Celebrate Melbourne’s birthday with a host of events

August 3, 2012 by  

Melbourne turns 177 on Thursday 30th August and the Melbourne Day celebrations will encompass everything that is great about the city.

The first settlers founded Melbourne in August 1835 when they set up a community on the banks of the Yarra River. The first building was a thatched hut, the location of which is now known as Enterprize Park. The location was named after the schooner, the Enterprize, on which the founders arrived.

The Enterprize is one of the symbols of the celebration and this year, a replica of the Enterprize will take part in a huge regatta in Victoria Harbour on Sunday 26th August to launch the Melbourne Day week of celebrations. A flotilla of boats will cruise the harbour and members of the public will be able to board many boats for a closer look.

Later that day, the Melbourne Football Club will host Adelaide. The Melbourne club was one of the first of its kind and is an important part of the city’s history. Fans from Braeside are encouraged to turn out for the game, and banner printing with the team’s name or the name of a favourite player is a good way to show support from the stands.

Local business owners can take the opportunity to network and learn some new things with a business breakfast and a business debate, while families will find plenty to keep them occupied with discounted entry to attractions like the Enterprize and Melbourne Aquarium. A number of cafes and restaurants will also be offering special deals during the celebrations.

For more information, visit the Melbourne Day website.