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Looking for a way to bring in the New Year in your state? Below we have compiled a list of accessible and free (or cheap) events around Australia. So bring your family and friends, and settle in for a night of fireworks and bringing in 2022.

This information was correct at time of printing. Please check with updates to regulations around COVID-19. Also, confirm directly with the provider that programs will still operate and that they can meet your accessibility needs under any COVID-19 rules.

Queensland

Cornucopia 2021 – An LGBTQIA+ NYE Festival Experience

  • Cornucopia 2021 – An LGBTQIA+ NYE Festival Experience on Tamborine Mountain. Safe & inclusive two-night LGBTQIA+ community cultural, performance, music & dance festival experience for the LGBTQIA+ community and allies.
  • Date: 30 Dec 2021- 1 Jan 2022
  • Venue: Eagle Heights Hotel 1683 Tamborine Oxenford Road Wongawallen, QLD 4210.
  • Price: between $88-$99. There is a no-one turned away for lack of funds (NOTAFLOF) Release. If your circumstances mean you cannot afford the ticket price, people who wish to attend this event can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.outlining their circumstances. Case by case basis.
  • Ticket sales end 30 Dec 2021
  • Accessibility: CORNUCOPIA at Eagle Heights Hotel is strictly 18+ and is wheelchair accessible with disabled toilets
  • Event information and tickets available here: Cornucopia 2021 – An LGBTQIA+ NYE Festival Experience

Down Syndrome Queensland’s New Year’s Eve Ball 2021 Brisbane

  • An event hosted by Down Syndrome QLD for those with Down Syndrome and their carers/supports.
  • Date: 31st December 2021
  • Location: Pullman Brisbane, Corner Ann and Roma Streets, Brisbane Qld 4000
  • To register your interest and find more information contact via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Out of Pocket Cost: $284.50 (accommodation, dinner, breakfast)
  • Support Costs: $350.00 (Will be invoiced in Jan 2022)
  • Feel free to contact Teagan Cossor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (07) 3356 6655 if you have any questions.
  • For more information: Down Syndrome QLD Event

Coomera New Year’s Eve Event

  • A family friendly New Years Eve event at Viney Park, Coomera QLD.
  • Amusement rides, live entertainment and fireworks with food and refreshments available.
  • BYO picnic blanket or seatings.
  • Held at Viney Park Coomera QLD, which hosts accessible features such as accessible toilets and wheelchair access to venue.
  • Free event
  • More information posted to Facebook Event Page here:  Coomera NYE Event

Sunshine Coast Fireworks at Mooloolaba Esplanade

  • Venue: Mooloolaba Esplanade
  • Price: Free
  • Event Times: Mooloolaba 8:30pm and Midnight, Caloundra 8:30pm and Coolum 8:30pm
  • These public events are free. These public venues are also glass and alcohol-free venues.
  • Mooloolaba Esplanade Accessibility: Toilets and Wheelchair Access
  • For more information: Mooloolaba Events

Cairns New Year’s Eve at the Esplanade

  • Carnival event on the esplanade for families and alike. Alcohol free with firework shows at 9pm and midnight.
  • Price: Free
  • Venue: Cairns Esplanade Cairns Queensland
  • Contact number: 1300 692 247
  • Contact email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Simulcasting available: All fireworks displays can be simulcast on a smart phone via the LiSTNR app
  • Accessible Facilities: Accessible Toilets, Liberty Swing and Disability Permit Parking available.
  • For more information: Cairns Events

Gold Coast New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Kurrawa Park

  • Two firework displays held at Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach. Family orientated fireworks kick off at 8pm with the 2nd display at midnight.
  • Price: Free
  • Venue: Kurrawa Park, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach QLD 4218
  • Accessible Facilities: Accessible car parking bays, bus drop-off zone, rubber and artificial turf surfacing, perimeter fencing and informal seating, amenities block featuring a change room with a hoist and adjustable table. Access to the change room is restricted to MLAK key holders. Contact Gold Coast City Council on (07) 5581 6984 to query.
  • For more information: Gold Coast Events

