Live entertainment for the whole family at New Year’s Eve Mooloolaba
  • Tuesday 18 December 2012

The countdown to Sunshine Coast Council’s biggest end-of-year free event, New Year’s Eve Mooloolaba has begun.

Local families and visitors are invited to welcome in the New Year and enjoy the family-friendly entertainment at The Esplanade Mooloolaba from 4pm to midnight on Monday 31 December.

The New Year’s Eve Mooloolaba program boasts two stages of action-packed entertainment for the whole family. Kicking off the celebrations on Main Stage will be Happy Feet 2, The Lorax and Alvin and the Chipmunks performances to entertain the children. The Main Stage will come alive with an impressive line up including acclaimed Australian alternative rock band You Am I, who have supported renowned bands including The Rolling Stones.

Joining You Am I, is Australian rock band Stonefield made up of four sisters who won the 2010 Triple J Unearthed High Contest Award. Brisbane pop band The Fergies (formerly Freak Morice), local Indie rock band Afterglow and Mitch Davis and The Dawn Chorus renowned for their ability to cross seamlessly from Blues, roots, funk, jazz and grunge will help locals welcome in the New Year.

And the entertainment doesn’t stop there. DJs will pump up the groove 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 the whole family.

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.

New Year’s Eve Mooloolaba will take place in a relaxed, safe, security patrolled and fenced event zone with an expected crowd of 40,000 people.

Council works in partnership with a number of organisations including Queensland Police, SES, Queensland Fire and Rescue, Street Angels, Queensland Ambulance Services, to ensure public safety at this event.

A number of road closures will take place in the vicinity of the event site and will be minimised to limit disruptions to motorists. Visit council’s website for full details.

For the convenience of the community, extra free Sunbus services will operate throughout the afternoon and evening. Please be aware that intoxicated people or the carrying of alcohol will not be permitted on board.

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

An information centre, situated above the ‘loo with a view’, will operate between midday and midnight to assist with lost children or property, event information and merchandise. Parents are encouraged to visit the information centre with their young children to obtain a wristband for them to wear and to educate them to head for the tall green and yellow council flags should they get lost.

The celebrations at Mooloolaba are only one of a number of New Year’s celebrations planned across the Sunshine Coast. Kings Beach and the Noosa Marina at Tewantin will also host council supported events to mark the beginning of the New Year.

Pet owners in the vicinity of the event are advised that the noise of fireworks and amplified music can cause pets to become agitated. Council reminds owners to ensure pets are safe and secure for the duration of the event.

Sunshine Coast Council acknowledges its New Year’s Eve Mooloolaba supporters – Sunshine Coast Daily, Bendigo Bank, Sea FM, Mix FM, Mooloolaba Surf Club, POMO Creative and The Inkspot Commercial Printers.

For full program details and to obtain your free Sunshine Coast Festive Season Guide 2012/13 visit council’s website.