Should you be fortunate enough to find yourself in Adelaide over
New Year then you will not be short of things to do! From strolling
along North Terrace and seeing the cities landmark buildings
including Parliament house and the University of Adelaide, to taking
some R&R at one of the beaches like Brighton Beach, Semaphore or
Glenelg. Meander through the stunning Botanic Gardens with its Palm
house and Rose Garden or book yourself onto one of the many food and
For the shopaholics, there are a fabulous amount of boutiques and malls to choose from like Rundle Mall and Adelaide Arcade, or just visit Adelaide’s Central Market with a wonderful array of goods to tempt you, it’s been going since 1869 so is doing something very right and is hailed as the food Mecca for multicultural cuisine and fresh produce.
It’s real city living in Adelaide, so even just grabbing an espresso or perhaps a glass of wine and sitting out doing some people watching while you enjoy your time away and then heading out for dinner is a very chilled way to pass the time, you might even catch a movie under the stars at Moonlight Cinema in Botanic Gardens!
Adelaide caters for the whole family when it comes to celebrating
New Years Eve. There is a great selection of free events on
throughout the city.
A popular destination for New Years Eve is Elder Park which will be packed with people ready to celebrate. Here you’ll find great entertainment with live music on the big stage, street theatre, food stalls and beer gardens and fireworks at 9pm and midnight. This is a free event
Another popular location that the locals head to is Holdfast Bay in Glenelg for the New Year festival. There will be fireworks (2 showings, one at 9.30pm and one at midnight) with great live music, entertainment and food stands. The midnight fireworks are usually from Glenelg Jetty. (This is a dry event, no alcohol).
Victor Harbour also hosts a great event, particularly for the kids, including face painting, kids entertainment and fireworks at 9.45pm then for the grown up, live music and fireworks at midnight.
Not forgetting Port Adelaide which hosts the Semaphore Summer Carnival which includes New Years Eve, think dodgem cars and fairground attractions with 2 fireworks displays, one at 9.30pmm and one at midnight (Dry event – no alcohol).
The hotels and clubs around the city will host their own New Years Eve Events, from buffet dinners and masquerade balls to 80s themed parties and casino nights, or opt for a wonderful New Years Eve Cruise (you might even find a bargain or two on groupon!) Many of these will be ticket only events, so get your reservation/tickets in advance.
If you are planning on dining out on New Years Eve in Adelaide, get your reservation made as soon as you can, popular venues fill up fast, especially those with cracking views of the fireworks:
The Playford Restaurant
Madame HanoiSocial Street S2
Botanic Gardens Restaurant
There is currently no live (working) webcams that I can find, but we’ll keep looking.
If you plan on staying in Adelaide for New Years Eve make sure
you book your room in plenty of time, especially if you plan on
attending a particular hotel’s New Year Event:
Adabco Boutique Hotel
Stamford Plaza Adelaide
The Playford - MGallery by Sofitel
You can search for deals at all of these venues, plus other local hotels here.