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Australia Day 26/01 - Sure, it's a holiday but it's also the day we come together and celebrate being 'Australian'.

A day on the beach, a BBQ, a picnic with friends, a drink or two, prawns prawns prawns and a time to reflect on what it means to be a true blue/pink/mint Aussie!

Here's a little inspiration, in and out of Melbourne (and in no particular order)!

 

1. Australia Day Festival in Dandenong Park

The award winning Australia Day Festival will be held in Dandenong Park, corner of Pultney and Foster streets on Friday 26 January 2018, from 3pm to 9.30pm. 

This all-ages event will commence with a Welcome to Country and a Smoking Ceremony by a Wurundjeri Elder, followed by a Flag Raising Ceremony and Australia Day Awards on the main stage. 

This free family friendly event will feature two stages with live entertainment, roving performers, a dedicated food court, community and market stalls, exciting rides ($2-$6), free family activities, and will conclude with a grand fireworks finale at 9.25pm.

 

2. Globe to Globe Music Festival, Clayton South

Kingston's annual Australia Day event, Globe to Globe World Music Festival showcases the very best in world music. Globe to Globe is known for its diverse range of performances, workshops, international cuisine, kids entertainment, rides, and a spectacular fireworks finale.

 

3. City of Casey Australia Day celebrations

Hampton Park
Time:
9.00 am – 12.00 pm
Venue: Arthur Wren Hall, Hampton Park
Contact: 0418 353 420
The Hampton Park Progress Association will present a FREE event that will feature an Aussie breakfast, face painting, jumping castles, animal farm and more.

Cranbourne
Time: 11.00 am - 4.00 pm
Venue: Balla Balla Community Centre, Berwick-Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne East
Contact:
0418 367 417
C.H.A.R.M, in collaboration with other community organisations, will host a FREE family event to celebrate our rich and diverse cultural heritage and what makes us proud to live in the City of Casey. Enjoy a FREE sausage sizzle, traditional music and dances, art and crafts, free children’s activities and more.

Berwick
Time: 10.00 am – 3.00 pm
Venue: Pioneers Park, Corner of Peel Street and Lyall Road, Berwick
Contact: 0418 340 825
The Rotary Club of Berwick presents a celebration featuring musical performances, children’s activities, flag raising ceremony, food stalls, whip-cracking and much more. Visit emergency service vehicles, vintage machinery displays, the wood-chop event and Cobb and Co horse and carriage rides.

Tooradin
Time: 5.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Venue: Sawtell’s Inlet, Memorial Island, Tooradin
Contact: 0410 524 136
The Lions Club of Balla Balla proudly presents a FREE family event with a free BBQ (for the first 500 people), along with live music, prizes, games, competitions, entertainment, family movie and more. It will be a great afternoon out for the whole family.

 

4. Australia Day at Docklands

Located along Harbour Esplanade, the Australia Day at Docklands celebration will keep the family entertained with roaming artists, entertainment and Melbourne’s most loved food trucks, with the event culminating in a spectacular fireworks display at 9.00pm.

Attracting 16,000 people in 2017, the Australia Day at Docklands celebration and fireworks is one not to be missed.

 

5. Australia Day at Rippleside Park Geelong

Celebrate Australia Day at Rippleside Park with over 40 free activities and displays for families and children to enjoy.

There will be stage entertainment all day long with roving entertainers including Dame Edna Average with give away’s and Dazzling Dan with his magic show Stlit Divas and Willow Star Entertainment.

 

6. Australia Day Concert and Fireworks, Nunawading

The Whitehorse Australia Day Awards will be presented earlier in the evening, along with a special citizenship ceremony to be held in the Whitehorse Centre theatre prior to the concert.

Free rides and amusements will be available from 5.00pm to 9.40pm. Food stalls will operate from 5.00pm onwards. ATM facilities will be available for this event.

 

 

7. Australia Day in Wyndham, Werribee

Bring in the kids for free activities, grab a bite to eat one of the many cafes and restaurants in Werribee City Centre and enjoy the live stage program including a performance by INXSIVE: The INXS Tribute Show, Trent Hamilton, The Consummators and the Michael Paynter Band.

Along Watton Street you’ll also find face painting, classic cars and a special Kids Zone featuring bungee trampolines and a giant, 30 metre slide!

