POLL: New Year Eve - where to party & services guide 

 EXPLOSIVE: The Hunter skies will be lit up with fireworks to mark the new year.  Picture: Dean Osland

EXPLOSIVE: The Hunter skies will be lit up with fireworks to mark the new year. Picture: Dean Osland

FIREWORKS will shower the Hunter with colour on New Year’s Eve from lake to bay.

Traditional pyrotechnic displays will be held in Newcastle, Maitland and Nelson Bay, but fireworks at Warners Bay and Swansea were cancelled for the second year in a row due to a lack of money.

Lake Macquarie firework displays will be at Caves Beach and Wangi Wangi.

Newcastle City Council said fireworks would be fired from Horseshoe Beach, alongside Nobbys’ breakwall, at 9pm and midnight.

‘‘Best viewing locations are Newcastle and Stockton foreshore parks,’’ a spokesman said.

‘‘There will be no public access to Fort Scratchley and surrounds.’’

A DJ will play Top 40 hits in Foreshore Park near the children’s playground from 6pm to midnight.

 Maitland Council said free festivities would begin on the riverfront at 6pm with live music, entertainment and family activities.

‘‘Visitors to the riverfront are only permitted to take small amounts of alcohol through the gates,’’ a spokesman said.

‘‘Maitland Council encourages people to drink responsibly and will not tolerate drunk or antisocial behaviour.’’

In Nelson Bay, the party begins at midday with family entertainment on the marina quayside, including live music.


NEWCASTLE SHORE 9pm and midnight

MAITLAND RIVERFRONT 9pm and midnight

NELSON BAY SHORE 9pm and midnight


SOLDIERS POINT MARINA 9pm and midnight





❏Fireworks displays  from Horseshoe Beach at 9pm and midnight, plus food stalls and music from 6pm. Foreshore Park, Newcastle Harbour.

❏Dine and dance while taking in the backdrop of Newcastle Harbour by night;  7.30pm, tickets $175. Bookings 0400381787.

❏Bar Petite will have a free glass of champagne for ladies, free bar snacks and music from Daniel March. Take in the foreshore fireworks from the courtyard.

❏Fanny’s will host The Last Dance from 9pm, urging punters to dress in festival attire. There will be eight DJs including Ruggs, Jaytee, Sam Idols, Fuel, Kagz, Cawloh, Amos and Jake Mexon. Tickets $24.50 early birds or $29.70 from moshtix.com.au.

❏Queen’s Wharf Brewery is hosting a Brazilian Carnival on the harbour. Performances by Uptown, DJ Playmate and Groove Academy; DJ Jay-L & DJ Sam Luke on the waterfront. Tickets on 

the night $20, VIP pre-sale $120 – includes canapes 

and drinks for four hours, and entry upstairs after midnight.

❏Carrington Place will be transformed into Bourbon Street, New Orleans. For $75 diners can enjoy food straight from the south including creole food, jambalaya, crayfish and cajun catfish, as well as live music from The Frenchman Street New Orleans Jazz Band.

❏Customs House Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Garden Party will include a four-course degustation dinner with a champagne cocktail on arrival from 6pm, $88 a head. ❏Scratchleys on the Wharf is hosting two sittings on New Year’s Eve, 5.30pm to 8pm, and from 8.30pm. Takeaway is also available for those wanting to picnic.

❏Silo Restaurant and Lounge at Honeysuckle will have a five-course menu matched with a beverage package for $140 per person.

❏Paymasters hosts two early sittings, from 5.30pm and from 6pm and two later sittings from 8pm and from 8.30pm. Two courses for $60 and three courses from $70.

❏The Landing Bar and Kitchen has a bar package, including canapes and drinks for $120 per person, or its dinner package for $175 per person, which includes three courses and a drinks package. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Skoob.

❏Noah’s On The Beach hosts a three-course dinner with canapes and sparkling wine on arrival in its grand ballroom from 7.30pm. Dress is evening attire, tickets $155.


❏1950s rock’n’roll band Rave On Duo perform a free from 8.30pm at Cardiff Panthers.


The Radiators play Lizotte’s, Lambton. Tickets $60 for the show, $130 for canapes, a three-course meal and  show; newcastle.lizottes.com.au.


❏Try your luck and buy a rubber duck to race in the duck run followed by live music and fireworks at 9pm and midnight. From 6pm. Hunter River, Maitland.

❏New Year’s Eve at Fox Bar. Drinks specials all night, food and live entertainment.


❏The festive fun continues with more than  one million lights  at the Christmas Lights Spectacular, plus fireworks at 9pm. Entry fee applies. Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin.

❏Thirsty Merc play Harrigan’s Irish Pub in Pokolbin, performing recent hits including Mousetrap Heart alongside classics such as In The Summertime. Tickets $50 general admission, $180 for VIP. harrigansirishpub.com

.au or 49984300.

❏Esca Bimbadgen will be transformed into a sun-kissed beach resort on New Year’s Eve. Guests are invited to wear sarongs and kick off their thongs at the winery and enjoy canapes and Bimbadgen sparkling wine before a four-course meal ($135, $170 with 

matching wines). Band Whiskey Tango Foxtrot will perform.

