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How to ring in the 2024 New Year around Cairns

Kevin the cassowary

TNQ Writer

Still deciding what you want to do for New Year’s Eve? From fireworks to dinners, send off 2023 and welcome in 2024 with these celebrations near Cairns.

Cairns Esplanade

Fireworks on the Esplanade is a must.

Photo credit: Xplosive Art

Say goodbye to the year that was with a good old fashioned dose of fireworks. This year there will be two displays – a family-friendly show at 8:30pm and a second show at midnight. There will also be a a screening of the family movie “The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking” at 6.30pm.

Pack a picnic and find a spot along the Esplanade lawns, or take the stress off your shoulders and support local businesses by booking dinner at one of the many restaurants in the CBD.

If you live on the south side, there will also be family fireworks at 8.30pm at Walter Road Sporting Precinct in Edmonton, as well as a screening of the family movie “The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking” at 6.30pm.

Palm Cove

Spend NYE under swaying palm trees

Ring in 2024 in true tropical style with the sand between your toes at the seaside village of Palm Cove, just a short 30-minute drive from Cairns.

Wander back to your luxurious abode at one of the many resorts of this seaside village and wake up in paradise for the first day of the year. Book into one of the many restaurants and make your last meal of 2023 one to remember.

Palm Cove will have their own firework display at Palm Cove Jetty at 8.30pm.

Port Douglas

Port Douglas will have two firework displays, one at 8pm and one at midnight. The whole family can enjoy entertainment from 5.30pm, UV glow lighting, a kids disco, free face painting and food trucks prior to the 8pm family fireworks.

An array of restaurants will be open on New Year’s Eve (see full list here) and bookings are a must.

New Year's Eve Cruise on Spirit of Cairns

Cruise into the new year on Spirit of Cairns

Sail away the last few hours of 2023 and welcome in 2024 with Spirit of Cairns’ New Year’s Eve Cruise. Be welcomed on board with a welcome drink and canapes as your cruise the calm waters of the Trinity Inlet. Tuck into a delicious buffet and enjoy an extensive drink package. See the city sky come alive with floating front row seats to Cairns New Year’s Eve fireworks display at 8.30pm.

Crystalbrook Collection NYE Celebrations

Paper Crane at Riley

Crystalbrook Riley

New Year’s Eve at Calypso Club

Welcome the arrival of the New Year at Cairns’ freshest destination for rum and seafood, the Calypso Club.

Influenced by the Brazilian Réveillon White party, slip into your finest whites and groove the night away to the beats of DJ Capitan Anderson.

Indulge in a 3.5-hour beverage package offering wine, beer, and cocktails, along with a seafood station featuring canapés and delightful roaming desserts. The entertainment is brought to you by the one and only DJ Capitan Anderson

New Year’s Eve at Paper Crane

Enjoy views, vibes and culinary delights this New Year’s Eve.

Choose between an early or late seating at Paper Crane and relish in delectable Asian fusion cuisine and delightful company. Kid-friendly options are also on the menu.

Early Seating | 5:30 – 7:30pm | $59 per person | features a three-course share-style set menu.

Late Seating | 9:00 – late | $79 per person | includes a three-course share-style set menu and a complimentary drink upon arrival.

New Years Eve at Rocco

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the best views in town. As the clock strikes midnight, bid au revoir to 2023 and welcome in the New Year in style with Rocco by Crystalbrook. Enjoy a four hour beverage package with canapés, live music and unparalleled views of the Cairns fireworks. $249 per person.

Crystalbrook Flynn

Whiskey and Wine Starry Nights

Make New Year’s Eve the most dazzling night of your year at Whiskey and Wine by Crystalbrook. Sip champagne under the stars to eclectic beats and a soft sultry summer breeze. Enjoy a 3.5 hour premium food and drinks package with a glass of Champagne on arrival, an oyster shucking bar and a cheeseboard selection. Tickets are $199 per person. Dress: tropical cocktail.

Flynn’s Italian

Embrace the arrival of 2024 with a tropical Italian celebration. Opt for an early dining experience or settle in for the evening. Raise your glass to the New Year the Flynn’s Italian way and say “saluti” to a fantastic start!  Both sittings include a multi-course Italian-inspired menu and a welcome drink on arrival. The early sitting is $79 per person and the second sitting is $99 per person.

New Year’s Eve at Boardwalk Social

Indulge in gourmet bites, sip on refreshing drinks from pop-up bars, groove to live music, and, most importantly, soak up the fantastic vibes throughout the day and night.

Entry is free from 11:30 am, with live music from 7:00 pm to 1:00 am.

Entertainment Highlights:
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm: The Dannies
8:00 pm – 12:00 am: DJ Safire

Crystalbrook Bailey

A CC’s New Year

Farewell the year that was and welcome in fresh beginnings. Head to CC’s Bar and Grill for a carefully-curated four course set menu, a glass of champagne on arrival and a three hour premium beverage accompanied by live music from renowned jazz singer, Chris Lloyds. $229 per person. Bookings are essential. Bar opens at 6:30pm for pre-dinner drinks.

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Sunset Sessions

Indulge in the perfect laidback Sunday afternoon with refreshing drinks, Mediterranean snacks, and iconic Ibiza chill-out tunes. Relax as you float in their shimmering blue saltwater lagoons or unwind on the sandy shores of the resort’s main beach.

Pullman Port Douglas

Make a weekend of it and stay on site at Pullman Port Douglas with their lagoon pool perfect for summer

Enjoy a five course degustation menu for just $189 per person including 3 hour beverage package at Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa. Dance the evening away with live music from 6pm to 10pm and celebrate in style in your best white outfit.


Salt House

Welcome the arrival of 2024 in style at Salt House. Delight in a 4-course chef’s tasting menu at $160 per person, and consider enhancing the experience with an optional matching wines package for the night. After dinner, guests are warmly invited to join the bar for late-night celebrations.

Get Lei'd at Flamingos Tiki Bar

Celebrate NYE in tropical style at Flamingo’s Tiki Bar. No bookings and no cover!

NYE Poolside BBQ at Moku

Celebrate the new year poolside at Moku at Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort. Tuck into a low and slow BBQ and enjoy lawn games and a kids dance party.

Masquerade Party at The Benson

Image credit: The Benson

Be a part of an unforgettable night at the Level 3 rooftop bar and restaurant, where guests can immerse themselves in vibrant jungle vibes, enjoy live music, and savour delectable treats!

Ultimate Party Bus

Celebrate the new year on this ultimate party tour

Hop aboard the Ultimate Party Bus to see out the new year with a pub and party crawl. Choose from a sunset tour, pub and club crawl, a fireworks, pub and club crawl and aa bar and club crawl.

Macalister's Shazza & Dazza Party

Ring in the New Year at Macalister’s Shazza & Dazza dress-up bash! Embrace the theme for a chance to win prizes. A $60 ticket covers a meal from the WHATEVER food truck, your first drink, a DJ spinning classic tunes, and a ride home (minibuses available until midnight, traveling as far as Palm Cove, Redlynch, and Cairns North).

Ironbar Port Douglas Neon Party

Dance the night away the iconic Port Douglas venue

Commence the start of 2024 at Ironbar in Port Douglas with a delectable three-course meal, followed by a night of grooving to beats spun by DJs from 11 pm to 4 am.

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