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30+ Best New Year’s Eve Dinner Ideas Melbourne [2021]

If the thought of hitting up a big, loud dance party or battling the crowds on the city streets is enough to turn you off celebrating the New Year, then let our list of decadent spots for a New Year's Eve dinner in Melbourne change your mind.

Because what could be better than knowing you have a table (and more importantly, a seat) booked for the night? Plus, throw in some delicious courses of food, the company of friends, family, or that special someone, and you're set. Here are some fabulously festive options we've hunted down on your behalf.

Are you located in Melbourne, Victoria, planning a New Year's Eve Dinner idea? When you are planning for an occasion like this, you probably want everything just perfect. One of the best ways to make sure that it all turns out the way you dreamed it to select the place or restaurant yourself personally. This way, you can choose the ultimate location, the best entertainment and the most delicious food and craft your ideal New Year's Eve Dinner.

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    Ultimate New Years Eve Dinner Ideas Melbourne, Victoria

    Dinner At Top of Brighton Savoy Melbourne 

    Brigthon Savoy Hotel New Year's Eve Dinner Ideas Melbourne

    New Years Eve Ball & Dinner Dance Melbourne 

    Dance the night away

    The best way to celebrate the 2022 New Year is by spending it in Melbourne with a dinner dance in the Hotel Ballroom at the Brighton Savoy. Celebrate a night of style and sophistication at the Brighton Savoy's annual New Year's Eve Ball.

    Celebrate the New Year with a night of dinner and dancing with music by one of Melbourne's Premier 6 piece band BUSTAGROOVE, playing music from the '60s, '70s, '80s right up to today.

    You will enjoy a fun-filled all-inclusive evening:

    • Three-course dinner with tea, coffee and after-dinner mints
    • De Bortoli Willowglen Sem. Sauvignon Blanc & Shiraz Cabernet
    • Debortoli Willowglen Sparkling Brut
    • Carlton Draught & Cascade Premium Light beers
    • Soft drinks

    All-inclusive price of:

    • $ T.B.C. p.p Join a shared table of 8 - 10 guests
    • $ T.B.C. p.p Group Price B (Bookings of 6 -10 guests)
    • $ T.B.C. p.p Group Price A (Bookings of 11 guests or greater)

    Brigthon Savoy Hotel New Year's Dinner Ideas Melbourne Lunch Date

    Menu

    ENTREE

    Mediterranean tasting plate with vegetable frittata, fetta cheese, smoked salmon, olives, sliced Turkish bread and assorted savoury items.

    MAIN COURSE

    Eye fillet of beef (200g) paprika mash, roast vegetable dice and a red wine jus or herbed Fillet of Atlantic Salmon served with leaf spinach, roast potatoes and grilled lemon garnish.

    DESSERT TRIO

    Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta. Eton Mess with Honeycomb & Berries, Passionfruit Icecream

    Vegetarian, Gluten-free options are available.

    Visit Brighton Savoy Hotel 

    Call (03) 9592 8233

     

    New Year's Eve Dinner at Sofitel Melbourne 

    Sofitel Melbourne New Year Dinner Idea

    There's no better way to see the spectacular Melbourne NYE festivities than from the exclusive No35 restaurant atop the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins.

    New Year's Eve Package

    We take pleasure in every detail and will ensure every moment of your celebration is managed carefully to deliver an unforgettable event. Dione Lucas was an English chef and the first female graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, who said, 'The preparation of good food is merely another expression of art, one of the joys of civilised living…' and that's exactly how our Chefs prepared your six-course degustation menu.

    Located on Level 35 in the east end luxury hotel, feast on a menu carefully designed by internationally trained chefs from the likes of Le Cordon Blue and bring in the New Year in elegance. With seatings from 8.30 pm, enjoy a dazzling six-course degustation menu with a celebratory flute of Taittinger Champagne at midnight.

    Visit sofitel-melbourne.com.au

    Call 03 9653 7744

     

    Try Bomba Melbourne

    Bomba Melbourne New Year Dinner Idea Melbourne

    Say sayonara to old year at Bomba's NYE Spanish fiesta. Party-goers can enjoy the four-course celebratory menu that blends Spain's best with Victoria's fresh, seasonal produce. Party-goers can indulge one last time before the year is out with a selection of cocktails and free-flowing beer and wine to match. Seatings are from 5 pm with the choice of dining inside or outside. You know it's going to be a good year when it starts with Bomba's heavenly Manchego croquettes. 

