Countdown has begun for New Year’s Eve Mooloolaba
  • Monday 22 December 2014

The Sunshine Coast is the place to be this New Year’s Eve with a feast of entertainment to suit all ages and tastes on offer at the region’s biggest end-of-year free event, New Year’s Eve Mooloolaba.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said more than 45,000 locals and visitors are expected to welcome in the New Year and enjoy the family-friendly entertainment at The Esplanade Mooloolaba from 4pm to midnight on Wednesday, December 31.

“Council delivers this iconic event in a relaxed, safe, security patrolled and fenced event zone and in partnership with a number of organisations including Queensland Police, SES, Queensland Fire and Rescue, Street Angels, Queensland Ambulance Services, ensuring public safety is paramount,” Mayor Jamieson said.

Division 4 Councillor Chris Thompson said New Year’s Eve Mooloolaba 2014 will boast two stages of action-packed entertainment for the whole family featuring an impressive line-up.

“Live entertainment kicks off at 5.30pm on the main stage with a cool range of shows for the kids including Postman Pat, Peanuts and How to Train Your Dragon 2,” Cr Thompson said.

“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.

“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.

“And if that’s not enough, there will be roving street entertainment, children’s activities, carnival rides and buskers that can be enjoyed by one and all.

“Delicious food will be available from local vendors, restaurants and cafes on the Esplanade. To ring in the New Year, two spectacular fireworks displays will take place at 8.30pm and midnight.

“Council and Translink will be putting on free buses across Sunshine Coast from noon on New Year’s Eve (Wednesday, December 31) until 5.30am on New Year’s morning (Thursday, January 1) so leave your car at home and jump on a free bus.

“Don’t forget New Year’s Eve Mooloolaba is a drug-, alcohol- and glass-free event and intoxicated people will not be permitted entry.

“Also a friendly reminder to pet owners in the vicinity to ensure their pets are safe and secure for the duration of the event as the noise of fireworks can cause them to become agitated.”

The celebrations at Mooloolaba are only one of a number of New Year’s celebrations planned across the Sunshine Coast. The Kings Beach, Caloundra and Coolum beach events are also supported by Sunshine Coast Council.

Visit Council’s website for more details on the event including traffic and transport information.

Sunshine Coast Council gratefully acknowledges its New Year’s Eve Mooloolaba supporters – Sea FM, Mix FM and Mooloolaba Surf Club.