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6 of the Best New Year’s Day Parties in Melbourne

So much planning goes into the biggest night of the year, it’s easy to forget that there’s still so much to do on New Year’s Day, too. After all, it’s summer, it’s a public holiday, and everyone’s still in a celebratory mood from the night prior. Or incredibly hungover. Either way, when it comes around, we’ll be more than grateful for that extra bonus day off.

So, head out to the parks, the beach, the peninsula, or even Phillip Island – this stellar line-up of New Year’s Day parties is sure to kick start 2019 in style.

1. The First

$109 + booking fee

A brand new festival is heading to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl during this New Year’s Day, produced by the same people who brought the world-famous outdoor festival, Piknic Electronik, to the city. Aptly named, The First, their sole focus is on bringing fans of live electronic, hip hop, house, and techno music, an immersive experience in one of Melbourne’s most iconic music venues. There’s a smorgasbord of electro music on offer with M.I.A, The Presets, and Action Bronson headlining, so best to spare some energy from the night before. 

2. St Kilda Sea Baths Beach Party

$150 + booking fee

St Kilda’s iconic sea baths act as the backdrop for one of the liveliest New Year’s Day parties in Melbourne. The beachside venue, Captain Baxter, puts on one hell of a New Year’s Eve party, venue and will be backing it up the very next day, combining with s Sea Baths Rooftop and Encore for an epic sun-kissed party. Captain Baxter’s recently renovated interior, featuring a retractable-roofed dance floor, will provide the perfect spot for the sunset soirée and will also offer complimentary canapés and drinks from 1pm-3pm. 

3. Let Them Eat Cake

$169.50 + booking fee

If all your festival friends are heading to Falls or Beyond The Valley over the New Year’s break, don’t fret about missing out – Let Them Eat Cake is back for its seventh year with a stellar line-up to help you kick-on from New Year’s Eve. Conveniently located in the grounds of Werribee Mansion, the line-up of UK, US, European and local electronic artists is in a class of its own, with the raucous minds behind Cake believing that if you're going to throw yourself a birthday party, then you best do it right.

4. New Year’s Day at Laura

$289 + booking fee

Take your New Year’s celebrations up a level and book yourself a ticket to Pt. Leo Estate’s New Years Day at Laura on the Mornington Peninsula. Victoria’s number one and recently two-hatted restaurant, Laura, plays hosts to one of the swankiest parties between the beach and Melbourne. There’ll be free-flowing Pommery Champagne, Mornington Peninsula Brewery Beers, Campari/Aperol Bar and live music by KISS FM DJs. They’ve even got you covered with scheduled return transport from Sorrento, Mornington Peninsula and Federation Square locations.

5. Sundown

$120 + booking fee

Trance music lovers should hold off on the end-of-year celebrations, and instead flock to the epic Sundown festival set in the Shed 14 Central Pier at Docklands on New Year’s Day. Touring giant Evolution Events announced the return of their state-of-the-art trance concept, with German DJ/producer duo, Cosmic Gate headlining the event. Supported by a host of electronic artists who are ready to hit the decks, Sundown promises one interstellar start to the New Year.

6. New Year New Beginnings: New Year's Day Yoga in the Vines

$45 + booking fee

If you’re not much of a party goer and prefer to keep things zen, then maybe you’re in need of a health kick to get your year started on the right foot? Set amongst the vines at the Phillip Island Vineyard & Winery,  you can immerse yourself at New Year New Beginnings: New Year's Day Yoga in the Vines with a two-hour morning yoga workshop, followed by a delicious morning tea. After all, what better time, to pause, reflect, and envision your brand new year ahead?