Here’s what you need to do on New Year's Eve in Melbourne.
Another New Year's Eve has come and gone, and if you're anything like us, we're already thinking about the next one.
From the best vantage points and restaurant packages to see the fireworks spectacular to the best parties and cruises and where to crash when the night has come to an end, we've got the ultimate guide to make this 31 December one to remember.
The 2018/2019 information has not yet been released, but here's everything from 2017/2018, as the city's plans are usually quite similar to the previous year. Here were the official sites where you could watch the fireworks from on New Year's Eve in Melbourne. Just click on the viewing areas on the map to see what time the fireworks began:
Official viewing area with food for sale
Unofficial viewing area with no food for sale
|Location||Information||Early or midnight fireworks?||Starting time|
|Yarra Park, Richmond or Jolimont Stations||Watch entertainers and play carnival games, or watch a movie on the big screen, before watching the family fireworks display.||Early||Entertainment from 6pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm.|
|Footscray Park, Footscray Station||Bring a picnic to the park and enjoy the free entertainment before the big show.||Early||Entertainment from 6.30pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm.|
|Kings Domain, Flinders Street Station||One of the biggest celebration areas on the evening, get in early to secure your spot.||Midnight||Entertainment from 9pm. Fireworks at midnight.|
|Treasury Gardens, Parliament Station||View the fireworks from the city’s eastside with a DJ playing to keep you pumped for the might fireworks.||Midnight||Entertainment from 9pm. Fireworks at midnight.|
|Flagstaff Gardens, Flagstaff Station||Situated between La Trobe and King Streets, Flagstaff is a great spot for tonight’s proceedings.||Midnight||Entertainment from 9pm. Fireworks at midnight.|
|Docklands, Southern Cross Station||Guaranteed to be packed with locals and visitors, Docklands surrounds Victoria Harbour and overlooks the city from the west.||Midnight||Entertainment from 9pm. Fireworks at midnight.|
Here are the dinners that took place for the 2017/2018 New Year's Eve event. Once we have more information about the 2018/2019 restaurant plans, we'll update this space.
- Elevation at Eureka Tower: Take in the fireworks and bright CBD lights from 88 storeys above Melbourne. The party includes substantial canapés and grazing dishes, drinks (beer, wine, sparkling and five basic spirits per person). Tickets from $210. Upgrade to Gold Tickets ($300) for premium access to level 89.
- The Meat and Wine Co: Ideally located in Southbank along the Yarra River, sit down to a 3-course menu beginning and ending with selected beverages. The sit-down dinner is timed so you can see both the 9pm and midnight fireworks show - Just make sure to choose the 9pm until close option. Tickets are $175 and an extra $40 for 2-hour drink packages (extra time can be added).
- New Year's Eve Oscars Party at Taxi Kitchen: Perfectly situated at Federation Square for easy access to the fireworks, Taxi Kitchen is hosting an Oscars-themed party complete with a 5-course dinner. Tickets are $195.
- Melba Restaurant at The Langham: Sit down to dishes like blue swimmer crab, Moreton Bay bugs and peri peri prawns, among more than a dozen other options, at The Langham from 9pm on New Year's Eve. The package includes, includes wine, beer and sparkling with a live band playing in the background. Tickets are $379. Groups of four dine for $335 per person, groups of six dine for $327.50 per person, groups of eight dine for $320 per person and groups of 10 dine for $310 per person. Guaranteed window seats available for $30 per person.
- Alto at The Langham: Set 25 storeys above Melbourne, Alto offers epic views of the New Year's Eve fireworks. After a dinner filled with seafood like scallops, crab, Moreton Bay bugs and oysters, dance the light away to classic hits from the 80s, 90s and to today before the countdown starts at midnight.Tickets are $429 per person. Groups of four dine for $405 per person, groups of six dine for $395 per person, groups of eight dine for $390 per person and groups of 10 dine for $385 per person.
- New Year's Eve at Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne: Treat yourself to canapés, a three-course dinner and sip on beer, wine and soft drinks at this party that kicks on until after the new year has kicked in. Tickets from $135.
- New Year's Eve Dinner at Stamford Plaza Melbourne: Indulge in a two- or three-course set menu at Harry's Restaurant before heading out on the town to catch the fireworks display. Tickets from $59.
Events and parties for New Year's Eve in Melbourne
Here are the events and parties that took place for the 2017/2018 New Year's Eve event. Once we have more information about the 2018/2019 plans, we'll update this space.
- NYE H20: Bars, dance floors and DJs take over the Docklands Promenade on New Year's eve for this party that's all inclusive of spirits, wine, frozen drinks, beer, cider and cocktail food. General admission tickets are $140, and VIP tickets which include access to a separate area and a premium drink selection are $185.
- NYE at View Docklands: Party at the water's edge in the Docklands at this 18+ event. Enjoy a drinks package and cocktail food for five hours with the city acting as a backdrop before 2018 kicks in. Tickets from $185.
- New Year's Eve at Loop Roof: Check out the midnight fireworks from a CBD rooftop and gear up for the event with a five-hour drink package, canapes and desserts.Tickets from $184.
- Promiseland: Party into the New Year with Ja Rule and Ashanti at the Docklands, where there's waterfront views andcostumed performers. Advance tickets sold out. Last-minute entries available at the door.
- Ludlow Bar and Dining Room: Sit on the banks of the Yarra River at this prime space on the views of the 9pm and midnight fireworks above the Yarra while at a Las Vegas-themed cocktail party or dinner. Tickets to the cocktail party with drinks are $150, while dining packages are $130 without drinks.
- The Wharf Hotel: Starting the party early at 5:30, The Wharf Hotel will be chasing the sun until New Year's Eve at midnight. The cocktail-style event includes five hours of all-inclusive beverages and fingerfoods. Tickets prices haven't been announced yet.
- Love New Years Eve at Level 3 at The Crown: Nightclub your idea of the ultra New Year’s Eve party venue? Make your date with Level 3 at The Crown this 31st December and you won’t be disappointed. With performances by Will Sparks and Chingy plus more than 40 DJs in rotation over the course of the night, it’ll be a showstopper. Tickets are $60 in advance or $65 at the door.
- Spice Market: Every year Spice holds a ripping good party. Grab a VIP ticket for access to all areas, a cocktail on arrival and roaming food. Tickets are $40 for General Admission or $80 for VIP Exclusive.
- Riverland Bar: Watch the fireworks right on the waterfront to enjoy the Yarra River at its finest. Riverland's event includes food and a beer, wine and spirits package. Tickets are $130 until 30 November, then are $150 until sold out.
New Year’s Eve Melbourne cruises:
Cruises along the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay are available on New Year's Eve and you can get a whole different perspective of the midnight fireworks than you would on land.
The 2018/2019 cruises haven't gone on sale yet, but when they do we'll update this space here with more information and prices.
Where to stay: Melbourne New Years hotels
Looking for somewhere to stay that's got views of the Yarra River and fireworks, or is within a short distance of the viewing areas along the water? Check out our picks for where to stay in Melbourne on New Years Eve or search below to compare rates at more Melbourne hotels.
Images from City of Melbourne and daniiboi