New Year’s Eve is prime time to be outdoors and exploring Melbourne after dark. The late December heat means the nights are mild, the skies are clear and the city comes to life as everyone rings in the new year with plenty of bubbly. Maybe too much. If you’re out and about on New Year’s Eve and find yourself in need of a loo we’ve got you sorted.
Come New Year’s Eve, Birrarung Marr is going to be heaving with people keen for some riverside fireworks action. They’ll all need somewhere to answer nature’s call however and luckily Birrarung Marr has two 24-hour public toilets: one at Speakers Corner and one on the western side of the ArtPlay building.
Public transport hubs are always a good free toilet option. Inside Flinders Street Station the toilets are staffed whenever the trains are running, and with extra trains running on NYE that means it’s open basically all night. There’s also a 24-hour loo outside the station near the Elizabeth Street subway.
You might already be familiar with the subterranean public toilets at Melbourne Town Hall. The ladies’ loo has been there since 1914 but alas men had to wait till the '60s. They’re open 24 hours, however, the convenient baby change facilities only stay open between 7am and 7pm daily.
Heading to Kings Domain to watch the fireworks? You won’t have to head far for a toilet stop with a unisex 24-hour loo available just down from the Alexandra Avenue-Boatside Drive-Linlithgow Avenue intersection.
If you’re nearer Queen Victoria Gardens than Kings Domain you’re also in peeing paradise on NYE. On the south eastern side of the floral clock you’ll find somewhere to spend a penny. The toilet is unisex and accessible.
For full-bladder salvation on the southern side of the river, head for the glittering box of respite/toilet between Sandridge Bridge and Southbank Pedestrian Bridge. It’s open day and night and has accessible facilities.