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In Melbourne, Australia Day starts as early as a week before, with a special Australia Day luncheon. From there, it's all uphill, with a series of exciting displays of diversity and national pride that pours through the city.
From lively Australia Day Eve parties to that fantastic moment when Melbourne lights up the night sky, there are plenty of events to enjoy on 26 January.
The 2021 events are yet to be finalised. We'll keep you posted as the details drop.
Year-on-year, Melbourne serves up one of the best and most dynamic fireworks displays on Australia Day.
The extraordinary fireworks display is held at Docklands Harbour and the fireworks are released from various barges along the harbour at 9pm.
In 2020, the fireworks were cancelled due to the bushfire crisis. The 2021 fireworks haven't been confirmed yet. We'll update this page when they are.
The official Australia Day Parade, which sees community and cultural groups march down Swanston Street, has been cancelled for 2021 due to coronavirus concerns. The Whitehorse Australia Day concert has also been cancelled this year.
However, there are still a number of events on throughout the city.
Sail through Australia Day on a cruise that not only celebrates the beauty of our great country, but its multiculturalism as well. Make it a private one with just your mates by hiring a boat or Aqua Donut, or book a spot on an Aussie Day cruise with all the trimmings and city views.
Make 2021 the year you treat yourself by ticking off that hot air balloon ride, helicopter adventure or seaplane trip. Feeling brave? Why not try tumbling through the skies from 14,000 feet with a skydive session over the beach.
Or at the very least, the city's finest produce with a food or winery tour. Sure, it's a little touristy, but it's also stacks of fun.
Catch the latest releases in your local cinema (while indulging in the air conditioning). Or, take advantage of the warm nights by booking a session in an outdoor cinema. Moonlight Cinemas is one of many that is running over summer. The film of the evening? Aussie release The Dry.
The beach is always the right place to be on Australia Day. When you're not soaking up those rays on a towel on the sand, why not get in the water for a swim or a surf? First-timers will be happy to hear that the waves stop for no public holiday and lessons and gear hire are readily available throughout the day.
Summer is all about sports, and over the Australia Day weekend, you can catch everything from local cricket games to grand slam tennis matches in Melbourne. Slap on a hat and some sunscreen and back your team or favourite players.
The school holidays are winding down. But before the kids shoot off back to school, give them one last treat and take them for a day out on the town. It could be the local aquarium, wildlife park, science museum or water park. You decide. Or let them. If you're feeling brave.
Make today more than just an excuse for a barbie. Instead, grab your mates for a day of fun at the local go-karting track, at an escape room or over a "friendly" game of laser tag or paintball.
|Attraction||Australia Day trading hours||Where to book|
|SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium||9:30am-5:30pm||Adrenaline|
|Otways Fly Treetop Adventure||10am-6pm||Adrenaline|
|Werribee Open Range Zoo||9am-8pm||Adrenaline|
|Eagle Arthurs Seat||9am-6pm||Adrenaline|
|Melbourne Star Observation Wheel||11am-9:30pm||Adrenaline|
|Holey Moley Mini Golf||4pm-10pm||RedBalloon|
|GAMR Laser Tag and VR||10am-8pm||RedBalloon|
|Escape Games Melbourne||1pm-10pm||Groupon|
|Virtual Reality Melbourne||10am-6pm||Groupon|
|Rampfest Indoor Skate Park||9am-9pm||Groupon|
Here are the major shopping centres that are open for Australia Day and their trading hours:
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