Celebrate Australia Day in Melbourne by enjoying events and activities beginning on Wednesday 18th January through to Saturday 26th January. For details of all events, see the official website.
Here, a list of 5 free events to enjoy with family and friends on the 26th of January, 2013.
1.Government House Open Day
Located at Government House Drive, the public are invited to tour Government House and stables, and enjoy a BYO picnic with entertainment and music in the grounds. Free entry from 10am-3pm.
2. Australia Day March Watch the official Flag Raising ceremony at 10.30am, in front of the Melbourne Town Hall on Swanston Street. Includes the Royal Australian Navy Band Detachment and a Full Royal Guard. Immediately following at 11am, watch Victorians representing diverse cultures, heritage, and organisations, walk along Swanston Street (commencing near Bourke Street) to Kings Domain Gardens.
From 10am-4pm, Kings Domain Gardens will be buzzing with games and activities for the entire family, including sheep shearing demonstrations, Tai Chi, paint your boomerang, and much more. At noon, be entertained by jazz trumpeter James Morrison, and at 3.30pm watch the displayed 450 plus veteran, vintage and classic vehicles leave the gardens.
3. Sidney Myer Music Bowl Entertainment From 2pm-4.30pm, B# Big Band will have you dancing to music from the 30s, 40s and 50s swing eras. Save some energy to continue dancing at the Trans Turkish Express Australia Day Concert from 7-9.30pm, to modern day Turkish with reggae-fuelled Oriental funk and Arabian-rock. Other entertainment includes whirling dervishes, belly dancers, a traditional Ottoman marching band and more.
Australia Day Fireworks
5. Australia Day Fireworks At 9.30pm, be dazzled by fireworks, best viewed along the banks of the Yarra River (north/city side), Federation Square, Birrarung Marr, and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
Whether you plan to have a BBQ in your backyard or partake in the multitude of events in Melbourne, enjoy yourself - happy Australia Day!