This is one of the best times of year to travel. Across Australia New Year's celebrations include fireworks, special entertainment at nightclubs, and live concerts. After a fun night out, you can spend New Year's Day with family or friends over a home-cooked meal in the spacious living room of a holiday rental. These properties have a long list of amenities including private pools, laundry facilities, and al fresco dining areas.

New Year's in Sydney

Tourists are drawn from all over the globe to spend New Year's in Sydney. The biggest attraction is a fireworks extravaganza on New Year's Eve, with over 80,000 fireworks behind the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. This massive display can be seen within a 16 kilometre radius of the centre of Sydney and often includes a big name performer such as Kylie Minogue.

In addition to the fireworks, the New Year's holiday in Sydney offers much more entertainment. Special ways to celebrate include a New Years cruise complete with dinner and dancing, parties and bonfires on Sydney beaches, and upscale gala events that are a reason to get dressed up and pop bottles of champagne.

Sydney New Years

New Year's in Melbourne

Another fantastic place to celebrate the New Year is in Melbourne. This city is known for its nightlife and, on New Year's, the clubs put on a great show. From gourmet dinners to concerts on beaches, there is no shortage of entertainment in Melbourne on New Year's Eve.

Spending New Year's in Melbourne requires some planning. Tickets will go on sale in advance for several types of events such as cabaret shows or concerts in clubs. For New Year's Day, visitors to Melbourne might want to make reservations for a special brunch or lunch.

New Year's in Brisbane

The city of Brisbane also puts on an impressive show in celebration of New Year's. From special nightclub events to upscale balls to special restaurant menus, there are many ways to celebrate in Brisbane. Tickets for popular concerts and balls often sell out in advance, so be sure to buy tickets ahead of time. Continue the festivities on New Year's Day with a river cruise, hot air balloon tour, or day at the beach on Fraser Island or the Sunshine Coast.

New Year's Day Traditions

Each year, there are many traditions that are celebrated on New Year's Day. One of the best is horse races. Kick off the start of a new year by attending one of the horse races scheduled for this public holiday, such as 'Racing at the Rock' at Hanging Rock. Other fun traditions include picnics, boat outings, or a day of simple fun at the beach.