Melburnians know how to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style, and this year is no exception. Over half a million people are expected to flock into Melbourne’s city centre to see in 2017 and enjoy the spectacular live firework display from the rooftops of 16 buildings across the CBD.
One of the best places to soak in the sights and sounds of New Year’s Eve is Harbour Esplanade in Victoria Harbour. Right on the edge of the CBD, Harbour Esplanade gives you one of the best views of the fireworks as they’re set off across the city.
As well as being a unique vantage point to watch the firework display, Harbour Esplanade is also home to one of the City of Melbourne’s ‘Live Sites’, packed with entertainment to keep your festive spirits high. There will be a variety of food stands, free music from local DJs, and a special effects and multimedia countdown to see in 2017.
With the festivities lasting from 9pm until 1am, there’s plenty of time to explore some of the other celebrations in the local area.
Just a 10 minute stroll from Harbour Esplanade you’ll reach the iconic 888 Collins Street apartment building. For one night only, the building will come to life in a remarkable light display of New Year’s cheer, designed by internationally renowned lighting expert Bruce Ramus.
The light show is best seen from Buluk Park across the road from the apartment building, and runs every hour on the half-hour from sunset until 11.30pm throughout the night. After enjoying the light show, there’ll be plenty of time to wander back to Harbour Esplanade in time for the 2017 count down.
Wishing you a very happy New Year and all the best for 2017!