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Mornington - Australia Day 2015 Celebrations

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Coast along for a lot of family fun on Australia Day
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Image courtesy of Mornington Peninsular Shire website

There are so many great places to celebrate Australia Day, one would have to count Mornington as one of those amazing places to be. Head out to Mornington Park at the corner of Schnapper Point Drive and the Esplanade from 3pm to 9.30pm on Monday the 26th of January 2015 and join in the fun of celebrating our great nation. Along the Mornington Peninsula other Australia Day celebrations by the shire can be found at Sorrento; Rye; Rosebud; Dromana; Hastings and Mount Eliza.

The main stage is going to be filled with 'live' entertainment hosted by Pete and Ange from RPP FM's 'The Breakfast Scoop' and they'll be presenting the following performers. At 3pm The Mighty bUZZniks; 4.15pm Tony Byrne and the Peninsula All Stars; 5.30pm Facades; 7pm Waz E James Band; 8.15pm Mahalia Barnes and The Soul Mates (now that name needs no introduction).

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Image courtesy of Mahalia Barnes and the Soul Mates FB page

At the same time the community dance stage will be featuring classical, hip-hop and cultual dance performances by local peninsula dance groups. At 4pm you'll have Little Munchkins Dance Crew; at 5.15pm the La Dicia School of Dance and last but not least at 8pm the Mongolian Traditional Dance.

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Image courtesy of LaDicia School of Dance FB page

If cooking is your thing, there'll be free cooking demonstrations and Kid's Cooking Workshops by Sweetpea Cuisine from 3pm to 8.30pm. Between 3pm to 4.30pm and 6.15pm to 7.15pm the kids can join in on hands on foodie activities. The Pavlova and Spoon Races will be held from 4.30pm to 5.15pm and finally the Cooking Demonstrations from 5.15pm to 6.15pm and 7.15pm to 8.30pm.

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Image courtesy of Sweetpea Cuisine FB page

Enjoy all day free family activities, roving entertainment, workshops and displays including 'Specky Dreaming' AFL games, 'Come & Try' hockey games with the Mornington Peninsula Hockey Club, mini golf, free face painting and photo booth, 'Kids Zone' family friendly precinct and free hands-on African drumming workshops from 7pm to 8pm. All amusement rides are $5 each and you'll get the tickets from the amusement precinct.

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Mornington Peninsula Hockey player (in green) during a fund raising event for the McGrath Foundation. Image Tony Gay - Photographer.com

The Australia Day Main Street Parade from 5pm to 6pm will feature over 50 Mornington Peninsula community groups and the flag raising will follow from 6.15pm to 7pm by the Mornington Girl Guides and the 406 Squadron Air Force Cadets. The National Anthem is by Sam Hafey with an address from Australia Day Ambassador Norman Eizenberg. Grab a spot for a great view from the Mornington Beach or Mornington Park next to Kids Zone for the conclusion of the festivities with a Fireworks Display (subject to weather) from 9.15pm to 9.30pm.
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Why? Australia Day Celebrations
When: Mon 26 January 2015 from 3pm to 9.30pm
Phone: 1300 850 600 (24 hours) or 5950 1000
Where: Mornington Park, cnr Schnapper Point Drive & Esplanade, Mornington, VIC
Cost: Free Entry
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