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Discover English Out and About , Social , Melbourne 23 Jan 2015

Australia Day is Monday, January 26th! Discover will be closed, but there are lots of things to do to celebrate the holiday!

Australia Day celebrates the arrival of the First Fleet, the first group of British settlers to come to Australia in 1788.

Traditionally, Australians celebrate the holiday by having a barbecue and listening to Triple J’s Hottest 100, a countdown of the most popular songs of the last year. Check out the website to listen to the music on your phone or laptop, or listen to the Hottest 100 on your radio on 107.5!

At 11:00am, there is an official Australia Day parade along Swanston Street - bring your cameras!

Another popular activity is to hang out in the sunshine! Some of the most popular places are Edinburgh Gardens (North Fitzroy), Carlton Gardens (Carlton), the Botanical Gardens (South Melbourne/Arts Precinct) and St Kilda beach.

If you’re a foodie, you can check out the International Street Food Festival at Melbourne Showgrounds, near Flemington Racecourse. You can try foods from all over the world!

You can also try making some traditional Australian food, like lamingtons (see picture below), pavlova, or kangaroo burgers! You can find the recipes here:

In the evening, you could go to the Botanical Gardens to see Russell Crowe’s new movie, “The Water Diviner.” It’s about World War I and the Australians who fought at Gallipoli. Learn some Australian history while watching a Hollywood movie!

At night, go to Docklands for some Australia Day fireworks. The fireworks begin at 9:30pm, but you should get there early to get the best view.

Click here to find a program full of events all around Melbourne:

Have fun, and see you on Tuesday!

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