The Labour Day Long weekend in March is just around the corner. On 21 April 1856, history was made when an eight hour working day was introduced into the building trades in Melbourne after a long and hard struggle between building tradesmen and contractors. Thus, Australia became the first country to introduce the concept of 8 hour working day. Labour Day marks this extraordinary success achieved by the labour movement. Labour Day was proclaimed a public holiday by the Victorian government in 1879. One of the legacies of the Eight Hour Day protest is the Moomba Festival.
While we prepare to embrace another delightful Labour Day Long Weekend, I have compiled a non-exhaustive list of fun and fabulous things to do during the holiday.
Visit a festival
City of festivals, Melbourne is always abuzz with all sorts of national and international festivals. Melbourne CBD will be alive with the Moomba Festival from 7 March 2014 to 10 March 2014. The Goodlife Music Festival will take place on 7 March 2014 at Flemington Racecourse. Geelong Showgrounds will be the setting for the Motor City Music Festival during the entire Labour Long Weekend. Inverlock Jazz Festival will celebrate 21 years of raising funds for community organisations on the Labour day long weekend. Sealake will be playing host to the Maitreya Festival. Flemington Racecourse will be the site for the Future Music Festival on 9 March 2014. The list goes on.
Eat, drink and be merry Melbourne is a foodie paradise with cuisines from all parts of the globe having a vibrant presence in the streets and laneways of Melbourne. Spend the long weekend exploring the myriads of cafes and restaurants in Melbourne. Launch into a gastronomic journey by visiting some of the best restaurants in Melbourne such as Seamstress (Lonsdale St), ChinChin (Flinders lane), The Melba (Southbank), Riverside Teppanyaki (Northbank), Coda (Flinders lane), Mamasita (Collins St), Gazi (Exhibition St) and so on.
Get away from Melbourne The surrounds of Melbourne are dotted with stunning tourist attractions. Pay a visit to the Great Ocean Road for scenic drives, breath-taking beaches, hiking tracks, Otway Fly Adventure Treetops etc. Take a trip to Wilsons Promontory to experience azure sky, sapphire blue sea and glorious beaches. You can also consider Healesville Sanctuary, You Yangs Regional Park, Werribee Gorge and Dandenong Ranges.
Wine Tours Melbourne is home to a wide range of wineries. Head towards Red Hill in Mornington Peninsula for world-class wineries. Montalto Vineyard is easily the best of the lot in Red Hill. Take a drive to Wangaratta in north east Victoria for the veritable Brown Brother's Winery and Epicurean Centre and King Valley wine region. You will not be disappointed.
Visit the Melbourne Star After years of waiting, the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel was finally inaugurated in December 2013. The Melbourne Star bestows upon the visitor a 360 degrees view of Melbourne. From the glass windows of one of the many cabins of the Melbourne Star you will be treated to excellent views of up to 40 kms in any direction. Melbourne is the third city in the world to provide refuge to such an Observation Wheel. Find more details by visiting this Weekendnotes article. Adult entry fee is $32 while a child can enter for $19.
Visit a garden Victoria is famously known as the Garden State and Melbourne is blessed with numerous beautiful and soul-pleasing gardens. Pack a picnic basket and a rug and march with family and friends to one of the following fabulous gardens for a marvellous family weekend: Royal Botanic Gardens, Treasury Gardens, Flagstaff Gardens, Victoria State Rose Garden, Cranbourne Gardens, Canterbury Gardens and so forth.
Use the long weekend to discover Melbourne's eminent landmarks by taking advantage of the many free guided tours on offer. Revel in the pristine interiors of the State library, or take pride in the chequered history of the Parliament House, feel your jaw drop at the magnificent architecture of the Melbourne Town Hall or take an enthralling tour of Melbourne CBD. Learn more by visiting Top 4 Free Guided Tours of Melbourne.
Hi Joya. Where is the location with all the Balloons. That would be incredible to see. Is it an annual event.
I am the Field Trip Officer of East Gippsland Photographic Society in Bairnsdale East Gippsland and am always on the lookout for things to do.
Thanks from Veronica