    New Year, New Bomba. We are very happy to welcome you in 2021 by returning to some sort of normality. We are delighted to welcome back our tapas menu for groups under 6 guests and anyone walking into the tapas bar on the ground floor. Andrew and Jesse have been working tirelessly to offer up some amazing new tapas and paellas and well as some classics returning to the fold. For groups of 6 or more, a customisable Set Menu is available for $65/head which is best to please every one of your party. As usual, bookings always recommended.

    Visit Bomba Melborne 

    Call 03 5292 1078 

     

    Dinner At Matilda 159 Melbourne 

    Matilda 159 New Year's Eve Dinner Idea Melbourne

    Another foodie favourite to join the street festivities, Matilda is serving up a special four-course menu just for the occasion featuring house favourites and tangy summer cocktails that can be enjoyed alfresco. For a more formal affair, Chef Scott Pickett and his team have curated two tasting menus to choose from. The first sitting offers a four-course feast with a complimentary glass of Champagne, while the second serves up five-courses. 

    Located at 159 domain road, South Yarra, Matilda has two private dining spaces, the Harrison Room and Oscar's Room, below our main dining level.

    The rooms can be used independently or combined to create one large and versatile space.

    For a more exclusive event, the entire downstairs level can be booked out, including Oscar's Bar and our outdoor courtyard. Our spaces can accommodate seated lunches and dinners of up to 72 guests and stand-up cocktail functions of up to 100 guests – ideal for corporate events, group dining, birthday parties, engagements, weddings and more.

    Visit Matilda 159 

    Call 03 9089 6668

     

    New Year's Eve Dinner At P.J.O.' Brien's - The Irish Pub

    P.J.O'Brien's Irish Pub New Years Eve Idea Melbourne

    New Year's Eve Dining

    P.J. O'Brien's always has a fun themed New Year's Eve party. This venue is located in Southbank, and you can see in New Year's Eve Melbourne in the fabulous Southbank precinct right on the Yarra, where you will be able to see the Melbourne Fireworks. Normally has LIVE music and a D.J. on deck with doors open early.

    Great location with a fun-filled venue. NYE entry will normally include roving canapes and a drink upon arrival. This venue normally has a low cover charge.

    P.J.O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant offers a glimpse of Ireland in Southbank, Melbourne. Offering lunch & dinner, Guinness and Whiskies from all over the world. If you are a local or just passing through, there is truly something to suit every tastebud.

    Visit P.J.O.' Brien's - The Irish Pub

    Call 03 9686 5011

     

    Dinner At Stamford Hotel Melbourne 

    Stamford Hotel New Year's Eve Dinner Idea Melbourne

    New Year's Eve Dinner

    Enjoy a delicious NYE dining experience at Stamford Plaza Melbourne's exquisite Harry's Restaurant. You'll be treated to a multi-course set menu NYE dinner with all the trimming. Sit back, relax and let Harry's do all the work. Need NYE Accommodation? Check out the accommodation packages on offer at the Stamford Plaza Melbourne.

    Fantastic Hotel in Central Melbourne. A great option for NYE accommodation plus a fantastic restaurant if you're after a dining experience.

    Perfectly located at the "Paris end" of Little Collins Street in walking distance to the theatre district, Collins Street boutiques and Melbourne's International sporting precincts, including the M.C.G., Olympic Park Tennis AAMI Park Soccer stadium.

    Explore Melbourne's renowned laneways and rooftop bar scenes as well as many vibrant dining options, including China Town - all within minutes of the hotel.

    The hotel is easily accessible to all major freeways and roads and Melbourne's extensive tram/train network, with Flinders Street station an easy 10 minute walk away.

    Enjoy locally-sourced produce and wines in casual settings of our Harry's Restaurant and Bar. Located in the heart of Melbourne's iconic theatre district, Harry's restaurant offers a variety of regionally-inspired dishes with a combination of classical European and Asian influences. From express lunch, sophisticated pre-theatre dining to our signature Taste of Singapore menu - you're spoiled for choices when you dine with us. If you are looking for something special - our High Tea in the heart of Melbourne will certainly tick the box! Relax and enjoy an assortment of meticulously crafted savoury and sweet bites served on an elegant three-tiered stand. Our convenient Catering to Go menu provides a range of delicious takeaway options perfect for corporate events, birthdays, lunches, product launches, morning and afternoon teas.

