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How to ring in the 2023 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 2022 and welcome in 2023 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 “DC League of Super Pets” 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 “DC League of Super Pets” at 6.30pm.

Palm Cove

Spend NYE under swaying palm trees

Ring in 2023 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 2022 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 2022 and welcome in 2023 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 Paper Crane

Enjoy views, vibes and culinary delights this New Year’s Eve. Pop the bottle and farewell 2022 with a Paper Crane feast to delight all the senses. The street food festival-style event will include live entertainment, DJs and a four hour drinks and canapé package. $139 for early bird, then $159 per person.

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 2022 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

A gourmet affair to welcome in the New Year. Situated on level one at Crystalbrook Flynn and overlooking the esplanade, Flynn’s Italian offers a sophisticated dining experience. With two delicious sittings available, enjoy an early dining experience or settle in for the evening and raise your glass to 2023 with us. Saluti! Both sittings include a multi-course Italian-inspired menu and a welcome drink on arrival. The early sitting is $85 per person and the second sitting is $140 per person.

New Year’s Eve at Boardwalk Social

We do love a good celebration, and what better excuse than giving 2022 the flick and bringing in 2023 with a bang? Enjoy gourmet bites, drinks, live music and most importantly, great vibes all night long from 7:00pm!

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.

Pullman Cairns International

Ring in 2022 in style at Coco’s Kitchen and bar at the Pullman Cairns International. Choose from Coco’s Restaurant or Coco’s Bar. The former includes a seafood buffet, 3 hour beverage package and live entertainment and kicks off from 7pm. The latter starts from 6.30pm and includes an antipasto, charcuterie and cheese buffet, a 3 hour beverage package with 2 cocktails and live entertainment.

Pullman Palm Cove

Celebrate at Pullman Palm Cove

Head to the Temple of Tastes restaurant at Pullman Sea Temple Palm Cove to see off 2022 in the most mouth-watering way. Tuck into 3 courses with a glass of sparkling wine on arrival for $130 per person.

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.


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

Head to the Benson for their New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party and dance the night away to a 6-piece band. Enjoy food and drink pop up stalls and a themed drink menu and finish the night watching fireworks from the rooftop pool.

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 Vicars & Tarts Party

Celebrate the new year in fun fancy dress and don your best Vicars & Tarts costume. The party at Macalister’s includes a live set by DJ Andrea, a best dress prize, food, a drink and transport home.

Ironbar Port Douglas Neon Party

Dance the night away the iconic Port Douglas venue

Kick off 2023 at Ironbar in Port Douglas with a funky Neon Party. Boogie the night away with beats from DJ Carew from 11pm to 4am.

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