Fireworks to herald New Year

THE Gold Coast is gearing up to cater for New Year's Eve revellers of all ages with a wide range of events designed to ensure everyone has a good time seeing in 2005.

From street parties at Broadbeach Mall and Kurrawa Park, a Dorothy the Dinosaur's Dance Party at Robina Town Centre for the kids through to the traditional fireworks display and a fireworks display at Coolangatta and Surfers Paradise beaches.

Gold Coast theme park Wet 'n' Wild will host a "splashtacular" new year's celebration, with festivities focusing on its dive-in movie Home on the Range and a wild-west theme.

The water park will move the clock forward by three hours from 5pm, and celebrate the midnight countdown at 9pm to accommodate its younger guests.

Fireworks will explode at various locations along the Gold Coast with Coolangatta having a special children's fireworks display at 9pm (Qld) before the main one at midnight.

For revellers on the border, New Year's Eve happens twice, with many partygoers streaming out of NSW venues to make the most of partying in 2005 twice.

Other fireworks displays will be held at Robina at 9pm (Qld) with activities starting from 6pm (Qld), Surfers Paradise with a huge display at midnight, Broadbeach at 8.30pm and midnight (Qld) and Southport at 9pm and midnight (Qld).

For Tweed youngsters, there will be a special evening of activities at Club Banora at the Oasis Pools complex with a fireworks display planned for 9pm (NSW).

On New Year's Day, beach patrols will begin at 8am (NSW), but revellers are cautioned to take it easy before taking the plunge to shake off the night before.

A survey by Domino's Pizza found most Aussies will be welcoming in 2005 with a whimper rather than a bang, with 42.9 per cent saying they had no plans for the big night.

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