Docklands Dragon - Chinese New Year 2014

30th January 2014
Key Information
  • Traditional Chinese music, dance and street theatre daily from 6.30-7.30pm
  • Chinese merchant stalls open daily from 6.00-10.00pm
  • Dragon boat exhibitions
  • $5 water taxi service from Southbank

Docklands will come alive in a blaze of colour for Chinese New Year with the installation of the Docklands Dragon, a spectacular 100m-long illuminated Chinese dragon.

From Thursday 30 January until Sunday 16 February the Docklands Dragon will be on display at the waterfront precinct where visitors can enjoy nightly entertainment from 6.30pm – 7.30pm including traditional Chinese music, dance, street theatre and merchant stalls.

The celebrations are a part of a longer-term plan to promote Chinese New Year for Melburnians and visitors alike, adding to the city’s reputation as a key Chinese tourism destination.

The Dragon

The Docklands Dragon is the largest purpose built dragon in the Southern Hemisphere. It is on display on the Corner of Bourke Street and Harbour Esplanade.

Visitors can have their photo taken from the elevated stage with the 10m high Docklands Dragon head, copies of the photos are $12.00 each.

The installation was created by Sichuan Tianyu and is 100m in length snaking along with six arches. Each arch is 6m high while the head of the dragon is raised 10m in the air. The main frames are made of steel pipes and the surface is covered in silk fabrics. Inner lanterns will illuminate the Docklands Dragon at night.


As part of the Chinese New Year celebrations visitors to the Docklands Dragon can go into the draw to win 2 (two) Air China tickets to Shanghai. The competition can be entered onsite at the Docklands Dragon.

Getting There

A $5 Melbourne Water Taxi shuttle service will run from Southbank for visitors who fancy taking the waterfront route to see the Docklands Dragon.

To get to the Docklands by tram, visitors can catch the number 86 via Bourke Street, number 48 via Collins Street or the City Circle.

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more information
03 9693 8888
Cnr Harbour Esplanade & Bourke Street, Docklands Vic 3008


Thursday 30th January from 6pm to Sunday 16th February at 10pm.

Traditional Chinese entertainment between 6.30-7.30pm every day.

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