Details: Celebrate Australia Day with acceptance, diversity and the flavours of multicultural Australia! With two days of international tastes, sights and sounds this is the perfect celebration of our National Day! Family-friendly event filled with amusement rides, interactive activities, music, world-renowned media personalities and of course international cuisines!
2. Australia Day at Piers Festival When: 12pm-9:30pm Where: Princes Pier, Port Melbourne Cost: Free
Details: This free event features a huge line up of some of Melbourne's best musicians, artists, performers, dancers and culinary talent. This is a family- friendly event that everyone will love!
3. Port Fairy Moyneyana Festival When: 8am-5pm Where: Village Green, Bank St, Port Fairy
Details: Join the Port Fairy-Belfast Lions Club breakfast, followed by the Australia Day ceremony with guest speakers and awards. Further celebrations include lunch, children games by Port Fairy Sea Scouts, entertainment, celebration cake for afternoon tea and the day ends with a summer Movie on the Village Green at sun-set!
4. Rosebud Australia Day Fun Run
When: 8:30am and 9am
Where: Mornington Peninsula, Dromana & Safety Beach, Mornington Peninsula.
Cost: Adults: $35 , Children: $25 & Family (2 adults 2 children): $100
Details: Lace up those runners and join 2,000 competitors in the Rosebud Australia Day Fun Run. Walk (5.3km) or run (10km or 5.3km), or both will take you along the beautiful foreshore and past breathtaking views. After the fun run there will be a celebration of Australia Day with the flag raising ceremony. See website for registration and all details about the event.
5. Australia Day at Wonderland Fun Park
Where: Wonderland Fun Park, 120 Pearl River Rd, Docklands
Cost: See website
Details: Gather the family to Wonderland Fun Park for a family fun Australia Day, with plenty of entertainment for the whole family from amusements rides, dodgems, bungee trampolines, face painting, temporary tattoos, sausage sizzle, meet & greet Aussie reptiles and dance along to the top 100 Aussie rock songs...
6. Australia Day Festival of Sails
When: All Day
Where: Royal Geelong Yacht Club & Geelong Waterfront, Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong
Details: Join the 100,000 visitors who flock to the stunning Geelong waterfront to celebrate Australia Day with this iconic and fun-filled event that offers something that no other regatta in Australia does, combining first-class with a brilliant Shoreside Festival. There is an abundance of activities and entertainment for the whole family including live music, art & craft stalls, boat show, free on and off the water come 'n' try activities, discover sailing, food & wine stalls and plenty more...
7. Australia Day at Melbourne Star
Where: Melbourne Star, 101 Waterfront Way, Docklands
Details: Celebrate Australia Day with family-friendly musical entertainers, come face-to face with some of Australia's most iconic furry and not –so-furry friends in the Bush Babies enclosure. There will be tasty treats, including meatballs and skewers available for purchase and plenty of family-friendly activities to be enjoyed (activities held between 4pm-8pm)
8. Gay & Lesbian Midsumma Australia Day Picnic
Where: Forest Glade, Mount Macedon, Macedon
Details: Pack the car and drive to the country this Australia Day and join Melbourne's Rainbow Band and Gay & Lesbian Chorus for their annual picnic in the park. There is 14 acres of stunning private gardens to be discovered! For all details visit the website.
9. Australia Day Luncheon
When: 22 January 2015: 12:15pm-2:30pm
Where: Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf
Cost: Individual tickets: $150 or table of 10: $1, 300
Details: Join the Australia Day Committee to the official Australia Day Luncheon. The Luncheon features the 2015 Australian Post Australian Legends. It is a great opportunity to say thank you to those who made a difference in 2014 and to inspire others in 2015. For all details including ticket purchases click here.
10. Australia Day Official Flag Raising Ceremony
Where: Swanston Street, Melbourne
Details: Celebrate Australia Day with the official Flag Raising Ceremony, with a special address from His Excellency, the Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC, the Governor of Victoria and the Australian Day Affirmation, led by the Premier. There will be celebrations from very talented students from the Victorian State School Spectacular.