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Melbourne’s Best Australia Day Events 2020

What should you do in Melbourne this Australia Day weekend 2020?

The Australian Open is on, the long weekend is fast approaching and the sun is shining. There is no better weekend to be heading out and about to enjoy what Melbourne has to offer. To help you get started, we’ve put together a guide of the five best things to do in Melbourne this Australia Day.

The Canadian Club Racquet Club

Inspired by the Australian Open, Canadian Club is celebrating with their very own pop-up Racquet Club. Hosted by Lords of Laughter, The Inspired Unemployed, this clubhouse will be serving up fresh Canadian Club & Dry on tap alongside fresh and fragrant Vietnamese-inspired dishes from Khanh Ong’s The George On Collins. It will be open throughout the long weekend, with bonus DJs on Saturday to celebrate Triple J’s Hottest 100 live.

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Federation Square, Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000 Monday 20 January - Sunday 02 February 2020, 12pm - late

Merrywell Bar & Dining

Crown Melbourne are making sure your lunch is as long as you weekend at Merrywell Bar & Dining. For Australia Day long weekend they’re launching the true blue Big Oz Burger. Devour this double beef patty, with Australian cheddar, lettuce, tomato, beetroot, fried egg, onions, pineapple, bacon and smoked chipotle mayo. And if that’s not enough to make your mouth water, they’ll also be offering the usual selection of traditional Aussie classics and an extensive drinks menu.

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Merrywell Bar & Dining, Riverside at Crown, 8 Whiteman St Southbank VIC 3006 Friday 24 - Sunday 26 January, 12 - 3pm and 5 - 10pm

Pontoon, St Kilda

Melbourne’s beach-side bar is gearing up for two days of celebrations as they kick off the first long weekend of the year. Starting at midday on Saturday, they’ll be serving $5 snacks and pots as they count down to crown the winner of the Top 100. In the evening, local DJs will hit the decks as you soak up those sunset views. On Monday, Patrón will be transforming the beach-side bar into the ultimate fiesta, with Patrón infused cocktails including a coconut and chilli margarita, and delicious grill-snacks such as Kingfish Ceviche and Crumbed Jalapenos. When you’re granted an extra day on the weekend, what better way to make the most of it than with an all-day tequila party?

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Pontoon, 30 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda VIC 3182 Saturday 25 January and Monday 27 January, 12pm - late

Summertime Social

Summertime Social is spending Australia Day doing exactly what Aussies do best, rallying around for a good cause and helping each other out. This Sunday they’re hosting a backyard BBQ, with refreshing ‘Relief’ Ale on tap, a bunch of lawn games with prizes and an all-Aussie playlist, with proceeds going towards Warriors 4 Wildlife, a charity working to help wildlife endangered by the bush fires. Entry is free and it’s the perfect Australia Day afternoon of nostalgia and philanthropy.

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Federation Square Car Park Rooftop, Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000 Sunday 26 January, 11am - late

Melba Restaurant

The Langham’s Melba Restaurant is using Australia Day to showcase some of the best in fresh Australian ingredients. The menu includes Mooloolaba king prawns, Coffin Bay oysters, Roasted Crocodile, Yellowfin tuna, and of course a meat pie! On top of all that, Melba will be satisfying your sweet tooth with lamingtons, Violet Crumble cupcakes and a wattleseed pavlova. Plus there are plenty more treats on each menu. Prices for the Australia Day Lunch and Dinner Menu event start at $115 per person.

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1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank, Melbourne, VIC 3006 Sunday 26 January
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