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2014 Australia Day Events in Melbourne

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Australia Day Events in Melbourne

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Time has come again to slap on an Australian flag fake tattoo, throw a few snags on the barbie, crank up the volume for Triple J Hottest 100, and chuck on an Akubra to celebrate the most Australian day of the year - Australia Day on 26 January.

What is so sensational about 2014's Australia Day, is that it falls on a Sunday. So extra beer, extra partying and extra festivities for everyone. And trust me, you'll need the Monday to recover from the myriad of events happening in Melbourne - most of which are free, many of which are fun, and every bit of it Australian!

The following pages list the major events and activities around the city, so read on and start planning.

Australia Day Luncheon

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The Australia Day Luncheon will be held on Thursday 23 January. Australia Post have selected 16 of the country's most inspirational culinary legends demonstrating the diversity of gastronomic delights around the country, and on this special day, eight winners will be announced for Australian Legends Stamps Series.

Tickets are $135 per person or get nine other friends and reserve a table for 10 at $1,300.

When: Thursday 23 January, 12.15 pm - 2.30 pm
Where: Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf
Bookings: Phone 03 9320 5777 or email

Government House Open Day

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For the annual Open Day each year, Government House opens its doors to the public on Australia Day giving people the exclusive opportunity to see the private residence of the Governor as well as the beautiful, spacious grounds and garden.

From 10am to 3pm, tours will run throughout the day for visitors to explore the main House, 19th century Kitchen and Hopetoun Stables. Don't forget to enjoy a scrumptious picnic on the magnificent lawns surrounded by manicured trees and shrubs.

Of course, there will be lots of fun children's entertainment, fantastic live music, delightful food and cool beverages for everyone to enjoy. You'll get into the spirit of things in no time.

For all the latest information on the festivities, visit the Government House website.

When: 10am - 3pm
Where: Government House Drive, Melbourne
Entry: Free

RACV Australia Day Picnic and Federation Vehicle Display

RACV Australia Day Picnic and Federation Vehicle Display

Feast your eyes on over 450 veteran, vintage and classic vehicles on display at the annual RACV Federation Vehicle display, which is guaranteed to be a splendid sight.

Take advantage of the numerous free activities including soccer, tai-chi, mini-golf, to name just a few; see the fabulous working dog displays; nosh on your favourite eats; cuddle and handle cute baby animals; and get a health check. Don't forget to check out the various community organisations on display.

From 12 noon to 2pm, chill by the main stage for the timeless and soulful sounds by legendary jazz trumpeter James Morrison. And stay put for two o'clock when the Roulettes show off their skills with their aerial flyover and display.

Relax through laughter, have fun with activities, and let us all rejoice this Australia Day.

When: 10am - 4pm
Where: Kings Domain Gardens, St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Entry: Free

Australia Day Parade

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Come and celebrate our diverse cultures, heritage and organisations.

Gather on Swanston Street for the Flag Raising Ceremony at 10.30am celebrating the Australian spirit. Then stick around for the Australia Day Parade commencing at 11am. From Swanston Street (starting near Bourke Street), across the Yarra River, along St Kilda Road to Kings Domain the participants will parade and march with pride. Victorians from all walks of life including special interest organisations symbolising Victoria's diverse cultures, heritage and history will be seen marching on this special day.

Then pop over to the Shrine of Remembrance for the 21 Gun Salute carried out by the 2nd/10th Light Battery to mark Australia Day at 12 noon.

  • Flag Raising Ceremony: 10.30am - 11am

  • Parade: 11am - 11.45am

  • 21 Gun Salute: 12 noon

  • Swanston Street, Melbourne

  • Shrine of Remembrance, St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Entry: Free

RACV Sounds of Australia Day

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Expect all sorts of Australian festivities at RACV Sounds of Australia Day here in the Queen Victoria Gardens from 12 noon.

With Australian music pumping, choirs serenading, and heaps of performers entertaining the crowds, there is something here for everyone. In addition, there will be family friendly events to entertain the masses, food and beverage vendors are slated to satisfy appetites all around, and heaps of giveaways will be handed out throughout the day.

When you're here, don't forget to join in other Australia Day merriment in the area. Check out the amazing wood choppers in action showing off with their serious axing skills in the Alexandra Gardens; take part in the special Australia Day goings-on organised at the majestic National Gallery of Victoria inviting all families; and browse anything and everything handmade at the Sunday Market located at the Arts Centre.

Whatever you do, just make sure you relish and savour every minute of Australia Day.

When: 12 noon 5pm
Where: Queen Victoria Gardens, St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Entry: Free

Tidal Rhythms at the Bowl Concert

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At Sidney Myer Music Bowl, music will fill the air, stories will captivate the audience, dance will blow your mind, and cultures will be celebrated.

From 2.30 to 5pm, Tidal Rhythms will celebrate the magnificence and diversity of our great nation through a performance that features Australia's most stunning landscapes as well as presenting a fascinating kaleidoscope of our country's artistic talent.

Providing a relaxed atmosphere in the middle of the city while at the same time bringing the Sidney Myer Music Bowl to life with all sorts of things, Tidal Rhythms is the perfect place to celebrate Australia Day. So gather your crew, hunker down on a patch of grass, get some tasty fare from the market place and enjoy your day.

When: 2.30pm - 5pm
Where: Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Linlithgow Avenue, Melbourne
Entry: Free

Australia Day Fireworks at Docklands

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Fireworks will conclude the Australia Day festivities, so head to Docklands for a good time.

Get there early to secure your prime vantage point, and there will be heaps of entertainment and lots of things to keep you busy throughout the afternoon and evening including markets, Aussie culinary delights, and Aussie music pumping from 4pm.

When: 4pm - 9:30 pm
Where: Docklands, NewQuay Promenade, Docklands
Entry: Free
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Phone: Contact via the website
Where: Melbourne City and surrounds
Cost: Mostly FREE
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