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Things to do on the Australia Day long weekend

Whether you know it as Invasion Day, Survival Day or Australia Day, here are things to do to fill your long weekend

Australian Open AO Live Stage
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By Time Out editors |

In Australia, January 26 has very different meanings for different people. For First Nation Australians, the day marks the beginning of colonisation and is sometimes called Invasion Day or Survival Day. For recent migrants, January 26 is the day of many citizenship ceremonies across the country. For others, it's a family day around a barbecue. However you choose to spend it, we've picked out the main events taking place on the day, including ongoing performances, Hottest 100 events and exhibitions taking place on the public holiday and throughout the long weekend.

Take a look at our best picnic spots in Melbourne or park yourself at one of the city's best barbecue spots

Or get out of town

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The Last Hurrah at The Pool Deck
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Things to do in Melbourne in January

Wondering what to do in Melbourne in January? We can help. Check out our guide to all the fun things to do in Melbourne, from free events to exhibitions, theatre shows, live music and more.