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10 top must-dos this
Melbourne Day Week


1. Blast your car horn, and wave

Toot for Melbourne Day

2. Listen to 3AW Breakfast's Ross and John take over the Lord Mayor's chambers

Special Melbourne Day Good Room broadcast

In a special Melbourne Day broadcast, the pair are on air from Robert Doyle's seat of power at Melbourne Town Hall.


3. Fill your heart with pride

Melbourne Day flag raising ceremony

Join MC Dr Sally Cockburn (“Dr Feelgood”), Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Deputy Lord Mayor Susan Riley, city councillors, Junior Lord Mayor Mason Dwyer, Melbourne Day chairman Campbell Walker and committee, and others, as we salute the city's flag at 9am.

  • Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder Colin Hunter.
  • Meet the Enterprize's "first settlers" in period costume — including Gilbert, the Tassie tabby, Melbourne's first cat!
  • Sing along to sea shanties by the Enterprize Shanty Band.
  • See and hear our roving town crier Ian Morrison in full voice.
  • Hear the big sound of Victoria Police Pipe Band.
  • And more!

4. Get your piece of gorgeous

Free Melbourne Day cupcakes

Free birthday cupcakes at the Melbourne Day Concert (while they last)! Thanks to Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses, who are bakin' us crazy with anticipation.


5. Come (said the boy) to our lunchtime concert at Federation Square

Free Melbourne Day Concert at Fed Square

Noon to 2pm, Melbourne Day

  • Ross Wilson: Eagle Rock, Come Said the Boy plus other Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock classics.
  • Jack Howard: Hunters & Collectors' anthem Holy Grail — and a special, new song he has written about Melbourne, especially for Melbourne Day.
  • Lisa Edwards with Michael Cristiano: John Farnham's smash You're the Voice.
  • Cutting of a giant birthday cake, made by Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses.
  • Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder Annette Xiberras.
  • MC Craig 'Huggy' Huggins from GOLD104 FM.
  • And more!

6. Hug Vinnie the Platypus

Vinnie the Platypus at Melbourne Day

He's not as good a singer as Ross, Jack and Lisa, so he'll instead be roaming around off stage telling the Melbourne Water story. He loves hugs. So don't be shy.


7. High-five the little big boss

Junior Lord Mayor Claire McDaniel

Mason Dwyer, the Junior Lord Mayor of Melbourne 2016, has met the town crier, above, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Channel Nine's Peter Hitchener, other VIPs and honchos. Now it's your turn. Say hello to the little big boss of Melbourne at the Federation Square concert.


8. Learn a different view of how we became Melbourne

Much is known about the people and events behind Melbourne's founding. But a hidden hand that shaped the city was, and still is, topography. In this annual Royal Historical Society of Victoria free Melbourne Day public lecture, archaeologist and historian Dr Gary Presland looks at how the surrounding environments made Melbourne.


9. Get a birthday pressie

Radio 3AW logo
Radio GOLD104FM

It's Melbourne Day but you get the goodies! Listen to our media partners radio 3AW and GOLD104 FM for the best giveaways in 181 years all this week.


10. Turn it up loud, volume 181!

Jack Howard's Melbourne song

Here's Jack Howard's new song written about Melbourne that he is debuting at the Melbourne Day Concert.


Thanks to our awesome sponsors & partners

City of Melbourne
13CABS - proud sponsor of the 2015 Junior Lord Mayor Competition
Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses
Radio GOLD104.3 FM
Melbourne Water
Radio 3AW AM
Metrol Trains
Enterprize - Melbourne's tall ship
Zouki Group
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History Teachers' Association of Victoria
Lombard the Paper People
Levantine Hill Winery
UMS, Urban Maintenance Systems
William Angliss Institute
Akqire Digital
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