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New Year’s Eve Melbourne Fireworks 2021: How to Get the Best Fireworks View Near Me

By on December 14, 2021 0

After a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic, Melbourne’s New Year’s Eve fireworks are making a comeback.

While many might be focused on Christmas plans, the end of 2021 is fast approaching and there are plenty of ways to celebrate in the CBD and see the light shows.

These include paid viewing areas, outdoor restaurant “street feasts” and CBD hotel rooms.

There are a number of festivities planned in Melbourne’s CBD to ring in the New Year on December 31st. Credit: Provided

Official celebration areas

To stay COVID-safe, the official fireworks event is chargeable via free ballot and there are four celebration zones.

These areas are Flagstaff Gardens, Treasury Gardens, Alexandra Gardens and Docklands and all four will have disco light installations, DJ sets and early and midnight fireworks.

Docklands will also feature over 300 drones creating a swarm over Victoria Harbour.

While ticket ballot entry is now closed, all unclaimed passes will be released through Ticketek on December 20.

Eight lanes across the CBD will also be transformed into street parties with outdoor dining, entertainment and live music.

Melbourne Fireworks has been canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Across the Yarra River, but still close to the fireworks, the two-day summer music festival beyond the city will start on December 30 and will continue until the New Year.

It will take place at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and Kings Domain Park and the lineup includes Hayden James, Pnau, Lime Cordiale, Ball Park Music and Mallrat.

CBD Street Festivals

In addition to the four celebration zones, Melbourne’s CBD will also come alive with ‘street parties’.

Inspired by the piazzas of Europe, the street parties will feature outdoor dining and music and will include neighborhoods from Flinders Lane to Little Bourke Street and Chinatown to Docklands.

Popular restaurants with ticketed events include Chin Chin, Hazel, Supernormal, Cargo, Gingerboy, Daughter in Law, and Hochi Mama.

Best hotels in town

For those who want to try watching the fireworks from a CBD hotel, or just don’t want to go home at the end of the night, there are a few options.

The Quest in Docklands is just a five-minute walk from the waterfront, near where the drone swarm is due to take place.

Grand Chancellor Melbourne Hotel.
Grand Chancellor Melbourne Hotel. Credit: Provided/ Booking.com

QT Melbourne and the Adelphi Hotel are also popular choices as they are in the heart of the CBD. The QT has a terrace with a view of the city, if revelers want to party without leaving the building.

Scape Living at Aurora Melbourne offers city views from the rooms, but is also a short walk from Flagstaff Gardens, which is one of the fireworks celebration areas.

QT Melbourne has a terrace with city views.
QT Melbourne has a terrace with city views. Credit: Provided/ Booking.com

The Melbourne Marriott Hotel in Docklands officially opened last month and features a west-facing rooftop lounge bar.

Imagine Marco in the CBD is close to the Eureka Tower and Crown Casino and also offers panoramic views of the city.

All of this can be booked on Booking.com