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Australia Day in Melbourne in 2024: Fireworks, events and things to do

Here's your guide to what’s happening on 26 January in Melbourne.

From daytime events recognising diversity and national pride to Australia Day parties and the fireworks display, here are the top events for Australia Day this year.

Australia Day fireworks in Melbourne

In previous years, the Australia Day fireworks display has been held at Docklands Harbour and the fireworks were released from various barges along the harbour at 9pm.

The 2024 fireworks haven't been confirmed yet, but we'll update this page when they are.

Australia Day firework display in Melbourne's Docklands area, Melbourne, Australia

Australia Day events in Melbourne for 2024

EventDetailsLocationTimeCostLearn more
Reflect, Respect, Celebrate @ FED SQCelebrate in the heart of Melbourne CBD with a full day of family-friendly activities, including an appearance by Bananas in Pyjamas, live music and a screening of Olivia Newton John's Xanadu.Federation SquareTimes TBCTBAMore info
Government House Open DayThe doors of Government House are flung open to the public on 26 January. More than just a tour around this historic setting, there will be live entertainment, kids' activities and food and drink available for purchase.Government House, Victoria10.30am-4.30pmFree admissionMore info
Australia Day SaluteJust after midday, look to the skies as a 21-gun salute cracks the sky to commemorate Australia Day. The salute is fired from the Shrine of Remembrance's Lower Forecourt.Lower Forecourt, Shrine of Remembrance12.15pmFree admissionMore info
Royal Australian Air Force FlyoverEstablished in 1970, the Air Force Roulettes is a team of Royal Australian Air Force pilots who dip and barrel through the skies in a marvellous display of airplane aerobatics. Their display follows the Australia Day salute.Viewing points from Fed Square and Government House12.15pmFree admissionMore info
2023 Kieser Great Australia Day SwimHosted by The Rotary Club of Brighton, this open-water swim event brings fun for all ages. Now in its 12th year, there is a 650m intermediate swim, a 1,400m and a 2,500m open swim, a 5km surf ski challenge and a junior dash. For anyone not keen to get in the water, you can spectate while tucking into one of many food stalls available on the day.Brighton Beach8am-3pmTickets from $60-$70 per personMore info
Australia Day - Make Your Move Fun Run, Walk, RollThe third anniversary of this fun run brings families and friends to Dandenong Park for a day out. All ages and experience levels are welcomed and registered runners/walkers/rollers can tuck into a free BBQ after they cross the finish line.Dandenong Park7.45am-9.30amFree admissionMore info
Farm Vigano Australia Day Terrace BBQHead out of the city to spend the day sipping drinks, cooling down on gelato and listening to DJ Gerry K play some of the most classic Australian songs.Farm Vigano12pm-4pmFree admissionMore info
Mid Weekender Party @ Temperance HotelStarting celebrations early, Temperance Hotel has live music running from 9pm until close on 25 January. On 26 January, it'll host a wind-down session with Bill Golding bringing the tunes from 2:30pm.Temperance Hotel, South Yarra2.30pm-5.30pmTBAMore info
Jordan Mills - Australia DaySing and dance Australia Day away at Jersey's Cider House, south of Melbourne CBD. Jordan Mills will bring the tunes and Jersey's will be bringing the all-Aussie feast.Jersey's Cider House, Cranbourne West1.30pm-midnightFree admissionMore info

Things to do on Australia Day in Melbourne

Get on the water with an Australia Day cruise

Sail through Australia Day on a cruise. Make it a private one with just your mates, partner or family by hiring a boat or Aqua Donut.

Luxury Private Romantic Dinner Cruise
Luxury Private Romantic Dinner Cruise

90-Minute Twilight or Sunset Cruise in Melbourne
90-Minute Twilight or Sunset Cruise in Melbourne

Luxury Escapes

Taste the nation's finest produce

Enjoy the city's finest produce with a food or winery tour. Sure, it's a little touristy, but it's also stacks of fun.

