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The countdown to 2020 has begun and, for many, that means finalising plans on how to draw the curtain on 2019. For those who want to enjoy good food and drinks in a prime location here are five events held in iconic locations around Australia that will spark foodie fireworks on New Year's Eve.
NYE @ PIER ONE PARTY
Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection is in prime position to enjoy uninterrupted views of Sydney Harbour Bridge, which is the focal point during Australia's favourite firework festivities. There's a lot to be said for ringing in the New Year to the soundtrack of clinking Champagne flutes: the all-inclusive tickets give partygoers access to Champagne and canapes, and all-you-can-eat street food from stalls spaced along the pier and quality drink service all night from a plethora of pop-up bars. Some of Sydney's best DJs will also provide the soundtrack to the night at the exclusive Pier One Party. There will be a separate offering at The Gantry where head chef Thom Gorringe will be making it a night to remember with his bespoke NYE Dinner designed to showcase the best of Australian food and wine. Your New Year's Eve will be perfectly accompanied by quality Australian wines and a range of beers Cost: $799 per person (18+). Marriott Bonvoy members receive 10 per cent off tickets. To book, click here.
NYE DINNER @ FEAST, SHERATON GRAND SYDNEY HYDE PARK
One of the brightest, shining stars during this year's NYE celebrations is Duncan Morrison, executive chef, Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park. There's a reason people come back, time and time again, to Feast: the big story here is Morrison's buffet, which presents like a rainbow of colour thanks to platters piled high with antipasto, lobster, Balmain bugs, Sydney rock oysters, crab, smoked salmon, roasted meats and salads. There's also the chef's tour through the East and West with hot dishes inspired by a range of destinations. Try the pastries, cakes and puddings, too, all set to rival the uplifting pleasure of snagging a NYE kiss. Plump for the drinks package that includes free-flowing drinks all night and make sure your outfit allows for flexibility. Cost: $125 per person (18+), including a welcome drink; $165 per person (18+); including free-flowing Chandon & Chandon Brut Rose, The Lane Basket Press Shiraz, Philip Shaw Sauvignon Blanc & beer. sheratongrandsydney.com
Sheraton Grand boasts a colourful buffet to bring in the New Year. Photo: Supplied.
'80S NIGHT @ SKYPOINT Q1, SURFER'S PARADISE
Fun fact: the Q1 Building is taller than the Chrysler building in New York City, which makes Australia's only beachside observation deck – at 230 m above sea level – an attractive place to be during a NYE pyrotechnic display. Add hot-pink legwarmers, big hair, pouf skirts, and power suits and the '80s-themed event will take on a gleam that is even more spangly than the splatter of crackers in the sky. The event includes two hours of inspired canapes such as as mac 'n' cheese balls with shaved parmesan, Mooloolaba prawns, and hand-rolled sushi. Food stations serving sloppy joe sliders and an '80s grazing station are also bang on the money, as is the 4.5-hour beverage package. Dazzle the judges of the best-dressed competition when you hit the dancefloor with your Oliva Newton John hair and outrageous Xanadu-inspired ensemble. Cost: $199 per person (18+). skypoint.com.au
FIREWORKS @ SOUTH BANK, BRISBANE
It's easy to imagine that the impetus for Brisbane's current designer-hotel-and-dinky-bar boom began with the redevelopment of South Bank post-Expo '88. Fast forward to 2019 and the inner-city oasis remains one of the best places to be when the clock strikes midnight. Pull up a square of lawn and enjoy watching the fireworks explode over the city while enjoying a picnic curated from food trucks such as Rolling Stone Pizza and Sate House, which arrive in convoy to the Cultural Forecourt. Clem Jones Promenade, Streets Beach and River Quay are three of the best vantage points from which to watch the sparks fly over the Brisbane River at this family-friendly gathering, which goes off at both 8.30pm and midnight. Cost: Free. visitbrisbane.com.au
Southbank Brisbane lights up on New Year's Eve Photo: Supplied
SHERATON MELBOURNE HOTEL
The Sheraton Melbourne Hotel is positioned perfectly, spilling into the laneways in the so-called Paris end of the city's CBD. Expect to dine on unlimited seafood of the highest order when you book in at Little Collins Street Kitchen where platters of prawns, oysters and scallops will be constantly replenished during the night. Because you pay upfront, you don't have to think about the bill, which frees you up to focus on devouring half a ceremonial haunch of roast beef with root vegetables or steamed barramundi with ginger, soy and spring onion. Enjoy the countdown to 2020 and let the wait staff charge your glass with a choice of Australian sparkling wine, red and white wine and beer. Following the dinner, guests will be invited to head to the hotel's rooftop on Level 3 to dance the night away and enjoy glimpses of the fireworks with the city's skyline in the background. Cost: $179 per person (18+). To book, click here.
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