THE Coast has it all covered tomorrow - from fireworks to duos, painted faces to petting zoos - for the thousands set to hit the streets to welcome the new year.

More than 45,000 punters are expected to hit Mooloolaba tomorrow night, with DJs and live bands, including indie rockers British India locked in to keep revellers in a party atmosphere.

Caloundra will once again play host to an afternoon and night of family fun, complete with pony rides, a petting zoo, rides and jumping castles at the Lions Park on King Beach, with the amphitheatre slated in as entertainment central.

Caloundra Community New Year's Eve Celebrations co-ordinator Rhonda Pattinson said organisers were expecting a huge crowd of families to flock to the seaside setting to farewell 2014.

"It should be a really fun night," Ms Pattinson said.

With temperatures set to peak at 33C on Wednesday, a night of fun and fireworks could be the perfect way to cap off a day at the beach, for the last day of the year.

"It's more for the family groups, mums and dads, kids, grandparents," Ms Pattinson said.

"We've got heaps of rides, the Hi-Boys band and Frozen on the big screen as well as the kids' karaoke with prizes, too.

"It's going to be a great way to relax after a long day at the beach."

Activities start at 4pm tomorrow at Kings Beach, with families encouraged to pack a picnic blanket or a few chairs and set up a prime position to kick back and enjoy the frivolity.

In Mooloolaba, the action is set to start at 4pm, with live entertainment from 5.30pm kicking off with a number of kids' shows, including star performances from Postman Pat and Peanuts.

Councillor Chris Thompson was on-hand yesterday to plug the impressive line-up of live music set to grace the main stage tomorrow night.

It is the time to celebrate with the Bribie Lights Up Festival on New Year's Eve. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News
It is the time to celebrate with the Bribie Lights Up Festival on New Year's Eve. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News Vicki Wood

"One of Australia's most recognised bands, The Church, will take to the main stage at 8.45pm to warm up the crowd, followed by local band The Flumes before indie pop band British India have the crowds dancing until the countdown to midnight," Cr Thompson said.

"And the New Year's Eve Mooloolaba 2014 entertainment doesn't stop there. Not one but four DJs who will turn up the music from 7.30pm to midnight on the Beach Stage."

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I'll stay up and watch the fireworks and party the night away!


I'll stay in and watch it on the TV.


I'm going to bed early, I don't celebrate it.


I have to work this year.


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For the southerners of the Coast, Bribie Island will be holding its own New Year's Eve spectacular with Brennan Park, Bongaree, playing host to a fireworks show at 8.30pm, while markets will be held from noon.

Fireworks aren't the only bright lights on the horizon. The occupancy rates for local accommodation operators have been anothe

r highlight, Sunshine Coast Destination Limited CEO Simon Ambrose says.

"Most of our operators are showing no-vacancy signs and people have committed to come to the Coast for New Year's and what is essentially a long weekend," Mr Ambrose said.

"All over the Coast is going pretty well."

New Year’s fireworks at Mooloolaba Beach.
New Year’s fireworks at Mooloolaba Beach. Iain Curry


  •  Mooloolaba Esplanade, 8.30pm and midnight
  •  Caloundra- Kings Beach, 9.15pm
  •  Twin Waters- Novotel Twin Waters Resort, 9pm
  •  Noosa- Noosa Marina, 9pm and midnight
  •  Coolum- Tickle Park, 8pm and midnight
  •     Cotton Tree 8pm


Factory Nightclub at Maroochydore is advertising on its website a James Bond 007-themed New Year's Eve party, with doors open from 10pm and staying open until 5am.

DJs Matt Kvon and Julian Maverick will be supported by J.Boy and Gewi for those eager to boogie.

Those seeking a more sophisticated, relaxed New Year's Eve can also head down to the Ocean St precinct, with The Post Office featuring live band The Sugar Fixx in the beer garden from 8pm, and opening its doors to punters until 2am, with lucky door prizes and best dressed gongs also up for grabs.

