Best places to see the fireworks (for free) on New Year’s Eve

Living Well | Sue Hewitt | Posted on 30 December 2019

Get lit up this New Year's Eve. These are the best places in Vic to watch the fireworks.

Welcome in the New Year with family fun and fireworks around Melbourne and Victoria without spending a dollar. Here are some the best free places to watch fireworks and celebrate with family and friends.

Fireworks over West Gate Bridge from Docklands

Nine of the best places to watch the fireworks on New Year's Eve


Dogs star 

Edinburgh Gardens, Fitzroy North

Bring the kids and don’t forget the dog for this family celebration. It kicks off from 2pm with a dog show and awards for the best-dressed mutts. An outdoor cinema will show two movies, the animated Coco and A Star is Born, and if you forget your picnic basket, there are food trucks to keep hunger pangs at bay. It’s also great spot to see the city fireworks at 9.30pm and midnight. Info: yarracity.vic.gov.au

New Year’s Eve street parade

Fiddlers Green, Port Fairy

As part of the Moyneyana Festival, now it in its 72nd year, the coastal village of Port Fairy comes alive on New Years Eve with a street parade, kids circus, live music and, of course, fireworks. Kids entertainment includes the Odd Socks Circus performing fun songs, dance and magic from 6pm. A major drawcard is the NYE parade where about 70 floats, from the cheeky to the serious and led by the Warrnambool pipe band, vie for the title of Champion Float from 8pm. Ultimate party band, Good Faces 4 Radio, get the crowd jiving until the show ends with fireworks at midnight. Info: moyneyanafestival.com

Fireworks over the water

Rutter Park, Port Albert

With water views over Corner Inlet, this Gippsland Lakes port town will be holding New Year’s Eve bash for the first time this year and organisers expect a few hundred holiday makers to join in the fun with the locals. Starting at 4pm, there is a twilight market, food vans, jumping castle for the kids and a display by the local CFA. Fireworks over the water finish the night at 9.30pm. Info: wellington.vic.gov.au

Water play park makes a splash

Nowingi Place, Hugh King Drive, Mildura

This community event for families has two fireworks displays, one at 9.25pm so you can get the little ones to bed and the grand finale at midnight. The fun starts at 7pm with entertainment including two live children’s shows featuring Bob the Builder and The Octonauts, jumping castle and live music with performances by Revive, Iwan & Andrea, Just Us and Jett Charman. A “water play park” will be open until midnight giving everyone a chance to cool off. Info: mildura.vic.gov.au

Double banger fireworks

Rosalind Park’s The Poppet Head, Bendigo 

A towering structure in the park is a poppet head from an old gold mine which was once used for pulleys to hoist equipment out of a mine shaft, before it was moved to the top of Camp Hill in 1931. On New Year’s Eve it will explode with colourful fireworks not once, but twice. There’s a 9.15pm display for little ones and the traditional midnight display. Bring a rug and a picnic for a low-key family affair. Info: bendigo.vic.gov.au

Big bang with music and dance

Apex Park, Wangaratta

Young local country musician Dan Henwood is the opening act for a night filled with live music, dancing and a moonlight movie. He’s joined by locals Scott and Amanda and the Junk Male Band, who will take to the stage at 7pm to set toes tapping. Early birds can catch the 9.15pm fireworks while night owls can watch the midnight fireworks go off with a bang. Info: wangaratta.vic.gov.au

Something for everyone

John Gray Reserve, Mooroopna

A street parade starting at 6.30pm kicks off this free event held by the Mooroopna Rotary Club. With live music, show rides and plenty of food and drink available, it makes for a great evening. As an annual fund-raiser, the club is selling raffle tickets for a car which is drawn at 10.30pm. Info: facebook.com

Horsing around

Tabcorp Park, Melton

A gold coin donation buys a lot of fun at this celebration which featurie harness racing. There’s  free entertainment and fun rides for the kids while a DJ gets the crowd into the groove before a massive firework display at midnight. Info: melton.vic.gov.au

City Lights

Melbourne CBD 

The City of Melbourne will stage a 10-minute fireworks display from 22 city roof-tops under the theme of Reach for the Stars. There are official fireworks celebration zones at Docklands, Flagstaff Gardens, Treasury Gardens and Kings Domain where there will be a multimedia countdown to midnight, food trucks, amenities and music. If you’d rather to see the Melbourne fireworks away from the crowds try these free vantage points including the St Kilda foreshore, Williamstown foreshore off The Strand, Ruckers Hill in Northcote, and the Footscray Community Arts Centre.