What to do on New Year’s Day in Brisbane

Don’t let the celebration end with the sunrise.

New year’s day starts with a bang but by the time the sun rises the celebration is often fading into hangovers and regret. But if you can still stand the harsh rays of Queensland sunshine the celebration doesn’t have to end. Throw on some sunnies, get off the couch and embrace the New Year. Here are eight things to do in Brisbane on New Year’s Day.

Brisbane International Tennis

Tennis stars from across the world have gathered to compete in the Brisbane International Tennis tournament which kicks off today. Whether you’re a tennis buff or not the Brisbane International is sure to serve up a good time. Even better, the tournament doesn’t kick off until one o’clock in the afternoon leaving you plenty of time to recover from last night.

Picnic in the park

Pack up some leftovers, a blanket and you’re ready for a picnic. Alternatively, if you’re all out of leftovers take some steak and sausages and bread to cook up a BBQ instead. Some of the best spots in Brisbane are Kangaroo Point and the Botanical Gardens, but you can never really go wrong with food under the sun.

Hike Mount Coot-tha

Start achieving those new year’s resolutions asap with a picturesque hike up Mount Coot-tha. The best part is once you reach the top you can enjoy a relaxing meal overlooking Brisbane at Kuta Café, open from 9am, before you begin the journey back down.


Educational, cultural and fun, a visit to the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) never disappoints and this New Year’s Day will be no exception with the Sugar Spin exhibition headlining the celebrations, including over 250 pieces exploring our complex connections to the natural world.

Hot 100 hangout

The original Hot 100 countdown by the 4ZZZ radio station is being broadcasted live from the Triffid’s famous beer garden. So grab some mates and head to Newstead for a cruisy afternoon filled with good music, good vibes, and good people.

Moonlight Cinema

If you’re looking for some family-friendly relaxation to end the day, the Moonlight Cinema has you covered with a showing of the new animated movie Trolls, under the Brisbane stars.

Day trip to the coast

If you don’t mind battling the traffic or are willing to leave at the crack of dawn to avoid it, take a day trip to the coast. Pre-pack your car full of the beach essentials the night before and head for the sand and waves as soon as you arise.

Cedar Creek

If you don’t want to deal with the hustle and bustle of the beach, but are still looking for a relaxing day by the water, hit up Cedar Creek Falls. It’s a family-friendly swimming hole which is nicely shaded in the hinterland.