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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 Thursday this year. It’s a controversial date in Australia’s history – one that marks the beginning of colonisation – and in recent months there have been calls to change the date, including campaigns to move events like Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown. January 26 is also called Invasion Day or Survival Day. At Time Out, we’ve listed the best public Invasion Day, Survival Day and Australia Day events in Melbourne.

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 picnic spots in Melbourne

Bask in the sun at these beautiful parks.

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The best beaches in Melbourne

Splendid spots to cool down on a scorcher.

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

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