Popping the champagne cork early for New Year?s Eve is the Bruce family from Griffith, Neil, Kristie, Daphne and Dylan.
Popping the champagne cork early for New Year?s Eve is the Bruce family from Griffith, Neil, Kristie, Daphne and Dylan.

Happy New Year!

WHAT to do on New Year's Eve is always a subject of much debate, and while the clubs, pubs and restaurants offer a diverse choice, there is also plenty of fun to be had for families.

Fireworks will first explode over Coffs Harbour at 9.30pm, courtesy of March's Amusements Jetty Carnival.

The display has been specifically designed for young families to receive the New Year's Eve experience, while ensuring the kids are in bed at a reasonable hour.

Jordan Esplanade will be closed from 8pm to make it safer for families.

For those wanting to make it a complete night out, the carnival will have live entertainment from 6pm with the Sommers Family Band and, after the fireworks, the Travers Ross Hip Hop Dance Party.

A word of warning for those looking for the best vantage point for the Jetty fireworks ? Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve will be closed from 6pm today and will not be accessible during New Year's Eve celebrations.

NPWS Coffs Coast Area manager, Glenn Storrie, said closure of the island was necessary to protect the safety of both the muttonbird colony and the public.

"The nesting burrows of the wedge-tailed shearwaters are very fragile and movements of large numbers of people over the island in the darkness may lead to damage to burrows, which can kill nesting adults or their single egg, due to hatch later in January," Mr Storrie said.

"The NPWS encourages spectators to enjoy the fireworks from safe vantage points along the Jetty Foreshores, such as Coffs Creek Picnic Area at Park Beach."

Muttonbird Island will be re-opened on New Year's Day.

While there will be no midnight fireworks display to welcome in 2005 at the Jetty, Coffs Harbour's sky will still be lit up thanks to local resorts.

Revellers at Aanuka Resort and Accor Novotel's Pacific Bay Resort will take a break from their celebrations to bring in the new year against the back drop of fireworks.

If you are bringing in the New Year in the Nambucca Valley, Scotts Head is the place to be.

Family fun begins around 5pm at the Scotts Head Reserve with lots of rides and slides, temporary tatoos, music and a puppet show.

Butterfly Man will be there adding magic to the mixture and the Insane Flame fire twirlers will perform on the beach at 9pm.

The spectacular fireworks display will follow hot on their heels from Elephant Headland at 9.30pm.

The evening is an alcoholfree family event and will conclude at 10pm after the fireworks.

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