Countdown to 2024 at the Gold Coast’s best bashes.
Countdown to 2024 at the Gold Coast’s best bashes.
It’s been a year and we’re officially counting down the days and hours until the clock strikes New Year. You’ve made it, we’ve made it and what better way to celebrate that than at one of the Gold Coast’s best.
Whether you’ve had a blast or it’s been a bit of a bust, either way it’s time to celebrate the year that was and say ciao to 2023 in style. So, bottoms up because we’ve found the Gold Coast’s best banquets, bottomless beverage packages and so much more to keep you going until the clock strikes midnight.
Welcome to the ultimate New Year’s Eve soiree at The Island Gold Coast! This glamour-packed event promises a night of glitz, glam, and grandeur. Toast to 2023 and immerse yourself in the fun at one of the Coast’s most iconic parties. Whether you’re wanting to party poolside or penthouse style, they’ve got three epic parties to pick from. We’ve got all the solid gold here.
Where: The Island, 3128 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
The Star Gold Coast
The Star Gold Coast is pulling out all the stops for an appropriately sparkly New Year’s celebration. With multiple venues and events (hello party on The Star Grand Pool Lawn), including rooftop festivities and exclusive dining experiences, The Star is to be the centre of allll the New Year’s activity so if you’re keen to know more, we’ve got you covered – check our ultimate guide to The Star’s New Year’s Eve celebrations here so you don’t miss out.
Where: The Star Gold Coast, 1 Casino Drive, Broadbeach
JW Marriott is turning up the luxury for New Year’s Eve!
Dive into a feast for the senses with the ultimate seafood buffet at Citrique – decadent dining is the only way to say goodbye to 2023 and what better way than with a seafood spread. If cocktails and soaking up that sweet summer air is more your style, then Chapter & Verse will be delivering with a signature Cocktail Party so you can sip and celebrate in style.
Where: JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise
The Langham Gold Coast
We say that ringing in the New Year is pretty much the perfect time to be a little boujee and where better to do that than The Langham Gold Coast. Think four course feeds and live entertainment at your favourite hotel hotspots, but if you’re not here to make friends with food then why not pop into The Lobby Lounge or The Tap Room for a nibbles and a champagne toast – there’s something for everyone.
Where: 38 Old Burleigh Road, Surfers Paradise.
Get ready to groove and dance at Stingray’s NYE Party 2023 at QT Gold Coast. Stingray have pulled out all of the best parts it’s known for like live entertainment, ripper cocktails and good vibes all round – plus, there’s a 4.5 hour beverage package AND food stations that you just know are going to be irresistible. Say less.
Where: QT Hotel, Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise
Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove
In a first for the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove, The Fireplace will open its doors on NYE for six-course degustation that celebrates the iconic wood-fired flavours that have become a signature part of their dining experience. In a carefully crafted menu, enjoy the scenic surroundings, and savour every moment and bite as you bid farewell to 2023.
Where: InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, Lower Level, Manor Circle, Hope Island
If you’re planning on having the kids in tow, then get ready for a family-friendly fun at Southport Sharks. With a lineup of activities for all ages, including live entertainment, a petting zoo, and of course a spectacular fireworks display – because it’s not New Year’s Eve if there are no fireworks. It’s the perfect spot for a festive fiesta.
Where: Olsen Avenue and Musgrave Avenue, Southport
If you’re looking to get into the spirit and have a ghouly good time, then look no further than Dracula’s! The crew will be delivering a spooky but spectacular celebration that’s complete with their signature cabaret show and food that’s to die for. If you were ever worried about making it to midnight, then being in the company of vampires is sure to make you go that extra mile – or hour.
Where: 1 Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach
Join the cultural celebration at HOTA with their New Year’s Eve events at Palette and The Exhibitionist Bar. With live performances, art installations, and a vibrant atmosphere, it’s the perfect way to welcome the new year in style. If you’re searching for the ultimate foodie experience then a five-course dinner at Palette is a no brainer, otherwise you can party with sweeping views of the Gold Coast at The Exhibitionist Bar – the perfect spot to see the fireworks all cross the city.
Ring in the New Year with unparalleled views festivities. The SkyPoint NYE celebration promises a night of glamour and excitement, set against the glittering backdrop of the city lights and the Pacific Ocean. Revel in a premium experience featuring live entertainment, exquisite dining, and, of course, the breathtaking fireworks display that transforms the skyline. Whether you’re looking for an intimate dinner or a vibrant party atmosphere, SkyPoint offers a range of packages, ensuring a memorable start to the new year.
