Founded in 1835, Melbourne turns 180 this year. No Images? Click here

Celebrating 180 years of marvellous

 We're counting down to Melbourne Day! Here's some of what's planned — and how to join the party.

Special offers to get you celebration with our 180 Hour Birthday Bonanza

Special offers to get you celebrating!

Yes, you get the pressies!

Join the party with a range of special offers from city businesses getting behind Melbourne's 180th.

In the 180 hours to Melbourne Day, retailers, pubs, cafés, restaurants, attractions and other outlets are encouraged to offer patrons a gift — a Melbourne birthday special: $1 coffees, complimentary drinks, 2-for-1 tickets, discounts, deals, free samples, door prizes and more!

Are you a small business?

Don't be a party pooper. Join our 180 Hour Birthday Bonanza campaign and do more business at your business by celebrating Melbourne Day.

Flag-raising ceremony on Melbourne Day
Junior Lord Mayor Competition

Junior Lord Mayor Competition 2015

Be the little big boss of Melbourne

Entry is free and open to students in grades five to seven (10 to 12 years of age).

We're proud to announce 13CABS as our official Junior Lord Mayor Competition partner.

Teachers can get students to enter as a classroom activity while learning about Melbourne history. It fits within Australian History AusVELS education requirements.

Birthday card design winner 2014

Design Melbourne's 180th Birthday Card Competition

Free and open to all Victorian primary school students (5 to 12 years of age), this drawing competition encourages children to learn about history, city landmarks and Melbourne icons.

Free all-ages concert and Melbourne Regatta, Docklands, Melbourne Day 2015
Marvellous Melbourne mini-site

Museum Victoria’s Marvellous Melbourne

Learn more about how the city was founded, its early years, the 1850s gold rush, the 1880s boom, the 1956 Olympics, and more in this fabulous mini-site.


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We thank our generous sponsors and partners

City of Melbourne
13CABS - proud sponsor of the 2015 Junior Lord Mayor Competition
Bank of Melbourne
Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses

Don't miss the party

Get your brand behind Melbourne Day. Contact us today

Melbourne Water
Metrol Trains
Enterprize - Melbourne's tall ship
Radio 3AW
History Teachers' Association of Victoria
Lombard the Paper People
Levantine Hill Winery
Eureka Skydeck
Akqire Digital

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