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Melbourne’s Major Australia Day Events

Australia Day is for all Australians, no matter where our personal stories began. On Australia Day, we celebrate the things we love most about being Australian –  our lifestyle, a sense of fair go, our shared values and cultural heritage, our connection to land, but most importantly, our people.

Australia Day is our nation’s largest annual public celebration, and in Melbourne we celebrate the day with a family festival, the Australia Day Parade and of course a fireworks spectacular at Docklands.

Australia Day Events in Victoria

Across Victoria there are many community events showcasing our diverse community and recognising those who make a difference to the lives of others. Check out’s Event Calendar to find out how you can get involved.

Australia Day 2018 in Melbourne

For people in and around Melbourne this Australia Day, there are a range of free family-friendly events in Melbourne’s CBD to entertain all audiences!

Jump ahead: Official Flag Raising Ceremony | Australia Day Parade | 2018 RACV Australia Day Festival in Kings Domain Gardens | Australia Day at Docklands – Fireworks | Official Australia Day Luncheon

Tri Services Guard at the 2017 Flag Raising Ceremony outside Melbourne Town HallOfficial Flag Raising Ceremony

  • When: Friday 26 January 2018, 10.30 to 11am
  • Where: Outside Melbourne Town Hall, Corner Collins and Swanston Street, Melbourne CBD

The Official Flag Raising Ceremony marks the beginning of Melbourne’s Australia Day celebration. Attended by the Governor of Victoria, the Premier of Victoria,  the Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne and other dignitaries, the Official Flag Raising ceremony features an inspection of the Tri-Service Royal Guard of Honour, the Australia Day Affirmation and the singing of the Australian National Anthem.

Melburnians enjoying the 2017 Australia Day Parade in Melbourne's CBDAustralia Day Parade

  • When: Friday 26 January 2018, 11am to 11:45am
  • Where: Swanston Street, Melbourne CBD

Immediately following the Official Flag Raising Ceremony, spectators will be treated to a vibrant public display of our diverse community with more than 1,000 participants from over 80 community and cultural groups taking part in Melbourne’s annual Australia Day Parade. Nurture a sense of belonging by cheering on participants from a range of multicultural dancing and music groups, sporting and cultural associations, cosplayers and more!

Two ladies enjoying the RACV Australia Day Festival in Kings Domain Gardens in 20172018 RACV Australia Day Festival in Kings Domain Gardens

  • When: Friday 26 January 2018, 11am to 4pm
  • Where: Kings Domain Gardens, Arts Precinct, Melbourne CBD

The RACV Australia Day Festival in Kings Domain Gardens is a long-standing Australia Day event in one of Melbourne’s beautiful city gardens. This much-loved event is held after the Australia Day Parade, continuing the theme of togetherness and belonging with free family-focussed activities, displays from a broad range of community groups and the 2018 RACV Australia Day Heritage Vehicle Showcase. Foodies will enjoy vibrant street food and a festive atmosphere in our Food Truck Park, and families will love our main stage program complete with kids yoga, bands and our headline act, Peppa Pig.

Picture of the 2017 Australia Day Fireworks at Etihad Stadium in Docklands, MelbourneAustralia Day at Docklands

  • When: Friday 26 January 2018, 6pm to 9.30pm – Fireworks at 9pm
  • Where: Harbour Esplanade, Docklands

Finish your Australia Day at our fireworks spectacular down 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 9pm. Attracting 16,000 people in 2017, the Australia Day at Docklands celebration and fireworks is one not to be missed.

Glass, menu and bottle from the 2017 Australia Day Official LuncheonOfficial Australia Day Luncheon

  • When: Thursday 18 January 2018, 12noon
  • Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Please note: this is a ticketed event. Cost is $165 per ticket, or $1,500 for a table (1o tickets)

The Official Australia Day Luncheon is the premiere launch event for Australia Day celebrations in Victoria each year. Hosted by the Premier of Victoria and attended by the Governor of Victoria and other dignitaries, the luncheon is Melbourne’s premiere Business to Business (B2B) Australia Day function providing business, community and arts leaders the opportunity to share in the community spirit of Australia Day. The 2018 Australia Post Legends Awards, which recognise exceptional Australians who are a source of inspiration and pride for our nation, will also be announced during the Luncheon. Purchase your ticket today!