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Where to Spend New Year's Eve in Melbourne


Celebrate New Year's along the Yarra River!

With extraordinary views of the city and the Bolte Bridge, Docklands is set to be the ultimate place to experience and embrace some of Melbourne’s best New Year’s Eve festivities, including the awe-inspiring midnight fireworks display.

Enjoy the last day of the year and watch the sun set on 2015 as you dine at one of Docklands’ esteemed restaurants on the water’s edge.

Following your meal, toast to the evening’s excitement with a glass of bubbly from one of the many bars or pubs located at NewQuay or Victoria Harbour.

Destination Docklands spokesperson, Kelly Jensen, says the precinct’s electric atmosphere and unique harbour views aren’t the only reason to welcome 2016 down at Docklands.

“A huge deciding factor for people when making their New Year’s plans is accessibility and how convenient it is to get from place to place. Etihad Stadium is offering special $10 parking for designated drivers and public transport is running all night long, with all venues in close proximity to trams and Southern Cross Station,” she said.


Here is just a sampling of the sensational spots at Docklands to dance away the last night of the year:


Ring in 2016 at h2oh Harbourside’s New Year’s Eve party with Melbourne’s finest DJs and an all-inclusive selection of beverages and entertainment.

The entire top floor will be transformed, boasting four main rooms with plenty of bars and a massive 50 metre open terrace with unsurpassed panoramic views of Victoria Harbour, the spectacular city skyline and most importantly the midnight firework show.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


Travel around the world this New Year’s Eve as Alumbra presents to you Passport to Brooklyn.

Celebrate the coming of the New Year with live entertainment, great music and front row seats to the best fireworks display in Melbourne overlooking Victoria Harbour at Docklands.

Ticket includes complimentary glass of Henry Son’s sparkling and Chef Hat awarded Chef Daniel Wilson’s Buffalo wings and Japanese chicken skewers from 7-9pm.

VIP Booths available for best seat in the house and packages include Ciroc Vodka, Moet & Chandon and more.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Located on the banks of Victoria Harbour, Watermark Docklands NYE party will offer panoramic views of the spectacular skyline from the outdoor beer garden, which makes for the perfect setting to sip champagne and socialise.

With two different rooms of DJs playing a mix of commercial house and RnB, stunning view of the Docklands fireworks display and waterfront location, this party has it all.

The five hour drinks package includes finger food, basic spirits, beers, wines and bubbles.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit 


DJ Aurelia Sky and DJ Opdecoul will get the party started at Platform 28 this New Year’s Eve.

Featuring a five hour food and beverage package and only walking distance from Southern Cross Station, bring 2016 in with a bang!

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Or nearby at Riverland and Pilgrim Bar...


Riverland and Pilgrim Bar are located in prime position for Melbourne's acclaimed firework shows. Guests are invited to enjoy a decadent dinner menu or a festive cocktail party.
This New Year’s Eve, snag one of the best spots for Melbourne’s city fireworks and get your dancing shoes ready for one killer party at Riverland Bar. Situated on the banks of the Yarra River, Riverland will offer guests front row seats for the acclaimed fireworks and will play host to legendary Melbourne DJs while serving up a delicious menu of food and drinks. Riverland’s famous finger food is sure to be a crowd pleaser, with prawn tacos, pulled pork sliders, quesadillas and mac and cheese croquettes on the menu.
This will be complemented by a large drink selection of beer, cider, wine, sparkling wine and soft drink. This year Riverland has secured the Vincent Montanas, a DJ duo, featuring legendary Melbourne DJs Eddie Mac and Don Nadi. The decks will be spinning all night with a mix of soul, funk, hip hop, disco, 80s boogie and house.
Easily accessible via public transport and in close vicinity to Melbourne’s city centre, Riverland Bar can offer you a safe, relaxed and warm atmosphere this New Year’s Eve. Tickets are limited so start making your memories today by visiting Priced at $120 per person the package includes high quality finger food a drinks package, including beer wine and soft drink.

NYE at Riverland Bar

WHAT: New Year’s Eve celebrations

WHERE: Riverland Bar, Federation Wharf, Melbourne 3000

WHEN: 31st December 2015, 8pm - 1am

TICKETS: $120 per person available at Includes finger food and drinks package (beer, wine & soft drink)


Melbourne’s best kept secret, Pilgrim Bar, is inviting revellers to enjoy prime position for the city’s acclaimed New Year’s Eve fireworks and either an intimate dinner set menu or festive cocktail party. Guests who wish to revel in a decadent eight-course menu will experience a sensory adventure like none other. Starting with the finest Australian sparkling, guests will enjoy dishes including the ‘slow cooked lamb shoulder, date and eggplant puree, with snow pea tendrils’, and ‘baked snapper, celery, green olive and preserved salad.’

Choose between two sittings at either 6pm or 8.30pm and be spoilt for choice this New Year’s Eve with a wide selection of fine foods and a proudly all Australian backbar. Full dinner menu can be viewed at: Later in the night, guests can also choose to attend a one-of-a-kind cocktail party with the best views of the river and the fireworks at midnight. Expect to be pampered with a wide variety of canapes and premium drinks including a boutique range of spirits, wines, beers and ciders. The cocktail party will begin at 8pm and conclude at 1am.

Throughout the night, live band The Plezurhounds, who over the past decade have risen to the pinnacle of Australia’s Jazz Roots scene, will be performing their own blend of “down home” inspirations, offering guests a warm and fun atmosphere. Easily accessible via public transport and close vicinity to Melbourne’s city centre, Pilgrim Bar awaits your arrival this New Year’s Eve.

Tickets are priced at $85 for either sitting of a dinner set menu or at $140 for a cocktail party and are available for purchase at

NYE at Pilgrim Bar


Option 1: Set Menu

WHAT: Dinner Set Menu, with Australian Sparkling wine upon Arrival

WHERE: Pilgrim Bar, Federation Wharf, Melbourne 3000

WHEN: 6pm or 8.30pm, 31st December 2015

TICKETS: $85 per person, available at


Option 2: Cocktail Party

WHAT: Cocktail Party

WHERE: Pilgrim Bar, Federation Wharf, Melbourne 3000

WHEN: 8pm - 1am, 31st December 2015

TICKETS: $140 per person includes canapes and premium drinks, available at