    Visit Stamford Melbourne 

    Call 03 9659 1000

      

    Try Dinner At Garden State Hotel Melbourne 

    Garden State Hotel New Year's Eve Dinner Melbourne

    NYE: Welcome in the New Year

    See in the New Year at one of Melbourne's favourite hotels. The Garden State Hotel has bars and beer gardens and generally puts on inclusive drinks, and canape packages food stations with D.J. entertainment for the NYE Garden Grill party. And then the Observatory V.I.P. package with D.J. & Dance Floor.

    Options galore for this upmarket NYE experience. Awesome restaurant-quality food, and the staff are super. The great vibe where quality is key.

    E.A.T. & DRINK

    From tried and true pub classics to spectacular produce-driven dishes, local craft brews, carefully curated cocktails, and impeccable wine lists, we're here to water and feed your every need.

    GATHER

    Whether it's a simple boardroom lunch, a cocktail party with an iconic backdrop, a deluxe urban wedding or a casual gathering, we believe that every event has its own story to tell. For that story, we have the perfect space.

    Visit Garden State Hotel Melbourne 

    Call 03 8396 5777

     

    Try European Bier Cafe Melbourne 

    European Bier Cafe New Year's Eve Dinner Melbourne

    New Year's Eve Party

    With 4 levels, including a rooftop bar, this venue always turns on 31st December. This event always sells out and is normally very well priced. It's a fab location near the centre of the city and close to many accommodation options. The past NYE packages were all-inclusive of food & drinks and LIVE entertainment. This place will rock, so be quick, and one NYE tip is to get the early bird options!

    This is a large party event over three levels of party plus a rooftop! In the past, all 15 tap beers and ciders included in packages.

    The Euro's extensive menu is designed to fill you up, no matter how hungry you are. Our Modern Australian cuisine is filled with classic pub meals through gourmet options for those who want something different.

    The European Bier Café boasts some delicious local and international beers for you to try. We're also known for our extensive wine list and cocktails on our rooftop bar, and we can shake, stir or pour your perfect drink anytime.

    Visit the European Bier Cafe.

    Call (03) 8563 0080

     

    Dinner At Fargo and Co. Melbourne 

    Fargo and Co. New Year's Eve Dinner Idea Melbourne

    Fantastic New Year's Eve venue in Richmond. Party over 2 levels with D.J. all Night and enjoy NYE food and drink specials. The venue usually offers early bird and general admission pre-sale ticket for priority access.

    So the heist was a success; this swan street state bank didn't see us coming. I haven't seen my partner in crime since, but I know he'll come back here for me.

    Nowadays, the vault is full of liquor & my cocktail assassins make a killer sip. Let's get offline, meet me at the bar.

    Check out my pop-up palm springs inspired rooftop; here for the summer, Fargo-Chella has arrived. 

    Visit Fargo and Co. Melbourne 

    Call (03) 9810 0077

     

    New Year's Dinner At Duke of Wellington Melbourne 

    The Duke of Wellington New Year's Eve Dinner Idea Melbourne

    New Year's Eve at the Duke

    Multi-level New Year's Eve party at the Duke in the heart of Melbourne. Head up to Duchess on Level 2 or ground floor fun in the Duke main rooms. Drinks and canapes packages plus LIVE entertainment all night long. In the past, packages have run from 8 pm to midnight. So enjoy a great night out this New Years at the Duke. Private Booths Available for Groups of 6-10 aswell as General Entry aswell. It also has a restaurant available for early dining.

    Stop by The Duke for breakfast, lunch or dinner and enjoy our modern food menu.

    Choose from pub classics such as The Duke parma with chips & slaw, the 300g Darling Downs scotch fillet with chips & aioli and The 1853 classic cheeseburger with Victorian beef, cheddar, burger sauce, pickles, lettuce & tomato.

    Or share some plates with your mates- enjoy salt & pepper calamari, beef Wellington croquettes & charcuterie board.

    Visit Duke of Wellington Melbourne 

    Call (03) 9810 0066

     

    Dinner At Trinket Melbourne

    trinket melbourne new year's eve dinner idea

    Trinket is one of Melbourne newest bars at the Paris end of Melbourne and breathes old-world charm. This unique popular venue brings the best of everything, with multiple function rooms and even a secret room. This restaurant and bar are great for groups. Can't wait to see what they have in store for their New Year's Eve theme. It's sure to sell out quickly.

