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8 Things To Do In Brisbane on New Year’s Day

By Victoria Hunt

a rooftop pool area with large white daybeds

Some might say that the first day of the new year can set the pace for the 12 months that follow. And if that’s the case, don’t let a pesky little hangover stop you from starting off 2022 with a bit of fun instead of curled up on the couch with Netflix. Get out there and check out everything there is to do on New Year’s Day in Brisbane. 

Siffredi’s Hangover Elixir Special


We can all unanimously agree that nothing hits harder on the morning after a big night than a full English fry up. Picture this: bacon, sausage, eggs, hash browns, beans, tomato and of course black pudding. What more could you want? Maybe a sleep in? Don’t worry, Siffredi’s knows the drill and are serving up their hangover cure between 10am and 2pm, so you’re allowed to give the alarm a bit of a rest for this one. If you’re up for it, stay on for margies at Rita’s all afternoon.

Where: Siffredi’s Spaghetti Bar, Teneriffe
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Iris Rooftop Resolutions Pool Party

Fortitude Valley 

If you didn’t have too much of a big night the night before and wanted to continue the celebrations into the New Year, Iris has got your very own European pool-side holiday party all sorted. Complete with a Mediterranean menu and plenty of cocktails, take in the first day of the New Year the right way, by the pool with all your mates and a ripper DJ set.

Where: Iris Rooftop, Fortitude Valley
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Bottomless Lunch At Joey’s

Kangaroo Point

With unmatched views from high upon the Kangaroo Point cliffs, Joey’s knows what you need on NYD—a little hair of the dog. Thanks to their Bottomless Lunch, you can enjoy more than just a little, with mimosas, margaritas, rosé, sauv blanc, beer and so much more. Of course, there’s no drinking on an empty stomach here with dishes like their woodfired pizza bread and loaded Moreton Bay bug rolls.

Where: Joey’s, Kangaroo Point 
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Ministry Of Sound Classics At The Prince Consort 

Fortitude Valley

If you’re one to never grow tired of the dance floor and want to keep the party going after New Year’s Eve, rest up in the morning then don your dancing shoes for the return of Ministry of Sound. Spread across four stages, dance your way through the afternoon with an all star lineup of artists and all your favourite classic tunes to get you through the night and into the New Year.

Where: The Prince Consort, Fortitude Valley
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4ZZZ Hot 100 Hangout


4ZZZ is back for their Hot 100 Hangout and they are ready to celebrate all things 2021 in The Triffid’s chilled beer garden. With all the goodies to be expected from a Saturday arvo, there will be backyard games, drinks and of course lots of music and countdown excitement. With humans and canines on the invitation, this is one for your best mates and your fur babies alike. So get together and celebrate the music and local musicians that ruled 2021 as they count down the songs of the year that was.

Where: Triffid Beer Garden, Newstead
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Bianco New Year’s Day Party At Cielo Rooftop  

Fortitude Valley

There’s nothing we love more in Brisbane than a rooftop bar on a summer’s afternoon. Kick off your year in the skies of Brisbane at Cielo’s all-white New Year’s Day party. Boasting all your Cielo Rooftop faves with cocktail trees and boujee lobster rolls, watch the sun set on the first day of the New Year with a drink in hand and the Brisbane skyline within reach.

Where: Cielo Rooftop, Fortitude Valley
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No Time To Die At Moonlight Cinema 

Roma Street Parklands

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. Blockbuster hit No Time To Die is hitting the outdoor big screen on 1 January, so pull up a rug, grab some popcorn and watch Daniel Craig take the stage as James Bond for the last time. 

Where: Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane City 
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10th Asia Pacific Triennial Of Contemporary Art At QAGOMA

South Bank

If drinking, dancing and late nights aren’t your cup of tea, or you just want to hang out somewhere airconditioned, don’t worry, QAGOMA has you sorted. They are keeping their doors open this New Year’s Day so you don’t miss your chance to experience their tenth edition of the Asia Pacific Triennial. The exhibition, which will continue until 25 April 2022, is open to all and has free entry.

Where: QAGOMA, South Bank
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Still haven’t made NYE plans? Check out the parties you can still get tickets to here.

Image credit: Iris Rooftop 

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