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Melbourne or Sydney for Christmas / New Year?

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1. Posted by Paul_wsm (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

Hi all,

I am currently in the process of trying to decide where to spend christmas/new year in Oz. I'm arriving in Perth in early July and am looking at the following route Perth-Darwin-Alice Springs-Adelaide-Melbourne-Sydney and then up the east coast. I have heard a bit about Sydney at this time of year - I am wondering if anyone has any opinions on which would be the better option to spend Christmas/New Year and whether, indeed, Melbourne is anywhere near as good as Sydney would be? Great nightlife will be a definite factor!

cheers

Paul

2. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 8y

Both nightlife in Sydney and Melbourne are great but I think you shouldn't give it a miss spending New Years in Sydney if you can. Melbourne goes kind of quiet at this time of the year, whereas everyone seems to be in Sydney watching the fireworks at the harbour. And it really is an amazing experience. If you go down in the early afternoon, you can have a picnic in the botanical gardens or near the opera house with thousands of other people before the party gets really started at midnight.
I definitely advise you to book your accomodation in advance, though.
As for christmas, in both cities it's very common to have a BBQ (a barbie as the Aussies call it ;)) on the beach, so there's probably not much difference. One year I did a trip to Great Ocean Road over christmas, that was definitely a highlight!

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 8y

I agree with steff - new year in sydney is fantastic! you would have to book your acccommodation asap though as I think much of the accommodation is booked already. Melbourne is a great city too though, and I'm sure they must put on a pretty good show at New Year too.

4. Posted by jasonh2015 (Full Member 156 posts) 8y

I was in Sydney for new year 07, and the fireworks were really cool. They have parts of the harbour by the opera house and near the bridge as "no drinking zones" and search your bags. The rest of the harbour is ok. As for hostels, i had to book and check the next day for another night with my hostel. But most hostels will let people "stay" at the hostel as long as they dont cause to much trouble/party ha ha. I think im my hostel there was like 30-40 people who didnt live their, so it shouldnt be a prob finding somewhere to stay, but all of new year is a party really. Me and some friends spent the rest of the nigh ton coogee beach watching the sunrise :) Hope this helped, sorry i went on for a bit.

5. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

Am I the only person who thinks that the New Year fireworks in Sydney are a bit boring?

Still, I'd prefer Sydney over Melbourne purely for the weather.

6. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 8y

Quoting jasonh2015

They have parts of the harbour by the opera house and near the bridge as "no drinking zones" and search your bags.

They do search your bags, but almost everyone I know was able to bring their 1.5 l bottles of 'water' () inside the closed-off area around the opera house. If you want to hang out for the day, you must get there early, because at some point they won't let anymore people in!
And James, I guess you are the only person who thinks the fireworks are boring, then again how often have you watched them ;)?

7. Posted by hmclehto (Full Member 142 posts) 8y

Definately Sydney and as for spending all day in the blaring sun, maybe you could try North Shore. I think the view is better from that side. We had an amazing spot in Lavender Bay and turned up sixish, many other people came much later and still very civilized (meaning picnics, kids etc not too crowded)

Enjoy

8. Posted by hmclehto (Full Member 142 posts) 8y

Definately Sydney and as for spending all day in the blaring sun, maybe you could try North Shore. I think the view is better from that side. We had an amazing spot in Lavender Bay and turned up sixish, many other people came much later and still very civilized (meaning picnics, kids etc not too crowded)

Enjoy

9. Posted by jasonh2015 (Full Member 156 posts) 8y

My friend's and I got to the harbour around 5.30-ish and still got a good view right by warf 6 or 7, but ot does get really busy after that. Hardly any chance in moving around 9pm and your out of luck. Well I went to the ice cream store, and have to be blunt and rude "move please" to get back to my spot, it worked, but i must have annoyed someone ha ha.

[ Edit: Edited on May 29, 2008, at 10:20 AM by jasonh2015 ]

10. Posted by Paul_wsm (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

Very much sounds like the popular vote goes to Sydney then! I had a hunch that may be the case. Thanks for all the advice guys.