19 December, 2023

Plenty of New Year celebrations on offer

BRINGING in the new year will be full of fun despite the aftermath of Cyclone Jasper, with celebrations happening all around the region.

Graham Hotel manager Brian Callow with the tinny up for grabs this New Years Eve.
Graham Hotel manager Brian Callow with the tinny up for grabs this New Years Eve.

Atherton will celebrate the end of 2023 and bring in 2024 with a cabaret at the Merriland Hall. 

Atherton Show event manager Kylie Lang said this was the first cabaret to be held in hall for many years.

“With music by local band Kick Start, Cairns’s top live rock and roll band, playing all your favourites from the 60’s to the 80’s, it is sure to be a night to remember,” Kylie said. 

Also performing live and roving throughout the evening will be burlesque dancers and lyra performers, adding the wow factor to the evening. 

“The burlesque dancer and lyra performer are part of the Paramour Cabaret Cairns.” 

The doors and bar will open from 7pm and tickets can also be purchased on the night at the door. Tickets are $65 and include hors d’oeuvres, visit:, Summers Newsagency or call the show office 4091 4062 email:

In Mareeba, celebrating New Year at the Graham Hotel could win you a tinny.

Manager Brian Callow said patrons who had purchased Great Northern, Brookvale Union or Bundaberg Rum products from the hotel went into the draw to win.

The prize, a Seajay 370 Nomad H/S boat and steel trailer Honda BF 15 hp outboard, vinyl wrap and assorted fishing gear, will be drawn on New Year’s Eve and to win, patrons need to be in attendance at the hotel from 7.30pm.

Brian says the hotel will also have a live band and great dining options as usual to bring in 2024.

In Herberton, a family-friendly street party evening will be held from 6pm.

Herberton CIA event organising member Tim Fisher said everyone was welcome to their celebration, which has happened annually for many, many years. 

“It’s a long-standing tradition in Herberton,” he said.

Mr Fisher said Grace Street would close and everyone would be able to gather and enjoy the evening’s proceedings. 

The pubs will open, food vans will be present, Atherton’s own JD the DJ, Audioscam will perform live and Lara the Clown is another special guest.

“There’ll definitely be some dancing,” he said.

Take a picnic rug or settle in on the tables and chairs provided.

At the Atherton International Club, there will be a New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance. 

From 6.30pm until late, be part of an exclusive experience filled with delectable cuisine, captivating live entertainment, and an enchanting atmosphere. 

Tickets are $65 and include an Italian gourmet buffet and access to the celebratory dance in the hall. 

Enjoy added value with a complimentary drink upon arrival, discounted cocktails, a convenient courtesy bus, and exciting lucky spot prizes. 

Or, patrons can choose to purchase tickets for just $15 to be part of the dance component of the night. 

Call the Atherton International Club to reserve a spot now on 4091 4970.

For a typical meal and some quiet drinks to bring in the New Year, head on down to the Carrington Hotel. 

With their regular dining menu and bar facilities running as usual, the hotel will open until 2am as a nod to the New Year. 

Or, head to Malanda’s Big Pub for a night of live entertainment from Cairns band Hot Ice. They’ll play live from 7pm until late. 

Dinner is available from 5.30-9pm, the bar will be open as usual and a courtesy bus will take patrons home safely. 

With plenty to do in the region why not get out and support a local business and have a great night to welcome in 2024.


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