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New Year’s Eve in Melbourne 2020/2021 | Fireworks, restaurants and events

Melbourne, the countdown is on to ring in the New Year. Here's how to do it in style.

New Year’s Eve is knocking on your door. To inspire you to start 2020 off with a bang, we’ve rustled up the best restaurants with views of the fireworks, tickets to the hottest parties and cruises on the river to celebrate at.

Plus, we’ve also got the lowdown on rooms to book to crash when the night has come to an end.

We’re yet to receive confirmation about the Melbourne New Year’s Eve events that will be going ahead this year, but we’ll update this page with the latest information.

Let the countdown begin.


New Year’s Eve fireworks in Melbourne: Times and vantage points

Melbourne welcomes two sets of fireworks; a family friendly set at 9:30pm at Yarra and Footscray Parks and midnight fireworks along the river.

The 2020/2021 fireworks haven’t been announced yet but the schedule and vantage points don’t typically change. To give you an idea of where you should be this year, here were the official sites where you could watch the midnight fireworks from on New Year’s Eve in Melbourne. Just click on the viewing areas on the map to see what time the fireworks began:

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Official viewing area with food for sale

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Unofficial viewing area with no food for sale

LocationInformationEarly or midnight fireworks?Starting time
Yarra Park, Richmond or Jolimont StationsWatch entertainers and play carnival games, or watch a movie on the big screen, before watching the family fireworks display.EarlyEntertainment from 7pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm.
Footscray Park, Footscray StationBring a picnic to the park and enjoy the free entertainment before the big show.EarlyEntertainment from 6.30pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm.
Kings Domain, Flinders Street StationOne of the biggest celebration areas on the evening, get in early to secure your spot.MidnightEntertainment from 9pm. Fireworks at midnight.
Treasury Gardens, Parliament StationView the fireworks from the city’s eastside with a DJ playing to keep you pumped for the might fireworks.MidnightEntertainment from 9pm. Fireworks at midnight.
Flagstaff Gardens, Flagstaff StationSituated between La Trobe and King Streets, Flagstaff is a great spot for tonight’s proceedings.MidnightEntertainment from 9pm. Fireworks at midnight.
Docklands, Southern Cross StationGuaranteed to be packed with locals and visitors, Docklands surrounds Victoria Harbour and overlooks the city from the west.MidnightEntertainment from 9pm. Fireworks at midnight.

New Year’s Eve Melbourne restaurants

Due to COVID-19, many restaurants have not yet confirmed whether they’ll be offering dining options on New Year’s Eve. The following restaurants have announced they wll be opening their doors on New Year’s Eve so you can dine in style to close out the year.

  • Amora Hotel Riverwalk: Located on the banks of Yarra River, ring in 2021 with a six-course set menu accompanied with a beverage package. Get into the festive spirit with New Year’s Eve decorations on each table and enjoy live entertainment throughout the night. Tickets $150 per adult, $95 per teenager (13 – 17 years), $60 per child (3 – 12 years). Children under 3 are free.
  • The Meat and Wine Co: Ideally located in Southbank along the Yarra River, sit down to a three-course menu beginning and ending with selected beverages. Tickets $158 per person for the Ultimate NYE Experience package.

New Year’s Eve Melbourne cruises:

Cruises along the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay are available on New Year’s Eve and you can get a whole different perspective of the midnight fireworks than you would on land.

Our top pick:

Melbourne New Year's Eve cruise

Melbourne New Year's Eve cruise from Viator

Celebrate the New Year in style with a Yarra River party cruise.

  • Inclusions: 4-hour party aboard a deluxe boat, standup cocktail finger dinner and more.
  • Date: 31 December 2020
  • Departure Point: Federation Wharf
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What to do on New Year’s Eve in Melbourne: Top NYE events and parties

Events have not yet been announced for New Year’s Eve. We’ll be sure to update the page when you can grab your golden ticket to the biggest parties to close out 2020.


Hotels in Melbourne for New Years

Searching for a room with a view on New Year’s Eve in Melbourne? Check out our picks for where to stay or search below to compare rates at more Melbourne hotels.

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