New Year’s Eve in Melbourne 2021/2022 | Fireworks, restaurants and events

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

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To inspire you to start 2022 off with a bang, we've rustled up the best restaurants, events, parties and cruises to enjoy the most celebrated night of the year.

Plus, we've also got the lowdown on rooms to book and crash in when the night has come to an end.

The 9:30pm and midnight fireworks will be going ahead this year. For the first time, a drone light show will add a new element to the fireworks displays in Melbourne on New Year's Eve.

Let the countdown begin.


New Year's Eve fireworks in Melbourne: Times and vantage points

The 9:30pm and 12am fireworks displays will be going ahead this year. Ticketed celebration zones will be set up across Alexandra Gardens, Docklands, Flagstaff Gardens and Treasury Gardens.

As the fireworks sparkle above, 350 drones will light up the sky in a 7-minute aerial performance over Dockland's Victoria Harbour.

The New Year Street Feasts will also be making a return this year with 8 hubs set up in Melbourne CBD featuring food pop-ups from your favourite local restaurants.

For the first time, a drone light show will be displayed in Melbourne on New Year's Eve too.

New Year's Eve fireworks in Melbourne.

Celebration zones

In 2021, there will be 4 free Celebration Zones set up in Docklands, Alexandra Gardens, Treasury Gardens and Flagstaff Gardens. All venues will be offering entertainment, views of the 9:30pm and midnight fireworks displays and live music on the night.

You can claim up to 8 free tickets by entering the ticket ballot via Ticketek. People who are successful in getting tickets will be notified on 15 December.

  • Alexandra Gardens

It's all about the music at Alexandra Gardens this New Year's Eve with an afro dancing workshop, entertainment from DJ Small Fry and live music.

  • Docklands

For the best views of the fireworks, a drone light show and entertainment from DJs that will get you on the dance floor, Docklands is the place to be on New Year's Eve.

  • Flagstaff Gardens

There will be no shortage of music or comedy at Flagstaff Gardens on 31 December, with acts including Otto & Astrid and DJ Yeo keeping you entertained throughout the night.

  • Treasury Gardens

The Celebration Zone is best for families, entertainment on the night includes a hip hop dance workshop, circus acts and a performance by Melbourne Sky Orchestra.

New Year's Eve Melbourne restaurants

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.

  • Contemporary Thai Dinner: Want to avoid the crowds in the city on New Year's Eve? Enjoy a 7-dish Thai culinary experience at The Piano Restaurant and Bar paired with a glass of wine. $98 for 2 people.
  • Greek Degustation: Tuck into a 5-course Greek degustation with native matching wines. $280 for 2 people.
  • The Meat and Wine Co: It is ideally located in Southbank along the Yarra River. Sit down to a dinner accompanied with a beverages package so you can relax and enjoy the countdown to 2022. Prices from $110 pp.
  • 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 3 courses of deliciousness. You can wash it down with a stein of beer, naturally. Prices from $140 pp for outside terrace dining or $130 pp for indoor dining.
  • Ludlow Bar and Dining Room: Sit on the banks of the Yarra River at this prime space with a 3-course twilight or late-night dinner. Tickets from $80 pp for twilight dining or from $160 pp for late dining.
  • Salted Egg NYE Dinner: Gather your nearest and dearest for a mouth-watering dinner with delicacies prepared by head chef Adam Woodfield on New Year's Eve at Salted Egg. Tickets from $69 pp for early bird seating and $99 pp for late seating.
  • Taxi Kitchen: Perfectly situated at Federation Square for easy access to the fireworks, Taxi Kitchen is hosting a 4-course dinner with free-flowing drinks throughout the evening. Ticket from $285 pp.
  • NYE at Crown: The casino's bars and the nightclubs go big on New Year's Eve. For a snapshot of what to expect, Conservatory, Ging Thai and Merrywell Rooftop are all holding NYE dinners.

