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The best free places to see New Year's Eve fireworks in Melbourne

Where should you go on New Year's Eve in Melbourne to make the most of the fireworks?

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Melbourne Skyline on New Years Eve
Photograph: Chris Phutully/CC

Get yourself a prime position on the St Kilda Foreshore, the banks of the Yarra River or a rooftop bar to enjoy the New Year's Eve fireworks. There will be a fireworks display at 9.30pm for children, as well as the big display at midnight.  

Where to see the fireworks in Melbourne on NYE

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Sunset at St Kilda Pier
Photograph: Roberto Seba
Things to do

St Kilda Foreshore

St Kilda

It's usually pretty chilled down by the pier in St Kilda on New Year's, so you won't have to deal with the insane crowds. Have dinner on Fitzroy Street (or fish and chips on the beach) and ring in the new year to the gentle lapping of the waves – sounds like a good New Year's Eve to us.

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Beachgoers at Williamstown Beach
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Williamstown Beach

Williamstown

Williamstown is like a little seaside fishing village that happens to be part of metropolitan Melbourne. You'll be able to get a good view of the fireworks over Melbourne from here, without the crowds of the city. 

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at Edinburgh Gardens Melbourne
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Edinburgh Gardens

Fitzroy North

Since revellers famously trashed Edinburgh Gardens in 2013, the council has clamped down on partying at the spot, and a booze ban is in place from December 30 to January 1. But if you're OK with not getting lit, it's still an excellent vantage point to see the sky light up. You can spend all day here, with Yarra Council putting on a dog show from 2pm and movies all evening. Animated film Ferdinand will show at 7.30pm and Charlize Theron vehicle Tully will be on from 9.55pm.

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Crown Casino, Southbank, Melbourne
Photograph: Josie Withers
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Queensbridge Square

Southbank

For unparalleled river views (those reflections!) you'll have to brave Queensbridge Square, otherwise known as that bit of riverfront in front of Crown.

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Treasury Gardens
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Treasury Gardens

East Melbourne

Between 9 and 10pm on New Year's Eve there will be a video retrospective of 2018 in Treasury Gardens, then from 10pm to 1am DJ Yeo will help you ring in the new year.

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Melbourne skyline from Ruckers Hill, Northcote
Photograph: Graham Denholm

Ruckers Hill, Northcote

A fluke of topography means Ruckers Hill is one of the best places to see the Melbourne fireworks. The views to the city are excellent and uninterrupted, and you can find yourself a cosy restaurant or funky bar before or afterwards.

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Federation Square
Photograph: Visit Victoria / Robert Blackburn
Museums

Federation Square

Melbourne

Fed Square, are you crazy? You won't escape the crowds here, but you will get a great view, and it's nice and central. 

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City view at Birrarung Marr
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Birrarung Marr

Melbourne

Yes, it's going to be crowded. Yes, half of Melbourne is going to be smooshed up against you. But you'll get a stunning view of the sky and fireworks reflected along the river.

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at Flagstaff GardensMelbourne
Photograph: Freddy Rhoads
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Flagstaff Gardens

West Melbourne

Say goodbye to 2018 with a video retrospective of the year at Flagstaff Gardens, then boogie into 2019 with DJ Small FRY. 

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Footscray Community Arts Centre

Footscray

The river foreshore in from of the Footscray Community Arts Centre has a near-perfect view of the city skyline. And it won't be as crowded as the city, meaning you can probably have a little elbow room while you ooh and aaah.

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Docklands Cow Up a Tree
Photograph: Carmen Zammit
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Docklands

Docklands

Docklands' reputation as a ghost town probably does not extend to New Year's Eve, but it will be quieter here than in the heart of the city. Get gorgeous views of the fireworks across the water, and you can kick on afterwards at numerous bars and parties.

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