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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.

These three parks run continuously from the banks of the Yarra along St Kilda Road to the Shrine and beyond. They also border the Botanic Gardens and Government House. These three parks together with the Botanic Gardens make up the vast area of green to the left of the river in the poster to the right.

Alexandra Gardens

The Alexandra Gardens were created in the late 1860s from land reclaimed from the re-routing of the Yarra River. The gardens were reconstructed and laid out in their current form in 1904 and quickly became a focus for weekend recreation and promenading. The section of the Yarra with the Alexandra Gardens on one side and Birrarung Marr on the other are among the most picturesque and most often depicted areas of the city. The Alexandra Gardens are best known to the locals for the rowing sheds and as the venue for Moomba and similar festivities. For refreshments you can wander a little further upstream to one of Melbourne's favourite barbecue spots, sit on the grass and enjoy a burnt snag while the river flows slowly by. Or, if you prefer, you can wander a little further downstream and sip your cafe latte at Southgate complex while the river still flows slowly by. The Yarra is in no hurry, so why should you be?

Alexandra GardensThe Henly-on-Yarra regatta has been held here annually since the reconstructed park opened in 1904, and it was on this stretch of the Yarra that the oarsome foursome trained. The small judges box built on the riverbank in the 1930s at the finishing line of the regatta can still be seen, as well as a war memorial for oarsmen who were killed in WW1. The Riverslide Skate Park attracts hundreds of skateboarders every day, and at the base of Princes Bridge you can hire a bike and ride for many kilometres along the bike paths which follow the river.

The Alexandra Gardens are really much more park than gardens, but you can still see the star bed which formed part of the original design and the Canary Island Date Palms planted soon after.

The Alexandra Gardens, along with Birrarung Marr on the opposite bank of the river, are usually the central to the Moomba Festival and fireworks displays for such events as New Year's Eve.

Riverslide Skate Park

Riverslide is the largest & best-appointed Skate Park in inner Melbourne. Featuring an 1800sqm skating surface & a cafť, itís a must for any interested skaters. Located within a five-min walk from Flinders St Station, itís situated in the picturesque Alexandra Gardens. Supervision & first aid assistance is provided on site during peak periods.

(Mel ref 2F J7)
Enquiries: 9663 0495

Moomba Festival

Melbourne's long running community festival featuring rides, activities and entertainment in Birrarung Marr and the Alexandra Gardens. The Moomba fireworks will occur from 9.30 to 9.45pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights and the best viewing points can be had on the banks of the Yarra in Birrarung Marr or the Alexandra Gardens.

7th to 9th March 2015


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Queen Victoria Gardens

Queen Victoria Gardens

Queen Victoria Gardens

This site was chosen in 1905 for gardens to commemorate Queen Victoria, and naturally enough contain a large statue of the monarch as a centrepiece. The gardens also contain a small artificial lake and waterfall, rose gardens, rockeries and garden beds as well as impressive landscaped lawns and well established trees.

Floral Clock
Floral Clock
(a gift to Melbourne from the watchmakers of Switzerland)
with equestrian statue of Edward VII in the background

King's Domain

Linlithgow Monument
Linlithgow Monument
in the King's Domain, Melbourne

The King's Domain had been used for many purposes before becoming parkland in 1854. It has been progressively developed since that time with the most striking feature being the re-routing of St Kilda Road to create an artificial hill for the Shrine of Remembrance making it a dominant view along the city's Swanston Street. A section of the domain became a unique setting for Government House, the home of Victoria's Governor. This area is open to the public on a limited basis. In the 1950s an important addition was the Sidney Myer Music Bowl which is home to numbers of open air performances during the summer months. Also in the Domain are the Pioneer Women's Garden. This was built in 1934 as a tribute to the pioneer women of Victoria and it is adjoined by a sunken garden and reflecting pool. The Domain is also home to Governor La Trobe's Cottage - the humble forerunner to the nearby Government House. Visible from St Kilda Road is the Linlithgow Flower Bed with its changing plantings commemorating particular organisations or events

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Mazda Opera In The Bowl

Sidney Myer Music Bowl

White Hat always looks forward to the free Opera in the Bowl which, combined with the Ballet in the Bowl and free orchestral concerts in February, have become iconic Melbourne events.

The 1914 program presented by Opera Australia with Orchestra Victoria with features soprano Natalie Aroyan, mezzo-soprano Sian Pendry,  tenor Diego Torre, and baritones Andrew Jones and Shane Lowrencev with conductor Anthony Legge and director Matthew Barclay. The program will include chorus pieces from La Traviata and Il Trovatore, popular opera arias from Carmen, Madama Butterfly and Turandot, and, of course, the most loved of all duets from The Pearl Fishers. This family-friendly, free event is designed to delight opera aficionados and novices alike.

Gates open from 4pm and the performance starts at 8pm. We're doing things a bit differently this year. Mazda Opera in the Bowl has always been free but attending is easier than ever. No need to book, just come along on the night!


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Saturday 13th December 2014

Sidney Myer Music Bowl -

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Carols by Candlelight

An event that has become a popular part of the Melbourne calendar

24th December 2013


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Australia Day Picnic & Historic VehiclesDisplay

The popular historic vehicle display, with more than 500 veteran and vintage vehicles, entertainment, free activities and food stalls.

10am to 4pm, 26th January 2014 (tbc)

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