Once you hit a certain age, and especially once you've had kids, New Years Eve plans change pretty dramatically. Long gone are the days of hitting your local bar or nightclub, spending way too much cash and not being able to get home due to lack of public transport.
If you ask me, New Years Eve with the family is the better and the much cheaper option anyway. With that in mind, we have put together five of Brisbane's best, family friendly New Years Eve events for those of you looking for last minute plans.
An awesome family firework event a the beautiful Sandstone Point Hotel near Bribie Island. From midday, there will be food stalls, kids rides, live music and entertainment and it will be all topped off with a spectacular fireworks display at 8:30pm.
When & Where? Sandstone Point Hotel, 1800 Bribie Island Road, Sandstone Point. Entertainment and rides start from 12pm onwards with the fireworks due to start at 8.30pm.
Cost: $5 for adults and $2 for kids plus a booking fee.
Why not head over to the Bayside this New Year to celebrate with family and friends on the water! The Lakeside shopping centre in Victoria Point will be hosting a big Summer Bash to celebrate the end of the year with an awesome high street market with over 60 stalls, live entertainment and heaps of great eats on offer. As well as this, the night will end with a family firework display taking place over the lake. Surely one not to be missed!
When & Where? Lakeside Shopping Centre, Victoria Point, Brisbane 4165. Markets and entertainment kick off at 5pm with the firework show starting at 9pm.
Cost: This is a free family event however there will be additional costs for activities and food purchase.
Brisbane's most famous New Year event. If the City is easily accessible for you then this would definitely be the recommendation and the perfect way to welcome 2019. You can choose to watch the earlier fireworks display for those younger audiences at 8:30pm or stay on until midnight for the main event.
You can pack a picnic to enjoy on the lawn, or visit one of the food trucks at the Cultural Forecourt. They will be there from 11am.
When & Where? Clem Jones Promenade, South Bank Parklands, South Bank. The earlier firework display begins at 8.30pm with the latter kicking off at midnight.
Cost: This is a free family event.
Another great event to attend this New Years is the annual firework display at Manly Harbour Village which takes place over the boat harbour. This year they are also taking a leaf out of Southbank's book and hosting two seperate displays, one at an earlier time for families and another at midnight for those wishing to have a later night and fully ring in the New Year.
Make sure to bring your picnic blankets, grab some take out from the local eateries and enjoy the show! There will also be free movies and a sing along!
When and Where? Manly Harbour, Manly QLD 4179. Earlier firework display begins at 9pm with a later show at Midnight.
Cost: This is a free family event.
Another great option for families this year is to head on over to Ipswich for their free family New Year event featuring kids rides, face painting and food stalls as well as lots of family friendly live entertainment. If you have any Paw Patrol fans in the family then look no further as some of your favourite characters will be popping up to say hello before the fireworks kick off in the evening.
When and where? North Ipswich Reserve, 43 The Terrace, North Ipswich. The event runs from 5.30pm to 9.30pm.
Cost? This is a free family event however there will be additional costs for rides, activities and food purchase.
Are we missing any other wonderful family friendly events being held this New Years Eve? Please let us know in the comments, we would love to hear from you!