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Australia Day 2020: What’s open, what’s closed and what’s on in Melbourne

Where to find fireworks

Dandenong Park

More than 11,000 people are expected to join the Australia Day Festival in Dandenong Park. The huge council-run event boasts African drumming performances, rides, food and market stalls and ends with a fireworks spectacular at 9.25pm. More Details here.

Many councils have cancelled their fireworks, but not all.

Many councils have cancelled their fireworks, but not all.Credit:Luis Enrique Ascui

Rye Foreshore

Those heading to the peninsula can enjoy a free community BBQ courtesy of the Rye Lions Club on the foreshore from 2pm, as well as live music and kids entertainment. The fireworks show will start at 9.30pm, weather permitting. More details here.

Mornington Park

Singer Kate Ceberano will be the headline act at Mornington’s Australia Day celebrations. The festival in Mornington Park kicks off with a PAW Patrol show for the kids at 3pm. There’s rides, free mini golf and lawn games, a food precinct and roving entertainers. Following an official flag-raising ceremony at 5.15pm, Ceberano will take to the stage at 8.40pm. The fireworks are set to begin at 9.30pm. More details here.

Lake Wendouree, Ballarat

Fireworks are going ahead, weather permitting, at 9.30pm at Lake Wendouree in Ballarat. The council will use the opportunity to raise money for the bushfire recovery effort. More details here.

Australia Day Parade

Multicultural Melbourne, in all its colourful glory, will be out in force for the official Australia Day parade along Swanston Street. It starts at 11am at the corner of Swanston and Bourke streets and ends at the Kings Domain Gardens. More than 1000 participants from over 80 community and cultural groups are taking part, many in their traditional dress. More details here.

Celebrating Melbourne's multiculturalism at the Australia Day parade.

Celebrating Melbourne’s multiculturalism at the Australia Day parade.Credit:Luis Enrique Ascui

Invasion Day Rally

Tens of thousands of people are expected to join the Invasion Day protest calling for the abolition of Australia Day. It kicks off from the steps of Parliament House on Spring Street at 11am. This year, protesters are being urged to give cash to Indigenous Australians on the day as arrears for living on “stolen land”. More details here.

Melbourne's Invasion Day rally is usually the largest in the country.

Melbourne’s Invasion Day rally is usually the largest in the country.Credit:AAP

Share the Spirit Festival

Victoria’s longest-running Aboriginal music festival, Share the Spirit Festival, begins in the Treasury Gardens at midday on Sunday. There will be performances from indigenous artists and market stalls selling food and artwork. More details here.

Koorie chill out

The Glen Eira Council will be hosting a free community event at Booran Reserve in Glen Huntly to recognise the significance of the date to promote understanding, respect and reconciliation. From 6pm to 8pm there will be a smoking ceremony, Aboriginal music, face painting and other activities. More details here.

Other events

Australian Open

Grab a ticket to Rod Laver arena and watch the world’s best players vie for a place in the quarter finals. You can also get a ground pass to watch the tennis on the big screen and check out the other activities. At the AO live stage Fatboy Slim will perform at 7.30pm on Sunday, while Seeker Love Keeper and Kate Miller-Heidke are performing from 6.10pm on Monday. More details here.

The Lord of the Rings Marathon

For any Lord of the Rings fans out there the Astor Theatre will be hosting a Lord of the Rings movie marathon on Australia Day. The session begins at 10am and tickets are $35. More details here.

Summertime Social

The rooftop of the Federation Square car park has been transformed into a summertime playground, suitable for all ages, with food trucks, lawn games and live music. It opens from 11am til late on Sunday, and from 11am to 10pm on Monday. More details here.

Australia Sunday at The Albion

The Albion is hosting a fundraising event for the Australian bushfire appeal. There will be live music and DJ performances from midday Sunday. Entry is $20 after 5pm. Money collected at the door will be matched by The Albion and donated to the CFA and Wildlife Victoria. More details here.

Public holiday trading hours


Coles: Normal trading hours, check local stores here.

Woolworths: All stores open except for Collins Square. Stores may have different hours. Check local stores here.

Aldi: Normal trading hours, check local stores here.

IGA: IGA stores are independently owned and operated. For Australia Day opening hours, check local stores here.

Public transport

Most public transport will be running to a public holiday timetable.

Trains: Services will run to a public holiday timetable. Check specific services here.

Trams: Trams will also run to a public holiday timetable. Check specific services here.

Buses: Some services may be altered or will not run. Check specific services here.

V/Line: Services will run to a public holiday timetable. Check specific services here.

Regional coach: Some services will be changed, while all will run to a public holiday timetable. Check specific services here.


Casey Super Clinic Pharmacy: 8am-midnight, 50 Kangan Drive, Berwick, 9769 9824

Mill Park Super Clinic Pharmacy: 7am-midnight, 250 Childs Road, Mill Park, 9437 7437

​Mulqueeny Midnight Pharmacy, Prahran: 9am-midnight, corner Williams Road and High Street, Prahran, 9510 3977

Chemist Discount Centre, Craigieburn: Open 24/7 Shop 2A Craigieburn Central Shopping Centre, 340 Craigieburn Road, Craigieburn, 9308 4981

Ascot Vale Pharmacy: Open 24/7, 67-69 Union Rd, Ascot Vale, 9370 4146

Balwyn Day and Night Pharmacy: Open 24/7, 310 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn, 9836 3245

Slade Pharmacy, Richmond: 8am-10pm, Ground floor, 89 Bridge Road, Richmond, 8420 0700

Chemist Warehouse St Albans: 8am-9pm, 327 Main Road East, St Albans, 9366 3545


Mill Park Super Clinic: 7am-midnight, 250 Childs Road, Mill Park, 9436 4155

Medical One, Elwood: 9am-6pm, 61 Brighton Road, Elwood, 9531 9811

Medical One, Frankston: 9am-1:30pm, 47 Davey Street, Frankston, 9781 3966

Medical One, Sunshine: 9am-1:45pm (no bulk billing), 324 Hampshire Road, Sunshine, 9310 2947

Medical One, Moonee Ponds: 8am-1pm, 14 Pascoe Vale Road, Moonee Ponds, 8325 1111

Medical One, QV Melbourne: 9am-1pm (no bulk billing), Level 3, 23 QV Terrace, 292 Swanston Street, Melbourne, 8663 7000

Chelsea Heights Medical Centre (bulk billing): 8am-midnight, 205 Thames Promenade, Chelsea Heights, 8785 9900

Hastings Family Medical Centre (bulk billing): 8am-midnight, 9 Queen St, Hastings, 5972 8000

Prahran Market: Closed

Footscray Market: Closed

Pet services

24-hour Vet: Centre for Animal Referral and Emergency (CARE), 5 Hood Street, Collingwood, 9417 6417

Lort Smith Animal Hospital North Melbourne: 8.30am – 5pm for routine consults and emergencies, 5pm-midnight for emergencies only. 24 Villiers Street, North Melbourne, 9328 3021

Airport transfers

Skybus operates to normal schedule to and from Melbourne Airport and to and from Avalon Airport (24 hours), 1300 759 287; Starbus operates to normal schedule (from CBD 5am – 9pm, from airport 6am – 9pm), 8378 8700.

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