As the year draws to a close, many of us will be thinking about how we can celebrate New Year’s Eve. It’s a big one this year, as we head into a new decade with 2020, and Melbourne is known for its amazing celebrations, so read on to find out the best places to watch the fireworks and ring in the new year!
Situated in the heart of Melbourne, the Flagstaff Gardens are normally an oasis of calm and quiet in the middle of the city. On New Year’s Eve, however, the gardens come alive with all forms of entertainment and celebration! Head over from 9:00 pm to check out the free entertainment (including live music), sample delicious foods from the food trucks and get a great view of the most amazing fireworks.
Voted Melbourne’s #1 New Year’s Eve event, Harbourside H2oh on the Docklands Waterfront is the longest-running NYE event in Melbourne. For $145, you get access to an all-inclusive party extravaganza including unlimited drinks and food from 8:00 pm to 3:00 am. Renowned DJs will be spinning some of the hottest tunes, as well as local celebrities who will be up on stage. Plus, thanks to its amazing vantage point, you’ll get dazzling panoramic views of the city skyline and harbour – perfect for the fireworks.
If you’re after great views, then you can’t go past the famous Eureka Tower in Melbourne’s Southbank – after all, it’s still the tallest building in Australia! Naturally, this means that you’ll get the best views from their observation platform as well. Head on up on New Year’s Eve but make sure to get in early as this vantage point is always in hot demand.
The Meat Wine & Co.
Melbourne is known for its fantastic bars and restaurants, and foodies definitely won’t be disappointed with the spectacular fare on offer at The Meat Wine & Co. Every year, they curate a scrumptious New Year’s Eve menu, with a noteworthy wine collection to match. Tickets are $195 for adults and $84 for children under 12 and you’ll get to choose your own three-course dinner from their famous set menu.
St Kilda Pier
Head south to St Kilda Pier if you’re looking for a romantic spot to ring in the New Year. This coveted location boasts panoramic views of Melbourne’s skyline, with fresh breezes coming in across the water. Lovers will want to pack a picnic for two and stake out a spot on the beach or on the grass. Make sure you head out early though as this usually gets packed pretty quickly!
New Year’s Eve in Melbourne is a spectacular affair, but it can get pretty crowded so make sure you plan your journey in advance. Plenty of trams will be running to get you to all parts of the city, but why not make the trip a little easier with convenient accommodation? Punthill provides options in Melbourne’s CBD, inner suburbs and outer suburbs, so take a look and book your stay today!