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Official flag-raising ceremony

Join us as we raise the Melbourne flag at Enterprize Park

You are invited to the official kick-off event at Enterprize Park, Flinders St, on Melbourne Day.

Join city councillors, the 2015 Junior Lord Mayor competition winner, Melbourne Day chairman Campbell Walker and committee, invited guests, dignitaries and others as we hoist the city's flag at 9am.

This is a free public event, families welcome. Bring the whole flock!

Enterprize Park, on the north bank of the Yarra River at the bottom of William St, is where the first Europeans landed on 30 August 1835 to start the first permanent settlement of Melbourne.


Melbourne Day free all-ages Concert

Big names for a big Melbourne Day out — together with the Melbourne Regatta

Melbourne-born music legends Daryl Braithwaite and Russell Morris headline our FREE concert on Sunday, August 30, in the Docklands — proudly sponsored by GOLD 104.3 with Brig and Lehmo.

They will perform their Aussie anthems, including Howzat, One Summer, As the Days Go By, The Horses, The Real Thing, Wings of an Eagle and Sweet Sweet Love.

The concert also features the Pierce Brothers, Jack and Pat, who return home for their first appearance after a world tour.

And Soli Tesema will perform Halo, her signature cover of Beyonce's pop ballard that wowed the judges on The Voice Australia last season. 

Stop press: Soli Tesema will also perform Melbourne Our Town, specially written for the concert. Hear a sample, lyrics, learn more

Daryl Braithwaite, Pierce Brothers, Russell Morris and Soli Tesema performing at the Melbourne Day Concert on 30 August

The concert also includes:

When: Noon to 5pm. (Pierce Brothers on stage at 1pm; Soli Tesema, 1.25pm; Russell Morris, 1.45pm; Daryl Braithwaite, 2.30pm)

Where: Water Plaza on Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands (Merchant St, near the Library at the Dock).

See the concert location on Google Maps.

Download an event Map (PDF) 


Melbourne Regatta

Regatta Day

The Regatta features a dazzling flotilla on Victoria Harbour's southern basin. Bring the whole family and join the Melbourne Passenger Boating Association and the Mission to Seafarers in a Blessing of the Fleet.

The event also features an inaugural Melbourne Regatta Chorale, performed by school and community choirs.

The day includes the Enterprize's re-enactment of the first settlers’ arrival, free harbour trips, plus longer, paid cruises that visit the port to see big ships up close.

Watch the action from the land. Or join the fun and free family events, including:

The Melbourne Regatta was first held on August 30, 1838, making it the first regatta in Australia.

Download an event map (PDF)

For more details visit the Melbourne Regatta official website, the Mission to Seafarers' website and the Enterprize's website.


The Dock Library free events

Performance Room:

Workshop Room 1 (Community Room):

Workshop Room 2 (Activities Room):

Library Cafe:


Book your Regatta and Port Cruises

A cruise on one of these two vessels specially decorated for the Melbourne Regatta is the ideal way to be part of the Regatta on the water, then explore Melbourne's port to see the big ships up close, before returning for the Melbourne Day Concert main acts. Bookings support worthy causes.

Mission to Seafarers cruise

In this three-hour package, you will:

Cost is $45. Maximum passengers 35, so hurry! Download the booking form or contact Bill Reid via billreid@iprimus.com.au

For more information, visit the Mission to Seafarers Cruise page.

Melbourne Showboat Lady Cutler cruise

Lady Cutler cruise to support the Alma Doepel

In this two-hour (approximate) package aboard this ex-Sydney ferry, you will:

Tickets are $10 adults and $5 child or $20 family of four. Full bar facilities plus food will be available for purchase onboard.

For bookings and more information, visit the Lady Cutler Cruise page.

Sea Regatta highlights from last year


Love letters to Melbourne

Show your love at the Yelp letter writing station on Melbourne DayDear hearts, declare your love!

Yelp, the app that connects people with great local businesses, hosts a letter writing station at the Melbourne Day Concert.
 
With the city's famous love locks banished, profess your love to Melbourne the old, romantic way — in words. And in your best cursive hand, sweetie! From 11.30am to 2pm.
 
Can’t make it to the Docklands concert? Write Melbourne a love letter on her Yelp page instead.

Melbourne Day Market

Special Melbourne Day Sunday Docklands Market

The regular Docklands Sunday Market is celebrating our city's 180th anniversary with a special, Melbourne Day-themed variety market.

Usually at New Quay Promenade, the market will on 30 August set up along Harbour Esplanade, south of the Cow Up a Tree sculpture, to be closer to the Melbourne Day Concert stage (at Water Plaza).

The market is open from 10am to 5pm.

