If you're yet to plan your New Year's Eve it might be worth considering a holiday to Tasmania and in particular the exciting celebrations in Launceston to say goodbye to 2011 in style.
Skies over the island state's second-largest city will light up in dazzling colours when the Launceston Festival Committee presents New Year on the Royal, a feast of fireworks, entertainment, food, drinks and more.
Local families, groups of friends and visitors to the area will come together to enjoy a spectacular line-up of activities and music at Royal Park suitable for all ages.
Beginning at 17:30 with bands on the main stage, food stalls and a BYO picnic area, the evening builds toward the first fireworks at 21:30 for families and young children, while on the stroke of midnight another brilliant display will be launched off the Tamar River.
Tickets are available from the Launceston Travel and Information Centre or at the gats on the night, but more importantly you might need to book your accommodation in advance.
Tasmania is a wonderful place to be at this time of year with moderate weather conditions, a vibrant atmosphere and plenty of things to see and do throughout the island.