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12+ outdoor and free ideas for New Year’s Eve 2021

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Midnight fireworks, roving entertainment and more…

Why not head into the great outdoors this NYE 2021? After all, it’s a COVID-safe option and it allows us to celebrate the best of these warm summer nights. Just remember to physically distance, sanitise and be COVID aware.

Here are 12+ ideas for great free and outdoor options for NYE 2021.


The city will come alive this Friday 31 December when firework displays light up Lake Burley Griffin at 9pm and midnight.

Add in some roving musicians and performers for entertainment from 6-9pm (taking place around the lake in numerous locations) and enjoy a night filled with colour, sound, and vibrancy.

And in a boost to the hard-hit food and hospitality sector, Canberrans are encouraged to support local businesses by taking advantage of the special New Year’s Eve offers of ready-made picnic hampers, visiting the lakeside pop-up locations, or dining or staying in the city for New Year’s Eve. It’s the perfect way to welcome a new year.

Happening at Lake Burley Griffin, Black Mountain Nature Reserve, Mount Ainslie Nature Reserve and Red Hill Nature Reserve.

For information see hercanberra.com.au/city/we-want-fireworks-we-need-fireworks-we-are-getting-fireworks-for-nye/


There are few more picturesque places in Canberra than the Old Parliament House Gardens—especially with their copious amounts of roses currently in full bloom.

While these gardens shut at 8 pm during summer, that doesn’t mean you can’t have an early, early-bedtime-friendly celebration in amongst the flowers.

King Edward Terrace, Parkes | nca.gov.au/attractions-and-memorials/old-parliament-house-gardens


Looking to catch up with family and friends this New Year’s Eve?

Kambah Adventure Playground offers a sparse venue with a variety of different playgrounds for all age groups, including a treehouse, junior and senior flying foxes, giant swings, space net and wheelchair accessible liberty swing.

Skaters and BMX riders can try the challenging half-pipe. A variety of picnic tables and BBQs will make for an easy dinner.

Springbett Street, Kambah


An obvious one for fireworks, if you’re looking for a view rather than a grassy space, this is it.

Pack a picnic and enjoy.

Mount Ainslie Drive, Campbell


Grab the football, a picnic rug and plenty of snacks because once you get to Moncrieff community park—you won’t want to leave.

Boasting a large oval for a game of cricket or a game of footy, a basketball court and play equipment that makes us want to be young again. Good luck making it to 12 after spending the afternoon running around.

Bon Scott Crescent, Moncrieff


Black Mountain Peninsula is the perfect place to enjoy Lake Burley Griffin in every way: paddling, boating or just strolling along the beach or the water’s edge.

This 22.2 hectares of foreshore parkland includes picnic areas and all-ability-access playgrounds.

Garryowen Drive, Acton 


Lennox Gardens, set on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, offers beautiful views of Black Mountain, the Brindabella Ranges and the city centre.

Kids can roam the expanse of lush green grass and there’s plenty of space to picnic or just relax under the shade of towering trees.

Flynn Drive, Yarralumla


Wash away the year that has been with a cheeky dip in the Murrumbidgee. Featuring BBQs, public toilets and actual sand.

Basically, the perfect place to go if you can’t make it the coast this year.

Pine Island Road, Greenway


Got little ones in tow? Treat them to a new playground with a visit to the Yerrabi Pond Adventure Playground.

With a skate park, flying foxes, climbing frames and plenty of BBQs, it’s the perfect family-friendly option.

Wunderlich Street, Gungahlin


Not fussed where you are as long as there’s a BBQ to use? Totally fair enough.

You can find a list of free public BBQs across Canberra at cityservices.act.gov.au/public-land/maintenance-of-public-areas/barbecues.


Positioned in the heart of Canberra and boasting a curated selection of trees, the Arboretum is arguably Canberra’s best outlook.

Pack a picnic and find a place to set up and enjoy watching the sunset over the city.

Forest Drive, Molonglo Valley


An evening by the lake anyone? Create your own five-star restaurant experience overlooking Lake Burley. Nestle yourself on the hillside (pssst…perfect for roly poly for the littles ones).

We recommend swinging past a local vendor to pick up some takeaway pizza.

Barrine Drive, Parkes


A dreamy night amongst the willow trees? Weston Park, located on the western peninsular of Lake Burley Griffin has a playground for the kids and a relaxed outlook for the adults—a great place to enjoy the final evening of 2020.

Weston Park Road, Yarralumla

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