Are you still recovering from consuming copious amounts of food and drink and miscellaneous holiday merrymaking? If you’ve been feeling very relaxed post-Christmas and haven’t planned anything for New Years Eve, we’ve got you covered. Read on for our picks on the best spots to watch the fireworks. Ten, nine, eight, seven…
The Hobart Waterfront
The classic choice, head down to the Hobart waterfront for the closest views and the loudest bangs. If you like being amongst the hustle and bustle, this is the spot for you. While you wait, wander the waterfront and have a gander at the yachts still moored from the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Feel the energetic buzz as everyone’s hopes and dreams for the new year catapult into the night.
kunanyi / Mount Wellington
If you are feeling a little bit fancy and prefer to look down on the fireworks as opposed to up at them, head up the mountain. You’ll be far away from the ground crowds, but it is pretty popular so it might be worth going up a bit early to get a good perch.
For more info: Wellington Park
Mt Nelson Lookout
The lookout alongside the old Mt Nelson Signal Station boasts panoramic views over Hobart – perfect for watching the New Years Eve fireworks! There’s also a picnic area nearby with tables and BBQs, so make a night of it and head over for a family BBQ tea before the early fireworks at 9pm.
For more info: Mt Nelson and Truganini Reserve
Rosny Hill Lookout
Anything with the word ‘Hill’ in the name is bound to be a good vantage point! At the Rosny Hill Lookout, you’ll get the classic view of Hobart across the River Derwent, with the majestic kunanyi / Mt Wellington in the background. Get there via Riawena Road.
Kangaroo Bluff Historic Site
Grab a spot on the hill near a battery gun and let the fireworks provide the bang! The views are just as exceptional today as they were in 1880 when this gun emplacement and fort was built. The Bellerive Foreshore (along Victoria Esplanade) nearby is also a good spot.
For more info: Kangaroo Bluff Historic Site
Pindos Park at Tranmere Point is another good option, with stunning views across the water towards Hobart. It’s a great spot to gather the kids for the 9pm fireworks, as well as the adults for the big show at midnight. Happy new year!
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