It’s the year of the Goat and Melbourne will come alive this Chinese New Year. Melbourne is steeped in Chinese heritage and has a long tradition of celebrating the New Year in colour, dance and style. Melbourne will play host to a number of activities over two weeks.
You can kick start your celebrations by counting down the New Year in Chinatown on 18 February. The following day, Melbourne Star will theme its LED light show in red and gold. And the Docklands will come alive with the 100 metre-long Docklands Dragon between 19 February and 1 March. On the 19 February, ACMI [Australian Centre for the Moving Image] will explore Chinese moving image art through live events, exhibitions and animations for the whole family.
Hungry? There will be a Hawker market in the CBD on 20 February offering a variety of Asian cuisine including Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Indian and Thai. There will also be New Year cake and traditional sweets.
You could stay in style at our all-suite 4.5 star Clarion Suites Gateway in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD and close to Chinatown. Or stay in a heritage building at Quality Hotel Batman’s Hill on Collins, which is a short walk to Docklands and Chinatown. Or if you are looking for a hotel close to the airport, try Quality Hotel Melbourne Airport.
A little outside Melbourne’s CBD lies Box Hill, which will come alive on 14 February with traditional lion and dragon dancers, a firecracker show, martial arts demonstrations and amusement rides for all ages. You might like to stay in the leafy suburb of Kew at the Quality Suites Beaumont Kew, which is only 20 minutes’ drive from Box Hill.
As the year of the goat arrives, we wish you peace, good luck and joy.