Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Over the first two weeks in February, Melbourne is transformed into a sea of gold and red as it celebrates Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rooster.

Chinese New Year

Year of the Rooster

27 January – 12 February 2017
Docklands, Queensbridge, Queen Victoria Market, the Yarra River and throughout the city.

SkyBus is proud to be a supporting partner of this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations to be held city-wide, through a number of events and activities spread over the two week period. The Year of the Rooster Festival is at the height of Melbourne’s multicultural calendar and bring light, happiness and joy to thousands of people.

See lighting installations, dragons, dancing, Asian cuisine and traditional costumes bring the city alive. Here are a few highlights:

Free Tai Chi
Queensbridge Square, Southbank
7.30 – 8.15am, 30 January – 10 February
Invigorate yourself before work with free Tai Chi, strengthening the mind, body and soul.

Chinese New Year at DFO South Wharf
Everyday of the festival, 20 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf
See performances, beautiful lighting displays and receive free fortune cookies with special retail offerings inside them!

Lunar New Year celebration
5pm – 10pm, 1 February
Queen Victoria Market
Enjoy traditional Chinese entertainment and performances as you feast your way around the Summer Night Market.

2017 Chinese New Year Concert
7.30pm, 3 February
The Plenary, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf
Two of China’s premier entertainment groups will be mesmerising audiences with colour, song and dance; tickets start at $15.

Eureka Asian Fusion Dinner
6.30pm – 10.30pm, Eureka 89, Southbank
Booking and more info:
Celebrate the Year of the Rooster in the highest restaurant in Melbourne with spectacular views of the city and surrounds. The food isn’t bad either!

Dragon Boat come and try sessions
10am -– 4pm, 4 & 5 February
Community Boating Hub, 912 Collins Street, Docklands
Bookings and more info:
Get involved in the fierce competition and teamwork of dragon boating, a traditional Chinese sport.

Chinese New Year at Docklands
12pm – 10pm, Everyday of the festival
Look for the cow in the tree, Harbour Esplanade, Docklands
Enjoy Asian cuisine from the food truck park and traditional Chinese entertainment, watching the sun set over the water. From here you’ll see amazing light shows on the Melbourne Star and at 888 Collins Street (right nearby).

Queensbridge Square Culture Kaleidoscope 
10am – 9pm, 28 January – 11 February
Perfect for kids, the Culture Kaleidoscope showcases Chinese custom and culture. When you get hungry, there’s also another food truck nearby.

Whether you learn something new about Chinese culture, or sample some equisite Chinese food, Melbourne has so much to offer during this bright and happy time. For more information and activities see

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