Melbourne's new year's eve party is always a spectacular event, and this year crowds of half a million are expected to head into the city for what is promised to be the biggest new year's eve fireworks display the city has ever seen.
Most local celebrations are centred around finding a great viewing spot for the midnight fireworks, and there are a great variety of parties and events taking place across the city.
The city actually has pretty much the perfect setting for a bit outdoor party, with the open areas along the banks of the Yarra river providing plenty of space for crowds to gather, while the city's iconic skyline provides an equally impressive backdrop.
The new year 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 and typically draws crowds of more than half a million across the day and evening.
This years event includes a total of 22 launch sites, including Eureka Tower, for the 7.5 tonnes of 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. Edinburgh Gardens is recommended as a a viewing location, while if you don't mind being a little further away there are excellent skyline views to be had from St Kilda or Albert Park.
Last year also saw a new addition to the Melbourne new year calendar with the start of the Darkness and Light New Year's Eve event on the Melbourne city riverside at South Wharf - this proved a great success so we would expect to see it return again for NYE2019 - check back for ticket details.
Eureka Tower itself is also a top recommendation for a new year party, they hold a sophisticated party with live music, food and drink and some of the best views over Melbourne and the surrounding areas - I've been up there myself and the views are second to none, you will certainly get to see plenty of fireworks from this vantage point!
Federation Square is another popular gathering point, helped along by free concert that gets underway at 9pm, when there is also an early fireworks display aimed at families with younger children, so they don't have to stay out too late.
There is also a popular annual gathering in Edinburgh Gardens that tends to attract large crowds from Yarra's many backpacker hostels, but in recent years this has been the source of some rowdy antisocial behaviour to the extent that the local council have announced that this from now on the event will be kept alcohol free.
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.
There are several top quality hotel apartments which can make self catering a good option - we stayed in the District South Yarra and can highly recommend it.
The Crown Hotel is always a good choice for top notch entertainment, but you will need to book quickly. Check availability and book local hotels here.
The fireworks will be broadcast live on the local TV networks, we'll have the live stream links here on the day.
In the meantime there are some excellent live webcam views in Melbourne that are ideally positioned for skyline voews of the fireworks - check out some of these live streaming views for a closeup view:
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