Adventure seekers, music lovers, party goers and food feasters. You’re in luck. As 2016 draws to a close, the Gold Coast dishes up an awesome selection of New Years’ options. From French-themed decadence to rock and roll debaucherie. From dinner in the sky through to white-themed island parties, here’s our top ten list of New Year’s Eve options on the Gold Coast.
1. Midnight Trip at NightQuarter
If killer local music is your bag, this is the event for you. The Delta Riggs, The Vans, Sahara Beck, Aquila Young, Yes Sir Noceur, Peach Fur, Lotus Ship and Keelan Mak will take to the stage to help you see the year out in musical style.
General admission gets you access to the event from 4.00 – 12.30pm and includes free entry to NightQuarter markets with all 120 venders open until 10.00pm. There’s also additional live music, street performers and kids’ activities throughout the market for those not able to party until the wee hours. Details at nightquarter.com.au.
2. White Party NYE
Cruise and party on a secret island at an event that’s sold out every year since 2008. International DJs, the white stage, live music and a whole smorgasbord of entertainment awaits you after you depart Mariner’s Cove. Details at whitepartynye.com.au.
3. Paradise Found NYE Party
From 7.30pm until late, the Beach Hotel at Byron will come alive with cocktail bars, food stalls, live music from Sapote and Madison Kat as well as Tom & Jarry DJs. Locals’ discount applies for tickets purchased up until 24 December at Beach Bottle Shop (conditions apply). Other tickets via OZTIX.
4. Four Winds 360
See the new year in at one of the most scenic restaurants on the Gold Coast. You’ll watch the city’s lights twinkle at your feet from the 26th floor as you feast to your heart’s content from the only revolving restaurant in Queensland. More at fourwindsrestaurant.com.au.
5. Midnight in Paris, Cabana Bar & Lounge
You’ll be transported to Paris with tapas, entertainment and a four-hour beverage package along with French cocktails at Cabana Bar & Lounge. It’s the closest you’ll get to new years eve in the City of Love with doors opening from 7.30pm. More at firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Boogie Nights at QT
You’ll feel like you got stuck in 1977 if you hit NYE at QT Gold Coast. Think safari suits, the tightest hot pants possible and roller skates for a night of disco fever from 8.00pm until late. Mirror balls, bit hair blow-dries and a saucy undercurrent of indie pop culture will be the order of the day when The Boogie Nights theme runs across the hotel’s Bazaar restaurant and Stingray lounge. Tickets via goldcoasttickets.com.au.
7. Blast from the Past at Sharks
The soundtrack to the 70s, 80s and 90s will have you experiencing nostalgia overload at Southport Sharks. Virtuosity will be on the main stage from 8.30pm, there’s a succulent seafood buffet (and a free bottle of bubbly if you book for six people or more). Plus (if the bubbly does its work), you can sing-a-long to your heart’s content at Mackenzie’s Sports Bar with free karaoke from 7.30pm. More at southportsharks.com.au.
8. New Year’s Eve with a bang on Currumbin Creek
Rock out to the Bee Gees and internationally acclaimed Abba Rebjorn, feast on a two course meal and take in the fireworks. Dinner served from 7.15pm at Currumbin RSL’s Waterside Events space. More at currumbinrsl.com.au.
9. A Knight to Remember
Dennis Knight will help you relive the best rock and roll of the 50s, 60s and 70s at Southport RSL. A two-course meal and cabaret seating just adds to the appeal. Details at rslclubsouthport.com.au.
10. Party like a rock star in the heart of Surfers Paradise
Rock hard for new year’s eve like the glam rock star that you are. Hard Rock Café has a bunch of new years’ packages which include unlimited beverage options as well as dining experiences. Get all the packages at hardrock.com/cafes/surfersparadise.
For other live music and event options, check blankgc.com.au/goldcoasteventsguide/.