Where: SkyPoint Observation Deck, Level 77, Q1, Surfers Paradise
Words by Jacqueline Bojanowski.
It’s almost that time again Gold Coasters and if you’re anything like us, whipping up a Christmas lunch or dinner is the absolute LAST thing you feel like doing after sinking a few (too many) champers and opening all those pressies.
But never fear, we’re here to round up the local faves taking the hard yakka out of the jolliest time of year, so that you enjoy your food coma sans the prep and post feast clean up.
The Star Gold Coast
Who better equipped to handle our merry munches than the veritable recreation wonderland that awaits at The Star – we mean, they literally spend 365 days a year honing their impeccable hosting skills.. and an atmosphere primed for fun and frivolity is kind of their whole schtick.
Check out the epic array of soirees on offer here for the ‘star’ on the top of a tree-mendous Chrissy Day. Pssst, there are even gourmet hampers available for stress-free hosting.. (feel free to steal all the glory, our lips are sealed).
Where:1 Casino Dr, Broadbeach
Novotel Surfers Paradise
This Dec 25, have a cracker of a (carefree) Christmas Day with all of the cheer and none of the tears, and lock in a spectacular seafood buffet lunch at Novotel Surfers Paradise.
Find all the deets here to secure your spot – and score yourself a sneaky Chrissy morning sleep in while you’re at it – aka cut out the crack-of-dawn pilgrimage to the prawn trawlers altogether.. now that’s a Merry Christmas!
Where: Novotel Surfers Paradise, Cnr Of Surfers Paradise Blvd, Hanlan St, Surfers Paradise
Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach
Assemble your nearest and dearest for a delicious ripper of a Christmas celebration at the Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach this year. The Sofitel’s stunner trio of venues are set to transform for the occasion, on offer will be three enchanting experiences: a ‘Grand Ballroom Gingerbread House’, a jolly gastronomic journey for those who fancy their Christmas with a side of French indulgence, and sumptuous seafood and hot carvery buffet. Go here for all the delicious details.
Where: 81 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
JW Marriott Gold Coast
We’re more spoiled than a kid on Christmas morning with the array of delectable dining experiences on offer at JW Marriott. As experts in exquisite eats, their annual yuletide events always sell out.. so get on it like an empty parking spot in December, guys.
This Christmas, we’ve got four spectacular events to choose from. Citrique is gearing up to deliver a luxurious lunch (sold out) and dinner celebration, with a festive twist on their famous seafood buffet for $279 pp + BF, children starting from $49 (under 2 free).
The signature seafood buffet experience will also be hosted in Grand Ballroom, for a luxe lunch including live cooking stations, a three hour premium beverage package with Champagne, live entertainment, face painting and a visit from Santa. Tickets $339 pp + BF, children starting from $159 (under 3 free).
Alternatively, choose to celebrate at Chapter and Verse with the ‘Festive Feast of Seafood and Sweets’ Christmas Lunch, from 12.30pm – 3.30pm – a selection of mouth-watering morsels all set to satisfy, including seafood on ice, raw bar, cheese and charcuterie, tapas and dessert. Tickets $249 pp + BF.
Where: 158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise
QT Gold Coast
Families looking to converge for some magical (and mouthwatering) Christmas mems, look no further than the luxe QT luncheons – both the Ballroom and Bazaar (dinner also available) will be abuzz with 3-hour beverage packages, a sumptuous spread of roasted meats, fresh seafood and decadent desserts. Christmas cheer also comes courtesy of a festive cocktail on arrival, and for kids under 12, a gift from Mr Claus himself.
Alternatively, avid foodies can treat themselves to an exquisite gastronomic experience at the adults-only Christmas Lunch at Yamagen. Get in the spirit with a meticulously crafted 7-course menu, a masterclass in Japanese dining with a showcase of seafood dishes with a Christmas twist. Tickets from $299 pp + BF, including an arrival cocktail and curated wine pairings.
(Pssst – Santa called, he said you should go ahead and upgrade to the Premium Whisky/Wine/Sake Pairing, it is Christmas after all).
Want to bring the QT home with you this Christmas? Indulge in the epitome of festive luxury with a QT Gold Coast curated opulent hamper. Crafted to delight 4-6 people, this lavish banquet features culinary treasures like the iconic Moreton Bay bug & prawn roll, slow-roasted suckling Berkshire Porchetta with crackling, locally caught tiger prawns, Sydney Rock oysters and Tasmanian smoked salmon. From $649 per box with 20 dishes to unwrap.
