As we prepare to welcome Year 2016 it is time to take note of the best vantage points in Melbourne for enjoying the New Year's Eve fireworks. As the clock ticks midnight on 31 December 2015, Melbourne's skyline will turn into a kaleidoscope of flamboyant colours as the fireworks spew out and engulf the sky.
A wide array of vantage points are dotted around Melbourne from where you can catch enthralling sights of fireworks going up into the air and exploding into a flurry of little fireballs. 1. Federation Square
On 31 December 2015, the Federation Square will be the setting for the biggest New Year's Eve celebrations in Victoria. The programme itinerary includes live music concerts, dancing and even DJ's. There will also be a number of family friendly activities.
It will be wise to turn up early so you can find a good place to camp and enjoy the activities and fireworks. It is worth noting that Federation Square houses a number of bars, cafes and restaurants and will provide ample opportunities to grab dinner before all the action starts. As well as the being a witness to the live action you will also be able catch the excitement on the Federation Square's big screen TV.
The Main Square is an alcohol and glass-free zone, guaranteeing a hassle-free and safe New Year's Eve celebrations for everyone. Federation Square is located right across from the Flinders Street railway station.
2. Docklands Catch the train to the Southern Cross station or hop on one of the numerous trams to reach Docklands. You can enjoy good views of fireworks from behind the Etihad Stadium, surrounding Victoria Harbour in Docklands.
3. Treasury Gardens
New Year's Eve fireworks display can be viewed from the fabulous Treasury Gardens in Melbourne CBD. Parliament railway station is the closest train station.
4. Kings Domain Park The Kings Domain Park is located just south of the CBD, between St Kilda Road and Alexandra Avenue and is a wonderful location to get great views of the fireworks. You can take the train into Flinders Street Station and take a tram to reach this park.
5. Flag Staff Gardens
Another exciting location for catching all the action is the Flag Staff Gardens in the CBD which can be found between La Trobe Street and King Street. Flagstaff and Melbourne Central railway stations are the closest train stations.
6. Yarra Park
Apart from the midnight fireworks there will be an early fireworks display in Yarra Park, Melbourne CBD which caters for families so nobody misses the New Year's Eve celebrations. The Early Eve festivities kick off at 6pm. There will be a plethora of free entertainment on two big stages and games and activities for kids. For music-lovers, there will be a superb line-up of fabulous musical performances.
Yarra Park Early Eve Fireworks (Image by Chris Phutully via Wikimedia Commons)
At 9:30pm the sky will light up with a fantabulous fireworks display which will inspire awe and amazement. This free event will be the most family-friendly New Year's Eve event of this year. Yarra Park is situated next to the MCG and is bounded by Punt Road Oval, Brunton Ave and Wellington Parade.
As a sidenote, trains, trams, buses and regional town buses will be free from 6pm on New Year's Eve until the first scheduled service on New Year's Day. Learn more by going here.
Be there when Melbourne's sky erupts with the dazzling lights of magnificent fireworks to bid farewell to the year that has been and welcome the new year. Happy New Year!