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New Year's Eve 2017

New Year's Eve 2017

Sunday 31st December 5:00 - 9:00pm

Categories: Featured Events

Tags: New Years Eve Newcastle , New Years Eve 2017 , Neon New Year

An explosion of colour will light up the night sky over Newcastle on New Year's Eve as the biggest 9pm fireworks ever to be launched in the city mark the end of a landmark year.

The pyrotechnics spectacular will be the centrepiece of an evening of neon-themed festivities, stretching along the entire Newcastle Foreshore.

We want everyone to turn up in their best fluoro outfits - clothes, hats, face-paint, glow-sticks and anything else that will create a sea of colour.

Adding to the colourful vibe, lantern parades will take place through the Foreshore at 7.45pm and 8.45pm and an illuminated labyrinth will be set up on the Market Street Lawn, together with a giant "resolution tree" where people can hang their New Year's resolutions.

So grab your glow sticks, find your fluro and prepare for a neon night of family friendly fun, with toe-tapping music, awe-inspiring entertainment, mouth-watering food, mind-blowing fireworks and a larger-than-life labyrinth this New Year's Eve along the Foreshore.

Download the  Event Site Map (pdf)

What a night!

Mind-blowing fireworks at 9pm

Launched at 9pm from Griffiths Park, Stockton, this year's fireworks will be bigger and brighter to cap off the night's festivities in style.

NYE Beats Concert Stage

Get ready to groove with80s rock icons Mental As Anything headlining a free concert in the Queens Wharf car park, alongwith a line-up of fantastic bands:

5.45pm Throw Me To The Wolves
6. 20pm The Venom Lips
7.00pm Floyd Vincent and theTemple Dogs
8.00pm  Mental As Anything.

Awe-inspiring entertainment

Roving performers will entertain and amaze you. Make your own colourful lantern and join in our special lantern parades to herald in the fireworks.

Lantern parades at 7.45pm and 8.45pm

Mouth-watering food

Follow your nose to discover delicious tastes from around the world in our food alley. Food vans include:
• Newy Burger Co
• Dumplings King
• A little bit of Spain
• Just Cane Juice
• Nan's Dumpling Time
• Bonjani Woodfired Pizza
• MEET Food Truck
• Jess’ Sweet Treats
• Candy and Floss (fairy floss on glow sticks!)
• El Poco Loco
• Sno Cones by Dane

Plus more! Let us know if you are interested in providing a food stall by completing our registration form.  

Larger-than-life labyrinth

Take a journey through our illuminated labyrinth full of vibrant surprises on the Revitalising Newcastle Family Fun Zone. Draw on your inner creativity and help us decorate the labyrinth on the night. Add your new year's resolution to our spectacular Resolution Tree to help your 2018 dreams come true.

An Accessible and Welcoming Event

VIP Sensory Area for People with Disabilities

At Newcastle City Council, we are working hard to make our events more accessible for everyone in our community. We understand that for some people, getting to and around events can be a challenge. So this NYE we are trying something new.

Local artist Bliss Cavanagh will create a safe and magical sensory experience for people with disabilities and their families to enjoy. We've called it our VIP Sensory Area as we think everyone we are inviting are Very Important People!
The area will provide a base for people to come and go from to enjoy the whole event, or a safe area to relax in and enjoy the sensory wonderland of artistic creations. Situated nice and close to the harbour, you will be able to sit back and watch the 9pm fireworks in comfort.

Please note; the VIP Sensory Area does not provide a viewing point to the Concert stage area of the event, the space is set aside to allow for an accessible observation point of the fireworks and as a base for people to enjoy the overall event.

This is an outdoor event, the VIP Sensory area does not provide shelter from rain or wind. As the event will be commencing from 5:30pm there will be some natural shade from trees located within the area however consideration about protection from the elements is highly recommended.
We have been amazed by the overwhelming responce to this pilot project and bookings are now closed.

