dark chocolate semi freddo with strawberry consomme, pistachio meringue and dontel.

Visit our events calendar to see more information about the New Year’s Eve degustation dinner at Horizons, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort .

FAMILY-FRIENDLY OPTIONS

If you’re seeking New Year’s Eve celebrations the whole family can enjoy, these events are ideal for adults and children alike:

  • NYE reggae party at Southport Yacht Club, including dinner and entertainment (Cost: adults $109, kids $59).
  • Retro Revival dinner and show at Southport Sharks (Cost: adults $65–$75, kids over five $24–$26).
  • New Year’s Eve cruise on the Spirit of Broadwater, including canapes and live music (Cost: adults $117, kids $85).
  • Dinner at Bazaar Marketplace, QT Gold Coast (Cost: adults from $110, teens $110, kids $49).
  • Gourmet sunset picnic at Nineteen at The Star Gold Coast (Cost: adults $160, kids $75).
  • Buffet dinner at Terraces Restaurant, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort (Cost: adults $220, kids $89).

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