12+ free outdoor ideas for New Years Eve 2021

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Midnight fireworks, traveling events and more …

Why not head out into the great outdoors this NYE ​​2021? After all, it is a safe option for COVID and it allows us to celebrate the best of those hot summer nights. Remember to physically move away, disinfect, and be aware of COVID.

Here are over 12 great free and outdoor options ideas for NYE 2021.


The city will come alive this Friday, December 31 when fireworks light up Lake Burley Griffin at 9 p.m. and midnight.

Add in touring musicians and performers to keep you entertained from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (taking place around the lake in many locations) and enjoy a night full of color, sound and vibrancy.

And to give the hard-hit food and hospitality sector a boost, Canberrans are encouraged to support local businesses by taking advantage of New Years Eve specials of ready-to-go picnic baskets. employment, by visiting pop-up locations by the lake, or by dining or staying in town for New Years Eve. It’s the perfect way to welcome a New Year.

Happening at Lake Burley Griffin, Black Mountain Nature Preserve, Mount Ainslie Nature Preserve, and Red Hill Nature Preserve.

For more information see hercanberra.com.au/city/we-want-fireworks-we-need-fireworks-we-are-getting-fireworks-for-nye/


There are few places more picturesque in Canberra than the Gardens of the Old Parliament, especially with their abundant amounts of roses currently in full bloom.

While these gardens closing at 8 p.m. during the summer, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a friendly early bedtime celebration amid the flowers.

King Edward Terrace, Parkes | nca.gov.au/attractions-and-memorials/old-parliament-house-gardens


Looking to reunite with your family and friends for New Years Eve?

Kambah Adventure Playground offers a sparse location with a variety of different playgrounds for all age groups, including a treehouse, junior and senior flying foxes, giant swings, space net, and an accessible Liberty swing. to wheelchairs.

BMX skaters and cyclists can try the difficult half-pipe. A variety of picnic tables and barbecues will make dinner easier.

Springbett Street, Kambah


A no-brainer for fireworks, if you’re looking for a view rather than a grassy area, this is it.

Pack a picnic and enjoy it.

Mont Ainslie Promenade, Campbell


Grab the soccer ball, a picnic mat, and plenty of snacks, because once you get to Moncrieff Community Park, you won’t want to leave.

Boasting a large oval for a game of cricket or football, a basketball court and fun equipment that makes you want to rejuvenate. Good luck getting to 12 after spending the afternoon running.

Bon Scott Croissant, Moncrieff


The Black Mountain Peninsula is the perfect place to enjoy Lake Burley Griffin in every way – paddle, boating, or just stroll along the beach or the water’s edge.

This 22.2 hectare foreshore park includes picnic areas and playgrounds accessible to all.

Garryowen Promenade, Acton


Lennox Gardens, located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, offers beautiful views of Black Mountain, the Brindabella Ranges and the city center.

Children can roam the expanse of lush green grass and there is plenty of space for picnicking or just relaxing in the shade of towering trees.

Flynn Drive, Yarralumla


Wash the year that has been with a cheeky dip in the Murrumbidgee. With barbecues, public toilets and real sand.

Basically the perfect place to go if you can’t make it to the coast this year.

Pine Island Road, Green Lane


Do you have little ones in tow? Give them a new playground with a visit to the Yerrabi Pond Adventure Playground.

With a skate park, flying foxes, climbing frames and plenty of barbecues, this is the perfect option for families.

Wunderlich Street, Gungahlin


Are you not worried as long as there is a barbecue to use? All right.

You can find a list of free public barbecues across Canberra at cityservices.act.gov.au/public-land/maintenance-of-public-areas/barbecues.


Located in the heart of Canberra and boasting a curated selection of trees, the Arboretum is arguably Canberra’s best prospect.

Pack a picnic and find a place to sit down and enjoy the sunset over the city.

Forest Drive, Molonglo Valley


An evening by the lake anyone? Create your own five star restaurant experience overlooking Lake Burley. Snuggle up on the hillside (pssst… perfect for roly poly for the little ones).

We recommend walking past a local vendor to buy take out pizza.

Barrine Drive, Parkes


A dream night among the willows? Weston Park, located on the western peninsula of Lake Burley Griffin has a play area for the kids and a relaxed outlook for the adults, a great place to enjoy the last night of 2020.

Weston Park Road, Yarralumla

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