Plan your New Year's Eve

Plan your New Year's Eve

All the details of where to see fireworks, what bands are on, where the roads are closed, and how to get around.


Newcastle Foreshore Fireworks over Nobbys lighthouse and Dyke Point at 9pm and midnight. Entire foreshore alcohol free.

Harbourside concert on Wharf Road from 6pm until midnight;

Camp Shortland Waterworld and Foreshore Fairground open from 10am on New Year’s Eve;

Queen’s Wharf Brewery Gypsy and the Cat plus Sparkadia, tickets $55.10-$157.10. Doors from 6pm;

Great Northern Hotel The Seabellies with special guests The Owls, tickets $23.50. Doors open 7pm;

Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory Ausgrid Stadium. Gates 2.45pm, kick-off at 4pm. Tickets $7-$80;

Fannys Timomatic performing live, foam party, frat house, silent disko and 10 DJs. Tickets from $20+booking fee;

Lizotte’s Grant Walmsley & The Agents of Peace, tickets $45-$87;

Newcastle Panthers Itchy Feet from 8.30pm – 12.30am;

Lass O’Gowrie New Year’s Eve Party featuring The Pornskas, Bones Jones & the Skeletones, The Young Pretties, Tommy Nine Fingers. Tickets $20;

Wests New Lambton Startlight Room buffet with entertainment by the Swing Kings. Food court entertainment by the Remedy Trio, Marble Par with the Sue and Mikey Show;

Wests Mayfield Get Swanky performing in the Food court area from 9pm–1am;

Stockton RSL Beach Party with Purple Cow from 8pm–late. Free entry;

South Newcastle Rugby League Club Backyard barbecue 2011 with buffet from 5.30pm to 8.30pm, $12.50 a person. Entertainment by Mark Wells Variety Big Band. Open until 1.30am;

Road closures

Nobbys lighthouse boardwalk closed from 7pm;

Wharf Road will close between Merewether Street to Nobbys Road from 3pm–3am;

Watt Street will close between Wharf Road and Scott Street from 3pm–3am;

Centenary Road will close between Merewether Street and Argyle Road from 3pm–3am;

Scott Street will close between Bolton Street and Pacific Street from 5pm–3am;

Hunter Street will close between Darby and Pacific streets from 5pm–3am;

Scott Street will close between Hunter Street and Pacific Street from 5pm–3am;

Watt Street, Bolton Street, Newcomen Street and Brown Street will close between Scott Street and King Street from 5pm–3am;

Shortland Esplanade will close to eastbound traffic between Watt Street and King Street from 5pm–3am;

Parking Court House parking station in Bolton Street free from 7pm New Year’s Eve until 7.30am New Year’s Day;

Taxis: A managed taxi rank will operate opposite Scratchley’s Restaurant on Wharf Road. Call Newcastle Taxis on 133300 or Australia-wide taxis on 131008 for bookings.


Caves Beachside Hotel Fireworks at 9pm. Entertainment by MontaZuma;

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Fireworks at 9pm;

Energy Australia Bargoed House, Swansea Fireworks at 9pm and midnight (private function);

Rutleys Road, Wyee Fireworks between 9pm–10pm and 12am–1am (private function);

Cardiff Panthers Entertainment by the Australian Foo Fighters. Doors open 9pm. Tickets $10 members, $15 non-members;

Belmont 16 footers Sailing Club Entertainment starts 8.30pm;

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Entertainment from 8pm with Hummdinger;

Swansea RSL Club Entertainment from 7.30pm with Ryde;

Wangi District Workers Club Fireworks at 9pm;

Taxis: Call Morisset Cab Company on 49705111, Rathmines Wangi Taxi Service on 49753664 or Australia-wide taxis on 131008 for bookings.


d’Albora Marinas, Nelson Bay Fireworks at 9pm and midnight. Outdoor entertainment from midday–3pm and 5.30pm–9.30pm;

Soldiers Point Marina Fireworks from the boat ramp at midnight; Tilligerry RSL Sports Club Fireworks at 9pm;

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Get Tropical with punch and canapes. Entertainment by Alotta Classix, tickets $29;

Fingal Sports Free entertainment by D’Lish from 8pm–midnight;

Country Club Hotel, Shoal Bay Beach party featuring Cybercrystal. Tickets on sale from midday New Year’s Eve, $10/$15 cover charge;

Drinking: Alcohol-free zones will be enforced in the town centres of Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay, Raymond Terrace, Anna Bay and Medowie and all foreshore areas, reserves and parks between 9pm and 8am. No camping in parks, reserves or beaches;

Taxis: Call Nelson Bay Taxis on 49846699, Raymond Terrace Taxi Service on 49337333 or Australia-wide taxis on 131008 for bookings.


