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Last-minute ideas for New Year's Eve 2021

Last Updated: 22 Dec 2021
Localista Team

There’s nothing worse than facing up to New Year’s Eve with nothing to do and nowhere to go. Fear not. There’s plenty of free events and low-stress places to go that require no planning, and for the ravers, sites dedicated to securing you last-minute tickets to the hottest parties in Perth.

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From jazz on the beach to block parties and the comedy lounge, there are plenty of parties happening this year. Check out more than 50 awesome events here. fireworks over rottnest island

Rottnest Island family-friendly NYE party

Rottnest Island has organised a family-friendly NYE party starting from 3pm, culminating with a 9pm fireworks display over the bay. While the event is free, you still need to register and book your late-return ferry tickets. Activities for young kids include sandcastle building contests, beach games and circus shows from 3pm. The older ones can catch a silent disco, enjoy the acoustic sounds of Danny Bau or dance on the Thompson Bay Lawn to the upbeat six-piece band, Switch. Fireworks run from 9pm – 9.30pm over Thompson Bay so you can catch one of the late-night return ferries, running as late as 12.45am. Book with Sealink, Rottnest Express and Rottnest Fast Ferries.

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Find last-minute party tickets with Tixel

Change of plans, losing track of time and cancellations happen. If you missed out on the sold-out event your friends are attending, there’s a good chance you could secure a ticket on Tixel. This service is widely recognised as providing the most trusted ticket resale platform for events across the state where you can score the real deal without the risk of price-gaugers and scammers. Prices are capped at 10% above face value and are scanned to ensure their legitimacy, protecting both buyers and sellers in the process. Find your tickets here. beer garden and outdoor seating at mindarie

Perth community NYE Festivals

There are plenty of local community events, festivals, markets and concerts on in Perth this year, mostly aimed at families and young kids. Here’s a few that we found:
  • On Rockingham Foreshore, live entertainment, food stalls and show rides kick-off at 5pm with Eskimo Joe counting down to midnight.
  • Marina Mindarie is providing DJ’s along the boardwalk at and a no-ticket-required Studio 54 Disco Fever party at The Indi.
  • Bring the kids along to the City at New Year’s Eve at Perth Cultural Centre and Yagan Square. Take a stroll down William St amongst the roving street entertainers and grab a bite to eat at the Twilight Hawkers markets. Comedy acts and circus performers begin on the variety stage at 6pm before an aerial display near the digital tower.
  • Floreat Athena Soccer Club hosts Mount Hawthorn New Year’s Eve on the pitch at Litis Stadium. Pre-order dinner from E & D restaurant at the stadium and enjoy a fully licensed bar while the kids enjoy the bouncy castle and face painters.
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Best vantage points for NYE fireworks

Picking the right place to view the fireworks can make or break NYE. Here is a list of the most popular and the hidden gems.
  • Catch the earlier fireworks at Rockingham’s Val St Jetty from 9pm.
  • City Beach fireworks begin at 10pm.
  • Mandurah’s Western Foreshore War Memorial will be counting down from 11.59pm.
  • East Perth’s Swan River barge just across from Crown will host fireworks at 11.59pm.
  • Spot additional close proximity fireworks from Raine Square on Murray St at 9pm and 11.59pm.
  • Mindarie Marina fireworks start at 8pm.
  • Close proximity fireworks near Claremont Showgrounds begins at 11.59pm for Snack event.

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