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What’s On This Australia Day In Melbourne

By Kate Bartels - 19 Jan 2018

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Ahhh, Australia Day. A god-sent public holiday where we celebrate our great nation by generally being rowdy and forgetting all responsibilities. And it's totally acceptable (and maybe even a little bit encouraged). This is Melbourne though people, and we have (a bit) of class, even on Aus Day. There's also a tonne of events on to help you celebrate in style—with the mandatory snag in bread, of course.

Here is a bunch of things to do this Australia Day, so dust off your southern cross t-shirt and get cracking.

Club Aperol At The Australian Open

If you’re heading to the Australian Open this Australia Day, stopping in at Club Aperol is a must. It may scream Italian vibes and send you right off to the Mediterranean in one sip, but hey—you can’t really say no to bean bags, chic outdoor seats and the perfect Insta pic.

Where: Rod Laver Arena
When: 10 am
For more info, click here.

Yoga In The Park

We all know what a long weekend in Melbourne means—drinking, eating, drinking, eating...you get the drill. Lucky for you, there’s an awesome yoga class happening on Aus Day, so you can eat your third antipasto platter for the weekend and not feel guilty. It’s pay as you feel too, so you can save some extra coin for another espresso martini.

Where: Edinburgh Gardens
When: 10am
For more info, click here.

Kudditji The Master Of Colour

Head down to the Laneway Arts Space and check out the jaw-dropping exhibition by Kudditji. He’s an Aboriginal artist and has been dubbed one of the most important of our time. It’s open nice and early, so there’s plenty of time to soak in some culture before bev o’clock.

Where: 148 Barkly St, St Kilda
When: 10am
For more info, click here.

Australia Day Festival At Kings Domain Gardens

If a family day out is more your vibe, heading to the day festival at Kings Domain Gardens should be right up your alley. You’ve got enough food to keep you full all weekend long, and entertainment for the kiddies galore. Just remember to slip slop slap—who knows what kind of egg-frying day we're in for. 

Where: Kings Domain Gardens
When: 11am
For more info, click here.

Australia Day Parade

Get right into the Aussie spirit and head along to the Australia Day Parade. Let your patriotic flag fly as you watch group after group march down Swanston Street. There’s a huge range of acts on the bill, ready to blow your socks off. BYO blue and red face paint.

Where: Swanston St
When: 11am
For more info, click here.

Australia Day At The Bush Inn

Okay supper Aussies, this one's for you. Think cheap jugs of beer, even cheaper snags and a good old-fashioned meat raffle right in the heart of Toorak. Go on, get that Aussie flag out and tie it around your neck.

Where: 505 Malvern Road, Toorak
When: 12pm
For more info, click here.

The Emerson Rooftop Presents Australia Day

When it comes to partying, these guys don't mess around.  They’re offering up a snazzy little pack which includes a sausage sizzle, (would be rude not to), rooftop tunes and of course—dranks. All of the dranks. 

Where: The Emerson
When: 12pm
For more info, click here.

Weekend BBQ At Meat Market

These guys are celebrating Australia Day the only way they know how—awesome riverside views and huge BBQ. They’ve got all your favourites like chargrilled chicken, prawns, kangaroo and some mouth-watering salads to match. Mmmmm. 

Where: 53 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf
When: 12pm
For more info, click here.

Tropicana Australiana Day

Okay, so not only are these guys throwing an awesome party with the likes of Slum Sociable and Total Giovanni spinning tunes, they're also giving you a sweet $100 Skwosh swimwear voucher with your ticket. Yep, it’s a pretty sweet deal!

Where: Riva St Kilda
When: 2pm
For more info, click here.

Australia Day Fiesta At Robert Burns Hotel

We wouldn’t really call this event Australian, but with delish temptations like a huge paella cook up and a DJ all night long, how can we resist? If sipping on martinis on Aus Day makes you feel all kind of weird, there’s an outdoor bar serving Colonial Brewing Co Port Melbourne Beers. Now we're flamin' talking. 

