New Year’s Eve in Melbourne 2019/2020 | Best things to do on NYE

Melbourne, the countdown is on to ring in the New Year. Here's how to do it in style.

New Year's Eve is coming up quick and fast and if you haven't figured out where you'll be yet you'd best get on it. Pronto.

To inspire you to start 2020 off with the bang, we've rustled up the best restaurant packages to see the fireworks spectacular in the city, tickets to the best parties and cruises along and on the river and rooms to crash when the night has come to an end.

Melbourne New Year's Eve fireworks times and vantage points

Melbourne welcomes two sets of fireworks; a family friendly set at 9:30pm at Yarra and Footscray Parks and midnight fireworks along the river.

The 2019/2020 fireworks haven't been announced yet but the schedule and vantage points don't typically change. To give you an idea of where you should be this year, here were the official sites where you could watch the midnight 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 7pm. 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.


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.

  • Yarra River party cruise: Spend the nighton the river with a front-seat view of the fireworks. This 4-hour cruise has it all from free flowing drinks and nibbles to an on-boat DJ. Boarding starts at 8pm from Federation Wharf and there are two sailings, one for 18-40 year olds and another for 40+ year olds. Tickets are $240pp.
Melbourne New Year's Eve cruise

Melbourne New Year's Eve cruise from Viator

Celebrate the New Year in style with a Yarra River party Cruise.

  • Inclusions: 4-hour party aboard a deluxe boat, standup cocktail finger dinner and more.
  • Date: 31 December 2019.
  • Departure Point: Federation Wharf

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Melbourne New Years accommodation

Looking for the best hotel in Melbourne to view the New Year's Eve fireworks? Check out our picks for where to stay on 31 December or search below to compare rates at more Melbourne hotels.

Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne Northbank
Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne Northbank

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    FredDecember 17, 2018

    Hi, where can I go with 4 children (8,9,10, 15 years old) for dinner and party during new year eve in Melbourne?
    Thank you


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      JohnDecember 19, 2018Staff

      Hi Fred,

      Thank you for leaving a question.

      This page offers great ideas where you could bring your family for dinner on New Year’s Eve. Kindly read through the article to know more about these establishments. Hope this helps!


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    KateNovember 22, 2017

    How would I submit a restaurant hosting a NYE event for this guide?

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      DeeNovember 22, 2017Staff

      Hi Kate,

      Thanks for your question.

      If you want to have your restaurant featured on the page, kindly use our online form here to request.


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    camillaNovember 17, 2017

    where to have dinner for new year’s eve in melbourne in three people coming from Italy … maybe a rooftop in order to be able to see the fire works ? nothing touristic though ….

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      ArnoldNovember 18, 2017

      Hi Camilla,

      Thanks for your inquiry

      There are a lot of places where you can enjoy the fireworks and awesome food in Melbourne, You may check various options by clicking on this link. You may also like to check for accommodations during your trip, please click here to see relaxing places to stay in Melbourne

      Hope this information helps


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    jennaMay 21, 2015

    How much does Melbourne spend on fireworks per year for New Years Eve ?
    in total how much does Australia spend on fireworks every year for New Years Eve ?

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      StephanieMay 22, 2015Staff

      Hi Jenna,

      An interesting question!

      According to The Age newspaper, Melbourne spent $400,000 on fireworks in 2014 for their New Year’s Eve celebrations. Including entertainment, the entire party cost $3 million to host.

      According to SBS, Sydney spent $750,000 on fireworks that year. Coupled with entertainment, the entire celebration cost around $7.2 million.

      So in total, we’d be looking at $1.35 million on fireworks for our two major cities.

      Hope this answers your question,


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