Southport: Your one stop shop for NYE

The last few months has seen Southport light up with CBD Sundown events, a glorious blend of live music, arts, food, street performers, cirque and more.

Now, to celebrate the very last sundown of the year, City of Gold Coast is activating Southport on New Year’s Eve throughout the afternoon and night, for a perfect way to say sayonara to 2021, and get excited for 2022.

Given the ease of access to the CBD via public transport and the extra (and later!) services that will be running throughout NYE, Southport is going to be the hottest ticket in town to ring in the new year.

To kick things off with a bang, why not pop to Broadwater Parklands as it comes alive with live music, kid’s activities and fabulous food trucks from 4pm.

Bring your picnic blanket and nab your place on the main lawn as a great line-up of 80s and 90s tribute bands will keep grownups entertained, while kids can have fun with an all-ages retro games zone, free popcorn and circus skills fun.

Of course no family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration is complete without an early fireworks display, so get ready to shout “Blue! Green!” at 8pm when they kick off above the Broadwater.

Those who wish to kick on til the wee hours can wander over to the CBD and enjoy street buskers on Nerang St and Young St, and then stroll through town to get a little taste of what else is going on…

E-Star Karaoke
Davison Lane
Get amongst it until 2am and sing auld lang syne with your buds at E-Star Karaoke. Open at 6pm. Bookings via 0455 859 999 or

Mr. P.P.’s Rooftop Bar
Nerang St
Join Mr P.P.’s for a luau on The Rooftop. Celebrate the end of 2021 with your favourite people at your favourite Rooftop Bar, in grass skirst, summer dresses and leis. Includes canapes and drinks package. Tix start at $180 via Eventbrite.

Of course that’s not all. Punters are spoilt for choice when it comes to where to head in the CBD for New Year’s Eve. While no official party plans have been announced for the venues at the time of writing, you’re gonna wanna hit up the socials of the following spots to what the haps are for the 31st.

CBD Live @ Southport RSL, Scarborough St:

Cecil Hotel, Nerang St:

Hotel Pacific, Australia Fair:

Last Night on Earth, Nerang St:

Vinnie’s Dive Bar, Nerang St:

Family-friendly fun, after hours affairs, bad singing and grass skirts. What more could want for New Year’s Eve?

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