When the event first started in 2011, I was quite skeptical having been unaware of this event and being introduced to it quite suddenly. Imagine this. You’re sitting back, late at work, trying to meet a deadline and then all of a sudden you hear a massive bang. You look around and see nothing… then another one. Then giant flashes of colour: red, yellow, blue and soon the building is vibrating from the force of the explosions. Having only recently watched the movie, Pearl Harbour, my mind skipped to the fact that the area was being attacked! Thankfully, it was just my imagination.
The Docklands located to the east of the Melbourne, has always been a little harder to get to than the rest of the city. But don’t let that stop you getting to this event.
Do you remember the awe of watching the fireworks streak across the night sky? If you share that same fascination with me, then I’m confident that you wouldn’t miss an opportunity to see a fireworks display. I know, I know, you are probably wondering would this be as big as the New Year’s celebration, I would say no. But it comes really close. You can catch it on Fridays at 7pm!
What to expect:
In essence this is what you can expect from the Docklands fireworks display:
- 15-20 minutes of excitement
- A crescendo styled display
- (Think V for Vendetta, minus the destruction)
- A classical instrumental music overlaying the display.
Get off at the Bourke Street end of Southern Cross train station, walking over past Etihad Stadium to get to the Docklands. Alternatively catch one of the free city circle trams or tourist buses to get there or Tram 70 (goes past the spot), Tram 48 & Tram 31 (you’ll need to walk from the last two).
Once you’re there – either position yourself on the side of the NAB building or in the middle jetty, Warehouse 14 or also known as Jeff’s Shed (though you want to get there at least 15 minutes as people have come in pouring rain to see the display). Avoid trying to be near the stage as that’s where they MC the event and from the last 2 years, the wind has blown the smoke down their way.
After my abrupt introduction in 2011, I must admit, that year by year, this event has only gotten better. I’m eagerly looking forward to the next round of fireworks this July!
Travel: Daily Ticket ($12 – 2013 prices) or if you’re smarter/luckier, travel after 6.
Total Cost: Approx $45 (incl. $30 for food)
TDT Rating: 3.5-4.5
I hope to see you there!