One of the largest celebrations held throughout the country year after year is Australia Day. Celebrated on January 26th, Australia day is a public holiday honouring the arrival of the first British Fleet on Australian soil.
Visitors to Melbourne often join in the festivities to commemorate the day, with many community events held nationwide each year including barbecues, ceremonies, parades, live entertainment and fireworks.
Australia Day Melbourne, 2024 Dates, Parade, Ceremony & Public Holiday
In Melbourne, Australia Day is celebrated by all residents and visitors. The Australian of the Year awards are also held on this day, where people who have made outstanding contributions to Australia are recognised on this special day.
Victorians will enjoy various events encouraging respectful reflection, togetherness and inclusion as part of Australia Day 2024.
A program of events at Fed Square and Government House will allow Victorians to participate in free activities to mark the day and reflect on its significance.
The Victorian Government recognises Australia Day represents a day of mourning and reflection for some Victorians and is a challenging time for First Peoples. The Victorian Government is committed to addressing past and ongoing injustices through Treaty and the truth-telling work of the Yoorrook Justice Commission.
Public transport is the most convenient if you travel into the city, as some road closures include parts of St. Kilda Road, Flinders Street and Swanston Street. Outside these events, the common way to enjoy Australia Day is simply with a BBQ at home or a local park.