Every year on the 26th January, Melbourne comes to life with a variety of events and celebrations to commemorate Australia Day.
Melbourne doesn’t do things half heartedly: there’s so much going on this coming Australia, and we’d love to help you plan your day and night, especially when it comes to parking in Melbourne CBD!
This year, Australia Day falls on a Thursday; we’re looking forward to a nice little mid-week break!
It’s also the final few days of the school holidays, so we’ve also collated a few more school holiday activities that fall on Australia Day.
Australia Day Events – Melbourne CBD
Official Flag Raising Ceremony
We begin our celebrations in the morning with the official Flag Raising Ceremony at the Melbourne Town Hall (view it on Google Maps). This special event, attended by the Tri-Service Guard of Honour along with other dignitaries, marks the official commencement of Australia Day celebrations. The event starts at 10:30am.
The Melbourne Town Hall is a short 5-minute walk from Le Garage parking on Flinders Street. Enjoy all-day parking as you venture across the city soaking in all that Melbourne has to offer this Australia Day.
Australia Day Parade
Cultural diversity is celebrated in Melbourne’s famous Australia Day Parade, which immediately follows the Flag Raising Ceremony. People from various cultural and community groups walk the streets past thousands of people celebrating our diverse community.
The Parade commences from the Melbourne Town Hall at 11am.
Kings Domain Gardens Festival
After the Australia Day Parade, revellers will make their way to Kings Domain to join in the annual festival that celebrates diversity. The Festival is filled with family-friendly activities, and car novices can enjoy a display of vintage and classic cars!
A multicultural food truck park will offer fares from all over the world, while children’s entertainer Justine Clarke will be performing a FREE concert. At 12:30pm, the Royal Australian Air Force Roulettes will put ion a thrilling show across Melbourne’s sky.
Kings Domain Gardens are located on St Kilda Road in the CBD, and are part of the Domain Parklands.
Australia Day Fireworks
A long-standing tradition, the Docklands fireworks display lights up the entire city. In fact, vantage points are all across Melbourne. If you’re in the city and you can see the sky, you’ll see the stunning fireworks display! We suggest moving towards Etihad Stadium (where the fireworks will be fired from), but just like with Melbourne’s New Year’s Eve fireworks, they can be seen from a wide variety of locations.
Remember that roads around here will be closed for hours, preventing all through traffic. Driving around there may prove to be challenging! Stick with a single car park throughout the day as you make your way around the city, following all the events.
Celebrate Australia Day with a unique dining experience from Heston Blumenthal
Heston Blumenthal is a global name known for exquisite cuisine and a dining experience rivalled by few others.
Heston’s Melbourne location, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, is celebrating Australia with a menu that pays homage to our cuisine, including… VEGIMITE ice cream! The four-course lunch is exclusive to Australia Day only. It costs $270pp and includes matching wine as well as a cocktail on arrival.
School holiday activities in Melbourne
NGV International’s Dachshund Parade
Yep, you read that right! At NGV’s International gallery (the one located on St Kilda Road), see a parade of dachshunds strutting their stuff through the Great Hall. Entry is free and the parade starts at midday. Great for kids and dog lovers alike!
The exhibition was inspired by two other recent expos: Victor&Rolf: Fashion Artists and David Hockney: Current. Both are avid dachshund aficionados!
NGV’s Comedy Magic Show
This spellbinding show is sure to delight and fascinate the whole family. Shows are on Australia Day at either 11am or 2pm and star Luke the Magician, one third of Australia’s Got Talent grand finalist act Gentlemen of Deceit. Why not make the 11am session and hang around for the dachshund parade afterwards?
“Sing” Children’s High Tea
Animated film Sing is delighting children and adults alike, and the Langham’s Melba restaurant is helping promote the film with a fun high tea series for children!
The delicate food on offer is inspired by the movie’s characters, including dapper koala Buster Moon, Rosita the pig, Ash the porcupine, and Mike, the small mouse with a big voice.
The high tea is held every weekday until the 31st of January at two designated times: 10am-11:30am or 12:30pm-2pm. View more details and book here. (They’ve also got a fun Australian-inspired menu for Australia Day dinner.)
Early forecasts predict a pleasant day in Melbourne, but, as you know, we must always prepare for four seasons in a day! Make sure to pack sunscreen, a hat, umbrella, water bottle, as well as appropriate clothing, should it get chilly by nightfall.
Flinders Street Parking – Melbourne CBD
Parking in Melbourne needn’t be a hassle. Plan your Australia Day in advance and rely on safe, clean, convenient car parking facilities in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. Most city attractions are walkable from Le Garage’s Flinders Street / Flinders Lane dual exits.
Make the most of your day in the city and take advantage of Le Garage’s competitive early bird rates. Simply enter our car park before 10am and exit between 3pm and midnight on the same day.