If you choose to celebrate Australia Day then here’s a list of family-friendly events happening around town on Saturday 26 January 2019. (Photo of the cute flag from the Make Me Iconic Burger).
However, it would be remiss of me to not point out that for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, Australia Day is considered a day of protest and morning. Every year there are Invasion Day protests; details for the Melbourne protest are here.
- Government House Open Day (Sat 26 Jan) – tour the main House, view the historical collection, free games and activities. Full review.
- RACV Australia Day Festival Kings Domain (Sat 26 Jan) – free family focussed activities, displays from a broad range of community groups and a showcase of vintage and classic cars, Justine Clarke concert, food trucks.
- Old Treasury Building Tours (Sat 26 Jan) – take an exclusive tour of the Old Treasury Building.
- Melbourne Town Hall tours (Sat 26 Jan) – Experience the grandeur of the wood panelled Council Chamber, stand on the Portico where the Beatles waved and sit in the Lord Mayor’s chair.
- Share the Spirit Festival Treasury Gardens (Sat 26 Jan) – Aboriginal dance, culture and music.
- Australia Day at Docklands (Sat 26 Jan) – fun, food, entertainment, fireworks display.
- Australia Day Parade (Sat 26 Jan) – multicultural parade down Swanston St.
- The Common Man South Wharf (Sat 26 Jan – Mon 28 Jan) – tennis on the big screen, barbecue, spit roast and smoked meat, face painting for kids.
- Australia Day The District Docklands (Sat 26 Jan) – tennis, garden games, surfing,, live music then head to the waterfront for the Australia Day fireworks display!
NORTH / NORTH-EAST
- City of Whittlesea Australia Day Celebrations (Sat 26 Jan) – free sausage, kids activities, music and fireworks display.
- Australia Day Awards Hume (Sat 26 Jan) – annual, community-nominated Hume Australia Day Awards.
- Velodrome Food Truck Festival Coburg (Fri 25 Jan – Mon 28 Jan) – bar, food truck village, market stalls.
SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE
- Australia Day Flag Raising and Citizenship Ceremony Monash (Sat 26 Jan) – music, food stalls and interactive workshops and activities.
- Australia Day Cardinia (Sat 26 Jan) – Grab a free sausage while you enjoy the family fun activities including an animal farm, face painters, magician, balloonists and inflatable playground.
- Australia Day Cranbourne (Sat 26 Jan) – FREE sausage sizzle, traditional music and dances, a mini historical exhibition, art and crafts, free children’s activities and more.
- Australia Day Festival Dandenong Park (Sat 26 Jan) – live music, roving performances, fireworks, food and market stalls, rides, family activities, workshops and games.
- Great Australia Day Swim at Middle Brighton beach and pier to Brighton (Sat 26 Jan) – swim race with live entertainment and food stalls.
- Australia Day on Herring Island (Sat 26 Jan) – arts groups participating in the Herring Island Summer Arts Festival will be gathered in the courtyard on Herring Island to give art demonstrations and talks.
- Australia Day Mornington (Sat 26 Jan) – Children’s activities and roving performers, live music, fireworks.
- City of Kingston Australia Day Event (Sat 26 Jan) – free breakfast, witness 80 incredible Kingston residents become Australian citizens and be there for the Australia Day Award Winners.
- Australia Day celebrations at Ringwood Lake (Sat 26 Jan) – music, shows, kids workshops.
- Whitehorse Australia Day concert (Sat 26 Jan) – free concert, rides and amusements and citizenship ceremony.
- Belgrave Survival Day (Sat 26 Jan) – opportunity for people in the area to celebrate the survival of Australian Indigenous people, their culture and heritage.
- Australia Day BBQ Doncaster (Sat 26 Jan) – free BBQ lunch and Aussie bush band at MC Square.
- Festival of Sails Geelong (26-28 Jan) – sailing regatta and free community waterfront festival. Full review.
- Australia Day Seaworks (Wed 25 Jan – Sat 26 Jan) – Ships tours of Tenacious (UK) and the Enterprize Tall Ships, fireworks, BBQ, kids activities.
- Australia Day Wyndham (Sat 26 Jan) – ‘Spin around’ with 100% Kylie, great music acts, chill out in the Pop Up Park while enjoying the great Aussie movie ‘Babe’, amusement rides and kid’s activities and The Makers Market
- Australia Day Mt Duneed Estate (Sat 26 Jan) – Enjoy Aussie food specials, live music, frose’ wine and more.
- Brimbank Australia Day celebrations at Kevin Wheelahan Gardens Sunshine (Sat 26 Jan) – community BBQ breakfast and entertainment, and as well as a citizenship ceremony.
- Australia Day in Melton (Sat 26 Jan) – breakfast, displays, Community Achievement Awards and the City’s largest annual citizenship ceremony.
- Australia Day Wyndham Harbour (Sat 26 Jan) – Live stage entertainment, Face painting, Carnival rides, fireworks.
- Australia Day Eynesbury Homestead (Sat 26 Jan) – 4 bars, BBQ, Live music, Drinks & food specials, rides.