Riverbank Precinct Fireworks 9pm and midnight. Live music from 3pm. Food stalls including wood-fired pizza, Asian cuisine, hot dogs, chips and pluto pups.

Alcohol-free zone lifted from 3pm to midnight on New Year’s Eve, with patrons urged to drink responsibly;

Belmore Hotel Live bands from 9pm, DJ Phatt in the beer garden;

Kandybar DJs Jay-L and Ultamaidam Crew. Free entry before 10pm, closes 3.30am;

Road closures

Galtons car park will close for 24hours from 7am New Year’s Eve.

All other road closures from 3pm New Year’s Eve until 1am New Year’s Day but subject to police discretion.

High Street will close to eastbound traffic between Belmore Road and just west of Church Street, while westbound traffic will also be blocked between Church Street and Little Hunter Street. Egress to Belmore Road will be maintained through Little Hunter Street.

St Andrews Street will close from the riverbank to north of the St Andrew’s Street car park.

Stillsbury Lane will also be closed from High Street.

Taxis: Call Maitland Taxi Service on 49337333 or Australia-wide taxis on 131008 for bookings.


Hunter Valley Gardens Fireworks at 9pm. Gates open 6.30pm, roaming entertainment from 6.30pm–10pm.

Christmas Lights Display, entertainment, amusement rides, food and beverage stalls. Storybook Garden jumping castle 6.30pm – 10pm. Tickets $6-$156;

Harrigan’s Irish Pub Fireworks at midnight. Farewell 2011 party including The Levymen. Tickets $150;

Potters Hotel and Brewery: DJ and Karaoke from 8pm;

Taxis: Call Kurri Kurri Radio Cabs on 49371666, Cessnock Radio Cabs Co-Op on 49901111 or Australia-wide taxis on 131008 for bookings.



Muswellbrook RSL Entertainment from Kyda at 8pm and New Year’s Eve raffle;

Muswellbrook District Workers Club Live entertainment from We R 2 featuring Jason Hill from 8.30pm;

Muswellbrook Taxis 65432700; Albion Hotel Live entertainment from Marinated Blues Band. Upstairs from 10pm with The Ultimaidam Crew;


Club Singleton Live music from Pete Gelzinnis from 8.30pm to 12.30am;

Taxio Taxi Service 131008 or 65721133;


Thoroughbred Hotel Traffic Light Party with DJ Clinton. Starts 9pm;

Taxis: Call Scone Taxi Service on 65411180 or Australia-wide taxis on 131008 for bookings.


Trains Wickham and Civic stations will close from 6pm New Year’s Eve until 4am New Year’s Day.

Saturday timetable on New Year’s Eve with extra services through the Hunter and Sydney.

Additional trains will also run between Newcastle and Telarah, and to the Central Coast after the 9pm and midnight fireworks.

Passengers are reminded alcohol is not permitted on trains.

Trains will leave at least every hour from Newcastle to Central Station on Saturday afternoon.

The last trains leaving Central for Newcastle and the Central Coast depart at 3.15am and 4.45am on New Year’s Day;

Buses and Ferries: Newcastle Buses and Ferries will operate to an augmented Saturday timetable on New Year’s Eve and a Sunday timetable on New Year’s Day, with an extra 32 services running. They will be added on the 100, 104, 118, 222, 224, 230, 226, 310, 317, 322, 334, 349, 350 and 363 routes between 9pm New Year’s Eve and 3am New Year’s Day.

Ferries will also run extra services during this period; Newcastle Buses will depart and terminate on Scott Street near the Great Northern Hotel, with other buses running from Watt Street.

Call 131500 or visit for more information;

Port Stephens Coaches Extra buses will run after midnight, departing from Nelson Bay and servicing the rest of Port Stephens. Contact 49822940;

Hunter Valley Buses Services will run to a regular timetable, no extra services. Contact 49357200. Greyhound Australia One extra service will run every day until New Year’s Eve. Extra services will be made available according to demands. Contact 131499.

Sid Fogg’s Coaches Services to and from Dubbo running as normal. Operating Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Contact 49281088.