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Australia’s Largest Drone Display Is Coming To Docklands On New Year’s Eve

Nicole de Souza Nicole de Souza - Staff Writer

Australia’s Largest Drone Display Is Coming To Docklands On New Year’s Eve

We’ve seen beautiful drone displays take over the New Year celebrations in cities like Singapore and London. And now, this fantastic new movement is coming to Melbourne. For the first time ever, you’ll be able to celebrate the New Year with Australia’s largest ever drone display. See 350 drones dance and weave their way through the air above Victoria Harbour on New Year’s Eve. Are you ready to see this dazzling aerial performance?

New Year’s Eve Drone Celebration

Enjoy the best of both worlds with both a fabulous new drone display and the classic fireworks. The drones will perform for seven minutes above Victoria Harbour before the 9:30pm and midnight fireworks. After that, the Docklands drone swarm will also run twice a night from January 3 to 30.

“With 350 drones lighting up the sky – this will be one of the first drone shows of this scale to ever take place in the southern hemisphere,” said Lord Mayor Sally Capp.

This new drone performance was developed by Celestial, an internationally renowned company that delivered both the 2020 New Year display for Edinburgh and a drone art creation for Amnesty International’s 60th anniversary.

“The team at Celestial is thrilled to be designing a show-stopping event for Melbourne New Year,” said Celestial CEO Tony Martin. “Working with celebrated local talent, our aim is to tell a story that takes the audience on a journey from the troubles of a difficult year and into a greener, healthier, happier future.”

In order to manage crowds and adhere to health and safety requirements, there will be four ticketed celebration zones. These will be located in Docklands, Flagstaff Gardens, Alexandra Gardens and Treasury Gardens. There will also be family-friendly entertainment from 6pm and localised fireworks shows at 9:30pm and midnight.

Entertainers include comedy and circus acts, dance workshops, big bands, DJs, food trucks and a disco light installation.

New Year Street Feasts

In partnership with Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, eight precincts around Melbourne will also come alive with delicious menus from the best restaurants around Melbourne. While you enjoy the New Year Street Feasts, there will also be live music to keep the good times rolling. These eight precincts are:

  • Little Bourke Street East: Between Spring and Exhibition, including Liverpool and Crossley streets
  • Flinders Lane East: Between Exhibition and Russell streets
  • Flinders Lane West: Between Russell and Swanston streets
  • Little Collins Street: Between Spring Street and Exhibition Street, including Meyers Place
  • Russell Place
  • Cohen Place
  • Docklands: New Quay Promenade
  • Federation Square.

Tickets to the New Year Street Feasts will be on sale on the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival website.

Meanwhile, tickets to the drone celebration zones will be awarded through a ballot. You will also need to be fully vaccinated to attend this event. This new drone display is the first exciting announcement about New Year’s Eve made by the City of Melbourne.

The full program will launch on November 25. Click here for more information. 

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