Ah, New Year’s Eve Melbourne, VIC. If you’re wondering where are the best places to see the New Years Eve fireworks in Melbourne while you are eating dinner with your kids, this list has the details you need to know.
Let’s face it, the thought of staying up til midnight with kids in the house who will be up at 5am just doesn’t make it sound too enticing does it? Luckily, there’s lots of family friendly events that happen before midnight so families can watch the fireworks and get home to bed before everyone loses their rag!
Yarra Park fireworks
NOT CONFIRMED 2021
At Yarra Park between 6:15pm and 10pm the Family Precinct will be in full swing. Bring a picnic rug and some of your favourite treats for a child friendly dinner, and count down to the fireworks at 9.30pm.
Right next to the MCG, Yarra Park is bound by Punt Road Oval, Brunton Ave and Wellington Parade. The 9.30pm Fireworks at Yarra Park brings together all the exciting parts of celebrating the new year without the late night out. Families can enjoy free stage entertainment, films and a spectacular fireworks display at 9.30pm. All entertainment is duplicated in two distinct zones across the site to assist with large crowds.
If heading out for dinner is more your style of celebrating the beginning of 2021, here are a few suggestions of some child friendly restaurants around inner Melbourne where you can catch the fireworks.
Footscray Park Fireworks
NOT HAPPENING 2021
Maribyrnong City Council are hosting New Year’s Eve fireworks at 6.30pm in Footscray Park located on Ballarat Road, Footscray. The program starts at 6:30pm so families can bring along picnic supplies, enjoy free entertainment and watch a fireworks display at 10.30pm.
Fireworks can be viewed from anywhere within the Footscray Park precinct.
Please note: The event is alcohol-free and dog owners are advised to leave their pooch at home. No entry charge.
No parking on-site. Please catch public transport to central Footscray for an easy 10 minute walk to the event site.
Southbank Kid Friendly Restaurants for New Years Eve
Views of the Yarra River and the city skyline at this specialty steak restaurant could be a good spot to watch the fireworks. Ring in the New Year as you sip on a glass of bubbly or two and enjoy an expertly curated set menu prepared by their award-winning chefs.
Secure your NYE restaurant package early as their premium dining areas with fireworks vantage points book out fast!
Address: 3 Freshwater Place, Queensbridge Square, Melbourne
Ph: 03 9696 5333
Melba Restaurant is a part of the Langham Hotel. There’s good views, and the open kitchen will give the kids something to look at and talk about.
Enjoy an early celebratory dinner at Melba concluding at 8pm, leaving the rest of the night to party.
Includes beverage package, Australian Beers and soft drinks
Address: 1 Southgate Avenue Southbank, Melbourne
Ph: 1800 641 107
Enjoy seafood for dinner as you look out over the Yarra River.
- Early dinner only from 5 to 8pm using our a la carte menu
- From 8pm indulge in our 3 course set menu
Complimentary oysters and a glass of bubbles on arrival
- Bookings are essential
- Outdoor tables with views of the Yarra start from $209 per person
- Indoor tables start from $189 per person
- Kid’s menu under 12yo $50 per child
Address: Shop 20, 3 Southgate Avenue, Melbourne
Ph: 9686 9766
Views over the city skyline from the Quay West Hotel, Jarrah Restaurant and Bar is a relaxed place to eat and enjoy the fireworks.
With its hip design and energetic ambience, you can wind down the day with a relaxing dinner with friends or colleagues. During the warmer months, enjoy the delightful outdoor terrace with views of the Melbourne CBD skyline – perfect for New Years Eve fireworks in Melbourne with kids.
Ph: 9693 6000
Docklands Child Friendly Restaurants for New Years Eve
Check website if they are open for New Years Eve
Cargo Docklands, from the team that brings you Berth. A casual & dynamic eatery designed around sharing & drinking by the water.
They offer two sittings, one from 5:30pm to 8pm. And the other from 8:30pm till late.
Address: 55a NewQuay Promenade, Docklands, Melbourne
Ph: 9670 0999
Situated on the New Quay Promenade Docklands, Berth offers spectacular panoramic views from Melbourne’s CBD, past Etihad Stadium & beyond the Bolte Bridge. Enjoy casual waterside dining in the restaurant where quality produce & generous serves are at the heart of every meal.
Soak up the New Years Eve excitement over sunset in our first sitting at Berth from 5.30pm – 8.00pm. Adults $65pp and children $35pp including a 2 course dinner to start your celebrations! Experience the thrill of midnight from atop the water in our second session from 8.30pm – late.
Address: 45 New Quay Promenade. Docklands, Melbourne
Ph: 9670 0199
Kobe Jones Japanese
Let Kobe Jones Melbourne spoil your senses on New Year’s Eve. Choose their special New Year’s Eve package and thoroughly indulge in your most decadent New Year’s Eve yet.
Alternatively, feast on one of their summer banquets or the a la carte menus, and enjoy the elegant, romantic settings overlooking Darling Harbour or the Yarra before the fireworks herald in 2021.
Address: 38 Siddeley St, Melbourne
Ph: 9329 9173
Situated in the heart of Docklands, Renzo’s Bar was the first café/bar to open in the precinct. Stylish and modern it exudes a warm and vibrant atmosphere.
Renzo’s seats up to 190 people and can also cater up to 300 people for cocktails party, with an outdoor area and serves authentic Italian cuisine and wood fired pizza.
With a unique New Years menu, this is another wonderful place to eat on New Years Eve in Melbourne.
Address: 6 Newquay Promenade, Docklands, Melbourne
Ph: 9640 0550
All these venues are self proclaimed child friendly! I strongly recommend giving them a call and checking availability for New Years Eve, and telling them you will have kids with you. All the phone numbers are provided, so give them a call, I’m sure they will all be glad to hear from you and help you out as much as they can.
Have a Happy New Year, and here’s to 2022 being the best one yet!
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