Happy Australia Day! Here’s a list of what’s happening around town to celebrate our national day.
- Australia Day at Wonderland Fun Park (Tue 26 Jan) – free Australia Day temporary tattoos, face painting, sausage sizzle, DJ.
- Government House Open Day (Tue 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 (Tue 26 Jan) – enchanted forest craft installation, dingoes, owls and snakes, 400 historical vehicles and a chess master.
- Melbourne Town Hall tours at Melbourne Town Hall (Tue 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.
- Paintings of Early Melbourne Old Treasury Building (Tue 26 Jan) – rare and little known paintings of Melbourne from the 1840s to the 1870s.
- Share the Spirit Festival Treasury Gardens (Tue 26 Jan) – Aboriginal dance, culture and music.
- Australia Day at Docklands (Tue 26 Jan) – fun, food, entertainment, fireworks display, including Food Truck Festival.
- Australia Day Parade (Tue 26 Jan) – multicultural parade down Swanston St.
NORTH / NORTH-EAST
- City of Whittlesea Australia Day Celebrations at City of Whittlesea Council Office lawns (Tue 26 Jan) – music and fireworks display.
SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE
- Australia Day Flag Raising and Citizenship Ceremony at Monash Civic Centre, Glen Waverley (Tue 26 Jan) – music, food stalls and interactive workshops and activities.
- Australia Day Festival at Dandenong Park (Tue 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 (Tue 26 Jan) – swim race with live entertainment and food stalls.
- Globe to Globe World Music Festival (Tue 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.
- Dromana Australia Day (Tue 26 Jan) – Free Community Breakfast and Free kids activities.
- Australia 2016 on Herring Island (Tue 26 Jan) – arts groups participating in the Herring Island Summer Arts Festival will be gathered in the courtyard on Herring Island to give art demonstrations and talks.
- Pop Up Farmyard at Plaza Park (Tue 26 Jan) – free activities, BBQ, face painting, entertainment, farmyard animals.
- Australia Day celebrations at Ringwood Lake (Tue 26 Jan) – music, shows, kids workshops.
- Whitehorse Australia Day concert (Tue 26 Jan) – free concert, rides and amusements and citizenship ceremony.
- Belgrave Survival Day (Tue 26 Jan) – family concert/festival to acknowledge the legacy of Indigenous culture, history and survival.
- Kensington Australia Day Festival at Macaulay Rd and Bellair St Kensington (Tue 26 Jan) – citizenship ceremony, Billy Kart Racing, a pet show, lamington eating, market stalls and live entertainment
- Australia Day in Altona (Tue 26 Jan) – Free family fun day including music, stalls, kids’ activities and fireworks.
- Brimbank Australia Day celebrations at Kevin Wheelahan Gardens Sunshine (Tue 26 Jan) – community BBQ breakfast and entertainment, and as well as a citizenship ceremony.
- Stony Creek Music Festival (Tue 26 Jan) – Live entertainment, free kids activities, Food trucks and Aussie sausage sizzle.
- Australia Day in Melton (Tue 26 Jan) – breakfast, displays, Community Achievement Awards and the City’s largest annual citizenship ceremony.
- Australia Day in Werribee Park (Tue 26 Jan) – Live stage entertainment, Face painting, Carnival rides, fireworks.