Revellers should also watch out for Uber surge pricing, with previous New Years seeing prices rise to as much as eight times normal levels. A couple of years ago a woman in Sydney was charged $720 for a journey that would normally cost about $100.
The best free vantage points to watch Melbourne’s fireworks will be at Yarra Park, Footscray Park, Treasury Gardens, Kings Domain, Flagstaff Gardens and Docklands.
But note, these are alcohol-free zones. And we hear that the booze ban is strictly enforced.
Here’s a guide to help you navigate the city streets over the New Year period.
You won’t have to worry about topping up your myki because Melbourne’s train, tram and bus services will run for free from 6pm on New Year’s Eve until 6am on New Year’s Day. But there are some changes to the timetable.
Metro train services will run all night, but the last City Loop service will leave Flinders Street Station at 11.45pm.
Services on all Metro lines, except Upfield, will leave Flinders Street every 10 minutes between 12.15am and 1.30am. Upfield services will leave every 20 minutes.
From 1.30am, trains will run every 30 minutes until 6am, when a Saturday schedule kicks in for New Year’s Day.
Regional trains will run to a weekday timetable with additional coach services running between midnight and 2am.
All tram lines, except routes 78 and 82, will run all night and leave every five to 10 minutes until 2am.
After that, trams will run every 30 minutes, until the New Year’s Day timetable kicks in at 6am. Trams on Tuesday will also run to a Saturday schedule.
There will be changes to some bus routes on New Year’s Eve to make way for the celebrations.
The following routes will be diverted due to road closures after 5pm: the 200, 207, 250, 251, 234, 236 and 605.
Buses servicing the Doncaster area will run to a normal weekday timetable until 2am.
Services on routes 426, 905, 906, 907 and 908 will run more often until the early hours of New Year’s Day. More information about each routes’ timetable can be found here.
From 6pm on New Year’s Eve until midnight on New Year’s Day, passengers travelling between Melbourne, Dandenong, Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula will have to pay a $6.20 base fee if their taxi ride is not pre-booked.
Depending on how fast your driver gets you to your destination, each kilometre will cost $1.65 and each minute will cost about 70 cents.
Also, a 5 per cent fee applies when you pay with your credit or debit card.
A spokesperson from Uber said thousands of Uber drivers would be around the city.
The rideshare service introduced upfront fares in Victoria earlier this year, so passengers will know exactly how much their trip will cost before they request a ride.
The busiest and most expensive time for trips is between 12 and 3am and it’s likely that another group of partygoers near you is also trying to catch a ride.
So passengers are encouraged to send their driver a message describing what they are wearing and where exactly they will be standing to be picked up to avoid confusion.
Parts of the CBD, East Melbourne and Southbank including Flinders Street, Collins Street, St Kilda Road, Batman Avenue and Wellington Parade will see road closures to make way for partying pedestrians.
Here’s a list of all the streets that will be closed:
- Swanston Street/St Kilda Road (between Lonsdale Street and Linlithgow Avenue): from 6pm-3am.
- Flinders Street (between William Street and Exhibition Street): from 6pm-3am
- Collins Street (between Russell Street and Elizabeth Street): from 6pm-3am
- Exhibition Street (between Collins Street and Flinders Street): from 6pm-3am
- Southbank Boulevard (between Sturt Street and St Kilda Road): from 6pm-3am
- Flinders Lane (between Russell Street and Elizabeth Street): from 6pm-3am
- Little Collins Street (between Russell Street and Elizabeth Street): from 6pm-3am
- Flinders Street, Westbound (between Exhibition Street and Spring Street): from 6pm-1am
- Flinders Street, Eastbound (between Exhibition Street and Spring Street): from 6pm-1am
- Batman Avenue Extension, Tollway (between Flinders Street and Swan Street): from 6pm-1am
- Queens Bridge Street (between Flinders Street and Power Street): from 9.30pm-2am
- Boathouse Drive: from 12pm-2am
- Brunton Avenue/Jolimont Road (between Punt Road and Wellington Parade): from 5pm-1am
- Harbour Esplanade (between Bourke Street and La Trobe Street): from 7pm-2am
- Wellington Parade South (between Wellington Parade and Flinders Street): from 6pm-1am
- Wellington Parade, Eastbound and Westbound (between Punt Road and Flinders Street): from 6pm-1am
- Lansdowne Street and Treasury Place (between St Andrews Place and Wellington Parade): from 6pm-1am
- Spring Street (between St Andrews Place and Wellington Parade): from 6pm-1am