Melbourne will again ring in another year with a spectacular fireworks display at the stroke of midnight.
Designed so that it can be seen from anywhere with a view of the city skyline, the display will see 14 tonnes of fireworks fired from 22 city rooftops.
Melburnians have never seen a fireworks show quite like this, with 8,300 aerial shells and 36,500 rooftop effects set to light up the sky.
The sensational pyrotechnic display comes with a bonus – it’s been specifically designed to cover seven square kilometres of the city so that Melburnians near and far can see the sky-high spectacle.
Remember that guy you met whose apartment has epic city views? Now is the time to make him your new best mate.
If your heart is set on a night out in the city, book into a venue or head to one of the official Live Sites. These locations will not only have primo views when the clock strikes 12 but also a 2018 music video retrospectives, live DJs, food, first aid stations and (most importantly) toilet facilities.
The countdown at the official Live Sites will be played on the big screen, with the fireworks show itself being synchronised to a special ten-minute soundtrack curated by none other than hip-hop artist Briggs.
There are four Live Sites across the city, one each in the east, west, north and south of the CBD (Flagstaff Gardens, Docklands Treasury Gardens or Kings Domain). Be smart and think about which live site you’re going to before you get into the city – you’ll be joining lots of other New Year’s Eve revellers. Know what route you’re taking, be patient and expect delays.
The Live Sites are all close to free public transport making it easy to get there and home again. Note that all departures from the city after the fireworks will be from Flinders Street and Southern Cross, with all other city loop stations closing at 11.45pm. We definitely recommend leaving the car at home – with extra train services and trams running all night public transport is easily the best way to get in and out of the city this New Year’s Eve.
So grab your mates and make a plan this New Year’s Eve.