Countdown to the New Year in Ipswich

20 December 2021

Karaoke bars, dancefloors and the skies above Ipswich are set to come alive with New Year’s Eve festivities as the city farewells 2021 with fireworks, parties and family-friendly events.

Spectacular fireworks will launch into the night at Ripley, Rosewood, Ipswich Central and Springfield Central on New Year’s Eve at 9pm.

There are also family-friendly events planned plus beach and dance parties that will continue into the early hours of 2022 across the city.

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said the fireworks displays have been specially designed to be visible to as many residents as possible, with only aerial shells that will be shot high into the sky being used.

“On the final night of 2021, I encourage all residents to turn their heads towards the skies above Ipswich at 9pm when fireworks will launch at four New Year’s Eve hubs,” Mayor Harding said.

“The launchpads in Ripley, Rosewood, Ipswich Central and Springfield Central have been chosen strategically where residents can see the fireworks from their backyards or socially distanced in large, open public spaces nearby.”

Community, Culture, Arts and Sport Committee chairperson Councillor Andrew Fechner said there is plenty happening around the region as we celebrate the year that has been and welcome 2022.

“Families can farewell this year and welcome the next locally at fireworks and all-ages events across the city, including the fun-packed Countdown with Colour at the Tivoli Drive In,” Cr Fechner said.

“Please remember, while you are out enjoying the end of year events, adhere to social distancing and ensure you and your household group maintains a 1.5m distance from others to help keep our community safe.”

For the full program and to learn more about what New Year’s Eve events and activities are planned near you, visit

Overview of New Year’s Eve events in Ipswich

From 9pm, Ripley residents look for a clear line of sight in the skies above the Ripley Town Centre.
The best public viewing locations are Faye Carr Park – 1 Joy Chambers Circuit, Ripley, Pebbles Park – 622 Ripley Rd, Ripley.

From 9pm, Rosewood residents look for a clear line of sight in the skies above the Rosewood Showgrounds.
The best public viewing location is Tom Lenihan Park – 10 Bennett Street, Rosewood.

From 9pm, Ipswich Central residents look for a clear line of sight in the skies above Ipswich Showgrounds.
The best public viewing location is Limestone Park – 42 Chermside Road, Ipswich.

From 9pm, Springfield Central residents look for a clear line of sight in the skies above the Springfield Central Sporting Complex.
The best public viewing locations are Ovals C, D, E, F, G and H at the Springfield Central Sporting Complex – Sportstar Drive, Springfield Central.

Countdown with Colour – Tivoli Drive In, Chuwar
4.30pm to 10pm

Join in the celebrations with colourful activities for the whole family while enjoying live music from Savvy, Fabulous Lemon Drops and other homegrown performers. There will be endless choices of food and drink to indulge in, then bring in the new year with fireworks.

New Year’s Eve Races - Ipswich Turf Club
12pm to 5pm

Join the Turf Club on New Year’s Eve for an afternoon of racing. Bring the family and find a spot overlooking the winning post to enjoy an afternoon of live thoroughbred racing in Ipswich. Food and beverages available for purchase or book into the Barn Family Restaurant for a smorgasbord lunch. Free racecourse entry and parking.

New Year’s Eve High Tea in The Garden - Tranquil Tea House, Tivoli
4pm to 6pm 

Enjoy an assortment of canapés and sandwiches with a tea alcoholic cocktail and a variety of individual tea pots and live music. Suitable for children over 10-years-old.

NYE White Party - Orion Hotel, Springfield Central
6pm until late

Dress in white and party all night with legendary DJ duo Bonka at Orion Hotel’s NYE 2022 White Party!

NYE Beach Party - Mihi Tavern, Brassall
8pm until late

Come sing, dance and be merry as the Mihi Tavern sees the New Year in style with a beach-themed karaoke night. Dust off your favourite Hawaiian shirt, slap on some zinc and wear your best board shorts. This is a free 18+ event held in the sports bar.

NYE at The Playroom - Falveys Hotel, Yamanto
8pm until late

See the new year in with Tigerlilly plus the best club DJs in the land! This is an 18+ event.

Christmas In Ipswich is delivered through the support of the following partners: Ripley Town Centre, Slater and Gordon Lawyers, Energex, Stockland Providence, River 94.9, 9News Queensland, NGU Real Estate Ipswich, Event Cinemas Springfield, Choices Flooring by Mallets, Harvey Norman Booval, Premier Queensland and Pocket Retreats.