5 Places to Countdown to 2020 in Perth

From family-friendly countdowns to music festivals and fireworks, the city of Perth has much to offer this New Year’s Eve.

Planning to spend New Year’s Eve in Perth? The beautiful weather, world-class food and wine, striking beaches and cultural attractions of Western Australia’s capital makes it the perfect city for celebrating the arrival of 2020.

From all-nighters to family fun, there’s bound to be somewhere you can countdown in Perth. Here are our picks for the best ways to spend New Year’s Eve in Perth this 2019.

Stay in The City at New Year’s Eve

Yagan Square in Perth, Western Australia

One of the most popular meeting places in the CBD, the spacious Yagan Square will once again be the centre of celebrations this New Year’s Eve. Three stages spanning the Square and neighbouring Perth Cultural Centre will feature everything from live music, improv comedy and kids shows to magicians, circus acts and even fire displays!

Those with tots in tow can choose to catch the early countdown and fireworks for children at 9pm. If not, stay on for performances before the official midnight celebration. There are also rides and games at the Yagan Square Fun Fair at affordable prices too.

Beat the heat with Cold Chisel

Few bands can rival Cold Chisel as the sound of Australian summers. Their unique blend of rock and blues led to a near-fanatical following in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s before their disbanding in 1983.

However, Cold Chisel has reunited once again and will head to Fremantle Park this New Year’s Eve to kick off their 2020 Blood Moon Tour. The band will be supported by local acts Birds of Tokyo, Jebediah, Carla Geneve, Gyroscope and The Southern River Band. Rumour has it that they are likely to perform all-new music alongside classic hits like Flame Trees, Khe Sanh and Forever Now.

Day trip to Rottnest Island

Beach at Rottnest Island

Boasting the vibe of a remote island getaway without being too far from Perth City, it’s no wonder Rottnest Island is one of Perth’s top attractions – and also a popular hotspot for New Year’s Eve. Just a 90-minute ferry ride away from Perth City, it is easy to pop over to the island for a day trip. The island’s idyllic climate, pristine beaches and abundance of flora and fauna makes it the perfect place to explore, aside from getting the coveted Quokka selfies.

Ahead of sundown, get the family to participate in activities like face painting while enjoying live music. At 9pm sharp, turn your eyes towards Thomson Bay, where a firework display will be launched. For the adults, join in the beachfront silent disco or the Epic Decades Party at Hotel Rottnest from 7.30pm till late. If you’re intending to return to the city after the festivities, be sure to book your return ferry in advance as limited places are available.

Rock out at Origin Fields

What better way to end a decade and begin the next than with some of the biggest artists from Australia and around the world? Origin Fields will be bringing the noise to Wellington Square with a massive international line up featuring Sydney group Rüfüs Du Sol; American rapper Tyler, The Creator; British singer-songwriter Ella Mai; American DJs Jauz and RL Grime and Australian bands Golden Features, The Veronicas, What So Not and plenty more.

Festivities begin December 31 from 3pm to 1am before resuming on January 1 from 3pm to 11pm. And it’s not just music here – expect a carnival with games and rides, a pop-up arcade, specialty bars and food trucks and even a speakeasy with karaoke to boot.

Party with the family at Zoochella

Animal Face Painting on girl

Not everyone can experience California’s famous Coachella Festival, but the inaugural, family-friendly Zoochella at Perth Zoo might come close. Spend the last hours of the decade enjoying music, dancing, light displays and face painting and more.

Visitors can also visit the animals till evening, where they can then join in the kids dance party at 6pm, which comes complete with a live DJ and interactive dance troupe. At 8pm, countdown to the new year before taking the tots home in time for bed.


With a prime location on Adelaide terrace, beautiful views of the city and the Swan River, and easy access to all of Perth’s New Year’s Eve events, the luxurious serviced apartments at Fraser Suites Perth are ideally located in the CBD for a memorable close to 2019.


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