Top 5 Things to do on New Year’s Eve in Melbourne

Melbourne Fireworks

Can you believe it, we are already fast approaching the end of 2013!? So we guess it’s time to make plans for New Year’s Eve, right?!

Unless you don’t live in one of the fancy Skyscrapers and have your friends coming over to party at your place, you’ll get a good look at the fireworks at places along the Yarra River, at the Docklands, Federation Square, and Southbank.
Let’s face it NYE without seeing the fireworks is like cake without creme – only half the fun. The fireworks are not as massive as in Sydney, but it is the second largest New Year’s Eve celebration in Australia  and a major attraction you shouldn’t miss out on.

1. Free Events by the City of Melbourne

Melbourne Fireworks

There are free events provided by the City of Melbourne, including live music (last year it was called the Early Eve Festival) and fireworks. There will be live entertainment at city venues and two spectacular fireworks displays at 9.30pm and midnight.
Just be aware that the city will be packed with people at night and getting into a pub later on in the CBD is almost impossible if you don’t have event tickets. So plan your night ahead.

We don’t have more information about the event (yet), but watch this space and you’ll find out more very soon.
For all the expats out there a quick reminder: This is an alcohol free event!


2. Riverland New Years Eve


This is a prime location to party and to watch the fireworks to celebrate the start of a new year.
Riverland is located at the Yarra River, right next to the Princes Bridge.
They offer the typical drinks and finger food package and have DJs playing along until 1am. If you don’t want to spend that much money, you might want to try your luck in their Facebook competition, to win tickets to the NYE event.

Booking and more information on their website.


3. Beach Party at the Stokehouse

stokehouse NYE

NYE at Stokehouse, at St Kilda Beach, has become something of a legend in Melbourne, and this year they are upping the stakes with spades full of old-school excess and nostalgic beach glamour. On the beachfront stage, MIAMI HORROR DJS and FLIGHT FACILITIES will headline, followed by a line-up of some of Australia’s hottest acts including ELIZABETH ROSE, CLIENT LIAISON AND GRAZ.

Tickets are $250 per person, and are fully inclusive of an open bar (all night long!) stocking the finest beers, bubbles and killer cocktails all night, plus delicious food and all entertainment.

Booking and more information on their website.


4. NYE Great Gatsby Style – Albert Park Hotel

NYE Albert Park Hotel

Ladies pull out your most dazzling fringe dress and Mary Jane pumps, lads a pair of wing tip brogues and finest tweed blazer; NYE at Albert Park Hotel is taking you back to the raging 20s this New Year’s Eve, Gatsby style.
Decadent NYC inspired buffet, luxe canapés and sweet treats, with classic champagne cocktails, premium house spirits, tap beer and house wines inclusive.

Booking and more information on their website.


5. Costume Party at the Belgian Beer Cafe

Belgian beer Cafe NYE

Aer Bar & European Bier Cafe  are celebrating New Years Eve with a masquerade ball.
There are opportunities to watch the fireworks from their rooftop bar.

Booking and more information on their website.


Some aspects you might like to take into consideration when selecting your 2013 NYE event are:

can you see the fireworks with the location if that is what you want at midnight;  price of tickets; and accessibility. Not to forget… public transport is a nightmare that night, so is it to find a taxi. If you don’t party at home, get to your event location early.

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