Are you stumped for ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve? Are you in the mood for low-key over rave? Just turning up instead of booking ahead? You could always watch Melbourne’s free fireworks display from a location of your choosing.
This year’s New Year’s Eve celebrations will see 14 tonnes of fireworks usher in 2018.
The $500,000 worth of fireworks – half a tonne more than last year – will be launched from 22 rooftops and buildings around the CBD at midnight (and 9.30pm).
“It will certainly be the biggest fireworks show Melbourne has ever seen,” Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said in a statement. “It will take a team of 68 pyrotechnicians around a week to install and prepare the fireworks and equipment, the volume of which is equivalent to three B-Double truckloads carrying two 40-foot and three 20-foot shipping containers.
“If you can see the city skyline, you will be able to witness the magic of the midnight fireworks.”
The responsibility of soundtracking the display has fallen to Melbourne’s favourite living-in-the-’90s band Client Liaison, who has devised a special 10-minute long midnight playlist – tune in to FM 99.7 or Channel 7 to hear it.
Up to half a million spectators are expected to flock to the city to watch the fireworks. Given the high volume of people, Melbourne Council advises people to “plan ahead, expect delays, leave the car at home, and take public transport and as always, act responsibly”.
There are four official live viewing sites at Treasury Gardens, Flagstaff Gardens, Docklands and Kings Domain.
If you’re into fire in the sky but don’t fancy leaving your own neighbourhood to see it, there’s a number of other prime viewing spots around the city.
Head to Rucker’s Hill in Northcote, St Kilda Pier, Williamstown, Wills Street in Kew, Footscray Park on the Maribyrnong River, Brighton Pier or Albert Park for solid views of the skyline nearer to home.