There are only a few events that are celebrated worldwide, with New Year’s being celebrated in every corner of the earth. Whether it’s the fireworks on the Sydney Harbour Bridge or the Ball drop at Times Square, New Years Eve is always celebrated in extravagant style.
In Melbourne, the celebrations are just as big with hundreds of thousands of people coming together to celebrate the coming of the New Year; with live entertainment, great music and a massive city-wide fireworks display.
New Years Eve Melbourne – 2016 Events & Fireworks, Docklands Cruise
New Year’s Eve in Melbourne is one of the most anticipated celebrations of the year. As it is summer time in Melbourne and most people are able to enjoy the public holiday the next day, many flock to the city for this massive celebration.
There are many live shows scheduled throughout the city, but the fireworks display along the Yarra River and the Docklands are by far the biggest draws card of the NYE event. There are four main locations where you can watch the fireworks in the Melbourne CBD: Kings Domain, Treasury Gardens, Flagstaff Gardens and Docklands. Get there before 9pm for free entertainment with the celebrations finishing at 1am.
There are usually two rounds of fireworks; the family-friendly fireworks at around 9pm and the main fireworks at the stroke of midnight. The earlier fireworks show is aimed at families who don’t wish to stay out until midnight with their young children.
So come early and find a spot along the Yarra River, Federation Square or in the gardens to get the best views of the dazzling pyrotechnics show. These events are free, however, there are also a number of paid events and parties that can be enjoyed as well as cruises along the Yarra River or Docklands. These paid events need to be booked at least 2 weeks in advance and do sell out.
Those attending the city for the fireworks display, or for other celebrations, should note that Metropolitan trains, trams, buses and regional town buses will be free from 6pm on New Year’s Eve until the first scheduled service on New Year’s Day. Extra train services will operate to assist passengers to get out of the city. Check the train timetables in advance to plan your trip home.
Please also note that alcohol is not permitted to be consumed on the streets of Melbourne and may only be consumed within licenced venues.
Click the link here to see further details and a map about the Melbourne CBD live sites for viewing fireworks.