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Newcastle plans to fire up for New Year’s Eve


If you’re thinking of ringing in the new year with family and friends at the end of the month, City of Newcastle is keen to help you farewell 2023.

With 30,000 people expected to converge on the Queens Wharf precinct on Sunday 31 December, council has coordinated an impressive program to entertain young and old.

World famous pilot Paul Bennet and his team are back again to defy gravity and physics, putting on spectacular aerial displays at 6.30pm and 7.30pm involving both solo and formation manoeuvres.

Fire dancers along the foreshore will also add plenty of spark to the annual New Year’s Eve festivities, which culminate in a ramped-up fireworks display at 9pm.

The launch zone is being moved to Dyke Point, too, to provide improved visibility for the crowds.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the inclusive event would allow everyone to come together, with activities spread across Queens Wharf, Market Street Lawn and The Station.

“After another busy 12 months, our community deserves an opportunity to celebrate everything we’ve achieved… and everything we’re looking forward to in 2024,” she stated.

Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen said the New Year’s Eve celebrations offered something for all ages and abilities.

“There’ll be a mix of carnival rides, amusements and inflatables to keep the youngest members of the family happy, while our popular sensory zone offers a safe and inviting space for people with disability to enjoy the event,” he explained.

“There will also be a strong Indigenous theme throughout, with our event getting underway at 4pm with a traditional smoking ceremony followed by demonstrations of tool making, Aboriginal dancers, face painting and areas for children to learn how to make traditional baskets.”

A self-guided art walk will be set up along the foreshore featuring installations and sculpture by students from the University of Newcastle, while a host of mouth-watering food vendors, market stalls and three pop-up DJ stations will provide plenty of things to see and do.

Additional public transport services are also being scheduled for New Year’s Eve to help people move to and from the event.

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