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New Year's Eve events

The Gold Coast welcomed in 2018 with many fun and free events across the city. Information for New Year's Eve celebrations being held 31 December 2018 will be available later in the year.

In the meantime, check out some 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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