New Year's Eve

Fogarty Park event cancelled due to weather -- Family party now at Cairns Convention Centre

Join us for face painting, kids' disco, balloon artist, wizard performance, hoola hoop workshop and roving performers on the veranda at the Cairns Convention Centre from 5pm until 6.45pm, prior to the Cairns Taipans' clash against the Perth Wildcats.

Plus free rides outside on Little Grafton Street.

Everyone is invited - you don't need to have a game day ticket to join in.

At this stage, fireworks at 9pm and midnight are planned to go ahead, providing conditions on the night render it safe to do so.

Further updates will be made available via Cairns Regional Council’s Facebook page.

2019 New Year’s Eve fireworks proudly brought to you by Crystalbrook Collection.

Crystalbrook Collection New Year’s Eve at the Esplanade is a massive event that brings a diverse crowd together to celebrate the start of another year in our beautiful city. This year's activities will offer an alcohol-free event that is fun and festive with a family-friendly atmosphere! As much as we want them to be part of the celebrations, please leave your dogs at home.

'Roaring into the 20s' Theme

Prizes for the best dressed 'Roaring into the 20s' costumes - think either 1920's era or anything that roars! Prizes include $500 cash and vouchers from Crystalbrook.

Activities on the night include:

    • 5:30pm - 9pm Fogarty Park = live band Dirty Sanchez, presentation of the Best Dressed competition, SwingRays dance troupe, and a range of children's entertainment including rides, roving performers and an activity tent
    • 7:00pm NYE Resolution Fun Run, starts and finishes at Fogarty Park - on line registrations are now closed but you can register on the day from 5.30pm.
    • 9pm and midnight fireworks

COVID-19 restrictions will dictate the kind of event Council can provide for New Year's Eve. Keep updated via Council's website, newsletters and social media account.

We appreciate calls to cancel our New Year’s Eve fireworks and donate those funds to the drought and bushfire appeals.

Cairns Regional Council is contracted to have fireworks at this year’s event, and remains committed to providing the community with a New Year’s Eve festival that includes pyrotechnics.

Cairns NYE is one of the region’s biggest public events, attracting more than 20,000 people to the city and makes a significant contribution to the economy – many local businesses rely on this annual event.

Fireworks displays are an integral part of events throughout the world and the NYE event unites the community with a message of celebration and optimism for the year ahead.

In regards to safety, during the bush fire season, professional pyrotechnicians adhere to regulations and conditions set by the Queensland Rural Fire Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services. Risk assessments are a safety requirement and are conducted prior to the event and on the day of the event to assess all potential hazards and ensure measures are in place to prevent any harm to persons or property.

NEW YEAR’S EVE FUN: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Fogarty Park

Family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations on the Cairns Esplanade will include children’s entertainment and rides, a fun run and two fireworks displays. Celebrations will embrace the tropical climate with “wet weather-friendly” activities

5:30pmSwingRays Dance GroupMain Stage
 Registrations open for Fun RunMarquee beside stage on Esplanade
6:00pmDirty Sanchez bandMain Stage
6:45pmBest Dressed competition presentation
Briefing for Fun Run
Main Stage
Marquee beside stage on Esplanade 
6:50pmSwingRays Dance GroupMain Stage
7:00pmDirty Sanchez bandMain Stage
 Fun Run commencesEsplanade
7:45pmPresentation of Fun Run awardsMain Stage
8:00pmDirty Sanchez bandMain Stage
8:45pmClosingMain Stage
9:00pmFireworksOn the water
12 midnightFireworksOn the water

For more information please contact Sarah Campbell, Coordinator Events Delivery on 07 4044 3261 or

Free buses!

Cairns Regional Council fund a free bus service between 12.30am to 1.20am, departing from the Lake Street bus terminal on Wednesday 1st January 2020. For more information visit the Sunbus website.

Free Parking!

Lake Street's multi-storey car park is free on NYE and New Year’s Day. It’s a secure, undercover car park, that operates 24/7. Fees apply from 8:30am on 2 January 2020.

Esplanade Road Closure

The road with be closed on the Esplanade between Spence and Aplin Street from 5:00am 31 December to 4:00am 1 January, with the possibility of the road opening earlier depending on the crowd numbers.

Busy events can be quite stressful for your animal. Please consider the wellbeing of your pet and other event attendees and please keep your pet at home during busy events.

Last updated: 29 June 2020