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New Year’s Eve - FAQs


Each year the Adelaide New Year’s Eve celebration attracts tens of thousands of people, looking for a spectacular way to see in the new year. To help make life a bit easier, we've put together a list of all the most commonly asked questions for Adelaide's New Year’s Eve celebration.

Frequently Asked Questions


For all the updates and any further queries on Adelaide's New Year's Eve 2018, visit our main page or head to our Facebook event  #ADLNYE2018 

For a little taste of what to expect, check out our gallery of stunning images captured at previous events.

What time does it start?

The event is not gated, so you can enter the area any time on the 31 December. The food trucks will start operating from 5 pm and the entertainment will kick off at 6 pm in the Kids Zone and 7 pm on the main stage.

Where is everything?

The event is located at Elder Park and along the adelaide Riverbank. See our downloadable site map for the locations of toilets, Kids Zone, main stage, first aid, police, food, water stations and more.

We also have an interactive map available with more detail including performer bio's, food vendor listings, accessible facilities and more.

Can I bring my own food?

Yes, you can, but please limit the packaging you bring with you and place any rubbish in the appropriate bin.

Can I bring my own drinks?

BYO alcohol is prohibited as Elder Park is a dry zone – however you may purchase alcoholic beverages in the designated licenced areas. Non-alcoholic beverages are permitted. We encourage you to bring reusable bottles as we will have water stations set up around the event.

See our downloadable site map for bar locations.

How do I get there?

The event itself is held in Elder Park and along the Adelaide Riverbank. Visit our page Plan Your Journey to find all the information you need on how you can get to the event.

Can I bring my dog?

Service dogs are of course welcome; however, we discourage bringing pet dogs due to the distress fireworks may cause. If you do bring your dog, you must always keep it on a lead. Also, for the comfort of guests, if your dog displays anti-social behaviour you will be asked to leave the event.

Is it free?

Yes, entry to the event and all the entertainment, including the Kids Zone and the on-stage performances, are all free.

Is this an accessible event?

Yes, accessible facilities include drop off points, parking, ramps, a viewing platform, food vendors and toilets. To locate these facilities please view the map of the site here.

Who is playing on the main stage?

The headline act is the Antipodean Rock Collective (ARC), a supergroup of Australian rock legends featuring Kram from Spiderbait, Mark Wilson from Jet, Darren Middleton from Powderfinger, and Davey Lane from You Am I. The support acts include Mudra Dance (Bollywood performance), China Roses, Max Savage & the West End Dirty Thirty, Alana Jagt & the Monotremes, Donnarumma and DJ Tim Whitt.

For all the details visit our Entertainment page or download the main stage program.

Is it child-friendly?

Yes, Adelaide’s New Year’s Eve is designed to be a family-friendly event. Elder Park is a Dry Zone, and alcohol is only available for consumption in the designated licenced areas. Security will be employed and SAPOL will be present to monitor any anti-social behaviour. The event is also a smoke-free zone.

To keep the kids entertained there will be a Kids Zone dedicated for family fun, including the Little Palais for children’s shows, a bubble performer, street theatre stage and craft workshops as well as roving performers. The main stage entertainment at the Rotunda is also child-friendly and includes Bollywood dancing as well as live-music performances.

For all the details visit our Entertainment page or download the Kids Zone program.

What if we lose a child?

If your child is missing please inform security staff, roaming police officers or head to the police tent ASAP.

To locate the police tent please view the map of the site here.

If you are bringing a child or children to the event here a few tips to keep them safe.

  • Before arriving at the event, write a contact number on your child’s arm (but no names).
  • Prepare your child about large crowds and choose a meeting point, perhaps the police tent.
  • Take a photo of your child on arrival
  • Collect a white ‘If Lost’ wristband from event security or staff when you get to Elder Park (again write your number but not your name)
  • Familiarise yourself with the event layout  - see the map of the site above.

What food is available?

There will be over 20 vendors serving food and drinks at our event. There will be gluten-free and vegan options available. For specific food related enquiries, please contact the vendors directly. A list of our food and drink vendors are listed here on NYE Eats and Treats.

What roads are closed?

King William Road between North Terrace and Victoria Drive from 12 noon on Monday 31 December 2017 to 3 am on Tuesday 1 January 2019.

Victoria Drive between King William Road and Kintore Avenue from 12 noon on Monday 31 December 2017 to 3 am on Tuesday 1 January 2019.

Visit our City Traffic Notifications Map page for more information.

Where do we go for first aid?

There will be three first aid stations set up on site. Sunscreen will be available for the public at these stations. Please view the site map for location details. 

There is filming and photography at the event - what if I don't want to be in the picture?

If you notice a photographer/videographer taking pictures or filming near you and you are not comfortable, please just let them know you wish not to be photogrpahed/filmed. For any close up shots taken by the photographer, they will normally ask your permission, especially when there are children are in the shot.

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