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9 Epic Things To Do In Brisbane On New Year’s Day

By Kristen Foster
20th Dec 2019

Things to do New Years Day Brisbane

While we all undoubtedly look forward to New Year's Eve shenanigans, New Year’s Day is the day to really get a good start for the new year, and in this case, the new decade. If your hangover from the night before isn’t too restricting to the day one fun, here are the best things to do on New Year’s Day.

The Greatest Showman At Moonlight Cinema 

If the hangover headache is pounding but you don’t want to spend the day in bed binging Netflix, catch a good flick at the Moonlight Cinema at The Amphitheatre in Roma Street Parkland. The iconic musical movie, The Greatest Showman is hitting the outdoor big screen on 1 January. Pull up a rug, grab some popcorn and watch Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Zendaya take the stage

Where: Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane City
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NYD Brunch At Salt Meats Cheese 

Before you jump to those healthy new year’s resolutions, cure your hangover at Salt Meats Cheese’s NYD brunch. From 10am–1pm for $39, you can stuff your face with carby goodness and endless Italian treats at their South Bank location. Treat yourself to a hair of the dog with the two hours of bottomless bellinis on offer. Bookings are essential so make sure you RSVP and we promise you’ll feel so much better.

Where: Salt Meats Cheese, South Bank
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Water At GOMA 

Avoid the sunny state heat and soak up the air-conditioning at GOMA and take a stroll through the new Water exhibition. Through the exhibition, you can walk across a rocky riverbed, see lion, tigers, and bears (and more) from around the world gather together to drink from the watering hole, or traverse across a cloud of suspended gymnastic rings. Guided tours of the exhibition start at 11am and go through until 4pm. This may be the perfect New Years Day out for the whole family. 

Where: GOMA, South Brisbane
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Spiders At Queensland Museum 

On the topic of exhibitions, The Queensland Museum will be open all day for you to take a peep at their spooky Spiders exhibition. If you’re into creepy-crawlies, expect to explore the fascinating world of spiders and come face to face with 12 live spider species and 200 spider specimens. You can even take a peek into the insides of a spider using 3D scanning technology and step into the web of a net-casting spider if you’re really brave. 

Where: Queensland Museum, South Brisbane
Find out more here.

Park Run Around Brisbane 

If your new year’s resolution is somewhere in the fitness realm, start off on the right foot (quite literally) with a fun run in the park. There are plenty of parks to run or even walk around Brisbane, so you’ll be running low on excuses on why not to work off the NYE festivities or kick start the new you. Take your pick of park runs around Brisbane happening on NYD. 

Where: Rocks RiversideAshgroveCleveland and St Lucia 
Find out more here.

Shipping Container Pool At X Cargo 

If kicking on the festivities with friends sounds like a plan for you, X Cargo is opening up their shipping container swimming pool, the newest addition to their outdoor bar. Sip on cheeky summer cocktails, laze around in one of their Bali-inspired cabanas and groove your day away to the entertainment provided with their own DJ spinning tracks. If the crew are joining you, cabana packages start $500 for 10 people, which includes Ciroc Vodka bottle service and your own private waitperson for a three-hour time slot. Talk about starting 2020 off the right way.

Where: X Cargo, Fortitude Valley
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4ZZZ Hot 100 Hangout At The Triffid

Hang the wild year that was 2019 out to dry at the Hot 100 Hangout hosted by 4ZZZ. Yep, spend the public holiday hanging out with your fellow muso enthusiasts to count down the top 100 bangers of 2019 at Brisbane’s boozy hotspot, The Triffid. Enjoy an array of beverages and eats and watch your favourite 4ZZZ announcers take a chunky dunk in the dunk tank. There will be a jumping castle and indoor games and pups are more than welcome.

Where: The Triffid, Newstead
Find out more here.

New Year’s Day Foam Party At The RE

Recover by kicking on the festivities at the RE’s New Years Day REcovery Foam Party. Kicking off from 3pm, party till the AM with VENUS ENVY and DJs Indie Andy, JKing and Lee Stephen spinning your favourite 2019 tunes while frolicking in all the foam you can handle. Fret not though if New Year’s Eve took a toll on your bank account, the REcovery party is free entry and pouring your favourite boozy beverages with the illustrious legendary RE prices we all know, love and honestly, appreciate. 

Where: Royal Exchange Hotel, Toowong
Find out more here.

Swimming In A Natural Pool

With these scorching temperatures, it only seems fitting to cool off with a dip at a majestic watering hole right outside of Brisbane’s doorstep. Round up the crew and the pooches, pack some nibblies, your favourite drinks, a few towels and take a dip in the tranquil waters, soak up the summer sun and enjoy the outdoorsy time us Aussies adore. Cool off at any one of these local watering holes tucked away in the Brisbane surrounds that you can find here.

Check out everything else you should do in January here

Image credit: Moonlight Cinema 

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