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New Years Eve is a unique time of year to visit a new place, and we aim to travel to as many as we can.

We've already visited some of the main ones: Paris, Sydney, London and Edinburgh but have the ambition to get to as many of the others listed on this site as we can.

We hope you find our listings useful in finding the best NYE fireworks, parties, hotels, concerts, restaurants, cruises and events wherever you are!

 

BY MARTIN KERRIGAN > HOME > AUSTRALASIA >

Melbourne New Years Eve 2015

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 31 December 2014, Midnight

Melbourne city lights

When thinking about New Years Eve in Australia people inevitably tend to associate the occasion with the massive and famous Sydney Harbour event, but down in Melbourne they take their NYE celebrations equally seriously and you can expect to find a wide range of parties in the city's bars, restaurants and hotels as well as a spectacular public midnight countdown and fireworks display.

The city actually has an excellent setting for a large scale public party, with the open areas along the banks of the Yarra river providing ample space for crowds to gather, while the city's iconic skyline provides an equally impressive backdrop. I did actually visit Melbourne while in Australia many years ago, and while I went for the more predictable Sydney option on new year's eve I would love to return one day to experience the equivalent event here.

Fireworks, Events & Party Listings

 

The party in Melbourne is centred around the family precinct at Yarra Park, in the shadow of the enormous and iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, the MCG. There is also a party event at Waterfront City, running from 7pm until 1am.

The mayor of Melbourne has announced that crowds of more than half a million are expected at the day's events, and advised that as always patience will be required when leaving the city after the conclusion of the midnight fireworks.

This years event includes a total of 22 launch sites for the fireworks in an event that has promised us a "carpet of fireworks". The main viewing areas are at Kings Domain, Docklands, Flagstaff Gardens and Treasury Garden. See a map of the fireworks sites and best viewing points here. Edinburgh Gardens is also recommended as a a viewing location, with the council promising to make a better fist of clearing up afterwards this year!

There is also the return of the family fireworks show in Yarra Park at 9.30pm, and also a 9pm show organised by Maribyrnong City Council in Footscray Park.

Away from the main municipal event, the rest of the city will come alive with a series of parties to look out for. Top popular venues include The Bluestone Lounge, Melbourne Central Lion Hotel, Feddish, Long Room, Riverland Bar and Terra Rossa Restaurant and Bar.

For families and those looking for a quieter evening, the suburbs of Melbourne traditionally hold their own parties, which has the added benefit of circumventing the need to find (and pay for!) transport into and out of the city. Local event listings are carried in the local newspapers and will provide plenty of suggestions for potential activities, although if you're holidaying in the area it's advisable to pay special attention to ticketing requirements.

Streaming, Webcams & Video

 

Places to watch live online:

Melbourne webcams

Hotels & Accommodation

 

Melbourne is internationally renowned for the range and quality of it's visitor accommodation. Availability over the Christmas and New Year period is very much at a premium, so get your booking in well in advance, especially if you're keen on a city centre location with fireworks views. Check availability and book local hotels here.

Comments & Reviews

 

We would love to hear feedback from anyone who has visited Melbourne for New Years Eve and would like to share their experiences.

Also if you know of any events or parties we don't yet have listed, whether it's something you're attending or organising, please let us know and we'll be happy to update the page.

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