Australia Day is celebrated in the most cities, towns and communities across Victoria. To find out what’s happening near you, click on the map below or search by location. Events will be updated as we get closer to Australia Day.
Fun, free and family friendly events take place across various locations in Melbourne on Australia Day.
Information about public transport and road closures can be found on the Getting Around page.
The first event of the week is the the Australia Day Luncheon on Thursday 23 January and will feature the Australia Post Legends. For ticket details see Australia Day Luncheon.
Start your Australia Day at 10.30am with the Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony at the Melbourne Town Hall, followed by the Australia Day Parade along Swanston Street from the Town Hall into St Kilda Road. The Parade is a celebration of our community and cultural diversity and will feature chorus and music groups and over 80 sporting, special interest and multicultural groups.
The parade will end at the RACV Sounds of Australia Day celebration in the Queen Victoria Gardens off St Kilda Road. There will lots of Australian music, choirs, performers and family events to watch or to join in with. The Eastern Service Lane of St Kilda Rd will tempt you with diverse food and beverage options and RACV will be on site with many giveaways throughout the day.
During the day, join in the RACV Australia Day Picnic and Federation Vehicle Display in Kings Domain Gardens and along St Kilda Road. Activities in the Gardens include the multi-talented James Morrison and other entertainers, over 400 heritage, vintage and classic vehicles, RAAF Roulette display, interactive displays and activities and a diverse range of food vendors.
Bring the kids to enjoy the Melbourne Now: Children’s Festival, being held at the National Gallery of Victoria over the Australia Day weekend. It’s art and design inside and out and great time for families to explore the Gallery and Melbourne Now.
Australia Day will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display at Docklands. In the lead up to the fireworks entertainment will include music, Great Aussie backyard activities, family entertainment and a range of food options.
Melbourne Metropolitan Events
Across metropolitan Melbourne there are numerous events taking place throughout Australia Day. To see what’s happening in your local community, see Melbourne Metropolitan Events.
Regional and Rural Events
There are hundreds of Australia Day events taking place across Victoria. Whether you are traveling or looking to celebrate in your local community, find out what’s happening in regional and rural Victoria.
Celebrate in the Office
Why not celebrate Australia Day prior to the weekend in your office, workplace or community center. Working Australians were encouraged to share the celebration of our national day with work colleagues with activities such as morning teas, BBQ lunches and office decorations with the Australia Day theme. Register your celebration and WIN. See Australia Day in the Office.