Fireworks, food and fun: your guide to New Year’s Eve on Sunshine Coast

You can enjoy free fireworks displays across the Sunshine Coast this New Year’s Eve.

Council is again hosting the Mooloolaba NYE event and there will also be fun-filled community-run programs at Caloundra and Coolum.

The Mooloolaba event will be held from 5pm, offering a range of entertainment for all.

In the family zone on Mooloolaba Esplanade there will be live music, children’s entertainment, face painters, and food and market stalls, as well as a free bungy trampoline (for under 18s) on the beach.

From 7pm, you can enjoy live DJs and volunteers from the Red Frogs will be out and about in the youth zone.

New Year’s Eve Mooloolaba will be a fully fenced and secure patrolled event to ensure everyone has a fun, safe and memorable evening. Firework displays will soar at 8.30pm and midnight.

Council also supports community-organised events at Coolum and Caloundra.

Coolum Beach will light up with fireworks at 8.30pm and the Caloundra celebrations kick off from 4pm with live music at the Kings Beach Amphitheatre, a free children’s film and fireworks at 9.30pm.

More information about the Mooloolaba and Caloundra celebrations, including transport and parking options, is available on Council’s events website events.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au  

Sunshine Coast NYE Fireworks Displays

  • Caloundra 9.30pm, Kings Beach
  • Mooloolaba 8.30pm and Midnight, Mooloolaba Esplanade
  • Coolum 8.30pm, Coolum Beach near Tickle Park

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said Council’s focus for the Mooloolaba New Year’s Eve event was on fun and safety.

“Council has been actively working with Queensland Police Service (QPS) to deliver a festive event where everyone gets home safely, having had an enjoyable evening,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“We understand that families and teens want different entertainment and different music, so we will have two areas spread at either end of Mooloolaba Esplanade, one for families and one for youth.

“In response to feedback from the previous year, we’re removing any temptation to bring in alcohol by having a fenced and security patrolled event zone.

“QPS supports this move, which will make it much easier to refuse entry to anyone wanting to do the wrong thing.

“After their successful inclusion at last year’s event, we’ve engaged Red Frogs, who do a wonderful job of keeping youth events moving in the right direction and have a positive peer presence.”

Event information, including entertainment, transport info and more can be found on council’s website.

However, for the latest information on the night, make sure you turn to our updates posted to @sunshinecoastcouncil on Facebook.

At a glance, NYE Mooloolaba

Safety Measures

  • Fully gated event area
  • Drug, alcohol and glass free event
  • Security at all entry gate points where bag checks will be conducted to keep the public safe
  • Intoxicated people will not be permitted to enter the event zone
  • Red frogs engaged for the youth area.

Getting there

To reduce traffic and parking issues, Council has engaged a number of options to ensure people can get to and from the event safely.

A free ‘ThinkChange’ Bike Valet service is available for all bicycles, e-bikes, e-scooters etc. The service is located just outside the event zone on River Esplanade, South of the Mooloolaba Surf Club and will operate from 4pm – 12:30am on the event day.

A free Park N Ride Kinetic shuttle bus service is available to get patrons to and from the event.

The shuttle departs from outside the front of Chancellor State College at University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) to Alexandra Headland carpark (the northern end of the Mooloolaba Esplanade).

Public parking is available at USC – CP15 carpark on Claymore Road. Buses run between locations from 5 – 10pm, every 15 minutes. Expect some delays after 8.30pm fireworks.

Other options include using Neuron e-bikes or e-scooters to travel to the event or planning a journey on public transport using the TransLink Journey Planner

Food
There will be a range of food and market stalls available on Mooloolaba Esplanade and Beach Terrace only.

Event parking
Special event parking, capped at $12.50, is available at PARKnGO Mooloolaba Central from 2pm New Year’s Eve to midnight. Normal pricing then resumes which includes the first hour free.

This will allow special event car parkers to leave by 1am at no extra cost.

During this time, payments will be taken via portable EFTPOS at the car park on entry. Wilson Parking attendants will be available to ensure a smooth entry and exit.

Pre-booking will not available for the day or for the event.

Road Closures
For a full list of road and car park closures visithttps://events.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/event/22044228-a/sunshine-coast-new-years-eve-2023

Pet owners
There will be fireworks at all three New Year’s Eve events, so please make sure you pet is safe and secure. Visit https://www.rspcasa.org.au/pets-in-fireworks/

Fireworks and the environment

Local company Fuse Pyrotechnics will deliver Mooloolaba NYE fireworks The company takes steps to minimise environmental impact by using new technologies to reduce display debris.

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