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Paulina Bernhardi

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Tropic Weekender: Your insider guide to the best events this New Year's weekend


This weekend is all set for a massive celebration to ring in the new year.

There'll be maximum temperatures of 32C and possible scattered thunderstorms, but don't let that deter your party spirit.

You can choose from a colossal list of New Year's Eve events, including celebrating the last day of 2016 at the Cairns Esplanade, Hemingway's Brewery, the Reef Hotel Casino or QT Port Douglas.

On top of this, you can spend the first day of 2017 at a range of recovery parties, from AJ Hackett's to the Splash Pool Party.

It's all in the TropicWeekender guide, now with a BONUS Holiday Program list!


Saturday 31 December

1. New Year's Eve on the Esplanade: Info

2. New Year's Eve at the Reef Hotel Casino: Info

3. New Year's Eve in Port Douglas: Info

4. New Year's Eve Neon Nite: Info

5. New Year's Eve at Fogarty Park: Info

6. New Year's Eve Celebration at Castaways: Info

7. Cairns Biggest New Year's Eve R&B Party: Info

8. New Year's Eve at Palm Cove: Info

9. New Year's Eve Seafood Buffet at Mizuna Restaurant: Info

10. New Year's Eve at QT Port Douglas: Info

11. New Year's Eve - Island Night: Info

12. New Year's Eve at North Bar & Kitchen: Info

13. New Year's Eve at Cow Bay Hotel: Info

14. New Year's Eve at McGintys: Info

15. New Year's Eve at the Mount Molloy Hotel: Info

16. New Year's Eve Dinner at the Pullman Hotel (Palm Cove): Info

17. New Year's Eve at Three Wolves: Info

18. New Year's Eve at The Jack: Info

19. New Year's Eve at The Salthouse: Info

20. National Portrait: Info

21. Cafe Blah Blah: Info

22. Cairns Esplanade Markets: Info

23. Mossman Markets: Info

24. Cairns Parkrun: Info

Sunday 1 January

25. Party at AJ's: Info

26. Brunch with the Bunch: Info

27. Splash Pool Party: Info

28. New Year's Day recovery at the Boatshed: Info

29. New Year's Day recovery party at the Pier Bar: Info

30. Port Douglas Markets: Info

Do you need your kids out of your hair these holidays?

Here is a list of activities that will keep your kids active and out of the house...

  • Cairns Indoor Multi-Sport Madness: Info
  • South Cairns Gymnastic Club's Holiday Activities: Info
  • Christmas Markets at the Mount Sheridan Plaza: Info
  • Craft and Sewing Studio Classes: Info
  • Cairns Esplanade Activities: Info
  • Aussie Farm Entertainment: Info
  • Cairns Recreation Centre School Holiday Program: Info
  • Jump Mania Trampoline Park: Info
  • Cable Ski Kids Club: Info
  • Kids Club at Cazalys: Info