It will be bigger and better with more food vendors and variety stalls, including arts, craft, crystals, recycle kids' clothes, soft toys, jewellery, pearls, art photography, ladies' fashion ,wraps, handmade soy candles, soap, cards, second-hand books, sweets, liquorish coffee, artisan fresh bread, mini donuts and more!

Stall Holders are welcome to come on the morning of the market and register. But bookings are recommended. 

For more details and information for stallholders, see the Docklands Sunday Market website.


 Hidden Secrets Tours

Hidden Secrets Tours50% off Golden Mile walks on 30 August (use when booking code: MELBDAY180).

10% off any tour booked before 31 August (use when booking code: MELBDAYfriends).

Discover tradition, mystery, curiosities and wonder on a revealing, special "early Melbourne" guided walking tour of the hidden city.

For bookings, more information, visit HiddenSecretTours.com/Melbourne-Day


 Enterprize: sea a much-loved Melbourne Day icon

Tall ship Enterprize in full sail. The original brought the first settlers to Melbourne.

Join Enterprize in celebrating Melbourne Day on the weekend of 29 - 30 August at Victoria Harbour, Docklands.

On Sunday, she performs a re-enactment of the first settlers' arrival, with sea shanty music provided by the Enterprize Shanty Band and Danny Spooner.

The schooner is the centrepiece of the Melbourne Regatta, leading the flotilla and Sail Past out of Victoria Harbour, under Bolte Bridge, into the Port of Melbourne, turning at Appleton Dock and returning to Victoria Harbour for the Melbourne Day Concert. 

Free sails on Sunday, 30 August, at 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm from Water Plaza (Melbourne Day concert stage).

But on Saturday, 29 August, there are one-hour sails for regular ticket prices, departing from New Quay, Docklands.

Visit the Enterprize's website for her full sailing schedule.

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Spring into Waterwatch

To celebrate the arrival of spring, Melbourne Water is running free activities at Melbourne Museum.

Melbourne Water

It's a great way to also learn about water. (The availability of fresh water is a key reason why the first settlers founded Melbourne on the Yarra's north bank, known today as Enterprize Park.)

On Melbourne Day, Sunday, 30 August, from 10.30am to 1pm, you can walk through Melbourne Museum's Forest Gallery to the North Terrace, be part of fun, family friendly activities and:

North Terrace (entrance from the Rainforest Gallery) is at Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton. Map - Melbourne Museum

Entry is free after paying your museum entrance fees. For more information call 131 722 or email waterwatch@melbournewater.com.au


 Get your Melbourne pie

Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses' Flavour of Melbourne pie

The people of Melbourne have voted! The Flavour of Melbourne is chunky beef, beer & bacon.

It was suggested by Claire Angelis, who gets enough to eat for a month!

Get your pie, freshly baked, from Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses outlets.


Poker Prologue Cruise-in

Attention boat owners and sailors: On the afternoon of Saturday, August 29, a Poker Prologue Cruise-in will be held to attract vessels from yacht clubs in Port Phillip Bay to the Docklands to join in the fun and excitement of Sunday's Regatta. In the Poker Prologue Cruise-in, vessels leave their home berths and progress to four water locations to pick up a series of four playing cards to make a poker hand. The day ends with prizes drawn at a special function at 7pm. Owners of private and commercial vessels are encouraged to "dress" their vessel with colourful decorations for the weekend.

For more information about the Poker prologue Cruise-in, see the Melbourne Regatta official website.

For more details visit the Melbourne Regatta official website, the Mission to Seafarers' website and the Enterprize's website.

Melbourne Regatta 2015 poster


Sold out! Lord Mayor's Oration

Professor Margaret Gardner AO, Vice Chancellor Monash University

Presented by Melbourne Business Network, Melbourne Day Committee and Grossi Florentino, the Lord Mayor's Melbourne Day Oration is a cornerstone Melbourne Day event.

The Future of Higher Education and the City

By Professor Margaret Gardner AO, President and Vice-Chancellor of Monash University (right).

When: 27 August at Grossi Florentino, upstairs, 80 Bourke St, Melbourne. Starts 11.30am pre-arrival drinks, noon to 2.15pm event. Book tickets here.


Restore the Alma DoepelAlma Doepel logo

Join Channel Nine newsreader Peter Hitchener and other distinguished guests to rally behind this unique and worthy cause. Help raise funds to continue providing youth programs and restore the Alma Doepel.

The lunch is on 28 August at the Medallion Club, Etihad Stadium. For more information or bookings, visit the Alma Doepel website

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Secrets of Flagstaff Gardens

Flagstaff Gardens tours presented by Royal Historical Society of Victoria

Join Royal Historical Society of Victoria experts on a guided tour of the gardens, the city's historic heart. 

