NEW Year's celebrations ramp up on the Cooloola Coast today with the Tin Can Bay Foreshore Family Carnival drawing small crowds all week, but expecting some big crowds tonight and tomorrow, with live entertainment and a side show alley to rival a country show.
The sleepy fishing village was transformed into a hive of activity yesterday as visitors on day trips and holidays took advantage of the fine but cloudy weather and the bay's well-equipped parks and waterfront recreation areas.
Playgrounds along the foreshore were particularly popular with families and children of all ages.
In addition, since Boxing Day, an assortment of great attractions, food stalls and rides for the children has been set up on the foreshore for the nightly Tin Can Bay Foreshore Family Carnival, now in its fourth year.
The carnival runs from 4pm until 9pm tonight and from 4pm until midnight tomorrow, with a fireworks display at midnight.
P and C Amusements spokesman Nathan Hawkins said, as a special offer tonight, children's wrist bands would cost only $20 (they are usually $30) for unlimited rides until 9pm.
Alternatively, each individual ride would be only $5 per ticket.
Among the rides along the foreshore are the High Flier, the Round-up, the Cup and Saucer, the "very popular" Titanic Slide, the Merry-Go-Round, the Jurassic Adventure Castle, the laser force game The Zap Zone, a rock climbing wall and a simulator.