What to do on New Year's Eve in Melbourne: Top NYE events and parties

  • New Year's Eve Bubbles and Bow Ties: Head to the Lincoln on Toorak this New Year's Eve for a 4-course dinner, unlimited drinks, a 5-piece band playing throughout the night, a photo station to capture memories and more. Tickets from $223.30 pp.
  • Jack Gatto New Year's Eve Concert: If you're an Elvis fan, your New Year's Eve plans are sorted with this Elvis performance from Jack Gatto, Australia's top Elvis Presley tribute artist. You'll also enjoy a 4-course dinner with beer, wine and soft drinks. Tickets from $179 pp.
  • Arbory NYE Party: Celebrate "A Night of Versace" and dress up in your best gold, pattern and leather outfits to celebrate New Year's Eve at Arbory Bar and Eatery or Arbory Afloat. Entry provides you an all-inclusive package with beer, cider, wine and house spirits along with canapés for the whole night, plus local DJs and live entertainment playing past midnight. Tickets from $164.61 pp.
  • NYE at the Q: Take things to new heights on 31 December with epic views of Melbourne, a cocktail on arrivals, all-inclusive drinks, bites to tuck into throughout the night, big tunes and a glass of champagne at midnight to toast to the new year. It doesn't get much better than New Year's Eve at Quincy. Tickets from $170 pp.
  • The Emerson Rooftop NYE Party: Make your way to the Emerson Rooftop on the last night of the year for a night filled with tunes and a 4-hour food and beverage package, including a cocktail on arrival and a glass of bubbly at midnight. Tickets from $233.13 pp.
  • Nick and Nora's New Year's Eve Annual Masquerade Ball: Say goodbye to 2021 in style at Nick and Nora's Annual Masquerade Ball with canapés, cocktails, champagne and live music running from 8pm into the early hours of the morning. Prices start from $300 for the Classic Soiree package and from $580 for the Gliterrati Party 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 with unlimited beer, wine and house spirits. Tickets from $135 pp. (SOLD OUT).
  • Miami 90's Beach Party at 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 will keep the tunes going throughout the night. Tickets from $145 pp. (SOLD OUT).
  • New Year's Eve at Melbourne Skydeck: From 89 storeys up, you're practically guaranteed the best views in the house. With a golden theme, come dressed to impress at the iconic tower to enjoy a night out with a cocktail on arrival, DJ entertainment, drinks package, canapés and desserts. Tickets from $300 pp.
  • Billboard x New Year's Eve: Spend your evening at one of the biggest night clubs in the city. General tickets start at $50. All-inclusive drinks package is sold out.
  • Studio 54 NYE 2022 at The George on Collins: Pull your disco outfit and dancing shoes out to celebrate the end of 2021. Boogie the night away and enjoy a selection of food and drinks throughout the night. Door entry tickets from $60, tickets from $170 pp for the canapés food and drinks package, and tickets from $170 for the dinner package.
  • The Wharf Hotel: Door opens at 7pm, and The Wharf Hotel will be chasing the sun until New Year's Eve at midnight. The cocktail-style event includes a 5-hour beverage package and canapés. Tickets from $140 pp.

New Year’s Eve Melbourne cruises

Cruises along the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay are available on New Year's Eve. You can get a whole different perspective of the midnight fireworks than you would on land.

Our top pick:

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, stand-up cocktail finger food dinner and more
  • Date: 31 December 2021
  • Departure Point: Federation Wharf
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At-home dining options in Melbourne

Things to do on New Year's Eve in Melbourne

Finish off 2021 with a bang with these epic experiences that are available on 31 December.


What is Melbourne doing for NYE to ensure it's COVID-safe?

  • 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. If you're looking at booking for a large group, check with the dining venue first as capacity limits may apply.
  • 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.

Hotels in Melbourne for New Year's

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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

    Fred

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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!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    KateNovember 22, 2017

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

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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 from our review on New Year’s Eve in Melbourne. You may also like to check for accommodations during your trip to see relaxing places to stay in Melbourne.

      Hope this information helps

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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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,

      Stephanie

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