Australia Day

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Events across the Peninsula

Last year COVID-19 prompted us to reimagine our traditional Mornington Park Australia Day event, with the new program of activities and entertainment well-received by locals, visitors and businesses. Council has opted for a similar approach this year.

We have provided funding for Mornington Chamber of Commerce to deliver a full day of music, arts activities and family-friendly entertainment. We are also providing support for community-led Australia Day events at Mount Eliza, Hastings and Sorrento, which will go ahead as usual.

Council is also supporting an event at The Briars titled Our Survival Day 2022 – Reconnection, an Indigenous-led community event providing a safe and culturally empowering space for First Nations people and their allies to gather on 26 January.

Main Street, Mornington

50th Mornington Art Show
New Mornington Community House (3/91 Wilsons Road)

9am to 3pm
Wednesday Market - over 70 market stalls
Homemade | Hand Baked | Home Grown

10am to 4:30pm
Mornington Historical Museum - open with FREE entry
Celebrate our history

11am to 1pm
The Library Corner - Nathan Power

11am to 1pm
Empire Street Mall - Andy LP

11am to 1pm
Publican Verandah - Tim Scanlan duo

11:30am to 1:30pm
Wave Cave - Trevor Bartle

11:30am to 1:30pm
The Boyz 4 Breakie - Jade Nye

12pm to 2pm
The Grand

12:30pm to 2pm
Mornington Village Green - Dixie Rhythm Kings

1:30pm to 3pm
Free guided tour of the Mornington Cemetery by Val Wilson OAM, winner of a Victorian History Award.
Meet at the cemetery office.
Contact the Mornington Museum on 5976 3203 for more information.

1:30pm to 3:30pm
The Library Corner - Pot Pourri Opera
Internationally renowned Opera Songs join us in Main Street.

1:45pm to 3:45pm
Empire Street Mall - The Fentons

2pm to 4pm
The Boyz 4 Breakie - The Treblettes

4pm to 5pm
The Library Corner - Westernport Regional Band

Mount Eliza Village Green

Australia Day will be celebrated at the Mount Eliza Village Green from 9am to 1pm.

Mornington Peninsula Shire is the major sponsor of this event. In addition, David Morris MP, Ritchie's IGA, the Mt Eliza Community Branch of Bendigo Bank and Rotary are all proud sponsors.

A free community BBQ will be run by Rotary from 9am until 11.30am.

This will be a great family day and there will be live entertainment throughout the morning including music, an animal farm, balloon artist, face painting and reptile encounters. This is an outdoor event but we remind all to observe appropriate covid precautions.

An official Australia Day Ceremony will be held at 10.00 am, including the flag raising an address by the Australia Day Ambassador Peter Sullivan, the joint composer of the AFL theme song “Up There Cazaly”.

Hastings Foreshore

The Hastings Foreshore Festival on Australia Day is an awesome one day event filled to the brim with FREE family-fun!

Designed to bring the community together it includes a FREE breakfast of delicious bacon and egg sandwiches by the 1st Hastings Scouts, live music all day and awesome kids activities including a huge rock wall, trackless train rides along the foreshore and wildlife animal display by Wildlife Xposure and its all FREE!!!

It also showcases a curated selection of the very best Untold Event Co market stallholders sprawled around the picturesque lawns of the Fred Smith Foreshore Reserve.

This fun day will showcase:

  • The very best curated selection of stallholders
  • Free entertainment for the family
  • Free breakfast (limited serves available!)
  • Amazing food from all over the world
  • Gourmet food aplenty ready to devour or take home for later
  • Live, local music all day

Sorrento / Portsea RSL

Two crackin' Aussie bands for your Australia Day celebrations!

The Marty Rose Band are well-known, well-respected and well-loved, and Cruizin' are the peninsula band and Tom Katz regulars. Both will be dishing out helpings of music you know and love!

This is one of the biggest days on the calendar year, don't miss it!

11.30am
Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony. Welcome to Country. Guest speakers. Singing National Anthem by local school children. Flag Raising. 

12.00pm
Community BBQ commences serving in the Entrance area with complimentary hamburger, Australian flag, or visor. 

1.30pm
Live Music Concert commences in our outdoor undercover area. COVID Marshalls in attendance. This first show finishes at 3.30 PM. COVID cleaning between shows. 

4pm - 7pm
Live Music Concert in our outdoor undercover area. COVID Compliance applies. 

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