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The Gold Coast will welcome in 2019 with many free events across the city.

New Year’s Eve fireworks – Monday, 31 December 2018

Fireworks at 8pm and midnight
Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach
Come down to Broadbeach and enjoy the fireworks on New Year’s Eve, with a fireworks display at 8pm and another at midnight.
Phone: 07 5656 0100
Website: Broadbeach Gold Coast

Broadwater Parklands, Southport
Event starts at 4.30pm
Fireworks at 8.30pm
Marine Parade, Southport
The Food Truck Feast is on again and what better way to bring in the new year than with food, fun and fireworks. There will be local entertainers and good food, followed by a fireworks spectacular at 8.30pm.
Phone: 07 5667 5977

Event starts at 5pm
Fireworks at 9pm
Viney Park, 1 Yaun Street, Coomera
This free community event will start at 5pm with live entertainment, food, drinks, amusement rides, sideshow alley and finishing with fireworks at 9pm.
Phone: 07 5581 1680
Facebook: Cr Cameron Caldwell Facebook

Family celebration starting at 4pm
Fireworks at 8pm
Harley Park, 370 Marine Parade, Labrador
Family New Year’s Eve event with entertainment, food, and fireworks at 8pm.
Phone: 0404 482 551
Facebook: Australian Events and Entertainment

North Kirra Surf Life Saving Club New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Event starts at 4.30pm
Fireworks at 7.30pm
North Kirra Surf Life Saving Club, Pacific Parade, North Kirra
Family friendly event with jumping castle, glow sticks, snow cones, barbecue and drinks available; fireworks cracking at 7.30pm.
Phone: 07 5599 2090
Website: North Kirra

Paradise Point
‘Triology’, a triple fireworks spectacular
5pm - 9pm
Paradise Point Parklands, The Esplanade, Paradise Point
A live music concert with a triple fireworks spectacular synchronised to music on the Broadwater at Paradise Point. Food will be available.
Phone: 07 5581 1680
Website: Cr Cameron Caldwell Facebook

Surfers Paradise
Fireworks at 8pm and midnight on the beach
Surfers Paradise Beach, Surfers Paradise
Website: Surfers Paradise Gold Coast

Varsity Lakes
Starting at 5.30pm
Fireworks at 8.30pm
Varsity Promenade, Varsity Lakes
Celebrate the New Year with a free party commencing at 5.30pm on the waterfront. Bring your picnic blanket and enjoy an evening of entertainment on the waterfront stage. There’ll be fun for all ages and a spectacular fireworks display over Lake Orr at 8.30pm
Phone: 07 5581 7282
Facebook: Cr Hermann Vorster Facebook

Preparing for New Year's Eve

Please check out some of our helpful tips when planning your New Year's Eve celebrations.

Enjoy a picnic or barbecue in our parks and foreshores

The City's parks and foreshores are a great place to bring in the New Year with the family. Check out the location of public barbecues using our interactive map. Remember, if you're planning a picnic, our parks and foreshores are alcohol-free zones.

Getting around

Residents should use public transport to get around the city on New Year's Eve. Surfside Bus Lines will add extra services to their weekday timetable to help people get around. Train services will operate to a special timetable with extra services after 9pm. You can Ride-the-G between Broadbeach and Southport. To plan your journey, visit the Translink website.

Your pets don't like to party

Dog dresses with with New Year's Eve decorations

While you're having fun watching the fireworks on New Year's Eve, your pets may not be having such a good time. Dogs in particular may be afraid of fireworks and try to run away, sometimes injuring themselves in the process or ending up in the city pound.

A few helpful hints:

  • Ensure your pets are safely contained (preferably inside).
  • Pets should have a registration tag and/or ID tag and be micro-chipped as an identified pet is never lost for long.
  • Seek advice from you vet as to methods to help calm your pet.

For more advice about caring for your pets during fireworks, visit our Pet education page.

Keeping you and your family safe

City of Gold Coast has fixed closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras in key entertainment precincts of Southport, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Coolangatta.

During New Year's Eve, we work with local police to use CCTV cameras in busy precincts to keep visitors and locals safe. The cameras are monitored around the clock, with police immediately notified about safety issues.

For more information, visit our Safety camera network page.

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