Your Place Espresso and Next Door Pizzeria at Brisbane Rd, Mooloolaba will have free entry all night, open until 2am. Gold Coast DJs live from 6pm J Row and Chris Cuthbert. VIP tickets $80 which includes food and drinks for three hours. 

The Helm Nightclub in Mooloolaba will feature Surfdisco, Just A Gent and TACHES, plus more outfits to be announced, on its New Year's Eve line-up.

And in more good news, The Helm will be accommodating party people until the wee hours of 2015, open until 5am and featuring fire twirlers and stilt walkers.

For those at the southern end of the Coast looking to get festive, Upstairs on Bulcock St is offering up LDRU, Paul Dluxx, Julian Maverick and more to guests, with free entry before 11pm and VIP deals also on offer.

The northerners haven't been forgotten either.

Noosa Reef Hotel will be putting on Ministry of Sound's Mobin Master, supported by James Sinclair, LMNOP, Henry Falcon, Jinxx and Notbrothers, with tickets available for $20 and doors open from 8pm, partying through the night until 5am also.

New Year's Eve on the Sunshine Coast at Mooloolaba.
New Year's Eve on the Sunshine Coast at Mooloolaba. Cade Mooney


AS EXCITING as they may be for some, fireworks can be very frightening for our furry friends.

Community partnership portfolio councillor Jenny McKay said unfortunately end-of-year events with fireworks could mean an increase in the number of stray animals reported to Sunshine Coast Council.

"We are calling on owners to please take extra care of their cats and dogs and ensure they are safely contained within their property, particularly during storms or when there are firework displays nearby," Cr McKay said.

"In their panic, pets can often somehow manage to escape properties you think impenetrable.

"If you find a stray pet or your pet is missing, phone council on 5475 7272."

Karlee Nurthen with her dog Mooloo at Mooloolaba Beach. Photo: Nicola Brander / Sunshine Coast Daily
Karlee Nurthen with her dog Mooloo at Mooloolaba Beach. Photo: Nicola Brander / Sunshine Coast Daily Nicola Brander


A MOTHER and daughter duo are a saving grace for Sunshine Coast parents looking for a break from the kids on New Year's Eve.

Buderim's Brittney and Jo McCudden are two of many babysitters who will take on the kids while parents enjoy the end-of-year countdown.

As the demand for babysitters is so high on the Coast for New Year's Eve, 21-year-old Brittney has enlisted the help of her mum so she can look after a few more.

"I've done a few New Year's Eves before - I'm not a party person and I don't drink, so to me it's a normal day. It can be really fun for the kids," Brittney said.

Miss McCudden has been offering babysitting services since she was a teenager, which has led to her working as a full-time nanny.

"It's nice for parents to have someone they can trust to look after the kids so they can enjoy themselves."

With the increase in end-of-year demand, the pair decided to transform their home into a temporary overnight daycare especially for New Year's Eve. "I've offered to do it from my house so the parents can do their own stuff at home," she said.

"We will have a room set up for older kids and younger kids, and mum and I will be doing an 'all nighter' to make sure everything goes okay."

To inquire about Brittney McCudden's babysitting service tomorrow night phone 0418 813 771.


WHILE it's been a mixed bag on the water for Mooloolaba and Noosa Coast Guard teams, the message is clear from both, no matter where you are on the water today and tomorrow, safety is paramount.

The crew at Noosa has dealt with a number of incidents in the past few days, including a 6.5m cruiser-craft that flipped crossing the bar, while the Mooloolaba team have had a much calmer festive season thus far.

With conditions expected to entice solid numbers onto the water to ring in the New Year around the Coast, Noosa Coast Guard media officer Christian Dearnaley warned boaties to take care.

"New Year's Eve is potentially very dangerous because of the activities on the river, there's always a lot of people going out on the river to watch the fireworks," Mr Dearnaley said.

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