New Year is one of the busiest and most festive times of the year. People enjoy getting out and about on the 31st of December and to welcome in the New Year with a bang. Whether you enjoy partying on the last night of the year or taking part in quieter, more tranquil activities, there is no doubt that it is a special night.
However, since it is so busy, with a huge number of the city’s people out and about, it is essential to plan your Melbourne New Year celebration well in advance. Things like restaurants, party venues, and private transport should be booked at least three weeks before New Year - by the 10th of December at the latest.
Transport on New Years Eve and Day:
Both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day have modified public transport schedules making it extremely busy. If you plan on driving, then make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to navigate busy roads and to find parking when you reach your destination. If you plan on drinking then don’t consider driving home, as the police will be out in force on both the 31st and the 1st. Arrange for private transport or book a taxi to take you home.
Private Transport - Private transport, such as a car with a chauffeur, can be hired for the entire night or for a period of time during the day or night. You can use it to move between restaurants, bars, and/or other popular destinations. However, since private cars are in high demand at New Year, it is important to book well in advance. Booking at least three weeks ahead is recommended by Melbourne’s leading private car companies, as doing this will ensure that you have the transport you want and deserve.
Eating Out for New Years:
Everyone wants to eat out at a fancy restaurant before beginning their New Year celebrations. Expect every single decent restaurant in town to be completely fully booked weeks before New Year. There is very little chance of finding somewhere nice to eat out on the night so its essential to book in advance. As for private cars, bookings should be made at least three weeks before to make sure that you don’t miss out on eating at your favourite restaurant.
As long as you book everything ahead of time and plan your night well, your New Years in Melbourne should be fun and memorable!