Where: 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise
RACV Royal Pines Resort
Another festive contender for your consideration – round up your kin and revel in the Chrissy day array at RACV Royal Pines, for an indulgent spread hosted within the impeccable surrounds of the Royal Benowa Ballroom.
Kicking off from from 12:00 pm, this years proceedings include a 3-hour beverage package along with all the traditional festive fare – delight in fresh Australian seafood, carved meats, and a selection of hot dishes, salads and desserts. Tickets start from $51.00 for children aged 2-4 (ages 0-2 free) up to $297.85 per adult (+ booking fees).
Where: Ross St, Benowa
The Langham Gold Coast
Are you and/or the fam fans of the finer things? Then look no further than The Langham for your December 25 festivities, friends. As a destination with a rep for all things luxury, our unofficial dealers of decadence are especially equipped to deliver a swanky soiree.
This year, their swoon-worthy spread includes fresh local seafood, a crudo and oyster bar, live barbeque with premium meats such as wagyu steaks (feat. sausage sizzle for the littles) salads, desserts and more. Their stellar shin-dig kicks off from 12:00 pm, with tickets ranging from $148 per child (ages 0-4 free) to $468 per adult inc. premium beverage package.
Where: 38 Old Burleigh Rd, Surfers Paradise
Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove
Offering two decadent dining experiences, spend your Christmas Day situated among Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove’s stellar surrounds and get amongst some fanciful fare to mark the occasion in the most delicious of ways.
If the thought of festive fine dining sparks a whole lot of joy for you – we present to you, option numero ono: the long, and lavish – Degustation Lunch. Secure your spot at this little advent affair for an all-inclusive experience hosted at The Fireplace, and prepare to sip and savour your way through your Christmas Day for $449pp + BF.
If you’d rather take the night off following a jam-packed day of festivities (aka keep the arvo open for a very necessary nap) the Seafood Buffet Dinner option will be enticing on every level. With two convenient seatings available at 5 pm and 8 pm, get cosy at Cove Cafe and sidle up to a mouthwatering spread of traditional Christmas fare fused with modern Australian flavours. Tickets from $209 per person, children aged 5 to 12 are priced at $89 per child (ages 0-4 free).
Where: Sanctuary Cove, Manor Cir, Hope Island
Sadly for fans of the legendary Sharks seafood buffet lunch, this event has already sold out for this year #tear – though if the thought of this leaves you languishing, tickets to the Festive Buffet Breakfast are still available. On the bright side, this means we can bring forward our scheduled smorgasbord proceedings – and frankly, feasting sooner is never a bad thing in our books.
Start your Christmas day with a classic brekkie banquet fit for a ‘Kringle’, complete with all the morning mainstays – tasty rashers of bacon, delicious eggs, juicy sausages, sides of mushrooms and tomatoes, hotcakes with warm butter or sweet syrup (both, obvs), piles of pastries and so much more. Tickets for this very merry morning start at $15 for kids (ages 0-3 free) up to $55 for adults + BF, with 90 minute seatings available from 7:30am – 10am.
Where: Corner Olsen and, Musgrave Ave, Southport
This year, Surfers’ stellar pozzy, The Island, is poised to throw not one but two tantalising Christmas day events – take your pick of the Family Buffet in the Glasshouse – or the all-inclusive Buffet & Beverage Package in the Penthouse.. either way, yule be left feeling rather jolly indeed.
From 11am – 2pm, prepare to tuck into all the traditional festive provisions and trimmings – savour hot and cold seafood, succulent roast meats, seasonal roast vegetables, wholesome summer salads and decadent desserts.
Tickets for the Family Buffet event start at $89 for kids (ages 0-3 free), through to $179 for adults (+ booking fees) – with drinks available at the bar throughout the day. While the Penthouse Buffet & Beverage tickets are $229 pp + BF including 3-hour beverage package – which we might add, includes Christmas sangria and spritz, bc it would be rather Rudolph us to omit this very important detail.
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
voco Surfers Paradise
We need not spend days toiling away in the kitchen, offload the preparations (read: stress) and let the voco pros handle your Chrissy day proceedings. Indulge in a banquet of iconic Christmas Day fare, such as fresh seafood, summer salads, succulent roast carvery, a variety of hot and cold dishes – complete with a mouthwatering dessert bar for your feasting pleasure. Plus, face painting and a sneaky cameo from the big man in red, for some extra special Christmas magic for the kiddos.
This little Chrissy extravaganza will set you back $289 per person, with children from $130 (ages 0-4 free).. and simultaneously deliver max satisfaction and zero stress in the process.
Where: 31 Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Words by Kellie Leader.
