Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Darwin Waterfront

17 November 2017

The Darwin Waterfront will be centre-stage this New Year’s Eve, with three headline national acts, local artists, children’s entertainment, food stalls and fireworks displays.

The Choirboys’ Mark Gable, Taxi Ride’s Jason Singh and Australian singer-songwriter Dean Ray – will perform hit singles from over four decades of rock music. The free live concert will please all ages. New Year’s Eve party-goers will revel in the well-loved tunes of ‘Run to Paradise’, ‘Creepin’ Up Slowly’ and ‘Call It A Day’.

Local artists Josh Wyatt and Max Fredricks will be supporting acts, along with the incredible DJ duo Hello Bass & Von Lit who will MC and keep the crowd entertained throughout the evening.

Singer-songwriter, Craig Phillips from Toowoomba, Queensland, will welcome in the New Year after the headline acts with classic alternative and country rock cover songs. Craig’s musicianship style has been inspired by the likes of Eddie Vedder and Kings of Leon.

“The Darwin Waterfront is a world-class location and this popular New Year’s Eve event has grown to attract national media attention, profiling Darwin along with the likes of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Glenelg and Brisbane River,” Local Member for Port Darwin, Paul Kirby said.

“Free events for locals, such as this, play an important role in enhancing the Territory’s unique lifestyle and fostering vibrant communities.

“New Year’s Eve is an important event for our small businesses and restaurants – with thousands of people flocking into the CBD and Waterfront areas each year to view the fireworks and enjoy free live music and entertainment.

“To support the New Year’s Eve Celebrations the Territory Labor Government is again providing free bus services to the city, and NT Police will be vigilantly patrolling the streets to ensure we welcome in a safe 2018.”

Early in the evening, free children’s entertainment including two Nick Jr.’s PAW Patrol ‘Ready for Action’ shows and a meet & greet, face glitters, balloon twisting and roving entertainment will wow the little ones and young families.

Two spectacular ten-minute fireworks displays will light the skies at 9pm and midnight.

Pack a picnic dinner, blanket and chairs and relax on the lawns for an evening of entertainment. There’ll be food and drink stalls and restaurants are taking dinner reservations for the evening. Eskies are welcome, but no glass or alcohol is permitted.

Be sure to bring a poncho in case it rains – the show will definitely go on! There’ll be undercover marquees for party-goers to retreat to should it get a little wet.

Free parking will be available from 4pm to midnight on 31 December 2017 in on-street and off-street parking bays at the Waterfront, including the Kitchener Drive multi-storey car park and the Darwin Convention Centre’s basement parking.

To avoid delays, park in the city and catch the free bus (from the Darwin city interchange) or take the short stroll across the sky bridge and down the glass lift into the heart of the celebrations.

The festivities will continue on New Year’s Day with a free live concert from ‘The Fame Junkies’ band who will perform classics from the 60’s to today’s latest chart topping hits from 12noon to 4pm.

The popular New Year’s Eve event has been made possible with the investment of Toga, Darwin Waterfront Corporation and local Waterfront retailers.