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Party on Magnetic Island


Date: Sun December 31 - 2017

Time: 5:00 pm - 5:00 am

Location: Mulitple Venues - See event description below - Magnetic Island


Ready to celebrate the end of 2017 and party into 2018? Here's a full list of what's on Magnetic Island for NYE (see below for ferry and bus timetables on the night and early am):

• Fireworks At Nelly Bay Helipad (next to the marina)
Celebrate the end of 2017 and the start of 2018 with the New Year family fireworks display at 9pm on the Nelly Bay Breakwall area (near the 'Eye To The Sky' sculpture). Best viewing spots are: the boat ramp car park (off Kelly St), the northern end of Nelly Bay beach, the Magnetic Harbour Marina and the Peppers Blue On Blue deck.

NB: The 12am/midnight main fireworks will only be held on The Strand in Townsville.
For more details visit whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au

Proudly sponsored by the Townsville City Council.


• Base Backpackers - Nelly Bay
Island Life is returning to bring you the best 2018 New Years Eve celebration in North Queensland with their NEW YEARS FESTIVAL!  Soak in the sun in paradise with some babes and banging beats! Come and check out BAG RAIDERS LIVE*, KING SOCIAL on NYE, and HOOK N SLING on NYD plus some local household favourites to bring in your New Years Eve celebration and dance into the New Year!

TICKETS: Available at Moshtix
(Remember to bring ID with you).
NYE tickets start from $42
VIP TICKETS INCLUDE: Express entry, 2 hour food and beverage package (7pm - 9pm) and your exclusive meet and greet with the artists

This event has sold out in previous years and has strictly limited capacity. Buy your tickets today from  Moshtix or call Sealink Travel on 4726 0800.
Time: 6pm-5am
At: Nelly Bay Road, Nelly Bay.

Read more at fullmoondu.com

• Peppers Blue On Blue - Nelly Bay
Celebrate New Year's Eve in style with delicous cocktails, delectable dining and live music from Groove. Head chef Damien Reading has designed a sumptuousmenu to tempt and delight your palette. Welcome in the New Year with spectacular fireworks out on the Nelly Bay headland at 9pm.
This is another venue that sells out fast!
$135 per person including a complimentary selected cocktail, wine or beer*. Children (12 and under) $45 per child.
Booking essential: Call 4758 2400.
NB: Subject to availability. Bookings must be secured with a credit card number.


• Arcadia Village Hotel - Geoffrey & Alma Bay
It's gonna be a rocking New Years Eve at Arcadia Village Hotel this year with live music from 45RPM - your authentic Rock'n Roll dance.
Dinner is available from 5pm. Live music from 7.30pm. Late license to 2am. Free entry!
At: 7 Marine Parade, Arcadia.

• Mamma Romas - Picnic Bay
If you're looking for something more laid back, in a spectacular setting then look no further. Mamma Romas offers an authentic Italian cuisine combined with super friendly staff.
Dinner is available from 5pm. Live music from 7.30pm. BYO license. Free entry!
Bookings essential - and this WILL sell out. Call 4778 5456.
At: Picnic Bay Esplanade (Granite St end).


• Stage Door Theatre Restaurant
Call in the countdown to 2018 at Stage Door with a night of food, fun, hilarity and the “Best of Stage Door” starring Bernadette Smith and Kevin Wright.
This New Year Eve Gala Dinner and Show includes a sumptuous dinner, a four-hour drinks package, three brackets of “Best of Stage Door” and the big midnight count down!
Bookings essential.
Call TicketShop on 4727 9797 or book on-line at ticketshop.com.au
$150 per head (No concessions).
At: Hayles Avenue, Arcadia.


• Picnic Bay Hotel, R&R Bar - Picnic Bay
Ready to party with a blend of gypsy jazz, blues, funk and world music this NYE? Then head to the Picnic Bay Hotel and party the night away with live music (band to be advised) starting at 8pm until late. Dinner is available from the R&R Restaurant and the public bar from 5.30pm-8pm, ... and you'll be able to see the Townsville fireworks from the Picnic Bay jetty. Late license to 2am. Free entry!

• Marlin Bar - Horseshoe Bay
Head to the Marlin Bar this NYE from or a more relaxed NYE.
with live music from bluesman Tim Griffin from 7pm to midnight.
Free entry.
At: Pacific Drive, Horseshoe Bay

• Barefoot - Horseshoe Bay
If you want a 'no set menu' New Years Eve where you can order as little or as much as you choose, then spend a quieter evening at Barefoot, where you'll also receive a complimentary glass of bubbles, beer or ariva on arrival. (No entertainment - but the Marlin Bar is next door).
Free entry.
At: Pacific Drive, Horseshoe Bay

Sealink New Years Eve Passenger Ferry

eparting throughout the night and early morning - View festive season timetables here (scroll to bottom for NYE timetable)

Magnetic Island Bus Transport for NYE 2017-2018
White Line Service TRAVEL after midnight to 5.30am.
Magnetic Island buses will be running their normal service until midnight, with two extra buses from 8pm to 5.30am (depending on demand). A 'White Line' service for the early hours means that they will only be running the main road from Horseshoe to Picnic Bays on request, with the main stop at the ferry terminal, so please allow for delays. Enjoy your night! New Years Day will be the normal Public Holiday bus service.

New Year's Day Recovery Parties

Base Backpackers
HOOK N SLING vibe it up and into New Years Day at Base. For more info visit fullmoondu.com or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call them on 1300 433 999.

Picnic Bay Hotel
A great place to recover on New Years Day is at the Picnic Bay Hotel with live music (to be advised) from 2pm-6pm. Free entry.

Marlin Bar
If you're on the north side of Maggie, head to the Marlin Bar, live music (to be advised),
from 2pm-6pm. Free entry.