NYE - Midnight Lives Sites & Fireworks
Enjoy free music from some of Melbourne's best DJs, and a large multi-media entertainment 'nest', complete with music, visuals and pyrotechnic effects. At midnight, the spectacular fireworks will light up the city skyline in a dazzling display of colour and light.
Please note that all city loop stations including Flagstaff and Parliament stations will close at 11.45pm. After the midnight fireworks patrons are advised to walk to Southern Cross Station or Flinders Street Station where services will be operating all night.
- Treasury Gardens - Train - Parliament Station; Walk - Located just east of the CBD, between Spring Street and Lansdowne Street
- Kings Domain - Train - Flinders Street Station; Walk - Located just south of the CBD, between St Kilda Road and Alexandra Avenue
- Flagstaff Gardens - Train - Flagstaff Station; Walk - Located just north of the CBD, between La Trobe Street and King Street
- Docklands - Train - Southern Cross Station; Walk - Located west of the CBD, behind Etihad Stadium, surrounding Victoria Harbour
To wander through the Flagstaff Gardens is to wander though 170 years of Melbourne history.
Try sitting under the beautiful stand of gum trees in the North-West corner and imagining Melbourne before European settlement. Elsewhere, the central city is now dominated by European trees, so this is a rare reminder of 'the bush'. Try to imagine the 'blue lake' with its lively water birds which stretched away from this corner of Flagstaff Hill.
Next wander to the memorial marking the graves of the first European settlers when the area was referred to as 'Burial Hill'.
Looking over King Street to St.James Old Cathedral evokes images of the growing town of Melbourne in the 1840's. You can still hear the bellringers practising there on a Friday evening from about 8 o'clock.
On Monday November 11th 1850, news reached 'the Port Phillip Settlement of New South Wales' that Queen Victoria declared Victoria to be a separate colony. A great bonfire was lit that night on Flagstaff Hill to signal the good news, and the rest of the week was declared a holiday.
Soon after, gold was discovered and the Royal Mint was built at the South-East corner of the Flagstaff Gardens to mint the gold from the rich fields of Ballarat, Bendigo and beyond.
Watch the trams trundle past as they have for the last hundred years.
Sit under one of the Moreton Bay Fig Trees or go and smell the herbs in the fragrant garden area.
Flagstaff Hill has watched a city grow out of the bush, and quietly stores away its memories. It will give these memories back to anyone prepared to slow down and ponder its gardens and surroundings.