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Still haven't made your New Year's Eve plans yet? Here's why you should skip Sydney and head to Melbourne instead this New Year's Eve...
Don't get us wrong, Melbourne will be busy on New Year's Eve. However it'll be nowhere near as busy, crowded and full as Sydney - you'll actually be able to move, have some space to yourself and not be crushed by crowds of people.
That's just a few of the 1.2 million people celebrating NYE in Sydney last year.
Parties and New Year's Eve go hand in hand. Melbourne has parties for all budgets and since you'll be saving a fortune on your accommodation by staying at YHA, you can splurge on that expensive New Year's party if you so choose. For a selection of New Year's parties, click here, here & here. Melbourne Central YHA is also throwing a party on their rooftop, which will involve a BBQ, drinks, good vibes and great people!
Fireworks are everywhere! The early to sleep people can see fireworks at Yarra Park and Footscray Park at 9:30pm. Midnight revellers can head to Kings Domain, Flagstaff Gardens, Treasury Gardens or the Docklands for entertainment starting at 9:30pm, followed by the midnight fireworks display.
To get a good spot to see the Sydney fireworks, you have to get to your lookout point early. How early is early? It depends on the lookout point, but some open as early as 8am and fill up quickly. There are no lines and no long waiting times in Melbourne. As long as you can see the Melbourne skyline, you'll be able to see the fireworks.
This guy waited for 12 hours!
From 6pm on New Year's Eve until 6am New Year's Day, all public transport within Melbourne and its suburbs is free. Now you don't have to worry about topping up your MYKI when you're drunk at 3am or trying to catch an Uber when it's surging at 2x the regular rate - just jump on a tram and go.
Tick it off your bucket list - celebrating New Year's Eve in the most liveable city in the world. So book your bed and come see how Melbourne rings in the New Year. You'll have the most amazing time.