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Happy 179th Birthday, Melbourne
It's Melbourne's birthday on Saturday 30th August and you're invited to the party. On 30th August 1835 free settlers sailed up the Yarra River and landed at the site of what is now known as Melbourne. So there will be celebrations on 30th August to mark Melbourne's 179th birthday, but also to reflect on what progress Melbourne has made as a city since 1835. See the Melbourne Day website for full details of all activities, but here is an overview of some of the events.
Be part of Melbourne's birthday celebrations on 30th August
Birthday celebrations start with Lord Mayor Robert Doyle conducting the official flag raising ceremony at Enterprize Park (corner of William and Flinders Streets) at 11.00am. Other Councillors, VIPs and Melbourne Day Chairman Campbell Walker will also be present. This is a free public event, families welcome.
The official flag raising will be conducted by Lord Mayor Robert Doyle at 11am
The festivities then move to Federation Square, where there is a free concert taking place from 12 noon until 3.00pm. The concert features a range of musicians, performers and home grown talent on the big stage at Fed Square. Here too is your opportunity to get a slice of birthday cake - but get in early. And don't forget to stay around to join in a rousing chorus of 'happy birthday to Melbourne'.
Be part of a spectacular flotilla on Victoria Harbour, Docklands, on 30th August. Bring the whole family and join in a Blessing of the Fleet Community Day. Festivities commence at 11.30am, at Victoria Harbour, in front of Etihad Stadium. You'll find more information here.
Enterprize, a replica of the ship from which the first white settlers landed in Melbourne, will be part of the flotilla and will also be open to the public for viewing for a gold coin donation between 2pm and 3pm at North Wharf Road, Berth VH03 (near Shed 2). Or you can take a sail on the Enterprize for an hour in the afternoon. Adult tickets are $35. You can find more details here.
Have a sail on Enterprize on Melbourne Day
If you'd prefer to watch the fleet action from the land, you can find more information and maps on the Melbourne Regatta website.
Expert Royal Historical Society of Victoria guides will hold two free tours of Flagstaff Gardens – the historic heart of Melbourne - during the birthday week. The tour climbs to the highest point on Flagstaff Hill where you will learn about its significance in Melbourne's pre-European history, plus its early role as a burial ground, flagstaff signalling station, and magnetic and meteorological observatory. These are taking place on Monday 25th August, at 10am and 1pm. To reserve your place, please call 9326 9288. Tours run for about 90 minutes.
Get your free virtual cupcake to enhance your celebration of Melbourne's birthday. Download the Melbourne Day cupcake app to your smartphone, point your phone at the 'magic cupcake', and watch your phone burst into a birthday animation. Click here for more information about this.
You can also share your Melbourne Day experience on social media by tagging it #Melbourne Day.
I would have loved to bring our photography club to this event but as we would be travelling from East Gippsland it is too short of notice.Is there any chance of getting earlier postings for these major events??Ronnie