On New Years Eve Perth sparkles - and not just with fireworks! Beachfront and rooftop venues make the Perth coast THE place to be as we farewell the old year and see in the new.
There are numerous Perth New Years Eve events, some designed for over-18s, others catering for the whole family, and all of them welcoming 2018 in style!
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do in Perth this New Year! Because there are so many ways to see in the New Year in Perth, we’ve done the homework and listed some of the best for you here, with essential details to make your planning easier. Whether it’s a prime view of the Perth New Years Eve fireworks, a sumptuous sunset dinner, an action-packed family celebration, or a toes-in-the-sand beach party, you’ll find it here.
For New Year travel to Perth city and Fremantle, including Claremont Showground, we encourage you to use public transport. Trains will be running until 3.00am on New Year’s Eve; check TransPerth for timetables and click here for a full rundown of transport to and around Perth and Fremantle.
New Years Eve for Families
If you’re partying with the whole family, you’ll want to prioritise the fireworks. For the best view of the New Years Eve fireworks Perth has high vantage points in Kings Park and excellent spots along the river foreshore. There will be displays at 9.00pm as well as at midnight so the children don’t miss out. Note that these areas are smoke and alcohol free.
Rottnest Island is Perth’s popular family holiday island, and a fabulous place to celebrate New Year. Fireworks will be set off at 9.00pm, and you’re guaranteed to enjoy the free entertainment as much as the kids, including roving performers, sand art and glow-in-the-dark face paint. The Hotel Rottnest Decades Party will have live music from 4.00pm. There are special ferries laid on for those who haven’t booked accommodation on the island, returning after the fireworks or just after midnight.
Other New Years Eve Perth events for the family start in the city centre at 4.30pm with large screen movies in Northbridge Piazza and Perth Cultural Centre. Family entertainment follows at 6.00pm with a New Year countdown for children at 9.00pm. After kiddies’ bedtime, the party goes on with live music, and there are plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from.
At Perth Zoo New Years Eve is celebrated even earlier, with the New Year countdown at 8.00pm for the little ones in your family. Bring a picnic, enjoy the music and party with the animals at Happy Zoo Year!
The Origin NYE music festival at Claremont Showground has a long lineup of bands, with gates opening at 4.00pm and sets running until 1.00am. The Showground, between Graylands Road and Ashton Avenue, is easy to access by train during the festival.
New Year’s Eve at CORE is a concert-on-the-green featuring the popular Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys - famous for getting Perth up and dancing to their lively jazz and swing vibes. Choose from a picnic on the Cider Garden Lawn or dinner on the Restaurant Deck. CORE Cider House is at Pickering Brook in the Perth Hills and closes at 10.30pm, so you’ll need to make plans for seeing in the New Year after the event!
For classical music lovers, the annual Vienna Pops concert on New Years Eve is a spine tingling event featuring renowned musicians performing classical favourites. This year, an additional performance has been introduced to enable sleepy heads to attend in the afternoon. The matinee is at 2.00pm and the usual evening champagne extravaganza starts at 9.30pm.
If you simply want a delicious New Years Eve dinner Perth is sure to have a restaurant to suit you. Here are some that are offering special New Years Eve meals – bookings are essential of course!
- New Year’s Eve at Wildflower - the rooftop restaurant at the exquisitely renovated Treasury Building on St Georges Terrace - promises to be a memorable dining experience. This is gourmet dining with quality matched wines.
- The Terrace Hotel, also right on St Georges Terrace in Perth city, will be serving a 4 course dinner from 7.00pm, accompanied by live music from Jason Ayres.
- The Atrium Garden Restaurant New Year’s Eve buffet dinner at Fremantle’s historic Esplanade Hotel will definitely satisfy everyone’s appetite! This all-you-can-eat buffet is ideal for large groups and families, and comes with a 4 hour drinks package followed by live music in the Marine Lounge Bar.
- Ivy & Jack on Hay Street is serving a reasonably priced New Years Eve dinner with bubbles on arrival, and an all-day breakfast on New Years Day.
For those looking to hunt down a New Years Eve party Perth has a fair few to choose from, but do book ahead if you can. Most New Years Eve parties are ticketed events, and you can purchase online by going to their websites.
- What better place to see the sun set for the last time in 2017 than right on the shores of Perth Beaches? Coast Port Beach, as the name suggests, is right on the beach and will host a Beach House NYE Sunset Party. There’ll be live music and DJs, drink specials and food served all night. Coast is at 42 Port Beach Road, North Fremantle (08 9430 6866).
- New Years Splash at Odyssea on City Beach will be a treat if you want to watch the sun go down over the Indian Ocean as you enjoy bubbles and oysters and dance in the new year to a live band.
- Alternatively, choose the Perth city riverfront near Elizabeth Quay for the Foreshore New Years Eve event, with top local bands, DJs and roving performers, plus cocktails, local wines and craft beers, and the best of Perth’s food trucks.
- In Fremantle, the Famous Faces Fancy Dress NYE Party at the Esplanade Hotel’s Ball & Chain includes a barbecue, 5 hour drinks package, and 80s / 90s DJ music.
- The small bar scene has really taken off in Perth city centre in recent years, so if this is more your style, here are a few promising you a great night on New Years Eve:
- Into the Woods is a masked cocktail party running until 2.00am at Wolf Lane, which is behind 321 Murray Street.
- New Years Eve Garden Party at The Globe, 495 Wellington Street, brings you 80s and 90s music until 2.00am.
- The Aviary, at 140 William Street, is a fabulous venue with a rooftop bar, running not one but two New Year parties - New Year’s Eve until midnight, and New Year’s Day from 2.00 to 6.00pm.
- A fantastic way to welcome the New Year and get a great view of the Perth New Year fireworks is aboard a Swan River cruise. Captain Cook Cruises is just one example - offering a special New Years Eve 18+ cocktail cruise with canapes and DJ.
New Years Day
If you have energy left for New Years Day activity, harbour and beachside areas such as Hillarys, Fremantle and Cottesloe are wonderfully relaxing places to meander around and enjoy a quality coffee, tasty breakfast or light lunch. Fremantle Arts Centre will have live open air music from 4.30pm and has a cute cafe tucked into the beautiful heritage building.
For many locals, a Perth New Years Day wouldn’t be complete without visiting the races. The traditional Perth Cup at Ascot Race Course welcomes the whole family and stages live music after the last race.
For those who want to party on there are some stylish riverside events taking place:
- At Raffles Hotel, Applecross, the Yacht Club NYD Party is described as “Hamptons style”, serving Pimms and other cool drinks, pop-up food, DJ and live music vibes from 12.00pm til late.
- A few minutes’ drive along the riverfront, South Perth Yacht Club will also be celebrating in style. Marquee is a dressy cocktail event overlooking the Swan River. Lunch and dinner will be served along with a live cover band from Sydney.
- The Cuban Club New Year’s Day Party is an all-day, all-inclusive ticketed event at the Perth Flying Squadron Yacht Club in Dalkeith. Tickets include lunch, dinner, drinks and music. The theme for the first day of 2018 is Venice Beach, and guests are encouraged to dress up, not down!