Best NYE Anchorages

It is one of the most – if not the most – exciting nights of the year as we say goodbye to last year and welcome the next one. It is probably safe to say that everyone will be looking forward to bold, brave and successful 2022 and what better places to start than on the boat at New Years Eve? So here are our top NYE anchorages in Southeast Queensland.

The Brisbane River

Being anchored in the River as the fireworks explode off the buildings and structures around you has to be one of the most exhilarating experiences. It does take a little planning yet it is worth it. First, you will need to contact Maritime Safety Queensland to find the exclusion zones and discuss the best place to anchor. Then plan you trip up the river with plenty of time so you can secure the best anchoring spots. Remember the CityCats and ferries continue to run on the night and there are plenty of charter yachts in the river so you will need to keep an eye on the traffic.

Most of the fireworks are placed in front of Southbank and between the Captain Cook and Story Bridges. You will get two for one as there are family fireworks at 8:30pm then of course, at midnight. Once finished, you can either head back downstream or stay put until the morning.


Still want to see the fireworks but don’t want to get that up close and personal? Anchoring behind the Tangalooma Wrecks on Moreton Island will still give you a great view, if not a little far away. Fireworks aside, this is a beautiful anchorage with crystal clear waters, plenty of sand dunes for running up and then the wrecks for the snorkeler.

Tangalooma is great in an easterly but can roll in anything with west in it. Behind the wreck you get protection from passing ships’ wakes yet it is popular so it is a roll of the dice whether you will the best spot. Alternatively, you can try Lucinda Bay just to the south, just as pretty yet less popular.

Wave Break Island/Broadwater

If you are seeing in the New Year on the Gold Coast then the southern Broadwater and Wave Break Island will be the best location to watch the fireworks and enjoy the party atmosphere. For those wanting something a little quieter, head north to anchorages such as Currigee, behind Brown Island or even between Ephraim Island and Paradise Point. They are all very protected anchorages yet check the depths as the sands shift regularly. The Gold Coast’s waterways are busy in summer so keep a good watch and enjoy the hubbub.


Jumpinpin is the jewel in the crown of the Gold Coast distinguished by it sandy white beaches, azure waters and protected anchorages. It is one of the most popular on the Gold Coast and will no doubt be the go-to place for many on New Years Eve yet it is worth it especially if you have a group of boating friends heading out for the celebrations. For smaller boats, the Bedroom just south is very protected and lovely anchorage with the added benefit of great sand dunes just behind the shoreline.

No matter where you decide to go this New Years Eve, everyone at Spectrum Marine wishes you a safe and happy festive season and a wonderful 2022.