It’s time to avert the attention of your group chat to the pressing matter that is locking in some stellar New Year’s plans… just as soon as everyone can agree on exactly what that entails.
Who better equipped to solve this quandary, than our steadfast late-night haven and year-round party purveyors at The Star Gold Coast? This year’s NYE lineup is shaping up to be The Star’s biggest yet– with no less than nine options on offer, we are well and truly spoiled with a multitude of ways to countdown and celebrate in style. Let’s get this thing started, hey party animals?
The Star Grand Pool Lawn
If it’s a frivolous and funk-filled NYE you seek, gather the party posse and prepare to shake your groove ‘thang all the way into 2024 – because The Star Grand Pool Lawn is hosting its iconic poolside disco bash for another year. Flares, sequins and bulk hairspray (and probs don’t skip the stretches, either) at the ready!
The glam poolside surrounds will transform into a full-blown disco inferno with DJ’s dropping boogie-inducing beats – with soul sensation Lisa Hunt and the sensational Gold Coast Brooke Evers headlining as we groove the night (and year) away. Impeccable vibes will also come courtesy of a four-hour beverage package, pizza and paella live food stations, and a sparkling midnight toast to bolster your midnight fireworks viewing. $225 pp (18+ only)*
Isoletto Privé & Lawn
Commemorate the end of 2023 in the chicest of ways – living it up in the luxe surrounds of the Isoletto Privé & Lawn terrace, clad in your most fire all-white outfit (*sweats in notorious spiller*).
Offering a rare op for locals to get cozy with The Star’s slick new private pool club venue, the ‘Night of White’ themed event will feature a Four-hour Moët & Chandon Impérial deluxe and Grey Goose Vodka beverage package – with Grey Goose cocktail on arrival.
The exclus event of course comes complete with live entertainment, a midnight sparkling toast, and a primo vantage for viewing the midnight fireworks, for $279 pp (18+ only)*.
Garden Kitchen & Bar – The Restaurant & The Lawn
Get the party – and 2024 – started right, at the Star’s time-tested party playground and purveyors of good vibes, Garden Kitchen & Bar. Taking you through to 2024 will be an act voted Australia’s #1 Female DJ three years running – legendary local producer and global festival circuit frequent, Tigerlily, featuring Nat Sax.
For some alfresco-style NYE antics under the stars, stake your claim on some of The Lawn’s prime real-estate with picnic packages available from $960 – including three-hour beverage package and two decadent platters starring Arancini balls, Angus beef sliders and Fries to split with your fellow party animals.
Alternatively, the more peckish among us may prefer to perch up at The Restaurant for best of most worlds, with two-hour dinner seatings and full access to The Lawn’s festivities.
Nineteen at The Star
Start your 2024 on (roof)top of the world! Opt for a Bar Package or settle into your choice of two seatings, and emboldened by knockout views and stellar vibes – make a whole bunch of ambitious reso’s you’ll absolutely, definitely keep this year.
For $200pp, the Sunset seating kicks off from 5.30pm–8.00pm, with a four-course set menu. For anyone looking to ring in the new year in timeless, tasty luxury – the Moonlight Seating runs from 8.30pm–late for $240pp.
Our family-friendly hero for all manner of special occasions, Harvest Buffet, is ready and willing to host our nearest and dearest as we farewell the year that was. Offload the entertaining stress (*cough* inlaws onslaught) and gather for the famous smorgasbord spread with two seatings available for New Year’s Eve.
Good luck seeing midnight after you’ve feasted hot and cold seafood, live shucked fresh oyster stations, carvery stations, salads, cheeses and desserts.. #foodcomaimminent. Adults (13 and above) are $120 pp, children 8 – 12 years $50, and 7 and under free – how good!
Dishing up New Year’s Eve, Italian style.. aka the art of gathering to share in incredible eats and even better company. Celebrate with your preferred style of soiree, with two stunning seating options to select between: The ‘Sunset Seating’, from 5.30pm – 7.30pm, offers a set three-course menu, sparkling on arrival and live entertainment for $80 pp (+ kids menu available on the night). While for $205pp, the extended ‘Moonlight Seating’ will be an adults-only affair, from 8.30pm – 12.00am, with three-hours of free-flowing beverages and five courses to savour. Cin cin!
If a crowd-pleasing tastebud party is in your flavour, look no further than one of the GC’s favourite (honorary) uncles – Uncle Su. Gather the friends and fam to tuck in to some time-honoured celebratory fare: Cantonese style classics, and a selection of signature Beijing and Szechuan favourites. Take your pick of the two seating choices and tackle an a la carte menu fit for a king: including abalone, lobster and crab every which way you can imagine.
