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Australia Day at Docklands

Government House Victoria – Open Day

Where: Government House Victoria
When: Friday 26 January 2018, 9.30am – 3.30pm



  • Self-guided tours start at the Fountain Court entrance and run between 10am – 3.30pm (The queue will close at 3.00 pm)


  • You can visit the ballroom without being part of the House tour.
  • Bricks4Kidz – Take part in Lego play, technical Lego and robotics activities
  • The Johnston Collection – View an historic Louis XVI style suite


Enjoy roving performances and music throughout the day.

Western Lawn

  • Picnic Area – Enjoy your picnic with views of the city skyline and the House.
  • Live broadcast by 3MBS Fine Music – Listen to the special broadcast on Australian musicians and composers
  • Ceremonial Trees – Discover which trees were planted by royalty, and former Governors and their spouses
  • Roulettes flyover at 12.30 pm – Enjoy the best vantage point to see the Roulettes flyover
  • Kitchen Garden
  • The Peace and Prosperity Kitchen Garden – Say hello to the friendly scarecrows made by Victorian students from special development schools

Activities and Displays

  • Bowls Victoria – Try your arm at bowls
  • Premier’s Active April – Sign up to 30 minutes of daily activity
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service Display Vehicle – Get an inside view of the aeroplane
  • Skin and Cancer Clinic – Stay sun smart with complimentary sunscreen
  • St John Mobile CPR Lab – Learn CPR in 10 minutes
  • Tennis Victoria Hot Shots and Cardio – Test your tennis skills
  • Historic Buildings and Children’s Zone
  • Collingwood Children’s Farm – Pet some farm animals
  • CFA Education Bus and Display Vehicle – Find out what the CFA does
  • Historic vehicles – View the Historic State Coach on loan from Museum Victoria for the day and also former State Governor’s cars.
  • Living Legends – Pat former champion race horses in the historic Hopetoun Stables
  • Roving children’s entertainment – Enjoy monster bubbles, face painting and balloon artistry


  • Scones and tea by the Country Women’s Association
  • Ice Cream and Coffee carts
  • Food Court – a variety of food available from well-known food trucks.

Please note: The 21 Gun Salute will take place at noon at the Shrine of Remembrance

Australia Day at Docklands