For a great view of the fireworks, head to these Melbourne locations:
- Southern Sixties Soul and Retro Hits - Southgate
- Melbourne Alive Danceparty - Star Garden area, Alexandra Gardens
- X Sports Demos - Riverslide Park, Alexandra Gardens
- Cool Live Bands and Hot Music - Federation Square
- Family Fun - Birrarung Marr
- AquaStage and Live Entertainment- NewQuay Docklands
Huge crowd for city's big bangs - [Herald Sun]
NEW Year's Eve revellers will be treated to two spectacular city fireworks displays this year.
Up to 300,000 people are expected to cram the CBD for what is promised to be among the most innovative events seen in Melbourne.
For the first time, two fireworks extravaganzas will be held -- a 9.30pm show for families with children and a traditional midnight show.
The $150,000 pyromusical displays will use nine tonnes of fireworks launched off two land sites and four barges on the Yarra.
The fireworks have been designed by renowned artistic director Ignatius Jones, responsible for the Sydney Olympics closing ceremony fireworks display.
Party-goers will be treated to live music at five hot spots along the Yarra -- at Birrarung Marr, Alexandra Gardens, Southgate, Federation Square and NewQuay.
A simultaneous countdown to midnight will be held at each locale.
Victoria Police will be out in increased numbers, enforcing the CBD's alcohol exclusion zone.
Superintendent Michael Williams said $100 on-the-spot fines would be issued to anyone found breeching the no-alcohol rule.
"Generally on New Year's Eve people will come in and walk down the street just drinking from stubbies or other drink containers," he said.
"That won't be allowed and you'll be tapped on the shoulder and asked to tip it out and given an on-the spot penalty notice."
Superintendent Williams said underage drinking would be another focus for police.
"Please, for parents out there, if your children are going to come in here unsupervised don't supply them with any alcohol," he said.
Licensed premises would also come under scrutiny, he said.
Transport services will be extended for the evening, with the last train leaving Flinders St at 1.25am and trams running until 1.30am.
Nightrider bus services will operate from 12.30am until 4.30am
A $5.50 taxi surcharge will apply between 6pm on New Year's Eve and 6am on New Year's Day.
But the Public Transport Users Association has labelled the evening's public transport totally inadequate.
PTUA president Daniel Bowen said there were not enough services after midnight.
"We know from past years many people will struggle to board overcrowded trams and will be left to fend for scarce taxis," Mr Bowen said.
Perth, Adelaide and Sydney were running trains all night, he said.
"Melbourne's New Year's Eve public transport is a complete joke when compared to other Australian cities."
Parents can pick up children at supervised zones on Collins St (between Swanston and Elizabeth streets) and from 12.30am at St Kilda Rd (Service Rd, cnr Linlithgow Ave). There will also be Salvation Army Chill Out/Lost Children zones at Melbourne Town Hall Alexandra Gardens and Birrarung Marr.
Trains and trams to run later - The Age
Melbourne public transport services will be extended into the early hours of New Year's Day, with trams and trains running until about 1.30am.
The last trains will depart Flinders Street at 1am, and Spencer Street at 12.30am. To encourage more taxi drivers to work, a $5.50 taxi surcharge will apply from 6pm New Year's Eve to 6am New Year's Day.
Nightrider buses will leave the city every 30 minutes until 4.30am. Transport Minister Peter Batchelor said the services would allow revellers to leave cars at home and he encouraged people to check travel times.
But Public Transport Users Association president Daniel Bowen said the services did not measure up to those in Sydney, Adelaide and Perth, where trains will run all night.
"Melbourne's New Year's Eve public transport is a complete joke when compared to other Australian cities," Mr Bowen said. He said party-goers last year had to wait for overcrowded trains. Others had to walk.
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