The below information is for New Year's Eve 2020/2021. We'll update this page with information about the 2021/2022 events once available.
New Year's Eve is knocking on your door. To inspire you to start 2021 off with a bang, we've rustled up the best restaurants with events, tickets to the hottest parties and cruises on the river to celebrate at.
Plus, we've also got the lowdown on rooms to book to crash when the night has come to an end.
Many of Melbourne's New Year's Eve events, including the annual fireworks, aren't going ahead this year. However, as the city is out of lockdown there will be alternative celebrations available.
Let the countdown begin.
The 2020/21 fireworks have been cancelled this year due to the pandemic.
In its place will be a two-day Melbourne Food and Wine Festival which will take place throughout the city.
Over 11 precincts are offering gastronomic experiences for the hungry to celebrate in a safe environment. Bookings are mandatory. As are countdowns at midnight.
The following restaurants have announced they will be opening their doors on New Year's Eve so you can dine in style to close out the year.
- Street Beats: The official New Year's Eve event is a foodie fantasy with venues on Little Bourke Street, Little Collins Street, AC/DC Lane, Hardware Lane, Russell Street, Market Lane, Spring Street, Flinders Lane, Lonsdale Street, Domain Road and Docklands hosting experiences. Bookings are being taken through the Melbourne Food and Wine website. 31 December 2020 and 1 January 2021.
- Amora Hotel Riverwalk: Located on the banks of Yarra River, ring in 2021 with a six-course set menu accompanied with a beverage package. Get into the festive spirit with New Year's Eve decorations on each table and enjoy live entertainment throughout the night. Tickets $150 per adult, $95 per teenager (13-17 years), $60 per child (3-12 years). Children under 3 are free.
- The Meat and Wine Co: Ideally located in Southbank along the Yarra River, sit down to a three-course menu beginning and ending with selected beverages. Tickets $158 per person for the Ultimate NYE Experience package.
- New Year's Eve at Hophaus: Transport yourself to the beer houses of Germany at Hophaus Bistro on the waterfront. The menu is as festive as the real thing with three courses of deliciousness. To wash down with a stein of beer, naturally. Tickets $120pp.
- Ludlow Bar and Dining Room: Sit on the banks of the Yarra River at this prime space with a three-course late-night dinner. Tickets from $160pp.
- Young & Jackson: Close out the new year in true Aussie style with a local BBQ. Open from 5pm.
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.
Our top pick:
- NYE H2oh South Bank: Bars, dance floors and DJs take over the South Wharf 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 $189pp and your ticket includes a 6.5-hour drinks package.
- New Year's Eve Riverland Bar: Celebrate the New Year on the waterfront and enjoy the Yarra River at its finest. Riverland's event includes food and a beer, wine and spirits package. Earlybird tickets are $125pp.
- The Boatbuilders Yard: Fondly referred to as Boaties, throw your hair down and surround yourself with an extensive beer garden on the banks of the Yarra. The drinks are unlimited, food is roving and the DJ won't stop playing until 12.30am. Tickets from $130pp.
- Billboard x New Year's Eve: Spend your evening at one of the biggest night clubs in the city. General tickets start at $50, though for the full experience book an all-inclusive drinks package for $100pp.
- The Mill House x NYE: Party all night and into the early hours of 2021 at this festive event. There's a drink on arrival, bottomless tap beer, wine and spirits and DJs playing until 4am. Tickets from $99pp.
- New Year's Eve @ The George on Collins: Choose to play it your way at The George with dinner and cocktail packages, drinks-only packages or a combo of both. Tickets from $100pp (drinks only).
- Eureka Tower: The iconic tower is running a family friendly evening of food, drinks and entertainment to kick-start 2021. From 89 storeys up, you're practically guaranteed the best views in the house. Day and sunset sessions are family friendly, the NYE countdown from 10.15pm is adults only. Tickets from $60 for adults and $35 for children.
- The Wharf Hotel: Door opens at 7pm, The Wharf Hotel will be chasing the sun until New Year's Eve at midnight. The cocktail-style event includes 4-hour beverage packages and finger foods. Tickets $110 + booking fee per person.
- NYE at Crown: The casino's bars and the night clubs go big on New Year's Eve. For a snapshot of what to expect, Level 28 is where to be for dancing and drinks while the Conservatory, Ging Thai, Merrywell Rooftop, Mr Hive Kitchen and Bar and The Atlantic are all fabulous for dining the evening away.
- New Year's Eve at Loop Roof: Check out the midnight skyline from a CBD rooftop and gear up for the event with a five-hour drinks package, antipasto plates and dessert canapes.Tickets $222.64pp.
- 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. GA $40pp, VIP $80.
Finish off 2020 with a bang with these epic experiences that are available on 31 December.
Likely to diminish the size of crowds and keep things COVID-safe after the city's outbreak earlier in the year, Melbourne is not putting on a firework show for 2020/2021. Instead, it's opting for a two-day, ticketed street festival.
- Cruises: River cruises are still running on New Year's Eve, but keep in mind the boats aren't very large and social distancing restrictions will likely be in play. To avoid disappointment as tickets may be more limited than previous years, book well in advance.
- Restaurants and events: Restaurants will be able to accommodate patrons on New Year's Eve, as long as restrictions don't change by 31 December. Up to 100 people can dine inside 1 venue, with up to 20 in each indoor space. You will need to ensure there are 4 square metres per person. If you're going to an outdoor venue, the number of attendees increases to 200 people with just 2 square metres of space per person.
- Getting around safely: A New Year's Eve timetable hasn't been announced yet, but Melbourne usually puts on additional train services from 8pm. Masks are required on public transport.
As of 13 December, the following restrictions apply on gatherings – which should include any New Year's Eve parties.
As of the time of writing, face masks are still required to be worn while out in public.
- Gathering sizes indoors: You can have up to 30 people in 1 household at a time, if hosting a party indoors.
- Gathering sizes outdoors: You're able to have up to 50 people gathering together (which doesn't include children younger than 12 months) if you're gathering outdoors.
- Airing of New Year's Eve fireworks on TV: While Melbourne isn't going to have its own fireworks for 2020/2021, you are able to stream the Sydney fireworks (as it's in the same time zone), if you're looking for a show as the clock strikes midnight. The show will be televised on ABC.
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