Wine and Food Degustation Tour in Melbourne
Wine and Food Degustation Tour in Melbourne

Experience Oz

Go surfing

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 don't stop for public holidays and lessons and gear hire are readily available throughout the day.

Catch an Australian Open match

There are 4 tennis grand slams and Melbourne is lucky enough to host the first one of the year. Head out for a day of tennis to support local and international players.

Australian Open Margaret Court Arena Tickets
Australian Open Margaret Court Arena Tickets


Australian Open Rod Laver Arena Day Tickets
Australian Open Rod Laver Arena Day Tickets


Hang out with native Australian wildlife

The Australia Day public holiday is the perfect time to head to your local zoo or aquarium to see all of the animals and sea creatures native to Australia.

Maru Koala Park and Pirate Pete's Mini Golf Entry
Maru Koala Park and Pirate Pete's Mini Golf Entry


1 day Puffing Billy Steam Train and Wildlife Tour from Melbourne
1 day Puffing Billy Steam Train and Wildlife Tour from Melbourne


Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne
Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne


Free things to do on Australia Day in Melbourne

  • Hang out at St Kilda Beach: When the sun is out, there's nothing better than zipping off to the local beach.
  • Spend the day at a museum or art gallery: For curious minds and those who love learning, the National Gallery of Victoria, Australian Sports Museum and Melbourne Museum will give you a glimpse into Australia's past.
  • Set up a picnic: Conveniently located in the middle of the city, make your way to the Royal Botanic Gardens for a picturesque picnic surrounded by nature.

What's open on Australia Day in and around Melbourne?

AttractionAustralia Day trading hoursWhere to book
Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne9:30am-5pmTripadvisor
Ticket to The Lume Melbourne: World's Largest Digital Art Gallery9:30am-5pmTripadvisor
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium9:30am-5pmAdrenaline
Werribee Open Range Zoo9am-5pmAdrenaline
Auscarts Racing10am-9pmAdrenaline
Viri Experience3-9pmAdrenaline
Enchanted Adventure9am-5pmAdrenaline
Healesville Sanctuary9am-5pmExperience Oz
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre9am-7pmExperience Oz
ArtVo10am-6pmExperience Oz
Melbourne Skydeck12pm-10pmExperience Oz
Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq5pm-10pmExperience Oz
Auscarts10am-9pmExperience Oz
Escape Hunt11am-8:30pmExperience Oz
IceBar1pm-10pmExperience Oz
The Comics Lounge6pm-12amExperience Oz
OnSight Bouldering Glen Waverley12:30pm-9:30pm
THE LUME Melbourne9am-6pmRedBalloon
St Kilda Tandem Skydive7:30am-11:15amRedBalloon
Adventure Park 10am-6pmRedBalloon
Maru Koala Park and Pirate Pete's mini golf9:30am-5:30pmRedBalloon
Melbourne Cricket Ground10am-5pmViator
Australian Sports Museum10am-5pmViator
Albert Park Mini Golf8am-5pmGroupon
Eagle Arthurs Seat9am-6pmEagle Arthurs Seat
Holey Moley Mini Golf11am-11pmHoley Moley Mini Golf
Entermission Melbourne11:30am-8pmEntermission Melbourne
Bounce Inc9am-9pmBounce Inc
Virtual Reality Melbourne10am-8pmVirtual Reality Melbourne

Are stores open on Australia Day in Melbourne?

Here are the major shopping centres that are open for Australia Day and their trading hours:

  • Swanston Street: Times vary
  • Melbourne Central: Open 10am-7pm
  • Southgate Melbourne: Open 10am-7pm
  • Highpoint: Open 9am-9pm
  • Westfield Doncaster: Open 9am-9pm
  • Northland Shopping Centre: Open 9am-9pm
  • Chapel Street: Times vary
  • Chadstone Shopping Centre: Open 9am-9pm
  • Clarendon Street, South Melbourne: Times vary

See the latest Australia Day deals in Melbourne


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