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NYE for all ages - Geelong and The Bellarine

NYE for all ages - Geelong and The Bellarine




So I don’t have kids but I have some adorable nieces and nephews so I know that my sisters end up in bed before midnight at this stage in life. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t any fun though, as there are plenty of family fun activities around the region over this time of year.

Number 1 pick is always fireworks! Who doesn’t love a firework display?

Head to the Geelong Waterfront for the family time display from 9-9.30pm.

If you are game to keep the kids up late, or you live close enough to central Geelong, then listen out for the midnight display as well.

I guess you will be woken up bright and early on Jan 1st, regardless of how your head might be feeling, so send the kids to let off some steam at the FREE Family Fun Day at Edge Geelong.



From memory this was the hardest time of life for NYE. You want to break away from the family, you aren’t allowed into nightclubs and your biggest worry is who you are going to pash when the clock strikes 12. 

Camping with friends is always a good option down at Riverview Family Caravan Park in Ocean Grove or Barwon Heads Caravan park, and it’s a safe and fun place for all ages.

If you have lost your friends be sure to check the sand dunes!


MID 20’s - 30’s+

Still with energy to party well into the AM, its all about nightclubs, friends and dressing up.

Top pick would be City Quarter for their Glamorous cocktail event with DJ and the hottest ticket in town with a priority pass into the after party at Lambys.

Of course, if you are nearing the end of the 30's perhaps a night out at one of the regions top restaurants with a great bottle (or few bottles) of Geelong wine to welcome in the new year.



They do say that the 40’s is the new 30’s, and we have every intention of frocking up, putting on the heels and waiting in line at a nightclub, HOLD UP, that sounds like a nightmare!

Ok, so fancy dress is always an easy option at this age. You don’t have to get all pretty, it gives everyone a laugh, and they even set a theme for you so you don’t have to think too hard about it.

I personally loooove a fancy dress and it looks like Retro and 70’s is the flavour of the month this year with events like the 70’s Spectacular at the Vue Grand, Mirror Ball party at the Elephant and Castle and the Retro NYE party at Novotel Geelong.

For something left of field try the Bonnie & Clyde event at Oakdene. It's the first time they have held a NYE event for 12 years.

If you want to let the inner bogan out (and that's not an insult cause I love my soft rock) then visit the Sphinx for the Glitter Gang. I would love to see the photos from that night.



I've heard these guys often party harder than all of us put together. They don't have to worry about kids anymore, they don't care what anyone else thinks and they have learnt from past attempts as to what makes the perfect NYE.

I imagine they might go for a boat ride on the Hygeia or hold a cracking party at home with some awesome catering by Cater & Co, cause who wants to do the cooking or dishes!



As for me, it's still in discussion.

Is it out to a dress up party with friends or will I sit on our balcony at Portarlington sipping on some Baie Wine Pinot Gris watching the fire works across the bay.....Tucked in bed by 12.01 am.