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How to ring in the 2022 New Year around Cairns

TNQ Writer

Still deciding what you want to do for New Year’s Eve? From fireworks to dinners, send off the year with these celebrations near Cairns.

Cairns Esplanade

Fireworks on the Esplanade is a must.

Photo credit: Xplosive Art

No one can deny that 2021 has had its challenges and what better way to 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.

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.

People attending the official Cairns Regional Council celebrations will be required to check-in with QR codes available at numerous places along the Cairns Esplanade.

Palm Cove

Spend NYE under swaying palm trees

Ring in 2021 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. Head to Palm Cove Tavern for 20% off your total food bill between 5pm and 7pm or enjoy a three course dinner at Neptune’s for $99.

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. Ace DJ will be dropping tunes from 5.30pm, kids can enjoy a UV GLOW Kids Disco, free face painting and prizes prior to the 8pm family fireworks.

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 2021 and welcome in 2022 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 three course New Year’s Eve dinner and enjoy a three hour 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 Celebratrations

Paper Crane at Riley

Crystalbrook Riley

New Year’s Eve at Paper Crane

Views, vibes and culinary delights this New Year’s Eve. Pop the bottle and farewell 2021 with a Paper Crane feast to delight all the senses. Enjoy a bustling party vibe with views over the esplanade, live music, a delicious modern Asian set menu and a welcome drink on arrival. Sunset seating from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for $69 per person. Settle in for the evening from 8:30pm until late for $79 per person.

Rocco Shaken Not Stirred

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the best views in town. As the clock strikes midnight, bid au revoir to 2021 and welcome in the New Year in style and sophistication (Bond-style) with Rocco by Crystalbrook. Join us from 8:00pm until 12:30am and enjoy a four-hour beverage package and delectable sweet and savoury canape-style share platters. Tickets are $229 per person.Dress code: Black Tie with a nod to 007.

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 four-hour beverage and canapé package with a welcome Starry Nights cocktail on arrival and a glass of Champagne to toast the New Year.
Tickets are $179 per person. Dress: 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 2022 with us. Saluti!
Both sittings include a five-course Italian-inspired menu, with the later sitting including a glass of Champagne on arrival. The early sitting is $95 per person and the second sitting is $115 per person and includes a glass of Champagne.

New Year’s Eve at Boardwalk Social

We do love a good celebration, and what better excuse than giving 2021 the flick and bringing in 2022 with a bang. Enjoy gourmet bites, drinks, live music and most importantly, great vibes all night long from 4:00pm! Walk-ins are welcome or gather your crew (of 10 or more) and book a table (limited bookings available).
Reserve your table now or simply join us on 31 December for a party to remember!

Crystalbrook Bailey

New Year’s Eve at CC’s Bar and Grill

Farewell the year that was and welcome in fresh beginnings. Join us at CC’s Bar and Grill, recently awarded Restaurant of the Year North Queensland and Northern Territory, for a sophisticated evening of good food, fine wine and great company. Enjoy a three-course set menu from 6:00pm – 8:00pm with a glass of champagne on arrival for $129 per person. Or, settle in for a four-course set menu, a glass of champagne on arrival, a three-hour beverage package and live music from 8:30pm for $199 per person.

Pullman Cairns International

Ring in 2022 in style at Coco’s Kitchen and bar at the Pullman Cairns International. Choose from a 3, 4 or 5 hour beverage package paired with a seafood buffet and live entertainment.

Fire & Drum Show at 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 three course meal or just $139 per person including a glass of champagne on arrival at Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa. The mouthwatering menu features a range of delicious dishes including Moreton Bay bugs and eye fillet with truffle jus. Watch a Fire & Drum show whilst you dine.

Any dietary requirements must be advised at time of booking.

Havana Nights at Salt House

Celebrate a very tropical New Year's Eve at Salt House

See off your 2021 with a bang at the iconic Salt House, with beautiful views of the mountain range, ocean and Trinity Inlet. Their Havana Night New Year’s Eve Party includes a Havana themed cocktail on arrival and a live DJ. Grab your friends and choose from general admission, a cocktail party and a luxury dinner party.

Kryptonite Returns at Gilligans

Image credit: Gilligans

Choose your side and unleash your inner hero or villain at Gilligans this New Year’s Eve with special guest artists, DJs and competitions.

Dim Sum Disco at Miss Chief

Image credit: Miss Chief

Ring in the New Year in Studio 54 style at Mischief Bar. Don your best 70s attire and enjoy tasty drinks, a delicious dim sum spread and funky beats.

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, a kids dance party and a white claw pop up bar.

80s Glam Party at The Benson

Image credit: The Benson

Head back to the 80s this NYE at the Benson. Indulge in a bottomless Veuve Clicquot and beverage package from 8pm to midnight, arrival canapés and seafood and meat boards. Boogie the night away to The Never Ending 80s Performance and DJ Just Andy.

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