For more information about our VIP Sensory Area contact Bliss Cavanagh on 0415 701188 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Including YOU Tent

Ability Links will host their Including YOU tent on the Revitalising Newcastle Family Fun Zone which includes a time out space for people and aids for people with disabilities, including vision aids, a manual wheelchair, seating, a sensory space and noise cancelling headphones.

Getting Around the Event

Within the event every effort has been made to ensure there is a firm level pathway of travel around the event. The VIP Sensory Area includes two distinct spaces, one is located on a hard stand area of a car park and the other on a grassed section with a ramp between them, some matting and artificial grass will also be used in some spaces within the area.

Guide Dogs welcome

Location of Accessible Toilets

The VIP Sensory Area will have an accessible toilet positioned within the space. This toilet will be a portable toilet. Other toilets are positioned throughout the event.


Seating within the event is 'bring your own' or at ground level. Within the VIP Sensory Area some seating will be provided subject to discussion via the registration process.


Event signage will be in place on the day to assist you navigate the space, however printing out the event map prior to the day may assist you with enjoying the range of available activities.


In the event of an emergency event staff will follow the event evacuation plan which includes consideration of people with disabilities attending the event.


Please note that the event will commence in daylight hours and close after 9:15pm, the event will be lit with streetlights and some additional lighting but please consider this factor if relevant in your departure planning.

Feedback and Other Information

Council welcomes feedback on events as it helps build on our knowledge of community desires, expectations and experiences. For feedback on the overall event, please email Samantha Willcox at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For information about how Council is delivering on our Disability Inclusion Action Plan, email Steve Warham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Plan your NYE with public transport and road closure information

Coming to enjoy fireworks and festivities for NYE this year?  You can make your Newcastle NYE even better with a little planning for the event.

Park and Ride and Public Transport

Take out the parking hassles and park, ride and relax! The free park and ride service is available from 4.30pm to 10.30pm, with buses running between McDonald Jones Stadium at Broadmeadow and Scott Street (the old Newcastle Train Station). Buses will run on a continuous loop throughout the event.

The park and ride service is generously provided by Revitalising Newcastle.

Newcastle Transport will be operating bus and ferry services into and out of the city for people to access the event, their fleet includes low floor accessible buses and these are scheduled on all services, for more information and trip planning visit http://www.newcastletransport.info/

Train service information is also available via the above link.

Taxis/Uber and other Point to Point Transport Services will be operating and able to deliver you close to the entry points of the event, however please be aware that this is a high demand night and delays may be experienced.


The Mall Parking Station will be open with free parking until 10.30pm.

The Civic Park West and Bolton Street Carparks will provide parking at a flat fee of $3 from 5pm on NYE to 8am 1 January. Both facilities are accessible and each floor has a lift.

Road closures

There’ll be road closures on Sunday 31 December 2017:

• Wharf Road (Watt Street to Argyle Street) 6am to 11pm
• Wharf Road (Merewether Street to Argyle) 6am to 11pm
• Honeysuckle Drive (Worth Place Round A-Bout to Merewether Street) 6am to 11pm

Note: Resident and Business access 6am to 3pm only. If you need to arrange an access pass please email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ride your Bike

What better way to get around on a warm summer night than on your bike!

A bike valet service will be available from 5 - 10pm next to Lynches Hub. Places are limited but you can pre-book a spot online at http://www.lynchshub.com.au/nye-bicycle-valet/.

You can even pre-order a picnic hamper via the booking page which will be ready to pick-up when you drop your bike off.

Remember its .05% BAL on a bike too.  Please don’t drink and ride.

Accessible Drop Off Zone

An accessible set down and pick up area has been identified on Scott Street, between Market and Woolf Streets. This space will allow you to set down and pick up with a flat, smooth accessible pathway between the set down point and the VIP Sensory Area.

A big shout out to…

Revitalising Newcastle for sponsoring our amazing activities on Market Street Lawn and Queens Wharf Hotel for sponsoring the fantastic concert featuring Mental as Anything.

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