Let your Aussie flag cape fly free (or don't) – here's where to make the most of our national holiday
We've also got your ultimate guide to Australia Day weekend parties, and list of cafes and restaurants open on the public holiday.
Australia Day Eve
Piers Festival 2015
Celebrate multicultural Melbourne at this free waterside festival, fittingly held at what was once major port for migrant arrivals. There'll be music performances from around the world, historical walks and activities for kids.
Australia Day Weekend Aussie Craft Beer Showcase
Abbotsford's Terminus Hotel is celebrating great Aussie brews by putting on a weekend-long craft beer showcase. There'll be live entertainment all weekend, and naturally, Triple J's Hottest 100 blasting all day Monday.
For the Love
Feel the St Kilda sea breeze on your face and the grumble of bass underfoot as top dance music acts transport you to summer bliss. Headlining is Melbourne DJ duo Nervo.
Club Coco: Australia Day Eve
This Australia Day eve, make your way to the ‘Sec for an afternoon of disco from ’80s-tastic DJ CC:DISCO. Kick on into the night with Cooper Saver, JNett, Harvey Sutherland, Cleverhands and Baguette and Pastizzi.
Australia Day Parade
Slick on that green and gold zinc cream and join the party at the Australia Day Parade. The event begins with the raising of the Australian flag at the Melbourne Town Hall, and ends with a march all the way to King's Domain.
Australia Day Fireworks at Docklands
The Docklands' New Quay Piazza is the centre of all Australia Day festivities for Melbourne, and the organisers are not skimping on fun. Starting from noon, there'll be music performances, a pop-up market and games for kids.
Royal Croquet Club
This 17-day festival of food, tunes and croquet is putting on extra-big festivities for the Australia Day weekend, with a trendy lineup of musical guests and a Truck-A-Palooza explosion of mobile treats.
CLOSET: Gay Jamboree
Much-loved queer party CLOSET is famous for hosting top DJs, great local bands and welcoming vibes – but this is the first time they're emerging during the day. Expect disco vibes, food trucks and even blow-up pools.
AusFest 2015: Craft Cider and Beer Festival
Brunswick Street Cider House owner Ben Day has transformed a concrete space into a white picket-fenced, green-grassed garden bar – and he wants you to spend your Australia Day enjoying it.
Australia Day at the Golden Gate Hotel
There's nothing too revolutionary about the Golden Gate Hotel's Australia Day festivities, but that's exactly what works when all you want is to eat and drink (cheaply) and listen to the Hottest 100.
Australia Day at the College Lawn Hotel
In the leafy backstreets of Prahran is the relaxed, friendly College Lawn Hotel. Make your way here on Australia Day and get set for a day of Hottest 100 tunes and a $15 barbecue lunch from midday.
Australia Day at the Wharf Hotel
It's a public holiday and the weather is (presumably) fine: why not grab some buddies and toast to Australia from the comfort of a riverside pub? You've also got a prime view of the Docklands fireworks after sundown.
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