New Year’s Eve in Adelaide | Where to See Fireworks & Family Friendly Guide | 31 Dec 2018

New Years Eve Adelaide – Your Guide to Family Friendly New Year Celebrations

There are plenty of free celebrations planned all over South Australia, many with spectacular fireworks. Check out the options below.

Wishing you and your family a safe and Happy New Year in 2019, full of good health, plenty of laughter, new family adventures and fun, from all of us at Play & Go Adelaide.


The City of Adelaide’s FREE New Year’s Eve Party in Elder Park and on the Riverbank will be the place to gather with family and friends. This year brings another jam-packed program with live music, family entertainment and two spectacular firework displays presented by HomeStart. Keep the little ones entertained in the dedicated Kids Zone, where the whole family can enjoy dazzling performances and carnival fun. There will also be roving performers entertaining the crowds, plus 20 food vendors to choose from. This year’s event will be straw-free and all food packaging from vendors will be compostable and can be placed in the green organics bins onsite. Water stations will also be set up around the event offering free drinking water for you to fill up your reusable water bottles.

Fireworks will be at 9pm and Midnight.

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GLENELG & BRIGHTON | New Year’s Eve at the Bay

The Glenelg foreshore will come alive with free live entertainment, free children’s activities and fireworks. Entertainment will commence at 6.30pm featuring The Uptown Seeds DJ Jaki J and Sneaky Sound System.  Fireworks will commence at 9.30pm in both Glenelg and Brighton and again at midnight in Glenelg only.

Parking is hassle-free at Harbour Town with the free RAA Park and Ride shuttle (running every 20 mins).

Fireworks will be at 9.30pm (Brighton & Glenelg) & Midnight (Glenelg only)

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New Year’s Eve free shuttle bus service

A free shuttle bus service will be available for anyone celebrating New Year’s Eve at Glenelg.

RAA’s free ‘Park and Ride’ service will run every 20 minutes between 5pm-1am to transport revellers between Harbour Town and Wigley Reserve, Glenelg.

Park at Harbour Town on New Year’s Eve, jump on the shuttle bus, and beat the road closures and congestion! Enjoy the fireworks, live entertainment and activities for the kids knowing you and your family and friends have a safe and free mode of transport.

Harbour Town is located at 727 Tapleys Hill Road, West Beach.

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NORTH ADELAIDE  |  BBL T20 Cricket, Adelaide Oval

The tradition of New Year’s Eve T20 cricket at Adelaide Oval continues in 2018 when the Adelaide Strikers take on the Sydney Thunder in an end-of-year party! Fireworks and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

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New Year’s Eve 2018 will see the 21st Annual Normanville New Year’s Eve Pageant. The pageant consists of a parade of approximately 40 colourful floats leaving Katherine Drive at 7:30pm sharp winding its way through the streets of Normanville ending at the beautiful Normanville foreshore at approximately 8pm. Locals and tourists alike flock to the foreshore to be entertained by DJ Hazzman, amusements, and fed by the local community clubs and groups.

Fireworks will be at 9:45pm.

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normanville nye


SEMAPHORE  | Foreshore Summer Carnival

Semaphore Summer Carnival opens daily from 11am. Show Amusements presents once again, the Ali Baba, Cyclone, Dodgem Cars, WOW Water Balls, Bungee Trampolines, and Laughing Clowns for your enjoyment. Additionally, Semaphore Summer Carnival boasts the Mega Bounce, as well as other games and thrill rides. On New Year’s Eve, the carnival has two fireworks displays at 9:30pm and midnight.

Fireworks will be at 9.30pm and at Midnight.

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STREAKY BAY  |  Children’s Festival & Fireworks

Streaky Bay comes alive on New years Eve with entertainment on offer for the entire family. The Children’s Festival starts at 6pm on the foreshore lawns at Alfred Terrace offering 3 FREE bouncy castles and face-painting by gold coin donation. Live music will entertain the crowd before the fireworks. Visitors and locals can buy delicious food and cold refreshments provided by community groups and local businesses including a variety of BBQ and fish menu items. The young at heart can purchase a variety of glow in the dark products to get into the festive spirit.

Watch the fireworks display while listening to great music from 6pm-10 pm as families relax on the foreshore lawns with a picnic rug while the kids have fun. At approximately 9.30pm, the fireworks display goes off with a big bang. The largest display in a regional area outside of a major city centre, the fireworks in Streaky Bay continues to impress locals and visitors at New Year’s Eve. At midnight, the fireworks will bring in the New Year for revelers celebrating the start of 2019.

The Streaky Bay CBD area is declared a Dry Area from 6pm, 31 December 2018 to 8am, 1 January 2019.

Fireworks will be at 9.30pm and Midnight.