New South Wales

New Year's Eve Party in The Park - Bathurst

  • Annual New Years Eve Party in the Park, held at the Adventure Playground in 2021.
  • Beginning at 5pm, with family friendly fireworks display at 9pm.
  • There is live music, show rides, food stalls, markets, and a playground available.
  • Venue: Victoria Park, Adventure Playground, Bathurst.
  • Price: Adults (15+) $6 Children $3 and kids under 2 entry is free.
  • You receive a food voucher and ride voucher with entry price.
  • Ticket enquiries for companion card holders can be made here: 6333 6111
  • Accessible Facilities: Designated Accessible parking zones, ramps located near parking zones, nongendered accessible toilet available and accessible portaloos, maze designed for wheelchair users, accessible flying fox, raised accessible sandpit, complimentary event and ride tickets for companion person with valid companion card, trained assistance animals are welcomed.
  • More information: Bathurst Events

Sydneys New Year's Eve Fireworks

  • With three different time slots for firworks (8:30pm, 9:00pm and Midnight) this free event can be watched from multiple locations or livestreamed on your television or smartphone.
  • Below is information for one viewing point with accessible features.

Pirrama Park

  • Venue: Pirrama Park, Sydney NSW.
  • Price: Free, but a ticketed event due to COVID.
  • Time: 7pm – 1am
  • Partial fireworks views, no glass, no camping, no pets, no busking.
  • Enquiries: 02 9265 9333 
  • Purchase tickets here
  • Accessible Facilities: Accessible entrance and continuous path of travel, accessible drop off point, transport less than 1km. 
  • Accesible Viewing Area Booking and Information: here

Barangaroo Accessible Viewing Area

  • NYE21 Accessibility Map
  • Reserved for people with accessible needs and their family and friends.
  • Accessible toilets available
  • Grassed area and viewing deck available 
  • No seating provided 
  • Site opens at 5pm and closes at 12:45am 
  • Lift access available 
  • Accessible buggy transfer is offered with ticket purchase for accessible patrol + 4 guests.
  • Book here: NYE 2021 Barangaroo Reserve tickets

Sydney Opera House Accessile Viewing Area

New Years Eve Fireworks Spectacular and Family Fun Night- Berry 

  • Carnival rides, lawnmower racing and a fireworks display at 9pm.
  • Time: 5pm-9pm 
  • Price: Adults $7.50, children under 15 years are free entry. Pay at gate.
  • Location: Berry Showground Alexandra St, Berry NSW 2535
  • Accessibile Facilities: Accesible toilet facilities and disability parking spots.
  • More information: Berry Events

NYE 2021 Maitland

  • Family-friendly event with free amusements, face painting, and activities. Food, beverage and dessert stalls will be available. Celebrations will conclude with a fireworks display at 9.00pm.
  • Time: 5pm-9pm
  • Price: Free
  • Location: The Levee Maitland NSW 2320 Australia
  • Accessibile Facilities: The Levee is  flat but there are a number of different surfaces across the precinct and some that are uneven. There is an accessible toilet located in The Riverlink and 3 accessible parking bays. 
  • More information: Maitland's Events

Christmas Lights Spectacular

  • Gather some friends and family for a Christmas-themed lights display.
  • Enjoy amusement rides like the carousel, Ferris wheel, a Superslide, and Tea Cup ride.
  • Dine and Discover NSW vouchers can be used for purchasing ride passes and at selected food stalls
  • Companion card accepted.
  • Features: Food stalls, amusement rides, giant Christmas lights displays.
  • Date: Now until 26 January 2022
  • Time: 5:30PM – 10:30PM
  • Location: Broke Road, Pokolbin, NSW 2320
  • Contact number: 02 4998 4000
  • Prices: $32 for adults 16+ years, $25 for children 4-15 years, Free for children 3 years and under.
  • Discounted rates for group bookings of 12 people or more must book in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • For more information and ticket purchasing: Hunter Valley Gardens.

Catalina Lakefront Retreat

  • Fully accessible large group accommodation, ideal for school camps, or group getaways
  • Within walking distance to the Catalina community sports grounds, bowling club, and shops.
  • Location: 171 Dorrington Road, Rathmines NSW 2283, on the foreshore of Lake Macquarie
  • Features: Single-level facilities, paved pathways along the waterfront, BBQ area, commercial kitchen, conference facilities
  • Contact number: 02 4975 3055
  • Contact email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • For more information and price details: Catalina Acc

Victoria

New Years Eve by the River

  • Food, drinks, bar and kids activities. BYO gazebos, chairs, tables and picnic rugs. No BYO alcohol.
  • Time: Open 6pm
  • Price: Free Entry
  • Location: Maydale Reserve, 22 McBryde Street, Horsham, Victoria.
  • Accessible Facilities: Disabled access available, contact operator for details on 0400 425 254
  • More information: Grampians Events

New Year's Eve in Melbourne

Live shows and fireworks displays throughout Melbourne. Below are the main locations to enjoy the fireworks for free. Ticketed entry to venues is required via a Ticket Ballot, this ballot is now closed. However, all  unclaimed tickets will be released via Ticketek on Monday 20th December 2021 at 11am.

