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Australia Day

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 that honours 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 around the nation each year including barbecues, ceremonies, parades, live entertainment and fireworks.

Australia Day Melbourne, 2022 Dates, Parade, Ceremony & Public Holiday

Australia Day recognises that on 26th January 1788, the first British fleet arrived at Port Jackson in Australia. The event is celebrated to reflect the rich history, diverse society and the unique heritage of Australia.

In Melbourne, Australia Day is celebrated by all residents and visitors. The Australian of the Year awards is also held on this day where people who have made outstanding contributions to Australia are recognised on this special day.

The Australia Day celebrations in Melbourne feature formal processions as well as family-friendly entertainment. There is a number of events that generally occur in Melbourne, with these yet to be confirmed for 2022.

If you are travelling into the city, public transport is the most convenient as there are a number of road closures including parts of St. Kilda Road, Flinders Street and Swanston Street. Outside of these events, the common way to enjoy Australia Day is simply with a BBQ at home or at a local park.


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