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streaky bay fireworks

Image credit: Jayne Holland


VICTOR HARBOR  |  Rivergum Homes New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Rivergum Homes New Year’s Eve celebrations attract more than 10,000 spectators enjoying the festivities around Warland Reserve, and over 30,000 locals, families and visitors relaxing along the Victor Harbor foreshore to watch the spectacular fireworks displays. A drug and alcohol free event, dry zone restrictions apply throughout Victor Harbor over New Year’s. This year’s program includes a Dorothy and Emma Character Performance, Rock Chick Powerhouse performance by LUSH, Children’s Fireworks at 9:45pm, LUSH Adelaide Party Band and then Midnight Fireworks. Entertainment will include amusement rides, free face painting, free petting zoo, free bubble fun and a range of food available.

Fireworks will be at 9:45pm and Midnight

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WALLAROO  |  Drake’s Foodland Copper Coast New Year’s Eve Festivities

This annual family-friendly alcohol-free event is held on the corner of Jetty Road and Chatfield Terrace from 6.30pm and features a variety of sideshow amusements, food stalls, rides and other fun activities. Thousands of people line the foreshore as they await the spectacular fireworks displays, which are fired from the Marina breakwater at 9.30pm and again at midnight to see in the New Year. Security and SA Police personnel will be on site throughout the evening.  Many people also enjoy watching the fireworks from their boats out on the water and their safety is looked after by the dedicated volunteers from the Sea Rescue Squadron Copper Coast Flotilla as they patrol the exclusion zones. A Courtesy Bus will be available to transport patrons to and from the event site from car park areas and the Foodland Car Park.

Fireworks will be at 9.30pm and Midnight.

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MANNUM | Mannum Fireworks over the Murray River

Mannum will be displaying spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks at midnight on the Murray River in front of Mannum Bowling Club between the Mannum Community Club and Pretoria Hotel, Families can head down to Mary Anne Reserve to watch this magnificent display on the River Front.  Organised by Mannum Progress Association but funded by the wonderful donations from Pretoria Hotel, Mannum Community Club, John & Gaynor Stevens, Mid Murray Council, Mannum Caravan Park, Rivershare, Mannum Marine and Mannum Progress Association.

(fireworks maybe subject to weather conditions)

Fireworks will be at midnight

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mannum fireworks

Play & Go Review

Some people are concerned about taking children out to New Years Eve events, that there may be drunken revellers out in force. Here is our view which is from our own personal experience only, and comments from friends.

A few years ago our family went to Glenelg for New Years Eve for the first time with friends (all children aged between 4 and 13). We got there early, before 6pm and was pleasantly surprised how quiet it was. We expected Jetty Road to be chaotic with people everywhere, yet it was quiet and closed from traffic. The grassy areas in front of the stage and along the foreshore had plenty of space still and the beach was not crowded at all. The kids had a lovely play on the beach; we enjoyed fish & chips and watched some of the entertainment. Glow sticks kept the kids busy as it got dark and everyone enjoyed the fireworks at 9.45pm. It did get busier and more crowded with people by the time the fireworks started and as it got later, more of the revelers came out. Therefore, I would suggest that if you want to avoid any drunken crowds, go early, have fun and leave straight after the early fireworks with the kids.

Friends who went along to Semaphore last year with kids said they had a wonderful time at the carnival rides and beach, and picnicked on the grassy area.

Last year we attended the celebrations at Elder Park and saw the 9pm fireworks. The atmosphere was very family friendly and although there was a lot of people there, even at 9pm you could still find a spot on the grass to sit and watch the fireworks. And don’t think the fireworks at 9pm are not very long or not worth seeing  – they were pretty spectacular and everyone loved them.

If you are having a party at home with friends and/or family then these things are always a hit:

♥ Glow sticks are a must for the kids from $2 cheap shops (Browse in and Save have tubes of 50 for $5) as well as sparklers and poppers.

♥ Lots of balloons on a trampoline is a favourite with our kids.

♥ Water balloons if it’s warm.

♥ Getting the good old Slip n Slide out is always fun.

♥ If you have little ones, turn your clocks forward a few hours so you can do the ‘midnight’ countdown a few hours earlier.

♥ Open up those boxes of chocolates you received for Christmas to share on New Years Eve – it’s a great way to use up some or all of these treats.

♥ We also love this idea of a ‘Year End Interview’ with the kids by Hands On: as we grow. Ask the kids some questions about their favourite things right now, as a keepsake. You could get them to write it down or video them. Get the free printable here.

NYE Sparklers

However you decide to celebrate the start of the New Year have a wonderful time!

We hope 2019 brings good health, happiness, fun times and special moments to treasure.


At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

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