    Welcome to Trinket. Flinders Lane's pizza and cocktail bar. Ground floor, hang out and grab an after-work aperitif with friends, have a long boozy Friday lunch, enjoy a night out with good company, shared pizzas and quality drinks. IAfteradventure in true Melbourne style, if you're after adventure, step through the wardrobe to discover a hidden cellar bar. Here we encourage you to settle in and appreciate a well-mixed drink or two.

    Late night fun encouraged!

    Flinders Lane's pizza and cocktail bar. Pair with share plates, fresh salads for your lunch break, your night out, pre-theatre dinner or a long boozy lunch. When it comes to the beverage list, only a good drop will do – with specialty cocktails made with a little flair, a variety of wines to wash down your pizza, plus the beer taps are icy cold, too.

    Visit Trinket Melbourne 

    Call 03 9810 0044

     

    New Year's Eve Dinner At Hophaus Melbourne 

    Hophaus New Year's Eve Dinner Melbourne

    Hophaus Melbourne NYE Dining

    Incredible location on Southbank in Melbourne overlooking the Yarra River. I will be able to see the Melbourne fireworks. This venue has awesome dining packages for New Years. And because of the location, a great fun atmosphere from outside will permeate in. Normally have dining inclusive packages and can cater for families.

    Good reputation for fabulous food and great German-inspired drinks. The indoor event overlooks the Yarra at Southbank.

    With an expansive art deco-inspired dining hall, fabulous terrace overlooking Melbourne, a glazed polychrome brick centrepiece bier bar and an open rotisserie-fired kitchen.

    From smalls, snacks & salads to generous helpings of house-smoked meats, wood-fired oven & rotisserie dishes along with delicious contemporary twists on classic Euro favourites. A speciality is our whole suckling pig, smoked and slow-roasted over the coal pit – perfect for group bookings and functions.

    Visit Hophaus Melbourne 

    Call (03) 9682 5900

     

    Try The Albion Melbourne 

    The Albion Rooftop New Year's Eve Idea Melbourne

    NYE Rooftop Soiree

    Join in the Celebrations as Albion host their New Year's Eve event! Dress classy and party into 2022 with some of Melbourne Best D.J.'s at this exclusive rooftop and club. Choose from some spectacular ticket options from the All-Inclusive V.I.P. Rooftop Tickets with beverages, canapes and rooftop views of the fireworks to the Club Tickets with a drink on arrival. Plus, exclusive Booth Packages are also offered.

    A spectacular venue is offering a great range of options. Award-winning rooftop!

    The Albion is a premium lifestyle destination dedicated to dining, drinking, nightlife, functions and events. Located opposite South Melbourne Market and a stone's throw away from Docklands, Southbank and Melbourne's city centre, the venue sprawls three floors with complete function level, decadent club and an incredible rooftop offering unprecedented views of the Melbourne CBD skyline, including weather provisions to outsmart Melbourne's temperamental skies cementing this as a go-to hot spot all year round.

    Visit The Albion 

    Call (03) 9645 5277

     

    Be Together With Loved Ones (Virtually)

    Be-Together-With-Loved-Ones-Virtually

    Sadly, celebrating new year's with those we hold dear may not be possible this year for many of us. Even so, we must be grateful that, at the very least, technology has made it possible so that we're able to stay connected, even when apart.

    This year, why don't you virtually dine with those loved ones you can't physically be with. Connect your computer to a large screen or even a tv, and have a zoom meeting. Spice things up by even virtually cooking together!

     

    New Year's Eve Dinner At Johnny's Green Room Melbourne 

    Johnny's Green Room New Year Dinner Ideas Melbourne

    Avoiding the chaos of the CBD doesn't mean that you have to skip out on a view. With a rooftop bar, uninterrupted views across the city and an Aperol Spritz on arrival, Johnny's Green Room have NYE down pat. With two dinner sittings (5-6 pm and 8-9:30 pm), guests can enjoy a delicious four-course menu amidst the leafy green trees of Carlton. They'll be D.J.s all Night and live entertainment as well, so you can enjoy one last hurrah before the year ends. 

    The original Johnny's was a late-night, good-time Carlton classic. Its glowing neon sign drew musicians, artists, gangsters, and students who mingled at all hours, playing pool and eating Coletta and lasagne in a place where the party never ended. It wasn't always savoury, but it was never dull. With our new rooftop incarnation of Johnny's, we've retained the sense of fun but swapped the notorious pool hall vibe and clouds of cigarette smoke for amazing 360-degree views over Carlton and the sophisticated ambience of a rooftop party in Rome. Johnny's serves classic and house cocktails, local and imported beer on tap, easy-drinking wines, and a casual list of bar food's greatest hits, from grilled meat and burgers to gelato and cheese. Add neon, terrazzo, and great tunes, and it's classic good times for right now. Bring your friends. The good-time essence of Johnny's lives on.

