Australia Day in Melbourne

We’ve picked out the main events on January 26, plus ideas for ways to spend your day off

Photograph: Michelle Lake

January 26 is the Australia Day public holiday, which falls on a Friday this year. It’s a controversial date in Australia’s history – one that marks the beginning of colonisation – and in recently there have been calls to change the date, with many now referring to the public holiday as Invasion Day or Survival Day. At Time Out, we’ve listed the best public Invasion Day, Survival Day and Australia Day events in Melbourne.

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Things to do on January 26 in Melbourne
Things to do

Things to do on January 26 in Melbourne

We've picked out the main events on the day, including ongoing performances and exhibitions around town.

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Ways to spend the public holiday

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The best public barbecue spots in Melbourne

No barbecue at home? No problem.

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The best beaches in Melbourne

Splendid spots to cool down on a scorcher.

The best picnic spots in Melbourne
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The best picnic spots in Melbourne

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The best beer gardens in Melbourne

The sun's out, the beer is cold, and you've got a whole day off.

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