As the clocks strike midnight and fireworks explode into
dark night skies around Australia, there will be resolutions made (and
instantly broken), sore heads the next morning and undying declarations of
Before 2018 dawns Down Under, millions will strive to find
the best place to celebrate, whether a fine dining experience with matched
wines, dinner at a local bistro, or simply a picnic in the park with a great
view of the partying to come.
There’s no doubt Australians love New Year’s Eve and all it
entails – from family gatherings to party hearty events, guaranteed to leave
guests feeling dusty come January 1. Whatever the choice there is no shortage
of venues to celebrate on any level - so let’s strap on the party shoes, grab a
bubbles and seek out the perfect spot nearby to sing Auld Lang Syne…
NSW New Year:
With first class seats to watch Sydney’s world renowned
fireworks display, celebrate the arrival of 2018 with a nine-course degustation
and matching wines at Sails
on Lavender Bay, perched on the edge of McMahon’s Point. This restaurant delivers
spectacular views of the Bridge, Opera House, Luna Park and iconic harbour
through floor-to-ceiling windows from an elongated dining room, where just
about every table is the best in the house. Expect New Year’s dishes such as
snow crab with heirloom tomato consommé, scallops with lemongrass and duck with
foie gras, cherries and almonds.
Celebrate the final hours of this year and unleash an
alter-ego amidst the opulence of gilded masks, frivolous feathers and dazzling
disco tunes at Harvest’s (pictured above) Masquerade Ball in Newrybar. This Byron Bay venue is planning a party to
remember with champagne and wild harvest canapes in the restaurant, paella,
sherry, tapas and Flamenco in the bakery; or roam the gardens and stop at the
oyster and raw bar for a tipple and nibble. Those feeling more ravenous can
tuck into a whole beast cooked over an Argentinian fire pit.
Guests can say hola to a new year at Alegrias
Spanish Tapas on Darling Street in Balmain, with a five-course dining
experience. Just a short stroll from Balmain East and Birchgrove, where
fireworks explode over one of the best vantage points in Sydney, Alegrias will
transport diners’ tastebuds to Spain starting with a glass of sparkling cava on
arrival. Expect tapas such as golden truffle croquettes, fish, prawn and
scallop ceviche, seared beef fillet with potato dumplings and grilled snapper
with caramelised onion tart and mango salsa. Finish with churros con chocolate
and a glass of nectar Pedro Ximenez.
Cruise the Derwent River to Woodbridge Harbour and indulge
in a New Year set menu dinner and drinks package at Peppermint
Bay Hotel – Bar, Dining and Terrace, including live entertainment. Set on
four acres of scenic waterfront headland overlooking a panorama of water and
mountain views, Peppermint Bay captures the soul of Tasmania’s natural beauty.
Expect dishes with international flavours utilising fresh seafood such as
oysters and salmon from fishing boats pulling up in the harbour, as well as
produce from the hotel’s own gardens and local suppliers.
With commanding views of the Derwent from the end of Brooke
Street pier, The
Glass House (pictured above) is Hobart’s premier dining venue, serving a menu brimming with
fresh Tasmanian produce. True to its name, this innovative restaurant glows
like a beacon at night as guests enjoy romantic, leisurely dining – surrounded
on all sides by glass. For a New Year’s Eve of fun, dancing and front row seats
for fireworks, The Glass House’s cocktail event includes beverages, canapes, an
impressive grazing station and sparkling wine flowing all night.
Watch the sun set over the canal as 2017 draws to a close
and soak up water views at Driftwood
Restaurant on North Terrace in Lauderdale. This elegant restaurant is all
about sleek lines and a trendy vibe, proving an ideal spot to welcome another
year with a four course dinner – bread on arrival, a choice of three entrees,
mains and desserts, with cheese for the table to finish. Take in a relaxing
ambiance of wood floors and ceilings, matched with grey furniture and dark
walls, while sipping a drink of choice and contemplating what the next 12
months will bring.
Farewell 2017 in style and dance the night away at Oskars
on Burleigh, with a delicious canape and drinks package at this iconic Gold
Coast location on Goodwin Terrace. Oskars has been entertaining locals and
tourists alike for more than 30 years and this New Year’s Eve is no exception,
as guests will have sparkling water views north to fireworks over Surfers
Paradise and Broadbeach skylines. With an award-winning team of Chefs, expect
canapes reflecting the taste of the ocean and fresh local produce, matched with
a selection of wines.
Choose either an early three-course special dinner before
celebrations begin, or cocktail the night away with canapes at Boardwalk
Bistro on Hastings in Noosa Heads. With breathtaking views overlooking
Laguna Bay, this bistro is as close to dining beside the ocean as guests can
get along the iconic Hastings Street strip. Kickstart the evening with local
fried cuttlefish, followed by crispy pork belly with green mango salad and a
dessert of crème fraiche panna cotta with blood plum granita; while those
opting to party into the early hours of 2018 can expect non-stop DJ music, with
creative canapes and drinks.
Enjoy intimate surroundings and indulge in a carefully
crafted degustation dining experience at Bacchus (pictured above), on the corner of Grey and Glenelg Streets in South Brisbane. Located on the
podium level of the Rydges South Bank Hotel, this lavish and inviting venue
presents a sensory feast of chandeliers, rich furnishings and innovative Mod Oz
cuisine. Following an early dinner, guests are invited to enjoy a glass of Moet
on the exclusive lower pool terrace and take in the festive fireworks display over
the city and Brisbane River; while those dining later receive a glass of Dom
Perignon to welcome the New Year.
