Australia Day, celebrated on the 26th of January each year, marks the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 and gives Australians a day to get together and celebrate our much loved country.
There are a host of celebratory activities happening throughout the city:
Official Flag Raising Ceremony
Marking the official start of Australia Day the flag raising ceremony takes place at 10.30am outside the Melbourne Town Hall on Swanston Street. The Governor of Victoria, the Honourable Linda Dessau AM, and the Premier Daniel Andrews, will be in attendance to officiate as well as performances from the Victorian State Schools Spectacular, the Tri-Service Guard of Honour and the Royal Australian Navy Band.
Australia Day Parade
This annual parade draws thousands of people into the city to watch the spectacular display as it winds its way down Swanston Street and over the bridge to St Kilda Road. Over 100 community and cultural groups take part in this colourful event that starts from 11am at the completion of the flag raising ceremony at the Melbourne Town Hall.
Government House Open Day
Take a peek behind the scenes with a visit to Government House located adjacent to the Shrine of Remembrance and the Royal Botanic Gardens. The tour includes the main house and the Governors private apartments plus some of the art and antiquity collections housed there. Make sure to be outside on the Great West Lawn at 12.30pm for a flyover from the Royal Australian Air Force Roulettes and witness the aerobatic displays of this elite squad.
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