Where: 376 Smith Street, Collingwood
When: 4pm
For more info, click here.

Midsumma FRIYAY Edition

One word: Ping-pong competition. Okay, that’s three words, but it’s sold us. These guys are known for their wildly fun and inclusive parties, open to all walks of life. There’s also set to be pizza, a BBQ and special guest DJ’s. Check the event listing for all the deets. 

Where: 222 High Street, Northcote
When: 5pm
For more info, click here.

Fireworks At Docklands

Grab your picnic blanket, pack a cheese board, and finish your day checking out the awesome fireworks display at Docklands. In true Melbourne fashion, there’s tons of food trucks and artists to keep you satisfied.

Where: Harbour Esplanade, Docklands
When: 9pm
For more info, click here.

Slip n' Slide At Mt Baw Baw 

Mt Baw Baw are getting in on the Australia Day action this year, with a seriously wet shindig kicking off on Friday (we'll explain). They're setting up a giant slip n' slide on the mountain, complete with Aus Day-themed games, local music acts, a BBQ and a public bar. It's running all long weekend too. 

Where: Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort
When: Friday 26 – Sunday 28 January 
For more info, click here

DJs At The Village Belle 

Looking for somewhere to boogie this weekend? The new-look Village Belle in St Kilda is throwing a huge line-up of Aus Day DJs sessions. Think names like Piero, DJ Havana Brown, Ian Gough and Gaz Kempster. Settle in for the ultimate afternoon sesh.

Where: The Village Belle
When: Friday 26 – Sunday 28 January 
For more info, click here

Sweet Treats

What to bring when you're told not to bring a thing. Nope, we're not talking Cadbury Favourites (although they are pretty sick). We're talking a new Lamington Gelato Cake from Piccolina. You can get it in cake form, or a 14-serve Lamington Gelato Log (!!), which will set you back $65. Hungry for more? Zumbo Patisserie is whipping up 6 different lamingtons, 2 Aus-themed slices and custom Zumbaroons for Australia Day. Swing by their South Yarra store to pick up all the goods. 

Giant Adults-Only Bouncy Castle 

Nope, that's not a typo. Melbourne is getting the world's biggest inflatable obstacle course on Australia Day. It's called The Monster, and it's come all the way from the UK. You'll find it at the Melbourne Showgrounds. Hurry though, it's not in town for long. 

Where: Grand Pavillion, Melbourne Showgrounds
When: 26 – 28 January
For more info, click here

QT Melbourne

Oh boy, these guys have really got into the spirit. They’re celebrating in true Aussie style, hosting a BBQ on the rooftop and they promise it will he some of thr yummiest food you’ve ever eaten! If meat isn’t your thing, don’t worry— they still have their full menu on offer. Chuck a snag on the barbie!

Where: 133 Russell St
When: 2pm
For more info, click here

St Kilda Burger Bar

Droooool. What do you get when you combine Aus Day combined with true Melbourne irresistables? You get true blue Aussie lamb burgers and lamington milkshakes, that’s what.  The bottle shop attached will be open all day, so you can pick up your mandatory bottle of vino.

Where: 10 Brighton Rd, St Kilda
When: All Day
For more info, click here.

Fish And Chip Friday At Hunky Dory's

Forget lamb or a snag on the barbie, the guys at the legendary Hunky Dory's rekon fish and chip friday is the way to go. If you're heading to the Australian Open on Aus Day, be sure to pop by and pay these guys a visit. Munching on a perfectly crispy potato cake while watching some sweet backhands sounds like our idea of a good time. All Hunky Dory stores are open tomorrow too if you want to swing by for a cheeky meal. 

Where: Australian Open
When: All Day
For more info, click here.

If you're looking for a way to burn all those sausages in bread you're no doubt going to devour, give North Walls a go. 

Image Credit: Piccolina 

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