Wave goodbye November and hello to New Year's Eve parties, festivals and entertainment that fill up the December calendar. While many flock to Sydney for the grand pyrotechnic display on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, there are many exciting options around Melbourne and Victoria to keep everyone entertained. Whether you're looking for activities for the family or welcoming the new year with friends, here are some of the top free and affordable events to help you and your family enjoy the festivities into 2019 without breaking the bank.
The Geelong Waterfront offers a stunning setting for dazzling lights above the water surrounded by landscaped gardens, public art and restaurants and cafes. Two firework displays will set the night sky alight on New Year's Eve. There will be an early firework display held approximately at 9.30pm for families, followed by a second at midnight. Visit the website for more information.
Get away from the burgeoning crowd in Fed Square with a ticket to the New Year's Eve party at Transport Public Bar. You can enjoy spectacular views of the fireworks with beats from the DJ throughout the night. The kitchen will be open till late serving fresh pizzas to keep you going while you dance the night away. Visit the website to purchase your tickets.
Price: General Admission $22.10 (including a booking fee of $2.10)
Time: 8pm – 2am Venue: Transport Public Bar Address: Ground Level, Transport Hotel, Federation Square, Melbourne VIC 3000
The awaited New Year's Eve party returns to Wangaratta this year with more exciting events lined-up. Apex Park will be host to lots of children's activities, live music, a movie and an extravagant display of fireworks. Live music will commence from 7pm with the local youth, and Scott Solimo and Amand alongside their band "Junk Mail" will take the stage from 8pm to 10pm. You can expect the first set of fireworks at 9pm with a musical accompaniment to make the experience even more magical. Then watch the night come to an end and welcome in the New Year with the midnight fireworks. For more information, visit the website.
Time: 7pm – 11.59pm
Venue: Apex Park
Address: Apex Park, Clements Street, Wangaratta, Victoria, 3677
Phone: 03 5722 0888
If you're looking for affordable feed this New Year's Eve, the Turf Bar in the CBD is serving up a pre-fireworks meal. A two-course set menu is available from 6pm at $35 and a kids' menu is also available. There will be a live party DJ from 11pm till late so you can welcome the New Year without leaving the venue. Book before the 14 December to receive a glass of Sparkling or pot of House Beer upon arrival. Visit the website for more information, .
Price: $35 per person
Time: from 6pm
Venue: The Turf Bar
Address: 131 Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 03 9670 1271
Welcome the New Year at Mount Beauty United Cricket Club. This is a family-friendly event includes plenty of activities. The kids will be kept entertained with free activities on the oval while the adults can enjoy local food, wine and craft beer, as well as favourites from the cricket club outdoor bar. There are live broadcasts by Alpine Radio and live bands will take the stage including Billy and the KID, crowd favourites Geronimo, and more local acts. Visit the website for more information and to purchase your tickets.
Price: Adult $20.30, Children (13 – 17 years) $5.30, Children (12 and under enter free) (all prices are inclusive of booking fees)
Time: 5pm onwards
Venue: Mount Beauty Cricket Ground
Address: Mount Beauty Cricket Ground, Lakeside Avenue, Mount Beauty, Victoria, 3699
Madam Rouge NYE Party
Photo courtesy of P.J. O'Brien's
Join in on the festivities and say goodbye to 2018 at this New Year's Eve event at P.J. O'Brien's. This year, be greeted with champagne and canapes, live music and Lillet & Chambord drink specials upon arrival. Party your way into the New Year from 7pm into the early morning of 2019! Visit the website to purchase your tickets.
While its not Oktoberfest in Munich, the Stomping Ground Brewery & Beer Hall with its beer garden, cubby house and giant 30 tap bar will set the scene for a boisterous New Year's Eve meal. There are 2 seatings for the night featuring a 3-course Australian BBQ-style feasting menu including a first glass of beer or bubbles and countdown. Visit the website to book your seats.
Price: Adult $45 / Kids 12 and under $15
Time: 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm or 8.30pm - late (including countdown)
Venue: Stomping Ground Brewery & Beer Hall
Address: 100 Gipps St, Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia
Phone: 03 9415 1944
What a better way to end 2018 than with the annual stunning firework displays in one of the world's most livable cities on 31 December. There are many vantage points to watch the spectacular fireworks like Flagstaff Gardens, Federation Square, Southbank and the banks of Birrarung Marr. Keep an eye out on the City of Melbourne's website for confirmed details.
Time: 9pm to 1am
Venue: Various locations around Melbourne