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Seven luxurious New Year’s Eve experiences

Bid adieu to the year that was and shout hello to the year that will be: ring in 2017 with style at these luxe New Year's Eve events around Australia.

By Kristie Kellahan

For front-row seats of the fireworks

There's still time to secure one of New Year's Eve most spectacular experiences, the MV Janthe is available for private charter on Sydney Harbour. With capacity for 60 guests, the classic timber cruiser has crew members ready to serve continuous drinks and canapés. Charter is $18,000; the view of the fireworks is priceless.


For dinner with an unparalled backdrop

Taronga Centre at Sydney's famous zoo is hosting a colourful night of fireworks, dinner and dancing inside the Centre's Harbourview Ballroom. In addition to a phenomenal view of the Sydney Harbour fireworks, guests will enjoy locally-sourced fare, as well as a live band and DJ. Tickets are $495.


For a party with a touch of mystique

Don a Venetian-inspired mask and join the NYE Masquerade Ball at Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast. The elaborate ball at the storied hotel is taking cues from 16th Century Renaissance Venice: think elaborate costumes, roving artists and a decadent banquet. There's an option to add on a five-course dinner with matching premium wines at Vanitas ($495) or a three-course menu at VIE Bar + Restaurant ($195).


For the opportunity to enjoy Melbourne from on high

Vue de Monde's Midnight in Paris soirée will be a stylish affair indeed. On Level 55 of the Rialto building, the party will celebrate the personalities, cultures and cuisines that have made Paris what it is today, with the Melbourne cityscape providing the perfect backdrop. Tickets are $350 per person.


For a luxury escape from the madness

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley resort have put together a package for New Year's Eve that's filled with both relaxing and ultra-luxurious activities. Retreat to your own private Heritage Villa with its private pool, and enjoy an on-site New Year's Eve dinner set against the backdrop of the spectacular Blue Mountains. There'll be lawn games, hikes and live entertainment plus breakfast lunch and dinner included in the price of $2400 per night.


For a taste of South Australian hospitality

The five-star boutique Mayfair Hotel is offering revellers in Adelaide the choice of two glam New Year's Eve events. At the Hennessy rooftop bar, party-goers will feast on South Australian oysters, Champagne and much more. Tickets are $135; the party moves to the upbeat sounds of DJ Lauren Rose from 7pm-2am. For a more relaxed ambience, a four-course dinner at Mayflower Restaurant and Bar is just the ticket.


For an unforgetable dining experience

Peter Gilmore's Bennelong will celebrate the closing of the year with the very best Australian food and wine and unbeatable views of Sydney Harbour. Under the sails of the Sydney Opera House, Gilmore and his team will present a showstopper five-course menu with premium wines, matched with a prime vantage point to enjoy the fireworks. Entertainment throughout the evening and a refined, convivial atmosphere is sure to make this one of Sydney's most exclusive parties. Tickets $1350 per person.