Every year on January 26, Australia celebrates its official national day – Australia Day. On 1788, the first fleet of British ships arrived in New South Wales and the flag of Great Britain was raised at Port Jackson. Over the past few decades interest and participation in Australia Day has been on the rise and all the states and territories now celebrate this public holiday at the same time. From fireworks to barbecues, concerts to festivals and sports matches, there are a multitude of events planned around the country to mark Australia Day 2015.
If you’re going to be in Melbourne for Australia Day 2015, Hertz Melbourne has you covered with a Melbourne airport car hire. Australia Day 2015 proceedings kick off on at Melbourne Town Hall on Swanston St at 10:30 am with the official flag raising ceremony and the governor’s public address. Following that, the colourful Australia Day Parade – one of Melbourne’s favourite Australia Day activities – will bring thousands of people to the streets to wave flags and cheer on marchers. Victorians come together to walk down Swanston Street, over Princess Bridge and into Kings Domain.
Over at Docklands, celebrations kick off at 12 noon in the NewQuay Piazza. Australia Day @ Docklands is a jam packed day featuring live music and special performances, a variety of food and shopping options, free activities and a special fireworks display.
Car enthusiasts should head straight over to Kings Domain Gardens (on St Kilda Rd) at 10am. The Australia Day RACV Picnic and Federation Vehicle Display will see more than 450 veteran, vintage and classic vehicles out on display to the public. They will leave at 3.30pm and anyone still around in the afternoon can wave them off. Throughout the day there will be stalls, giveaways, stage entertainment and a sustainable transport showcase.
Down at Princes Pier, a line up of some of Melbourne’s best artistic talent will be in the spotlight for the free Piers Festival, presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria. Look out for musicians, dancers and even culinary talent from backgrounds including Timorese, Maltese, Sudanese, Burundian and Irish. It is designed to pay homage to the role the pier has played as the entry point for approximately half of Australia’s post WWII refugees, contributing to Victoria’s diverse population today.