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New Year's Eve in Melbourne with Kids 2018

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Published December 18th 2018
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Should you be keen to go out and celebrate this New Year's Eve and wish to take the kids along (or the grandkids, godchildren, nieces and nephews...) here's some entertaining and family-friendly ways to see in 2019.

NYE: Cause to Celebrate - Image: StuartMiles/


Early Evening Fireworks

At Yarra Park and also at Footscray Park the fireworks will be on at the family-friendly time of 9.30pm. Music, entertainment and food are also on offer.

Cowes NYE celebration includes kids activities and carnival rides from 5.30pm and fireworks at 9.30pm.

Dandenong has New Year's celebrations in Harmony Square with food, entertainment and a fireworks display at 9.25pm.

Geelong also early fireworks at dusk @9.30pm as well as a midnight display.

Queenscliff Harbour has firework displays at 9.30pm and midnight plus live music, DJs and kids entertainment. Full details here.

Have a Sparkling NYE - Image: Unsplash/

Midnight Fireworks in the City

If the kids are old enough to stay up late then consider the traditional midnight fireworks in the city which are held at four venues: Treasury Gardens, Flagstaff Gardens, Docklands and Kings Domain - see here for details and locations. Be aware though that these are very popular events and the crowds can be enormous.

Public transport is free on New Year's Eve, see Public Transport Victoria's website for full details.

Alternatively, from anywhere with a good view of the city skyline you'll be able to see the fireworks. Options include:

Yarra Boulevard, Kew
Ruckers Hill, Northcote
The Strand, Williamstown
Maribyrnong riverside
Footscray riverside
Green Point, Brighton Beach
Mount Dandenong
Mount Macedon

Or anyone you know who may have a loungeroom, backyard, balcony, rooftop garden or anywhere else with a view of the city skyline.

Image: StuartMiles/



At the Alma Doepel NYE BBQ you can celebrate New Year with the Alma Doepel Restoration team and watch the fireworks from a great vantage point. Tickets: Adults $45 and Children 5-15 $15.

Federation Square hosts live music, entertainment and is a good spot from which to watch the fireworks.

Enjoy some spectacular views of Melbourne at Eureka Skydeck or take in some 3D entertainment at Imax.

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel are having a NYE Party for adults (18 plus) however if you have younger children you can take a ride with a seriously good view of Melbourne earlier in the evening.



Dromana Drive-In has a selection of movies, fireworks, food, live bands and a playground.


Visit Luna Park just for fun and check out their new rides.


Boneo Maze is hosting NYE in the Light Garden with music, workshops, jumping castle and more. Book early to avoid missing out.


Tribe's NYE Drug & Alcohol Free, Vegan, Raw Cacao Dance Party for all ages is on again in Essendon. See here for more information and bookings.

It's a good idea to check the website/FB page of the organisation or event you want to attend before setting out to make sure there are no last minute cancellations or changes to the time or venue.

Have a happy and safe New Year's Eve and 2019!

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Why? Spend New Year's Eve with your family
When: 31st December 2018
Where: All over Melbourne
Cost: Varies according to event. Some free
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An excellent roundup. Should be a great night!
by Michael Genrich (score: 3|1858) 1292 days ago
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