Australia Day is the day where we celebrate everything that’s great about our country. A day where everyone, no matter who, can come together and have a great time!

We’ve put together a list of what we reckon will be the best events to celebrate with your friends and family.

Here they are in no particular order!

Dachshund Parade at NGV
This is a real thing. Adorable dachshunds will be strutting through the NGV as part of the Gallery’s Kid’s Summer Festival.
There’ll also be free dog-inspired workshops and activities, including a magician!

Australia Day Victoria
This family friendly celebration will conclude with spectacular fireworks to an all-Australian soundtrack of favourites, launched from the top of Etihad Stadium. No matter where you are in the Docklands precinct, you can enjoy a great vantage point for this impressive display.

RACV Australia Day Festival
This much loved, long standing event in the Kings Domain Gardens focuses on the theme of Australia’s rich diversity, with a ton of free family activities, as well as a showcase of amazing vintage cars. There’s also a multicultural themed Food Truck Park, and a jaw dropping show by the Royal Australian Air Force Roulettes!


Kath & Kim’s Aussie Shindig
This party is on Australia Day eve, for all the hornbags, foxymorons & hunk of spunks of Melbourne to come together and bring in Australia Day. There’ll be a BBQ, prizes for best dressed, and a free photobooth! Plus if you dress up, you’ll get priority entry!

Coburg Velodrome Food Truck Festival
Combining great food, live music and entertainment and an outdoor cinema, this family and pet friendly is great for everyone! It’s completely free to enter, and you get the bonus of heading to a Velodrome, which is not something you do every day!

We couldn’t have a list of the best things to do on Australia Day without including this next one!


Laid Back BBQ at Your Mates Place
If going out and about is not your style, then relax, and head to your mates place for a casual barbie. Just bring a few snags, a salad and some lamingtons, and no true friend will turn you away!

Have a great Australia Day everyone!

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