For those of us that firmly believe at the heart of every epic celebration should be exquisite food –farewell 2023 with the kind of fanciful feast only Kiyomi could pull off. This December 31, our Japanese eats darling is offering two seatings, with full rein of the sumptuous a la carte spread. The prospect of saying cheers to new year with stacks of Sushi, Chilli Ponzu Oysters, Miso Ceviche Kingfish – and of course, crafted cocktails – will surely be a popular one, so be quick to book out before you miso out. San, Ni, Ichi…Happy New Year!
The ultimate cheat code for a no wukkas NYE? Book a booth and guarantee you and the crew a prime possy to cosy up and bid adieu to 2023. For groups sized 6–12, $399 gets you a bottle of Domaine Chandon to get into the swing of things, dibs on one of the Atrium’s booths and a $250 bar tab. Let the good times (and woo’s) roll.
Words by Kellie Leader.
STORY SPONSORED BY THE STAR GOLD COAST
The Star practises the responsible service of alcohol. Guests must be 18 years or over to enter the Casino and Atrium Bar. BET WITH YOUR HEAD, NOT OVER IT.
It’s a whole new era for Kirra – as the hotly anticipated Kirra Beach House, slinks into town bringing chic sips, cabana chills and rooftop revelling to the formerly not-much-happenining Marine Parade precinct, and totally transforming the southern social scene as we know it.
And let’s all just try to maintain an orderly fashion here.. thankfully, there’s plenty here to go round.
Like, 1200 whole sqm of it – the mammoth, terrace-studded stunner is fully prepared for the inevitable inundation as we all clamour to get a glimpse of the dreamy new venue, equipped with multiple indoor and alfresco areas, wine and cocktail bars (three, to be exact!) and high-end event spaces.
The kitchen, meanwhile, brings the likes of raw and cooked seafood platters, succulent steaks and signature burgers to Kirra’s picturesque beachfront – slinging perfectly crisped pizzas out of the Marina Forni pizza oven daily.
And did we mention the uninterrupted ocean views from every angle?
The new standard for a spectacular summer has well and truly been set here, guys.
Our jaws may be on the floor, but we’re not at all surprised – after all, the new concept was pioneered by local hospo trailblazer, Dave Galvin, an undertaking a mere four years in the making.
The SITE Hospitality owner/operator has been working tirelessly to deliver us not one, but two bar-raising venues this year alone – already blessing us with Broadbeach show-stopper, kost a few months back (and before that Mozza Mozza, Bird Royale and Crafty’s Sports Bar).
Somebody stop him (but don’t, actually, keep ’em coming Dave).
And frankly, we just have one question.. when doth the man sleep?
When it comes to new venues, often the phrase ‘game changing’ often gets bandied about rather liberally (guilty) – but Kirra Beach House is truly unlike anything we’ve seen this far south, the breathtaking venue putting the seaside village on the map as a destination for elevated dining and drinking.
And we do mean elevated in all senses of the word – the new venue sits atop it’s more casual counterpart, the newly unveiled and fresh-faced Kirra Beach Hotel one level below.
The new additions signify a whole new chapter for the suburb’s seaside promenade that comes courtesy of the KTQ Group’s multi-stage Kirra Point Project.
“The venue will have a beach club atmosphere about it, with great music, mesmerising panoramic views of Kirra, Mediterranean-style food using the incredible local produce we have on our doorstep, a world-class drinks list and, of course, great service” says Dave.
And really, did anyone expect anything less?
The kitchen of Kirra’s darling new destination is led by head chef Drew Wilson, curating a Mediterranean-style grazing menu that is both flavour-packed and true to the laidback, coastal location.
It features a contemporary mix of dishes such as Kingfish crudo with citrus vinaigrette, chive oil and floral salt… or perhaps the summery ‘burrata with yellow peach, aged balsamic and smoked salt’ to woo the cheese fans.
Bars Manager, Kaden Pool invites us to ‘dive in’ to a delectable menu of resort-style cocktails, the type that scratch that nostalgia itch in all the right places.
Such as ‘Bahamas’ Champagne Piña coladas and ‘Cancun’ spicy watermelon margaritas, made for summer sunsets and crafted to make you feel like you’re on holiday…
Wait, we’re pretty sure we might be. Or dreaming. Who could say for sure. We might need to get around a few spicy melon margs to determine, first.
Where: Level 1, 2 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
When: Sunday to Thursday 11am–late, Friday & Saturday: 11am–1am
Words by Kellie Leader.