Tour Flagstaff Hill to learn about its place in Melbourne’s topography and pre-European history. Discover secrets of its early role as a burial ground, signalling station, and magnetic and meteorological observatory.

An absolute “must do” walk for an understanding of the history and character of Melbourne.

When: Friday, August 28, 11am and 2.15pm. Meet at the RHSV office, 239 A'Beckett St, city. Bookings preferred 9326 9288 or office@historyvictoria.org.au

Melbourne was founded at Enterprize Park because of a source of fresh water

Water city: One of the key reasons Melbourne was founded at Enterprize Park, on the Yarra River's north bank, was because a supply of fresh water was available to the first settlers.


Lost and found wetlands of Melbourne

Royal Historical Society of Victoria's annual Melbourne Day Lecture

Flagstaff Gardens tours presented by Royal Historical Society of Victoria

Melbourne might march on cappuccinos and lattes today but marshes and swamps were once the city's lifeblood — vital to the early settlers and traditional Aboriginal owners.

In this free event, author and speaker Rod Giblett explains the pivotal and fascinating role of the city's wetlands, some of which have been lost to drainage or filling over the past 180 years, and how they shaped Melbourne.

The wetlands' history is largely unknown to many Melburnians but were a prominent feature in the past.

The maps of the first explorers and early settlers note the presence of wetlands; colonial chroniclers and municipal historians describe them; and recent history retells their story and of the place and its peoples, the Aboriginal owners and European dispossessors.

This lecture traces critically the history of Melbourne and its wetlands and shows that these wetlands were crucial in constituting the site in and on which the city took place and in posing an initial limitation and impediment to its development and spread that were eventually overcome. 

In their absence they still remain a defining feature of the relationship of Melbourne to its location.

Rod Giblett has published many articles and book in the trans-disciplinary environmental humanities and environmental activism, focusing particularly in both on wetlands. His recent publications focus on eco-cultural studies and nature writing.  He lived by a wetland, was involved in its conservation, wrote about both and taught at a number of universities for more than 25 years. His latest book is Canadian Wetlands: Places and People (Intellect Books, 2014).  His next is Cities and Wetlands: The Return of the Repressed in Nature and Culture (Bloomsbury, 2016). His lecture is part of a chapter in a proposed collection titled In Wetness is Life and Death.

When: Friday, August 28, 12.30 to 2pm. Free event. No bookings required.

Where: RHSV, 239 A'Beckett St, city.

Further information: 9326 9288 or office@historyvictoria.org.au


Melbourne Our Town

Performed at the 2015 Melbourne Day Concert by Soli Tesema

Hear a preview: Melbourne Our Town (MP3, 0:55)

Buy the full version from iTunes

Credits: Music by Bettina Spivakovsky, lyrics by Bettina Spivakovsky, performed by Soli Tesema, live and midi instrumentalists Kit Riley and Bettina Spivakovsky, producers Kit Riley and Bettina Spivakovsky. Produced at Kit Riley Studios (2015).

Melbourne Our Town

Melbourne is our town
Melbourne is our city
Come on, take the tram around
Look at all the beauty
Underneath the Southern skies
And together we’ll stand with one hope
And we all discover treasures in the place that we call home

Melbourne is our town
Melbourne is our city
Take the tram around
Look at all the beauty
Underneath the Southern skies
And together we’ll stand with one hope
Everyone can join us, let’s all rise up, come on celebrate

The rhythm of each day, with all the hustle and the bustle
Nature and man in harmony with each other
They came from different shores and taught us how to value freedom
And those who lived before us shared with us their wisdom
It’s the quiet of the park, it’s crowd and it’s the footy
It’s the starlight after dark, it’s our future and it’s history
We built on land and shore, discovered mountains, sailed the waters
Welcome everyone to this great land
In  Melbourne town

Melbourne is our town
Melbourne is our city
Come on, take the tram around
Look at the beauty
Look at all the beauty
Underneath the Southern sky
And together we’ll stand with one hope
Everyone come and join us, let’s all celebrate

Melbourne is our town
Melbourne is our city
Melbourne is our town
Melbourne is our city

Melbourne is your town
Melbourne is your city
Melbourne is your town
Melbourne is your city


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Official flag-raising ceremony

Melbourne Day Concert

Melbourne Regatta

The Dock Library free events

Mission to Seafarers Cruise

Lady Cutler Cruise

Poker Prologue Cruise-in

Love letters to Melbourne

Special Sunday market

Flavour of Melbourne pie

Lord Mayor's Oration business lunch

Alma Doepel fundraising lunch

Hidden Secrets Tours

Tall ship Enterprize

Secrets of Flagstaff Gardens tours

Melbourne Day Lecture: Our lost and found wetlands

Spring into Waterwatch

Melbourne Our Town song

 

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