    Visit Johnny's Green Room 

    Call 03 9347 1619

     

    Dinner At Stoke House Melbourne 

    Stokehouse New Year's Eve Dinner Idea Melbourne

    Parties are so 2020. This year the Stokehouse is upping the ante with a full-blown NYE extravaganza! Countdown to midnight with the sweet sound of the waves breaking at St Kilda Beach and enjoy the last sunset of the year. If you're worried about going hungry - don't be, as guests will enjoy pre-dinner drinks, canapes of caviar, fresh oysters and more, followed by a four-course set menu. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes as there is live entertainment all night long. 

    Stokehouse is synonymous with Australian beach luxe. Offering laid back charm, overlooking the water, with a vibrant atmosphere, welcome feel and generosity, matched with an award-winning food and wine offer. Escape with Stokehouse.

    The dining room has unparalleled views of the sea, with custom mirrors angled perfectly to ensure all guests have water views. A feature glass lighting installation highlights the stunning interior, reclaimed timber-lined floor and walls, iconic design touches such as the Arne Jacobson Series 7 dining chair and the beach holiday colour palette.

    Visit Stoke House Melbourne 

    Call 03 9525 5555

     

    Dinner At The Toff Melbourne 

    The Toff Melbourne New Year's Eve Dinner Idea Melbourne

    That NYE Party!

    Party at the Toff in Town this New Year's Eve and welcome in 2022 in style. Located right in the Melbourne CBD centre, The Toff in Town offers a range of options when it comes to New Year's Eve. Party in the Club till late, up the ante with canapes and drinks stage-side, or indulge with some NYE Dining carriage side.

    Visit The Toff Melbourne 

    Call 03 9639 8770

     

    New Year's Eve Dinner Kisume Melbourne 

    Kisume New Year's Eve Dinner Idea Melbourne

    They say that however you spend your New Year's Eve is how you will spend the rest of the year, so make it count with a decadent five-course chef's menu from the masters of Japanese cuisine. If you're looking to go a step further, treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind event around the Chef's Table for a fine dining experience to remember at one of two sittings (6 pm or 9 pm). If you're eating the very best, you must drink the very best! Spoil yourself with a glass of Dom Perignon 2009 to toast to the new year. 

    The Experience

    Put yourself in the hands of our Master Chef and experience the skill, technique and creative freedom of our Japanese craftsmanship.

    The Chef's Table experience encapsulates the long-held Japanese tradition of respect and hospitality. Our menus are based on seasonality's evolving nature and draw on the immense richness of our land and sea in Australia.

    The Chef's Table seats up to 12 guests. The intimate, multi-course menu is priced at $225 per person.

    Visit Kisume Melbourne 

    Call (03) 9671 4444

     

    Try New Year's Eve Dinner At H2o Docklands Melbourne 

    H2o Docklands New Year's Eve Dinner Idea Melbourne

    H2o Harbourside Summer Party

    NYE H2o is a staple of the Melbourne NYE scene! This event sells out every year and always has an awesome Melbourne location to call home. It features a massive open-air terrace on the Waterfront with amazing panoramic views of Victoria Harbour & the City Skyline with the fireworks right there. This is an all-inclusive event with extensive drinks & food package like no other!!

     Large dance party event accommodating over 1000 people plus. The Melbourne Fireworks surround it.

    Visit H2o Docklands 

    Call 0418570337

     

    Dinner At Temperance Hotel Melbourne 

    Temperance Hotel New Year's Eve Dinner Idea Melbourne

    New Year's Eve Taco Times

    Yes, people, it will be time to sparkle this New Years at Chapel St's favourite hotel. We can't wait to find out what they have planned for this year. So watch this space for the great details for Temperance Hotels NYE offerings when they become available.

    We love this venue, having spent some NYE time here. Great staff too!

    Our function venue spaces cater to a range of events from intimate dinners for 6 up to memorable celebrations of 100 guests.

    Each space has its unique personality and style to suit your event, both indoor or outdoor.

    Perfect for birthdays, Christmas celebrations, anniversaries and corporate events.

    We have 4 spaces available with a range of packages on offer, including cocktail, sit-down, and V.I.P. Party options.

