Only a few events 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 Year’s Eve is always celebrated in extravagant style.
In Melbourne, fireworks are just the beginning of an unmissable New Year’s Eve celebration in the city, with an array of music, dining and dance events happening throughout the day and night.
New Year’s Eve Melbourne, 2023/2024 City Events & Fireworks Locations
Melbourne will light up the skies twice on New Year’s Eve with family-friendly early evening fireworks at 9:30pm and midnight rooftop fireworks. You can also enjoy the midnight fireworks live from home by tuning into the Channel 9 broadcast.
If you plan to come into the city, the free, family-friendly Celebration Zones at Docklands, Flagstaff Gardens, Kings Domain and Treasury Gardens offer the best inner city views of fireworks, light installations, food trucks, performances and music. No bookings are required.
The midnight fireworks moment is designed to be viewed from afar and will see the city come alive with fireworks and lasers. Find your own location anywhere in the greater Melbourne area, as skyline views from further away provide the best show.
New Year’s Eve in the city can be noisy and overwhelming for our furry friends, so please leave your pets at home. Assistive animals and Guide Dogs are allowed.
New Year’s Eve in the city is one of the busiest and most visited nights of the year, and how you move around the city has changed. Avoid heavily crowded areas around Princes Bridge, Flinders St Station, and Southbank.
Road closures, tow-away zones and vessel exclusion zones
Several road closures and tow-away zones will be in place across the city before, during and after New Year’s Eve. Public transport is the best way to travel to and from the city, but if you need to drive, expect long traffic delays. Please check the full list of road closures and tow-away zones.
Public transport is free from 6pm and runs all night on New Year’s Eve, and it is the best way to get to the Celebration Zones. All train, bus and tram services on New Year’s Eve will run to a normal Saturday timetable, with some additional special services. Southern Cross and Flinders Street stations will be open all night, while City Loop stations close at 11:45pm.
People attending city celebrations on New Year’s Eve are strongly encouraged to use public transport services. If you are planning to catch a taxi, please note that it is very difficult for vehicles to get in and out of the city due to road closures, so expect long delays.
Other Melbourne NYE Events
- New Year’s Eve (and the Night Before) Gala Concerts at Hamer Hall – The Aussie Pops brings you this spectacular gala event, packed with orchestral classics, traditional anthems, Broadway hits and more, performed by a glittering lineup of star performers, including Australia’s first lady of song, Marina Prior, the extraordinary baritone, international superstar Michael Cormick, and star of both Wicked and Frozen, the incredible Jemma Rix.
Prices from $89 to $150
- New Year’s Eve at Transit Rooftop Bar – Step into the heart of the city that never sleeps at this exclusive New Year’s Eve party, transformed into a dazzling New York Times Square experience. Join your friends for an unforgettable night as you’re welcomed with a complimentary cocktail upon arrival, along with roaming savoury and sweet canapes served throughout the night. Dance the night away under the stars to music by rotating DJs while waiting for the clock to strike midnight. Then witness the spectacular fireworks display from one of the best vantage points in all of Melbourne.
The price is $150 per person
- New Year’s Eve at Taxi Kitchen – Set amidst the city lights and high above the crowds at Federation Square, this New York Times Square-themed event will surely create lasting memories. Indulge in delectable cuisine, sip on exquisite cocktails, and dance the night away to the beats of a DJ. The package includes a cocktail on arrival, a 5-course menu, beverages and a direct view of the fireworks display.
The price is $350 per person