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New Year’s Eve in Melbourne 2020/2021 | 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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New Year's Eve is knocking on your door. To inspire you to start 2020 off with a bang, we've rustled up the best restaurants with views of the fireworks, 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.

We're yet to receive confirmation about the Melbourne New Year's Eve events that will be going ahead this year, but we'll update this page with the latest information.

Let the countdown begin.


New Year's Eve fireworks in Melbourne: 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 2020/2021 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:

FoodForSale.NYE

Official viewing area with food for sale

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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.

What is Melbourne doing for New Year's Eve to ensure it's COVID-safe?

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. Marks are required on public transport.

Celebrating New Year's Eve at home in Melbourne: What's allowed

While restrictions on gathering sizes in late December haven't been announced yet, as of 22 November, 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 10 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.

New Year's Eve Melbourne restaurants

Due to COVID-19, many restaurants have not yet confirmed whether they'll be offering dining options on New Year's Eve. The following restaurants have announced they wll be opening their doors on New Year's Eve so you can dine in style to close out the year.

  • 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 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.

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, standup cocktail finger dinner and more.
  • Date: 31 December 2020.
  • Departure Point: Federation Wharf
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What to do on New Year's Eve in Melbourne: Top NYE events and parties

Events have not yet been announced for New Year's Eve. We'll be sure to update the page when you can grab your golden ticket to the biggest parties to close out 2020.


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Searching for a room with a view on New Year's Eve in Melbourne? Check out our picks for where to stay or search below to compare rates at more Melbourne hotels.

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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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      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.

      Cheers,
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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

      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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