    Our Upstairs Function Room offers a private space for up to 100 guests inspired by the Spiegeltent with red velvet and chrome finishes and your bar.

    Our Booth Bar is great for casual dinners or, after 9 pm on weekends, an exclusive V.I.P. Party experience for 6 to 18 guests.

    Are you looking for something outdoors? Our relaxed Beer Garden can host up to 60 guests and be sectioned off for your private garden party.

    We offer a semi-private dining space for up to 14 guests, and it's sectioned off with a curtain for privacy without losing the lively atmosphere of a busy night at Temperance Hotel.

    Visit Temperance Hotel 

    Call 03 9827 7401

     

    Dinner At Arbory Bar & Eatery

    Arbory Eatery New Year Dinner Idea Melbourne

    Let's be honest, and the Arbory was made for NYE. With their prime Flinders St location that boasts million-dollar views of the Yarra and their tasty food and drinks offering, it is a no brainer. Raise a glass to 2021 with 2.5 hours of all-inclusive canapés, flowing beer, cider, wine, Champagne and premium house spirits over two sittings. The early sitting from 5 pm is kid-friendly with packages to accommodate the whole family, while from 8:30 pm onwards, it's an adults-only affair. 

    Arbory is a lively all-day outdoor bar and eatery located between Melbourne's Flinders Street Station and the world-famous Yarra River, at the epicentre of Melbourne's riverside arts and entertainment precinct.

    Boasting over one hundred meters of absolute uninterrupted river frontage and situated beneath a line of iconic plane trees, Arbory Bar & Eatery caters to a wide variety of tastes, offering guests a considered, craft-focused, and comfort-driven food and beverage selection from early morning through to late evening.

    Built on the old disused Sandridge railway platform at Flinders St Station on the North bank of the Yarra River, Arbory Bar & Eatery was created to bring life back to Melbourne's iconic part by bringing people back to the Yarra River for all to enjoy.

    Visit Arbory Bar & Eatery

    Call 03 8648 7644

     

    Dinner At Amora Hotel 

    Amora Hotel New Year's Eve Dinenr Melbourne

    New Year's Eve Dinner at Amora

    The Amora Riverwalk Melbourne is located just a little outside the CBD but still on the Yarra River. You can see the Melbourne fireworks and if staying, ask for a room with city views. Fabulous dining with an exquisite menu. Great staff reports and fun for all. Families are welcome and catered for. It sells out, so make sure to be quick once on sale. Inclusive packages.

    Great food and entertainment. A terrific option for those also wanting accommodation. Caters for families as well.

    Visit Amora Hotel.

    Call 03 9246 1200

     

    REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD CELEBRATE NYE IN MELBOURNE

    MELBOURNE IS THE MOST LIVEABLE CITY IN THE WORLD

    Tick it off your bucket list - celebrating New Year's Eve in the most liveable city in the world. So book your bed and come see how Melbourne rings in the New Year. You'll have the most fantastic time.

    I.T.'S CHEAPER AND NOT BOOKED OUT YET

    Good luck trying to find a bed in Sydney on NYE... but mattresses at Melbourne Central YHA start at $55 with no minimum night stay, and beds at Melbourne Metro YHA start at $36 with no minimum night visit. We know where we'd rather be.

    YOU DON'T HAVE TO WAIT ALL DAY TO SEE THE FIREWORKS

    To get a good spot to see the Sydney fireworks, you have to get to your lookout point early. How early is early? It depends on the lookout point, but some open as early as 8 am and fill up quickly. There are no lines and no long waiting times in Melbourne. As long as you can see the Melbourne skyline, you'll be able to see the fireworks.

    I.T.'S LESS CROWDED

    Don't get us wrong, Melbourne will be busy on New Year's Eve. However, it'll be nowhere near as busy, crowded and full as Sydney - you'll be able to move, have some space to yourself and not be crushed by crowds of people.

    GREAT PUBLIC TRANSPORT

    Grab your Myki and hop on a tram, train or bus on New Year's to avoid surging Ubers and cranky taxis who'll be caught up in all the road closures. 

    IT HAS PARTIES FOR ALL PRICE RANGES

    Parties and New Year's Eve go hand in hand. Melbourne has parties for all budgets, and since you'll be saving a fortune on your accommodation by staying at YHA, you can splurge on that expensive New Year's party if you so choose. And for those who want to sleep cheap and party cheap, there are free parties - you just have got a look for them.

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