New Year’s Eve Canberra

New Year's Eve Canberra fireworksThis New Year’s Eve Canberra skies will light up with a sensational city funded fireworks display. Canberra is not normally a target destination for the 20 year old traveler on New Year’s Eve.  We’ve spoken to many punters from Canberra and surrounds over the years and generally the local venues sell out with the local population. With a big city NYE party planned Canberra will party celebrating the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018.

Canberra’s population is skewed by the public service employment, and with parliament not sitting over the Christmas New Year holiday period, there are a lot of people not actually in town!  Over the years some NYE promoters have tried to get larger NYE events up and running in Canberra with mixed results. This has a bit to do with who is about! It really is a gorgeous city and easy to get around by car or bus.

A centre piece of NYE in Canberra is the fabulous fireworks launched over Lake Burley Griffin.  There is plenty of lawn and park space for vantage points and there are also a number of venues close by that have advantage for viewing the fireworks.  Are you headed to Canberra for the 31st December celebrations? Or maybe you find yourself there. Then hopefully we can help to make it the most fun NYE that it can be. We’ve sorted some New Year’s Eve Canberra ideas that are worth considering.

New Year’s Eve Canberra Events & Parties

National Arboretum


02 6273 4366

National Arboretum - Canberra New Year's Eve Poster

Canberra New Year's Eve

Gorgeous Canberra restaurant and function venue. Over looks Canberra from the National Arboretum.  Always great events and awesome catering by Ginger catering.All inclusive NYE dining package with DJ & Dance Floor.

NYE Concierge Notes:   Always a great NYE theme for these parties. Restaurant quality food and the staff are super. Great vibe where quality is a key.

Tickets: Expected release date October 2018.


Options may include

  • Restaurant Dinner and Dancing Party
  • Early bird
  • Group options

Crowne Plaza Canberra


02 6247 8999

Crowne Plaza Canberra - Red Salt New Year's Eve Poster

Red Salt New Year's Eve

See in the New Year in Canberra indulging in a scrumptious buffet dinner at Red Salt Restaurant. Normally for NYE this venue has an enjoyable smorgasbord featuring hot and cold selections, soup, breads, seafood and dessert with selected beverages included.

NYE Concierge Notes: CBD located restaurant that also is associated with accommodation. So ideal if you want to raise a toast to the New Year at the Crowne Plaza Canberra and then retire to your room. This restaurant is family friendly and toddlers generally party the new year in for free! Check with the venue for latest NYE details.

NYE Tickets: Expected release date November 2018.


Options may include

  • Family Restaurant NYE Dining
  • Group options
Banana Leaf - New Year's Eve Restaurant Dinner Poster

New Year's Eve Restaurant Dinner

This Sri Lankan themed Canberra restaurant normally has superb A La Carte Dining for New Year's Eve. They generally will provide 2 sittings thru the 31st December to coordinates with the 9pm and midnight Canberra NYE fireworks shows. See out the old year and welcome the new year with some great food.

NYE Concierge Notes: Centrally located to Canberra Central on the north side of Lake Burley Griffin and quite popular. Dress is casual and relaxed. A great way to dine your way into the new year. Check if family friendly.

NYE Tickets: Expected release date December 2018.


Options may include

  • Group Dining
  • General Dining

OTIS Dining Hall


02 6260 6066

OTIS Dining Hall - Celebrate New Year's Eve Poster

Celebrate New Year's Eve

For an awesome dining experience where you want to be spoiled, the OTIS in Canberra for New Years is your go.  In the past the menu will feature lobster and wagyu beef with matching local wines.  It's a great way to welcome in the new year with old friends or new friends. Normally two sittings are available but check with venue.

NYE Concierge Notes: Dine well and then a short wander to see the 31st December Canberra fireworks over Lake Burley Griffin. If wanting to take children check if family friendly with the restaurant.

NYE Tickets: Expected release date October 2018.


Options may include

  • Group Restaurant Dining
  • Dining

The day after Canberra’s New Year’s Eve party

Tell us about your New Year's Eve Canberra eventThe first day of the new year comes with new year decisions. Do you want to try and party on or have a recovery session? Or maybe you are not in a position to make decisions. Canberra on NYD may be just the place! Here are ideas for New Year’s Day Canberra.