In Melbourne, New Year’s Eve is one of the most anticipated events. Because it is summer in Melbourne and most people can enjoy the public holiday the following day, many people flock to the city for this massive celebration.
If you’re going to be in the city on New Year’s Eve, make a plan and choose one of the four official Celebration Zones. The New Year’s Eve Celebration Zones provide the best inner-city views of the fireworks and a multimedia countdown, amenities, and music.
Witness a never-before-seen drone swarm at the Docklands Celebration Zone, accompanied by a particular poem titled ‘Melbourne, Feel the Sound’ by local artist Ren Alessandra, winner of the National Poetry Slam 2020.
If you miss the drone swarm at Docklands, it will be shown at 9:30 and 10:30 pm throughout the month of January 2022.
To enter your chosen Celebration Zone, you must have a valid ticket. The ticket ballot is now closed for entries. All unclaimed tickets will be released on a first-come, first-served basis via Ticketek at 11 a.m. on Monday, 20 December.
- Docklands, Alight at Southern Cross Station. Gates open at 6 pm and close at 1 am
- Treasury Gardens, Alight at Parliament Station. Gates open at 6 pm and close at 1 am
- Alexandra Gardens, Alight at Flinders Street Station. Gates open at 6 pm and close at 1 am
- Flagstaff Gardens, Alight at Flagstaff Station. Gates open at 6 pm and close at 1 am
Please see the image gallery below for a complete event schedule for each zone, as well as venue maps. This is a family-friendly event with bag checks upon entry. Alcohol, animals (except service animals), drones, and any other items deemed dangerous or illegal are prohibited. All NYE Celebration Zone attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a valid medical exemption, in accordance with Victoria’s Roadmap.
The City of Melbourne, the Victorian Government, and the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival present New Year Street Feasts, an outdoor dining program. We’re taking the party to the streets this New Year’s Eve in Melbourne, from Flinders Lane to Little Bourke Street, Chinatown to Docklands. And what a party it will be.
Celebrated restaurants, long-standing favorites, and cutting-edge kitchens are preparing for something special. In collaboration with the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government, we’re creating outdoor dining precincts to show thousands of visitors to the city a great New Year’s Eve, in Melbourne with music curated by Deborah Conway, Mo’Ju, Sensible J, and Memphis LK. You can view all of the locations and purchase tickets here.
On New Year’s Eve, all train services will operate according to a normal weekday schedule, with additional services available after midnight. The Southern Cross and Flinders Street stations will be open throughout the night. The stations at Flagstaff, Melbourne Central, and Parliament will be open until 2 a.m. Trains will operate on a public holiday timetable with a night network on January 1st.
Trams will operate on a holiday Saturday schedule, with the exception of the City Circle tram, which will not operate. Trams will run to a standard Saturday timetable on January 1, with the City Circle tram operating normally.
People attending New Year’s Eve celebrations are strongly encouraged to use public transportation. If you intend to take a taxi, please keep in mind that due to road closures, it is extremely difficult for vehicles to enter and exit the city. Taxi ranks are a safer option because they are staffed by a security officer wearing a distinct uniform and are monitored by security cameras.
Avoid the crowds and ring in 2022 from the comfort of your own home, as Channel 9 broadcasts live from 11 p.m. the best of the city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations and festivities. Gather your friends and family, turn on the television, and prepare to reflect on the year that was and look ahead to 2022. Then, get your vocal cords ready for the official countdown and watch full coverage of the midnight drone and fireworks shows.