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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.

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Sydney, Australia
posts: 108
11. Re: NYE in Melbourne - CBD or Coastal?

You're amazing thanks Zuzic.

We are now thinking of doing a few nights at Tune :)

Have u stayed there yourself?

We want to stay near Casino now for NYE :)

So might break the trip up again... AND i think we will fly down now, not drive lol.

I will have to book all this tomrrow .

Can i get trains or tours from Melb CBD to Geelong/Ballarat easily?

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

Hey Megz, hotels near and around Crown will either be booked out or on the higher price range. Unless you want to splurge a little. Click on this wotif.com link and have a look through what accom is available and affordable to you guys: wotif.com/hotels/australia-melbourne-southba…

I have not stayed at Tune Hotel but it is fairly new and opened earlier this month. Remember it's a budget hotel so any extras you want you will have to pay for. Just as you would on a budget airline.

You can book tours through the information centre at Federation Square. There is a whole range of tours you can do :)

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13. Re: NYE in Melbourne - CBD or Coastal?

If you want to have a day at Sovreign Hill in Ballarat, you can use their Goldrush Special. A coach will pick you up and then drop you off at Ballarat Station


Suggesting going on a tour to Geelong to a Melburnian is like asking a Sydneysider if there are any tours to The Gong. It's just another city near an even bigger city. You can take the train, but apart from a pretty waterfront area there's not much to do that you can't do in Melbourne.

Have you considered visiting Daylesford?

Sydney, Australia
posts: 108
14. Re: NYE in Melbourne - CBD or Coastal?

Hi Zuzic, super dooper expensive near Crown you're right. But I am also a member of Priority Privelege group so thinking we book Holiday Inn or Crowne Plaza, at least I can get 25% off which is slighty cheaper :)

I have booked Crowne Plaza for 2 nights - just need to decide on the other 4 nights we are there.

Thinking another 3 nights in the cbd and 1 night in Ballarat. Maybe we should hire a car for 1 day when we arrive at the airport, go straight to Ballarat (1 night) via Daylesford if you suggest that is worth a stop evamelb?.

Then onto Melb cbd for 5 nights (Via Geelong)

I will book our flights today :)

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15. Re: NYE in Melbourne - CBD or Coastal?

If you like places like Leura and Berry in NSW then you'll love Daylesford.

Lots of great restaurants and cafes, galleries, second hand/antique shops to poke around and of course, a visit to a spa is a must. Every sort of accommodation from cheapish motels to 5* luxury resorts. If you want to really lash out the Lakehouse is the place to stay. The Convent Gallery is essential - at least for a look, if not for lunch.

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

Hi Guys, what would be our best and easiest option to get to Geelong and then to Queenscliff??

Do you suggest train and bus or hire a car for the day?

We would like to catch the ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento and back again :)

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

Yes Daylesford sounds lovely, highly rated on here too :)

What is the easiest way to get out to Daylesford from the CBD evamelb?

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18. Re: NYE in Melbourne - CBD or Coastal?

I spent the last two NYE watching fireworks at the Shrine of Remembrance. I parked my car nearby (better to go early and find parking) and walked over to Shrine.

Not many people there compared to closer to the city or along yarra river. Good spots as you can still see the fireworks!

Don't have to stuck in traffic after the event also! :)

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19. Re: NYE in Melbourne - CBD or Coastal?

By car? Straight out on the Calder Freeway - I think it's now called the M79.

Turn off at Woodend and follow the signs. It should take no more than an hour and a half. Woodend is a nice town to stop at and have a poke around. If it's a nice day it worth taking a detour and driving up to The Cross at Mt Macedon.

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

We won't have a car though unless we hire one for a day. It will be one or the other I think, Ballarat and Daylesford OR

Geelong/Queenscliff - Sorrento.

Was thinking of hiring a car and driving down to Queenscliff, putting the car on the ferry then driving back up the Mornington Peninsula. It might be a long day for us though, see what happens.

Thanks again for your tips.

Whitelolly54- we are staying at Crowne Plaza for NYE so we will be right in the city / Yarra. :)

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