Spend New Year’s Eve in style at one of Melbourne’s most
exciting and inventive dining establishments, Sarti (pictured above) on Russell Place. This modern restaurant serves up time-honoured traditions of
Italian cuisine without the clichés, but with a contemporary focus on food and
style, celebrating the age-old values of family, friends, food and wine. Dark
wood floors create a rich, warm and inviting vibe to celebrate the arrival of
2018 with a three-course dinner menu, followed by drinks at the bar or rooftop
terrace, overlooking the CBD and Yarra River fireworks.
Prepare to glow in the dark and dance into a new year at Temperance
Hotel on Chapel Street in South Yarra. Combining the warmth of a local pub
with the savvy city style Melbourne is renowned for, a stylish interior awaits
guests arriving for this December’s Full Moon Party, with drink specials,
prizes, face and body painters and DJs all night. Get the evening off to a
great start with a drink on arrival and canapes served until an hour before
midnight, making the Temperance an ideal place to gather with friends and ring
in 2018 with a loud toll of the bell.
For a Mexican fiesta this New Year’s Eve, don a poncho,
sombrero or moustache and join amigos at Melbourne
Public on Dukes Walk at South Wharf. In modern, industrial surrounds of
stylish weathered timber, mirrors and moody red neon lettering, expect a
Mexican House Party to usher in another 12 months with a six-hour drinks
package - including beer, cider, sparkling and wine - canapes and live
entertainment. Dinner packages are also available and guests can leave to watch
the fireworks, only to re-enter later and enjoy more celebrations. Mi casa es
su casa at Melbourne Public, so enjoy the atmosphere and arriba the night away.
Bring in the New Year with a bang with a delicious
degustation dinner, bubbles, fireworks and other surprises at Chateau
Yering Hotel on Melba Highway at Yering. Located in the heart of the green,
vineyard-laden Yarra Valley, this historic hotel is furnished with ornate
period fittings, English countryside décor and surrounded by thriving gardens.
Set the mood with a cocktail on arrival, Chef’s selection of canapes, a six
course dinner and glass of sparkling wine at midnight, while watching a
spectacular fireworks display over the valley. Overnight accommodation packages
are also available.
Say cheers to the end of 2017 at Pod
Food on Beltana Road in Canberra City. Nestled in the vibrant gardens of
Pialligo Plant Farm and housed in a 1930s weatherboard cottage, Pod Food is
stylishly fitted out with wood furnishings and modern art, setting the scene
for a warm and refined dining experience. Serving a special five course New
Year’s Eve menu, relax and enjoy a glass of champagne on arrival in the gardens;
while those with places to be can opt for an early three-course menu and move
on to celebrate elsewhere.
Canapes and champagne await New Year’s Eve revellers at Casey
Jones (pictured above) on Kingsland Parade in Gungahlin. This vibrant venue exudes warmth
through red brick features, archways strung with lush indoor plants and
polished honeyed timber furnishings, setting the mood for a fun-filled night of
fantastic food and drinks on December 31. Expect a glass of bubbles on arrival
and mouth-watering morsels such as natural oysters with Chardonnay and roe
mignonette, beef tartare, char siu crispy pork belly sliders and king prawn
cocktails. Be prepared for a champagne salute at midnight!
For a memorable end to 2017 in the heart of the Barossa
Valley, discover 1918
Bistro and Grill (pictured above), hidden almost out of sight by lush greenery on Tanunda’s main street. Taking its name from the stone of the old villa, this charming restaurant is filled with country décor, setting a warm and cosy dining scene to enjoy live music and a four course dinner with a glass of Mumm champagne on arrival. Salivate over the likes of South Australian oysters, shaved scallops with pressed pork belly and butternut puree, grilled lamb rump and white chocolate marquise with macadamia crumb and mandarin sorbet.
A unique destination a little out of the ordinary, BWG
Steakhouse on the foreshore at Heathcote Reserve in Applecross, offers
contemporary style dining with an authentic steakhouse theme. This New Year’s Eve settle into relaxing surrounds of mahogany timbers, an open
fireplace and pendent lighting, while enjoying live entertainment, a pig on a
spit, food stations, chocolate fountain and drinks of choice. Watch the sun set
over the South Perth Yacht Club and contemplate what the next year will bring.
Join family and friends for a sparkling celebration in the
world renowned Margaret River region to farewell 2017 overlooking beautiful
Bunker Bay, at Other
Side of the Moon Restaurant (pictured above). For family festive fun, relax on the
restaurant terrace with a barbeque including a live cooking station, delicious
sides and desserts; while those looking for a five-star affair can indulge in a
five-course degustation dinner. Be welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine and the
sounds of talented acoustic duo Salt Tree, before counting down the last lingering
moments of the year and dancing the night away to DJ beats.
With Perth city lights as a backdrop, ring in the New Year
from the best seats in the house at C
Restaurant on St Georges Terrace. Take in 360 degree views from the city’s
only revolving restaurant, situated on the 33rd floor or St Martins
Tower and dine in the sky among white cloth draped tables, floor to ceiling
glass windows and a chilled-out vibe. A welcome drink awaits while a DJ plays
music to set the party mood, with a five-course dinner to follow before making
resolutions for the next 12 months.
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