Happy Australia Day ! Here’s a list of what’s happening around town to celebrate our national day. They are mostly free. (Try this lamington jaffle from Bad Frankie bar while you’re at it!)
- Government House Open Day (Mon 26 Jan) – tour the main House, view the historical collection, interactive INSIDE the BRICK Lego Play and Hot Shots and Speed Serve on tennis courts.
- RACV Australia Day Picnic and Federation Vehicle Display at Kings Domain (Mon 26 Jan) – enchanted forest craft installation, dingoes, owls and snakes, 400 historical vehicles and a chess master.
- Australia Day @ Federation Story at The Atrium Balcony, Federation Square (Mon 26 Jan) – free, interactive exhibition traces the history of Federation and explores significant moment in Australian history.
- Melbourne Town Hall tours at Melbourne Town Hall (Mon 26 Jan) – Experience the grandeur of the wood panelled Council Chamber, stand on the Portico where the Beatles waved and sit in the Lord Mayor’s chair.
- Australia Day at Docklands (Mon 26 Jan) – fun, food, entertainment, fireworks display.
NORTH / NORTH-EAST
- Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony at Eltham Community and Reception Centre (Mon 26 Jan) – flag-raising ceremony, citizenship ceremony and BBQ brunch.
- City of Whittlesea Australia Day Celebrations at City of Whittlesea Council Office lawns (Mon 26 Jan) – music and fireworks display.
- Darebin Australia Day celebrations (Mon 26 Jan) – Citizenship and Australia Day Celebrations.
SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE
- Piers Festival in Port Melbourne (Sun 25 Jan) – music, dance, food, forums and historical exhibitions that celebrate and reflect on the collective migration stories.
- Australia Day Flag Raising and Citizenship Ceremony at Monash Civic Centre, Glen Waverley (Mon 26 Jan) – live music performances and a foodie feast, Family Day in the Glen Waverley Library forecourt with music, food and kids workshops.
- Australia Day Races at Sportingbet Park at Sportingbet Park (Sandown Racecourse), Springvale (Mon 26 Jan) – fantastic racing action, the cricket on the big screen, and family entertainment
- Australia Day Legends BBQ at Lucky 13 Garage, Moorabbin (Mon 26 Jan) – live music and a BBQ lunch plus other fun and games.
- Australia Day Festival at Dandenong Park (Mon 26 Jan) – live music, roving performances, fireworks, food and market stalls, rides, family activities, workshops and games.
- Great Australia Day Swim at Middle Brighton beach and pier to Brighton (Mon 26 Jan) – swim race with live entertainment and food stalls.
- Globe to Globe World Music Festival (Mon 26 Jan) – world music as well as a range of dance, craft workshops, cuisine from around the globe, rides, entertainment and a spectacular fireworks finale.
- Manningham Australia Day at MC Square, Doncaster (Mon 26 Jan) – free activities, BBQ and movie.
- Australia Day celebrations at Ringwood Lake (Mon 26 Jan) – music, shows, kids workshops.
- Whitehorse Australia Day concert (Mon 26 Jan) – free concert, rides and amusements and citizenship ceremony.
- Seaworks Maritime Festival 2015 Williamstown (Sat 24 Jan – Mon 26 Jan) – one off exhibition of the largest collection of American Civil War memorabilia in Australia, re-enactments, canon firing, maritime exhibitions, roving performers, amusement for kids.
- International Street Food Festival at Flemington Showgrounds (Sun 25 Jan – Mon 26 Jan) – Celebrate multicultural Australia with fun-filled days of tastes, sights and sounds from around the world at this family-friendly event.
- Kensington Australia Day Festival at Macaulay Rd and Bellair St Kensington (Mon 26 Jan) – citizenship ceremony, Billy Kart Racing, a pet show, lamington eating, market stalls and live entertainment
- Australia Day in Altona (Mon 26 Jan) – Free family fun day including music, stalls, kids’ activities and fireworks.
- Brimbank Australia Day celebrations at Kevin Wheelahan Gardens Sunshine (Mon 26 Jan) – community BBQ breakfast and entertainment, and as well as a citizenship ceremony.
- Australia Day Celebrations at Maribyrnong (Mon 26 Jan) – Live entertainment, free kids activities, Food trucks and Aussie sausage sizzle.
- Australia Day in Melton (Mon 26 Jan) – breakfast, displays, Community Achievement Awards and the City’s largest annual citizenship ceremony.
- Australia Day in Werribee (Mon 26 Jan) – Live stage entertainment, Face painting, Carnival rides, fireworks.
- Australia Day at Manor Lakes (Mon 26 Jan) – sausage sizzle, rides, popcorn, fairy floss, balloon artist and clown.
- Double-decker bus tours in Altona (Mon 26 Jan) – free short scenic tours of Altona on a double-decker bus.