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NYE in Melbourne - CBD or Coastal?

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Sydney, Australia
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NYE in Melbourne - CBD or Coastal?

Hi All,

My boyfriend and I are planning a weeks trip to Melbourne in late December so we will be in Melbourne for NYE.

We are 29 years old, love a few drinks and good music but also not fussed on massive events.

Would you suggest staying near the CBD/Yarra River/Crowne? St Kilda? Or further South along the Peninsula somewhere?

We were going to stay on the Peninsula but didn't want there to be nothing to do eg. no pubs/nightlife or people our age lol..

Any recommdations would be great.

22 replies to this topic
Sydney/Melbourne
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1. Re: NYE in Melbourne - CBD or Coastal?

NYE in the Melbourne CBD is nothing like Sydney. Nowhere near the hype or the crowds. That said, there is still an impressive fireworks display along the river. Bonus is that you don't have to get there in the early hours of the morning to get a good view - 11 pm is fine!

There's lots happening along the river, the pubs and bars are busy, bookings for restaurants along the river with a view are essential - as in Sydney. There are lots of people around on the streets but nowhere near the hoards you see in Sydney. Around the Casino precinct it gets very busy, as you can imagine.

It's years since I spent NYE on the Peninsula and then it was for parties in private homes so someone with more experience can chime in with better ideas.

Mount Isa, Australia
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2. Re: NYE in Melbourne - CBD or Coastal?

Coastal towns still celebrate new year’s eve and many of the local pubs will be open and have entertainment throughout the evening. Several of the towns that attract a lot of tourists will also have fireworks, albeit not as big as the ones in Melbourne.

"The Peninsula" is not very specific. If you can name a town or two of where you were thinking of going you will got far more specific information.

Also, if you do want to go to a club/pub and see fireworks in Melbourne, you can always go to the 9pm family fireworks on the Yarra and then head off somewhere else to party.

Sydney, Australia
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3. Re: NYE in Melbourne - CBD or Coastal?

Thank you for your replies :)

I think sticking to near the CBD will be our best bet also, just seems soooooo many motels/apartments are all booked out already. I know I have left it a little late but we were thinking of driving down from Sydney this year instead of flying.

Was looking at around Frankston or Mornington on Peninsula but we might hold off til the 2nd January and head there then.

Nothing much happen in St Kilda that you know of?? Or maybe even Geelong?

PS- evamelb - I will be happy to go out around town on NYE and not be hassled and bombarded by the millions of people like Sydney. So over it here on NYE lol

Mount Isa, Australia
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4. Re: NYE in Melbourne - CBD or Coastal?

Geelong will having something on. You'll just need to Google it. I think you'll enjoy Melbourne more though, especially if it means that one of you does not have to drive back to Melbourne that night or the next day

Melbourne, Australia
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5. Re: NYE in Melbourne - CBD or Coastal?

Hi Megz, do you have a budget for accom and set dates? I know you mentioned motels and apartments but have you looked into hotels?

Have a look on wotif.com. I have used this site to book discounted rates at hotels around Oz a few times now. Have always found the site to be reliable: www.wotif.com/search/results…

If you'd prefer to book directly through a hotel i see that Hotel Lindrum looks to have rooms available through NYE and New Year period. Its a modern boutique hotel and located well in the CBD.

O/S friends of mine recently stayed at this hotel and they loved it. I've been as far as the lobby and found it to be quite cosy and quiet. The hotel is located in a great spot and it's walking distance to many parts of the city and also has public undercover car parking available adjacent to the Hotel: http://www.hotellindrum.com.au/

Mantra Southbank also has rooms available and in a good spot in the CBD. The Mantra does have car parking but limited: mantra.com.au/victoria/…

Sydney, Australia
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6. Re: NYE in Melbourne - CBD or Coastal?

Awesome, thank you sooooooo much Zuzic. I will look into both of those hotels now.

Not too fussed on fancy motel/apartments as it will be more expensive this time of year.

Hoping to do 3-4 nights in the cbd then possibly venture out to Geelong/Bendigo/Ballarat as we have never visited these places in the 3 times we've been to Melbourne lol.

Thanks again

Mount Isa, Australia
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7. Re: NYE in Melbourne - CBD or Coastal?

Geelong and Ballarat have a lot to offer. You'll enjoy them and if you have the time you can include the GOR as part of Geelong

Sydney, Australia
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8. Re: NYE in Melbourne - CBD or Coastal?

Yes we did GOR on a trip to Melbourne last time.

I looked up those 2 hotels and they're bit pricey. I was hoping around the $150-170 mark per night ..

And we would need included/free parking.

Excellent we will be sure to check out Geelong and Ballarat this trip.

Thank you

Melbourne, Australia
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9. Re: NYE in Melbourne - CBD or Coastal?

Hi megz, yeah its a pricey time to come to Melbourne but i found a budget hotel that might work for you both however its not located in the CBD but in Carlton which is close by anyway.

It's called Tune Hotel. A sister company to the Air Asia budget Airline and it's the first to open in Melbourne with expansion around Oz next year. Take a look: tunehotels.com/my/en/our-hotels/melbourne/

Melbourne, Australia
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10. Re: NYE in Melbourne - CBD or Coastal?

Ballarat Tourism website. To give you some ideas on what to do and see: http://visitballarat.com.au/

Bendigo tourism website: http://www.bendigotourism.com/

Geelong Tourism site: http://www.geelongotway.com.au/

Have you thought about doing a swim and snorkell with dolphins and seals? what a way to end a fine Melbourne trip that would be :) http://www.moonrakercharters.com.au/

Edited: 11:52 pm, October 30, 2013
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