Things to do with kids in Melbourne on Australia Day

There are so many things to do with kids all across Melbourne on Australia Day, Saturday 26 Jan. 2019.
Get together with your friends, family and wider community to enjoy and be thankful for the beautiful country that we all live in.

Official Flag Raising Ceremony – City

The official flag raising ceremony hosted by the Premier of Victoria and attended by other dignitaries, kicks off the formal celebration of Australia Day. Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne. 10.30am – 11.00am

Following the official flag raising ceremony, there will be a vibrant display of our diverse community with more than 1,000 participants from over 80 community and cultural groups taking part in Melbourne’s annual Australia Day Parade.

Swanston Street, Melbourne 11.00am – 11:45am

RACV Australia Day Festival in Kings Domain Gardens

The RACV Australia Day Festival in Kings Domain Gardens is held after the Australia Day Parade, FREE family focused activities, displays from a broad range of community groups and the 2019 RACV Australia Day Heritage Vehicle Showcase.

Enjoy the festive atmosphere in the Food Truck Park, main stage program complete with kids yoga, bands and our headline act, Justice League.

Kings Domain Gardens, Melbourne 11.00am – 4.00pm

Australia Day Fireworks – Docklands

Australia Day at Docklands will keep the family entertained with roaming artists, entertainment and markets. Launching in 2019, Great Australian Bites comes to Docklands, showcasing mouth-watering treats curated for Australia Day.

Docklands is a fresh place to dine and the best vantage points to enjoy the Australia Day fireworks; the spectacular display begins at 9.00pm.

Harbour Esplanade, Docklands 6.00pm – 9.30pm. Fireworks at 9.00pm. View Map


An evening of music and entertainment, supporting the recipients of the City of Whittlesea Australia Day Awards. A FREE, inclusive event which culminates in a spectacular fireworks display 9.15pm.

Live music by Motor City Sounds.
Announcement of the recipients of the City of Whittlesea Australia Day Awards at 7pm. Georgia Panayides will sing the Australian National anthem as the flag is raised

City of Whittlesea 25 Ferres Boulevard South Morang. View Map


Welcoming our new citizens on Australia Day with a free BBQ lunch and Aussie bush band at MC Square.
687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster. 12.00pm to 2.00pm
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Dandenong (Fireworks)

Australia Day Festival – The event is jam-packed full of multicultural performances, with roving live entertainment, circus and magic acts, community and market stalls, exciting rides (costing $2 – $6), the Kinder-Gym, marshmallow toasting with the CFA and Noble Park Scouts, FREE family activities and, of course, the fireworks finales at 9.25pm.

Dandenong Park, corner of Pultney and Foster streets. 3.00pm to 9.30pm
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For the early birds, FREE community breakfast, live entertainment and children’s activities.
Official proceedings commence at 10.30am with Ambassador address, flag raising ceremony and national anthem.

Dromana Foreshore | Pier Street & Point Nepean Road. 8.00am – 1.30pm
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Lots of FREE children’s activities – Including craft, face-painting, inflatables, train rides and games with Fairy Emma. 80+ Stalls from the Emu Plains Market on the Foreshore. FREE BBQ Breakfast provided by the Hastings 1st Scouts (until they run out… so be early!)

10am – Official Proceedings – Ambassador address by Dr Bronwyn King, flag raising ceremony by the Tingara Navy Cadets and national anthem accompanied by the Westernport Regional Band
11am – Matt Katsis
12pm – The Whisky Gypsies

Hastings Foreshore, Marine Parade. 9.00am – 2.00pm

Mornington Peninsula (Fireworks)

3pm FREE Children’s activities and roving performers, Rachel Caddy
4pm Indigenous Hip Hop Projects
5pm Western Port Regional Band
5.45pm Official Proceedings – Ambassador address by Dr Sally Cockburn, flag raising ceremony and anthem
6.15pm Whisky Gypsies
7.15pm Matt Katsis
8.45pm Daryl Braithwaite
9.30pm Fireworks Display (Subject to weather conditions)*

* Road closures will be in place for the Fireworks. Esplanade closed 9pm – 10pm, from Vancouver Street to Drake Street to allow for pedestrian access at this busy period.

Mornington Park | Cnr Schnapper Point Drive & Esplanade
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Mt Eliza

9am FREE Rotary Club of Mount Eliza Community, BBQ and children’s activities. Music by Bec and Dave Campbell.
10am Official Proceedings – Ambassador address by Dr Sally Cockburn, flag raising ceremony and national anthem

Mount Eliza Village Green | Mount Eliza Way – 12.30pm
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Rosebud (Fun run)

8.30am 10km Fun Run (Commencing at Safety Beach Sailing Club)
8.45am Stage Entertainment & Children’s Activities
9am 5.3km Fun Run/Walk (Commencing at Dromana Info Centre.
9am FREE Community Breakfast
10.15am Official Proceedings – Ambassador address by Mr Simon Lewis, flag raising ceremony & anthem
10.30am Fun Run Presentations
11am Indigenous Hip Hop Projects
12pm Ron Vincent sings Cat Stevens

Rosebud Village Green, Point Nepean.
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For more information on Mornington Peninsula Australia Day Celebrations click on the following links;

Sorrento / Portsea

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