❏Tower Estate is hosting a Roaring Back to the ’20s party including a 1920’s-inspired five-course menu by executive chef George Francisco and live entertainment by Miss Burlesque 2012 Briana Bluebell. Guests are invited to draw inspiration for their costumes from prohibition, speakeasies, jazz, zoot suits and gangsters and flappers. Tickets to the event are $295 per person.

Peats Ridge

❏Three-day Peats Ridge Festival December 29 to January 1 featuring Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, John Butler Trio, Gossling, Hey Geronimo, Friendly Fires, The Liberators, Tokyo Denmark Sweden, Pigeon, and Valley of Kings. Tickets $340 for entire festival from peatsridgefestival.com.au.

Port Stephens

❏Festivities begin at midday with family entertainment on the marina quayside, including live music. Restaurants at the marina offer ideal vantage points to watch the fireworks at 9pm and midnight. D’Albora Marina, Nelson Bay.


❏Wallsend Diggers have Jon Schatz and Loko performing in the lounge.


❏Earthbound play The Albion Hotel, Wickham.



Art Gallery: Closed New Year’s Day.

Beaches: Normal patrols.

Beresfield Golf Course: Closed Christmas Day.

Blackbutt Reserve: Open.

Libraries: Closed.

Council offices: Non-essential services will close from midday Friday December 21 and reopen January 2.

Fort Scratchley and Civic Theatre box office: Closed New Year’s Day.

Garbage: Normal service.

Newcastle Museum: Open.

Parking stations: Closed after 7am.

Summerhill Waste Management Centre: Open.

Pools: Open.

Visitor Information Centre: Open.


Customer service centre: Closed New Year’s Day.

Libraries: Closed New Year’s Day. Closes 5pm New Year’s Eve.

Art Gallery: Closed New Year’s Day.

Pools: Open.

Beaches: Normal patrols.

Awaba Waste Management Facility: Open.

Garbage: Normal collections.

Visitor Information Centre: Open.

Teralba Worm Farm: Closed until 8am January 7.

Landcare Resource Office: Closed until 8am January 7.

Emergencies: 49210333.


Administration building: Closed until January 2.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery: Closed New Year’s Day.

Libraries: Closed until January 2.

Pools: Closed 5pm New Year’s Eve until 11am New Year’s Day.

Mt Vincent Waste Disposal Depot: Open.

Garbage: Normal service.

Works depot: Closed until January 2.

Visitor Information Centre: Open 11am-3pm New Year’s Day.

Maitland Gaol: Closed New Year’s Day.

Emergencies: 49349700.


Administration: Closed until January 2.

Libraries: Closed until January 2.

Pools: Branxton and Cessnock open 7am-6pm. Kurri Kurri Aquatic Centre open 10am-4pm.

Cessnock Waste and Re-Use Centre: Normal hours.

Greta Transfer Station: Normal hours.

Garbage: Normal service.

Cessnock Community Performing Arts Centre: Closed until January 7.

Cessnock Airport: All inquiries to Chris Eddy on 0401107557.

Emergencies: 49407816


Administration building: Closed. Normal hours from January 2.

Libraries: Closed. Normal hours from January 2; Tilligerry Community Library normal hours from January 14; mobile library closed until January 14.

Garbage: Normal service.

Pools: Open 10am-4pm New Year’s Day.

Nelson Bay Visitor Information Centre: Open.


Charlestown Square: Closed.

Myer Charlestown: Open 11am-5pm.

Westfield Kotara: Closed.

David Jones Kotara: Open 12pm-6pm.

Marketown: Coles and some specialty stores will be open. Contact individual stores for their particular trading hours.

Stockland Jesmond: Closed.

Stockland Greenhills: Closed.

Stockland Wallsend: Closed.

Stockland Glendale: Closed.


Event Cinemas Glendale: Open.

King Street Cinema: Open.

Reading Charlestown: Open.

Scotty’s Cinema Centre: Open.

Heddon-Greta Drive-In: Open.

Hunter Valley Cinema, Cessnock: Open.

Nelson Bay Cinema Complex: Open.

Majestic Cinema Singleton: Open.


Docs Pharmacy: Open 10am-9pm.

Docs Megasave Chemist: Open 9am-10pm.

Strachan’s Day Night Pharmacy: Closed.

Darby St Day Night Chemist: Open 8am-8pm.

Chemistworks Glendale: Open 8am-midnight.

Tenambit Pharmacy: Open 9am-5pm.

Myall Pharmacy Hawks Nest: Open 8.30am-6pm

Myall Pharmacy Tea Gardens: Closed.

Nelson Bay Pharmacy: Closed.


Phone to check surgery hours. GP Access after-hours medical services on  1300130147.


Ambulance, fire brigade and police as usual on 000. 

State Emergency Service 132500.


Buses, trains and ferries run to a Sunday timetable on New Year’s Day.  For transport information  131500 or visit 131500.com.au.