Services animals are allowed in these venues. 

Entry Requirement: NYE Celebration Zone attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or able to provide a valid medical exemption. 

The below venues are wheelchair accessible with accessible toilet facilities. The feature film and pre feature entertainment will be closed captioned. All nearby train stations are wheelchair accesssible.

  • Yarra Park, Next to the MCG. Free music & entertainment from 6pm-10pm. Fireworks at 9.30pm. 
  • Footscray Park, Maribyrnong. Free music entertainment from 6:30pm-10.30pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm. Free parking at Victoria University and the Flemington Racecourse
  • Docklands, Alight at Southern Cross Station. DJ music from 9pm to 1am. Fireworks at midnight. 
  • Treasury Gardens, Alight at Parliament Station. DJ music from 9pm to 1am. Fireworks at midnight. 
  • Kings Domain, Alight at Flinders Street Station. DJ music from 9pm to 1am. Fireworks at midnight. 
  • Flagstaff Gardens, Alight at Flagstaff Station. DJ music from 9pm to 1am. Fireworks at midnight. 

These events are free.


Tasmania

Hobart New Year's Eve Firework 

Hobart Mobility Map

There are two time slots for this event's fireworks. There is a 9:30pm display for families and a midnight display. This event is free of charge and open to the public.

 Vantage points for these celebrations include:

  • Hobart Waterfront 
  • Clarence - Clarence Mobility Map
  • Sandy Park
  • Mount Nelson Reserve - The lookout is fully accessible however please note that the picnic area and unsheltered tables and BBQS provide limited disability access. 
  • Mount Wellington.

Western Australia

New Years Eve on Rottnest Island

This event is free, however due to COVID-19 and number restrictions registration is required. You can register for this venue here: Get Tickets.

This event kicks off at 3pm 21st December 2021, with a fireworks display at 9pm. Ferry tickets are purchased seperately from event tickets. There are late ferry departures back to Fremantle and Hillarys. There is a free accessible shuttle bus running from 9:30pm to 1am from the below locations:

  • Main Bus Stop
  • Geordie Bay
  • Kingstown

Rottnest Island provides wide pathways, accessible signage and ramps for visitors. Three is an accredited Changing Place facility available at Henderson Avenue ablution block, near the Holy Trinity Catholic Church. MLAK users can use this facility, however if you are not an MLAK user you can request keys from the Visitor Centre on 08 9372 9730.

For more information: Rottnest Island: NYE 2021

Perth City New Years Eve

Event held from 6pm - 2am at the Perth Cultural Centre and Yagan Square. It is a family-friendly free event with fireworks at both 9pm and Midnight. 

The city of Perth advertises the following accessible features:

For more information: The City at New Year's Eve | Visit Perth 


South Australia

New Years Eve in Rymill Park

Starting at 6pm - 11:59pm, cost is $15 full price, $12 concession, $10 children over 2, $35 per family (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult or 3 children).  There will be two firework displays, one at 9:30pm and midnight. Rymill Park is an inclusive venue, with sensory elements, waterplay and features for those with disabilities. Accessible toilets and accredited changing facility availability, accessible paths too.

  • Venue: Rymill Park/Murlawirrapurka (Park 14) East Terrace, Adelaide, 5000. Entry is via Esat Tce gate.
  • Tickets can be booked here: Book Tickets
  • Contact details: 0448 158 192 
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Australian Capital Territory 

New Years Eve at Lake Burley Griffin 

Entertainment is available on 31st December 2021 from 6pm-9pm with 2 fireworks displays at 9pm and midnight. The fireworks will be launched from 3 seperate areas across Lake Burley Griffin, the map of fireworks locations is available here: Locations. Accessible paths are available, and multiple flat surfaces viewing points all around the Lake. This is a free event. There are limited accessible toilet facilities available here. Most accessible parking is available at Regatta Point location of Lake Burley Grififin.

For more information: Canberra NYE


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