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Enter your hot shots. Win a camera!

Enter your interpretation of "what Melbourne means to me" in this exciting Melbourne Day photo competition run by Melbourne City Mission. Submit your smartphone or camera photos. First prize is a Nikon digital SLR camera courtesy of JB-HiFi. Details at Melbourne City Mission's photo competition page.

Little big boss announced

2014 Junior Lord Mayor of Melbourne Ebony ChiazorEbony Chiazor has won our 2014 Junior Lord Mayor competition. Ebony, 11, will help Lord Mayor Robert Doyle officiate at Melbourne Day events - and help perform other duties throughout the year. Read more.

Melbourne Day Urban Explorer tour

Take in the highlights of Melbourne Day on this special tour! And get a Mega Showbag bursting with goodies valued at over $200!

The dynamic itinerary includes:

1. An exclusive visit to Eureka Skydeck 88.

2. VIP status at our official flag-raising ceremony at Enterprize Park.

3. A guided walk to Fed Square.

4. Treatment as a special guest at the official Melbourne Day Concert at Fed Square.

5. A Mega Showbag ($200+ of goodies) per ticket.

More details in Events.

Click here to BOOK TICKETS ONLINE now!

Magic cupcake: see it come alive!

Melbourne Day magic cupcake

1. Download the free "Cakes Alive!" app from the iTunes app or Google Play store.
2. Open the app, point your phone at the cupcake.
3. Watch your screen burst with a party animation!
4. Take a photo, tag with #MelbourneDay and share with friends and on social media.

It works on every Melbourne Day cupcake image - online and print. How it works, click here.

2014 Lord Mayor's Melbourne Day Oration by Chief Commissioner Ken Lay on the Future of Policing

Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay will deliver this year's Lord Mayor's Melbourne Day Oration. Mr Lay's topic is the future of policing. Presented by Melbourne Business Network, the business lunch is on 28 August at RACV City Club, 501 Bourke St. Tickets:

Melbourne Star special tickets offer

Get your special 2-for-1 tickets! Melbourne Star Observation Wheel is our newest Cheers! Melbourne partner.

Cover of 2014 Melbourne Day events programOut now! Download our program guide (PDF). Or read it online magazine-style, click here.

Pick up a print copy from city hotels, tourist venues and other spots that love Melbourne Day. 

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Public to Marvel as VCA artists transform historic Windsor Hotel Public to Marvel as VCA artists transform historic Windsor Hotel

Melbourne's iconic Windsor Hotel will become a public gallery for two weeks starting Melbourne Day when Victorian College of the Arts students compete for The Windsor Art Award — a $10,000 scholarship recognising Australia’s best emerging talent. Read more

Toot if you love Melbourne Day

Melbourne Daymobile. Toot for Melbourne Day!

Toot if you see our chairman Campbell Walker's "Melbourne Daymobile". You can't miss it!

In the media

The Age interviews Harold Mitchell, 2011 Melburnian of the Year. Read it here.

Melbourne Regatta article in Docklands News. Read it here.

Welcome to our newest
Friends of Melbourne Day

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel; Kate Prinsley, CEO Royal Historical Society of Victoria; Jeff Gordon from Melbourne Showboad - Lady Cutler. 

Get a mega showbag of goodies valued at more than $200 — join Friends of Melbourne Day.

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Melbourne Day 2014
Simply the best

Cover of 2014 Melbourne Day events program Join Melbourne's 179th birthday celebrations from
20 to 31 August.

We're celebrating with an all-ages free concert at Federation Square, a spectacular Docklands regatta, an Urban Explorer tour around town, a flag-raising ceremony at Enterprize Park, special offers, discounted tours, a corporate lunch — plus gifts to you from a range of cafés, restaurants and retailers in our Cheers! Melbourne event.

Full details in our Events section.

Download our program guide (PDF). Or read it online magazine-style, click here.

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Making history — by teaching history

Whitefriars Secondary College student teaching younger students younger students at Our Holy Redeemer about Melbourne

Students in the city's inner east are learning about early Melbourne in a unique way: from senior students – from another school.

Two Year 10s from Whitefriars Secondary College in Donvale, Melbourne's east, have commandeered the chalkboard and are making history come alive for younger students at Our Holy Redeemer in Surrey Hills, the city's inner-east.

Ben Galtieri and Callum Thorburne are engaging the junior students by using a hands-on, one-on-one approach — helping history leap off the page and into the children's imaginations, says Liz McIntyre, the deputy principal of Our Holy Redeemer.

The children are learning about the significance of Melbourne Day, the first settlers who sailed here aboard the Enterprize and about some of today's city landmarks, including Flinders St Station, Bunjil Docklands sculpture, Eureka Skydeck and Pie In the Sky at Melbourne Showgrounds. Read more. And see photos from the classroom in our Melbourne Day Flickr photo gallery.

Our Day around the world

No matter where you are, celebrate on August 30. Proud Melburnians, and friends of Melbourne, are preparing to mark the day so far in Beijing, New York, London — and Morocco. We'd love to hear how you're celebrating.

So share on Twitter or Instagram using #MelbourneDay. Or contact us and we'll post your party plans here and across our social media channels.

Tell us what you're doing, post snaps or take a selfie of you and your party friends. It's the next best thing to being here with us.

Cheers! Melbourne Day

We're making your day with free and special offers, discounts and other gifts from our Cheers! Melbourne Day partners. See the offers.

Register your business, venue or outlet as an official Cheers! partner. Get behind Melbourne Day. Get in touch.

Show your love: sponsor our day

The best packages in 179 years are available. Get your brand behind our day and be the life of the party. Contact Siobhan Browne today.

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