Australia Day is the official National Day of Australia. It is celebrated annually on 26 January. It marks the anniversary of the arrival of the first fleet of British ships at Port Jackson in New South Wales and the raising of the flag at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip in 1788. Today the celebrations reflect the diverse society and landscape of the nation and are marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new members of the Australian community.

During the day a lot of free events will take place in and around Melbourne, beginning with the Official Flag Raising Ceremony at the Melbourne Town Hall from 10.30 am – 11.00 am, immediately followed by the Australia Day Parade along Swanston Street, and the spectacular firework display at 9.00 pm at the Docklands to finish the day.

No matter how you will spend the day, with your mates and a barbie, or at one of the major events, enjoy the day and celebrate the best country in the world!

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