So, it seems we blinked and missed 2018! We still can’t believe we’re bringing in 2019 already. We swear it’s still February! Anyhoo, it’s time to start fresh and welcome in a new year. And here’s how Highlanders can do it!   

Hotels, pubs and clubs for party people, picnic spots and outdoor areas for families and nature lovers, fireworks (a little further afield but totally worth it), and gourmet experiences for foodies……we’ve got your New Year’s Eve sewn up. Here's a list of the local events on for NYE.

Party time!

How does bringing in 2019 with some delicious food, fantastic friends and fab tunes from awesome, local muso's sound? Pretty darn good, we say! Mittagong’s Glass Café is hosting a New Year’s Eve party with music from Dave Debs and Acacia Ashworth, and the scrumptious food the guys at Glass Café are so well known for. Yum! 

The 70’s Night at The Gibraltar Hotel looks like a whole load of fun. You can choose how to shake your groove thang with three different package options. From a celebration dinner to a party in Hervey’s Bar, you’ll have no problem channelling you inner dancing queen.

There are also some awesome up-late family options too. Family Karaoke at Moss Vale Services Club will keep everyone entertained! The 'Wang and Sutton Forest Inn have live music, free entry, great food and plenty of room for kids, but you should book to secure your spot. Don’t miss out!

Foodie fun

Tell you what, the Southern Highlands sure knows how to do degustation right and some of our celebrated local restaurants have created dining experiences guaranteed to get your palate partying too.

Birch’s 8-course degustation dinner starts with canapes in the courtyard before moving into the dining room where scrumptious wines are paired with each delicious course.

Hordern’s Restaurant at Milton Park have created an elegant dining experience with a specially crafted menu and perfectly matched wines. The party kicks on after dinner with celebrations in the Polo Bar.

The team at eschalot are creating a seven course degustation event that sounds like a whole lot of heaven on a whole lot of plates! The menu is creative, fresh and quintessential country – a true foodie experience.

And for something completely different, Biota Dining is kicking off 2019 with a Barn Party (Biota style, baby!). Start at Biota for snacks and pre-dinner drinks on the lawn, then jump on a bus to head to BARN, Biota’s new sister venue – this place is ahhhmaaayzing. Be prepared for some epic feasting and delicious local bevvies, before heading back to Biota for NYE countdown celebrations – so cool!

Fun in the sun and under the stars

For those looking for a casual DIY evening that may or may not last till midnight why don't you check out one of The Highlands' many BBQ and picnic spots that might suit you better. Pack a picnic, a rug and enjoy our beautiful outdoors, such as at the Berrima Camping Ground at the bottom of Oxley St - it's a really great spot for a group of friends to spend the afternoon, playing games, listening to music, having a BBQ and just generally kicking back Aussie style! They have great amenities, with BBQ facilities, toilets, playground equipment for the kids, and if you decide to have a few champagnes to celebrate you could even stay the night at the camping ground? You'll need to pre-book if you want to camp. And if it’s a scorcher of a day then you can have a dip in the river. There’s been a lot of chatter about snakes being out and about at the moment, so please be aware when you are around bushland like the Berrima Reserve! Eeekkk sorry, we had to mention it!

Bradman Park is always a favourite spot for locals to gather and picnic for special occasions. It’s central in Bowral, nice lush grass to laze around on, a few sheltered picnic tables and of course a playground for the kids. Lake Alexandra Reserve in Mittagong is another fave as well, especially if you're looking to keep the little ones entertained.

If the thermometer heads north, you can head to a local swimming spot – click here to check out some of our favs! What an awesome way to spend the last afternoon of 2018.

The big bang

We love a good fireworks display, especially on New Year’s Eve. And while we don’t have any local fireworks events on, there are plenty of places about an hour’s drive away that have both 9.00pm (perfect for those who zonk out early) and midnight displays.

The Sky Show Spectacular at Kiama is a super afternoon and evening out for all ages. Kicking off at 4.00pm, there’s a real festival atmosphere here with carnival rides, live music and an Eat Street to keep tummies full. Grab a picnic blanket, set up camp and relax! There are 9.00pm fireworks here followed by a laser show. Awesome!

Or you can head north up the Hume and hang out at Campelltown’s Koshigaya Park. Kids rides, five hours of live entertainment from 7.00pm, a giant screen, and stalls selling food and merchandise, this event is drug and alcohol free so a great option for families. There are two fireworks displays – 9.00pm and then midnight for the night owls. And the event is free!

You can also pop along to the ‘Gong for a family-friendly, circus themed New Year’s Eve shindig at Belmore Basin. Live music, circus performers, face painters, amusement rides and of course lots of delicious food will keep everyone busy until the spectacular fireworks at 9.00pm.

Fireworks on NYE

What a list! Enjoy planning for one of the most exciting nights of the year! Whatever you decide to do, have a fabulous and safe night. And we’ll see you in 2019!

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