Sun 31 December, 2023. 4 PM – 12:30 AM.
Ticket and Accommodation Packages
Located in the heart of city, Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston is the perfect accommodation base for your BeerFest and New Year’s celebrations.
Just 5 minutes walk from Royal Park, enjoy overlooking views of the city from the comfort of your room. Explore the luxuries of the hotel, with on-site car parking, complimentary WI-FI and the Avenue Restaurant & Lobby Bar serving buffet breakfast daily.
Superior Room Package
Enjoy one of our spacious in a Superior Rooms, with either twin double beds or a king bed (as per availability).
With your choice of a walk in shower or shower over bath. The rooms sleep 2 and this package includes 2 General Admission ($288 per night) or 2 VIP tickets ($455 per night).
Grab these packages via our ticketing page.
Interested in exploring Launceston? See our Discover Launceston page.
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
WHEN IS LAUNCESTON BEERFEST?
Sunday 31st December, 2023
WHERE IS THE FESTIVAL LOCATED?
Royal Park, Launceston, Tasmania. See via google maps.
WHERE CAN I GET TICKETS?
Tickets are available via eventbrite. Grab yours.
WHAT ARE THE FESTIVAL TIMES?
The festival opens at 4 PM and closes at 12:30 AM.
WHEN ARE THE FIREWORKS?
Yes, there will be two firework shows, weather permitting. An earlier one at twilight for the young and a midnight show for the young at heart.
The twilight fireworks will be on at 9:30 PM approximately.
WHAT DO I GET FOR THE PRICE OF MY TICKET?
Your General Admission Ticket Includes:
- Fireworks show twilight & midnight
- 1:1 interaction with Tasmania’s best beer, wine and food producers
- LIVE entertainment including music by The Bad Dad Orchestra & Midnight Juggernaughts (DJ Set)
- Live roaming performers
- Live comedy
- Beer, wine & cider masterclasses
- Extensive kids entertainment and activities
Your VIP Marquee Ticket Includes:
- All of General Admission ticket contents plus…
- Private VIP marquee & bar area located on waterside near the main stage
- VIP private toilets
- 2x drinks on arrival at the VIP bar
- Selection of premium local cuisine, prepared and served by Matson Catering
- Exclusive beers, ciders, wines + cocktails & spirits
WILL THERE BE ENTERTAINMENT
Yes, there will be a wide variety of live entertainment and activities throughout the day/night.
Our live music is headlined by The Bad Dad Orchestra & Midnight Juggernaughts performing a DJ Set to close out the event.
ID/ MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENTS
This event is for are all ages. A wristband allowing drink purchases/ consumption is only given to people 18+. Under 18’s must accompany a paying adult 18+. The VIP area is 18+ only.
What are master classes?
Masterclasses offer an exciting up-close and personal way for industry experts to share their knowledge, experience and passion for all things craft beer. Our master-classes or as we like to call them beer education sessions will take place every hour throughout the weekend.
These sessions include, but are not limited
- Master Brewer Forums
- Beer/Food matching
- Tasting Sessions
- Live demonstrations
- Home/Commercial Brewing discussions
- Industry experiences
These master classes will be announced close to the festival date.
Who will be there?
The Launceston BeerFest NYE hosts a huge and comprehensive range of the best in Craft Brewers and Cider-makers, Artisan Distillers and Cocktail specialists, Vineyards, local select venues, gourmet street food, iconic and emerging talent with live entertainment.
You can see which stalls are attending at which event with our who’s there page.
How can I learn more about Launceston while visiting for this event?
Have a look at our discover launceston page for an overview of Launnie.
How much are the drinks?
Drinks will vary from $1-$2 for 100 ml tastings, with a 285 ml pour typically been around $6-9, as decided by the stallholders.
Please note all our events are 100% cashless (credit card/ apple pay/ google pay/ etc).
I’ve bought tickets but can no longer attend, what can I do?
We’ve partnered up with Tixel to allow ticket holders to safely and securely resell their tickets online.
Visit the tixel page for this event to do so.
Will gate sales be available?
Limited gate sales will be available for cashless payments only.
Is this event cashless or can I use cash too?
After the initial COVID outbreak we’ve made the permanent change to switch to cashless throughout the festival and at all stalls.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
A wristband allowing drink purchases/ consumption is only given to people 18+. Discounted Tickets are available for ages 2 – 17, with under 2 been free. Under 18’s must accompany a paying adult 18+.
The VIP area is 18+ only.
Can I volunteer at the festival?
If you’d like to volunteer, see our volunteer page.
Make sure you apply at the right time – we’re only looking for volunteers in the weeks ahead of the festival.
How do I get there?
The entry at Royal Park is located at the end of Park Street, which is off Paterson Street, Launceston. This is an easy walk from public transport and major transport areas.
Will there be non-alcoholic beverages?
YES! There will be a variety of amazing food, water, juices and soft drinks available for purchase onsite. Complimentary water stations will also be provided.
Will there be pass outs?
Yes, the festival goes all day and there is a lot to take in, so you may need a break or two to catch your breath throughout the day.
Can I bring my pet?
Yes dogs are allowed, please keep them on a leash and be sure to clean up after your dog.
What do I need to bring with me to BeerFest?
To make sure you come prepared for your day, we recommend you bring:
Tickets – can be printed or scanned from your phone
Card – you can pay via Card, PayWave, PayPass
ID – There are three forms of acceptable identification for proof-of-age, you will need to hold one of these in order to enter the venue: Current Australian Driver’s Licence with photograph, Current Passport or Official Proof-of-Age card. We do not accept expired IDs, photos of IDs, receipts from an ID purchased, or any other photo ID card. You must have one of the forms of ID to enter.
Shoes – Unfortunately we will not be able to let you into the site without appropriate footwear.
A hat and sunnies! It’s a big day and you can never be too sunsafe! Sunscreen is available at the ticket office and at the First Aid.
We recommend you bring a portable phone charger – we do not generally offer a charging zone
A big smile and a great attitude!
What items can I bring (and NOT bring)?
A folding chair is allowed at the festival. Bags/ jackets may be subject to search on entry.
Prohibited items include, but are not limited to:
- Outside alcohol
- Outside food/ beverages
- Weapons (i.e. knives, pepper spray, stun-guns, any concealed weapons, firearms, etc.)
- Illegal drugs
- Fireworks, smoke bombs, etc.
- Larger backpacks, suitcases, large beach bags, etc.
- Skateboards, roller skates, ice skates, use of roller shoes, etc.
- Unapproved pamphlets, handouts, advertisements, etc.
- Other items as determined by facility management
What are the terms and conditions of entry?
Review our ticketing terms and conditions ahead of buying tickets to our event(s).
Can I smoke anywhere at the festival?
Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas only. If you are unsure, please ask a staff member on the day.
If the event is postponed/ cancelled, what happens?
Ticket holders will be given the option of either holding their ticket for a new date or receiving a ticket refund if the event can not go ahead on the scheduled date.
Do we accept Companion Cards?
We do! BeerFest festivals are events that accept companion cards, simply show the card at entry.
Only one ticket will be required with the companion receiving complementary entry.