The program will also feature an outdoor cinema, where you can kick back and enjoy a free screening of the family film, Paper Planes.

The movie will be followed by the Australian Open live on the Big Screen and of course, a stunning display of fireworks to bring a close to the evening.

Australia Day in Wyndham is a free, family friendly and alcohol-free event.

 

 

8. RACV Australia Day Festival, Kings Domain Melbourne

The RACV Australia Day Festival in Kings Domain Gardens is a long standing, much-loved Australia Day event in one of Melbourne’s beautiful city gardens. Held at the conclusion of the Australia Day Parade, the Festival continues the theme of our rich diversity with free family focussed activities, displays from a broad range of community groups and a showcase of vintage and classic cars.

In amongst the festivities, Peppa Pig will headline a free concert. There will also be a multicultural themed Food Truck Park with a range of tantalising international cuisines to choose from.

At 12:30pm all eyes will be drawn to the sky as the impressive Royal Australian Air Force Roulettes put on a jaw dropping show across the Melbourne city skyline.

 

9. Government House Open Day

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If you've ever wanted to peer into the world of Government House then the open day held on Australia Day allows visitors to do just this.

Visitors are invited to tour the main House, including the Governor's Private Apartments, and view the historical collection, including antiques from the Johnston Collection and artwork from the National Gallery of Victoria.

If you're feeling peckish there's lots on offer including delicious baked goods from the Country Women's Association, which will occupy the original 19th Century kitchen, whilst the Hopetoun Stables will house former Melbourne Cup champion racehorses from Living Legends.

 

10. Balit Narrun Festival Share the Spirit at Treasury Gardens

The Share the Spirit Festival is an annual festival held on the 26th of January in Melbourne’s CBD at Treasury Gardens. Created by Songlines in 2003 and growing stronger and stronger Share the Spirit Festival is an important cultural gathering for local and regional community.

The Festival is a showcases of the diverse styles of music created by Indigenous artists Folk, Country, Rock, Blues, Soul, Funk, Hip Hop Artists all share the stage. Like all of Songlines events the Festival family friendly, alcohol free and safe for all.

 

12. Australia Day Hastings

A one day event that will be filled with free family fun activities including entertainment and a FREE BBQ breakfast.

The day kicks off at 9am - 2pm and there will be a special Emu Plains Market pop-up with 80 stall holders.

 

13. Australia Day Races at Hanging Rock, Newham

Join in all the fun at Australia Day @ the Rock and help celebrate over 125 years of racing at the Rock! Featuring the running of the Hanging Rock Cup.
On-course entertainment includes

FREE Kids Activities
Live music
Big Screen
Punters Club
TAB facilities & bookmakers
Food Stalls

No BYO Alcohol, animals or shade structures

 

14. Festival of Sails, Geelong

Saturday 21st - Saturday 28th January

Visitors to Geelong and local residents will come together to celebrate the Festival of Sails, incorporating the Australia Day public holiday, over a week long Festival in 2017, with an abundance of activity and entertainment. With live music, a variety of market stalls, a dedicated kids area, family friendly activities, free on and off the water come try activities, Discover Sailing, fantastic food on offer, there is something different to experience and enjoy each day.

Whether you are a sailor or prefer your feet on more solid ground and are looking for a fun way to entertain the family across the Australia Day holiday, this event provides something for everyone to enjoy.

 

15. Stony Creek Music Festival, Yarraville

Put on your dancing shoes, pack a picnic and bring the whole family to the Stony Creek Music Festival.

Celebrating togetherness on Australia Day, this festival will showcase Australian music and culture.

Featuring Nick Barker’s Tribute to the Rolling Stones, the program will also include Rebecca Barnard and The Yarraville All Stars as well as many other talented local musicians.

This FREE community music festival is a must see on your summer calendar.

 

16. Australia Day at Arthurs Seat Eagle

If you are heading to the beautiful Mornington Peninsula for the long weekend with family or friends then this is the event for you!

On Friday 26th January our all inclusive gondola attraction will have some Aussie themed additions and FREE entertainment.

11am-3pm Snags on the Barbie

11am-3pm Giant Stilt Walking Aussies

12pm-4pm Balloon Artist

3:30pm-6:30pm Live Music by Sam O'Connell