An interactive flying display at the RAAF Museum which introduces visitors to the history of Australian military aviation and provides an opprtunity to see the aircraft close up and ask questions of the pilot before they take to the skies.
Family Day at Collingwood Children's Farm
On Family Days there are free pony rides, hay rides, a BBQ and activities matching the monthly theme.
Family Bike Rides
The Melton Cycling Club operates family bike rides along bike baths in Melton
and Caroline Springs and twice a month.
- Caroline Springs;- Every 1st Sunday of each month leaving the Civic
- Melton:- Every 3rd Sunday of each month leaving Hannah Watts Park
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Based on an original new story by J. K. Rowling, Jack
Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is
a new play by Jack Thorne. It is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series
and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.
The critically acclaimed play has won 24 major theatre awards in the UK
and is the most-awarded production in the history of Britain’s prestigious
Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards
including Best New Play and Best Director. The play opened on Broadway in
April 2018 to rave reviews and won 6 Tony Awards including
Best Play, 6 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 5 Drama Desk Awards and many more.
Port Open Day Boat Tour
White Hat can recommend the Port Open Day Tours to anyone interested in
the functioning of the Port of Melbourne as well as to those interested in
In the early days of European settlement, shipping came right into the
current CBD near Flinders and William Streets. Over time, ships became
larger Victoria Dock was dug out of the swampy land behind Batman's Hill and
low bridges blocked access to all but smaller boats. Further major works saw
the creation of Swanson Dock and a man-made channel was dug to accommodate
the larger shipping and eventually container vessels. The lower Yarra River
that was known to Aboriginal people was filled in and is now covered with
housing and factories while the man-made channel south of the city is what
we think of as the lower Yarra river.
Port Open Day boat tours are fun, family-friendly events and one of the best
ways to see Australia’s busiest port, right on the city’s doorstep.
Featuring a guided commentary from port staff, you’ll see the port from a
whole new angle. Tours depart from Victoria Harbour in
Docklands, and include Victoria Dock and Appleton Dock, the port’s more
historic facilities, before visiting the container terminals at Swanson
PLEASE NOTE: While every effort will be made to adhere to advertised tour
routes, these may be changed without notice due to vessel traffic
considerations on a given tour day.
Forthcoming tours are at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1 pm & 2pm on
- 31st March 2019 (bookings open 6th February 2019)
- 28th April 2019 (bookings open 3rd April 2019)
Once bookings are open for a particular date you can book online
here. Bookings cannot be made prior to booking opening date and all
bookings must be made in advance. Payment on the day is not possible. We
will remind subscribers to the White Hat
Melbourne Newsletter when bookings open for each tour.
Fiesta Malaysia is a day of celbration at Federation Square attracting
over 20,000 people. It aims to introduce the rich Malaysian history,
people, language and culture to those who attend and to enhance the
bilateral and multilateral relationship between Malaysia and Australia.In
addition it aims to foster, support and promote business and investment
opportunities between Malaysia and Australia To introduce Malaysia as a land
of diverse races, religions, festivities and cultural heritage in line with
the theme for Fiesta Malaysia 2016, ‘Sharing the Culture'. More information
at Fiesta Malaysia.
White Night Ballarat
White Night 2019 will return to the regional city of Ballarat from 7pm on
Saturday 21 September until 2am on Sunday 22 September.
interstate and international artists, musicians and performers will weave a
spell over the city in a celebration of art, culture and creativity.
Under the artistic direction of David Atkins OAM, White Night Ballarat
invites visitors and locals to make their journey around Ballarat’s iconic
buildings, cultural institutions and streets, in celebration of reclaiming
and reimagining the city through projection, installations, performance and
Full details at
Bright Spring Festival
White Hat often has to remind visitors that Victoria is
a state with four seasons - unlike some of those boring northern states -
and we recommend that one of the best ways to experience spring in the
Victorian countryside is to visit the Bright Spring Festival.
Bright has a natural beauty complemented by fine cafés and restaurants,
marvellous local wineries,
accommodation to suit all budgets, adventure
sports, walking tracks and bike trails and shopping. The festival offers
street and river markets, theatre events, art exhibitions, fireworks, plenty
of entertainment and open gardens. For a full list off the open gardens see
the White Hat Open
For the full itinerary, visit the Bright Spring Festival website at
Clunes Agricultural Show
Special Attractions at the 158th Annual Spring Show include:
- Cobb & Co Coach Rides
- Food & Wine
- Clunes Show Vasa Dog Jump 2pm
- Jamie & Kim’s Mobile Zoo
- Parker’s Mini Circus
- Roving Entertainment – Mad Hatter & Mad Hattie
- Face Painting & Caricature Drawing
- Trike Tours and Joyrides
- Showday Live Music Maryborough Big Band & The
- Clunes Pet Show
- Scarecrow Competition
- Ferret Racing - Bring your Ferrets to Compete
- Society Memorabilia Display
- Professor Wallace’s Puppet Show
- Bute Ute
- Vintage Engine Display
- Rural Ambassador & Junior Show
- Show Girl & Show Boy Competitions
- Keg Throwing, Tug Of War
& Gum Boot Throw Competitions
- Ladies Woodsplitting Competition
- Show Night Entertainment – Bar, BBQ & Live Band Highway 8
Grand Parade - 3 PM
All judging will cease at 2.55 pm for the Grand Parade at 3pm.
Exhibitors / Exhibits are encouraged to parade
Grand Parade Lucky Ticket
1st prize $100 - 2nd prize $50
Mazda Opera in The Bowl
It’s a Saturday evening in summer. You’re sitting in a park with family
and friends, and a fabulous picnic dinner. The picture is complete when the
glorious live music from
Hear our brightest stars, under the stars, sing opera's most famous arias
with the magnificent backing of
Dress up — or not — it's your night to enjoy the power of the human voice
in the kind of communal, cultural celebration Melbourne loves best.
Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar
Discover Scandinavia in Melbourne at the annual Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar
in the beautiful gardens of the
Swedish Church, Toorak. Festive atmosphere with
stalls full of gorgeous items from Sweden, Denmark and Norway, especially
imported for the Bazaar. Handicrafts, Scandinavian food, entertainment and lots
of fun activities for the kids. Full information at
Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar.
Carols by Candlelight
An event that has become a popular part of the Melbourne calendar
Government House Open Day
|As part of Australia Day, citizens and visitors are invited to visit
inspect many rooms not normally open to the public and enjoy a picnic on
the lawns. Music and entertainment throughout the day.
Australia Day Picnic & Historic Vehicles Display
The popular historic vehicle display, with more than 500 veteran and vintage vehicles, entertainment, free activities and food stalls.
The Yarraville Festival has been operating since 1981 and has steadily grown
into one of Melbourne's liveliest community festival and White Hat feels that
the location helps add to the genuine village atmosphere.
There is music across 7 stages from local professional and community performers,
everyone will find something that they enjoy.. Kids of every age, from toddlers
to teenagers, will hear music suitable for their age group, and a range of
activities and rides are available for them. From jumping castles to carnival
rides to bungee jumping, with many of the rides free.
The Yarraville Festival also features its annual market with plenty of
stalls. Selling everything from vintage clothing, food and handmade gifts the
market is a great opportunity for visitors to pick up a bargain.
Further details at
Twilight Jazz at Cruden Farm
For White Hat, the Twilight Jazz at Cruden Farm is one of the special
events of the year. We strongly recommend you gather the family together and
get down to one of the most special gardens in Australia as there is only
one chance a year for the general public to experience it at the special
time of twilight.
The annual Moomba Fireworks running over three nights.
Melbourne's long running community festival featuring rides, activities and
entertainment in Birrarung
Marr and the Alexandra
Gardens. The Moomba fireworks will occur from 9.30 to 9.45pm on Saturday, Sunday and
Monday nights and the best viewing points can be had on the banks of the Yarra
in Birrarung Marr or the Alexandra Gardens.
The parade runs northbound on St Kilda Road (on the park side of the road) between Dorcas St and Linlithgow Avenue.
Rosebud Kite Festival
The popular Rosebud Kite Festival has been running for 15 years, and this
year will feature international kite specialists as well as the usual
stalls, family entertainment, carnival rides and kite making classes. Full
Rosebud Kite Festival.
Darebin Community and Kites Festival
White Hat attended and enjoyed this festival over a number of years and
watched it grow into the highly popular community event it has now become.
Music, free activities and kite flying and food from around the world with
plenty of free activities. Bring your own kite or buy one there or simply
watch the amazing array of kites flying. This year, the festival has been
incorporated into True North - Reservoir Arts Festival - and moved to
Edwardes Lake Park.
Lara Food & Wine Festival
us in tasting an array of produce. All from over 60 of our regions gourmet
food and wine producers. Bring a rug and picnic on the lawns of the historic
Pirra Homestead. White Hat suggests you bring a picnic rug.
Moonee Valley Festival - Illuminate the River
The Moonee Valley Festival comes to an end in great style with a full day
of food, art and entertainment in a grand cultural celebration. There will
be live music, roving performances and pop-up activities for all ages!
Headline performances for the Illuminate the River event
include the X Factor’s Isaiah Firebrace, Melbourne-based
five-piece Dinner Suit Boogie, soul powerhouse Kattimoni,
internationally renowned circus company Gravity & Other Myths, Trucked
Up aerialist performers, and Melbourne-based all girl acoustic
trio Harlow & Hart.
There's plenty on offer for kids with ‘Beasties’
interactive show, the True Fairies storytelling, hula
workshops and roving entertainers all afternoon.
The celebration will continue into the evening with the talented Djirri
Djirri Dance Group who will use dance as an interpretation of their
culture to share stories about creation, family and Country.
Enjoy the sculptural lanterns of Lantasia by
illustrator/designer Tyson Savanah, laser lights, projection art and
pyrotechnics as the 2019 Moonee Valley Festival in closes in style.
Heritage Apple Festival
Join the Diggers Club team for a weekend of heritage
festivities and celebrations.
Taste test and choose the best heritage
apples and pears, sample freshly pressed apple juice and cider, taste
and buy delicious baked apple pies and strudels.
For the green thumbs join garden tours and
learn about the history and making of this beautiful garden and pick-up
gardening tips at the free gardening workshops.
Book into an Apple
Masterclass with the heritage apple experts, Pete the Permie and David
Key and sample cider from local makers. Learn all about cider making at
Listen to live music at the Fork to Fork Café while you enjoy a menu
inspired by the autumn harvest and complimented by wine.
activities on Sunday between 11am-2pm
The Piers Festival
Festival is held at Princes Pier, Port Melbourne during Victoria’s Term
1 school holidays.
Piers Festival celebrates and reflects on the collective historical and
contemporary migration stories at its site, Princes Pier, the significant
entry point where almost half of Australia’s post World War II refugees
arrived. The Festival brings to life the pivotal role Princes Pier played
from 1915 to 1969 in Victoria’s growth and as a gateway to the diversity of
cultures that enrich our community. With 12,000 attendees in 2015, Piers
Festival has grown to become an annual fixture in Victoria’s cultural
calendar and a significant occasion to acknowledge and bring to light our
Indigenous and multicultural talent.
Toorak Village Festival of Sculpture
For the entire month of may, Toorak Village businesses will display contemporary sculptures in their windows and bolted to the pavements along Toorak Road. Take your time surveying the sculptures as well as the shops. Please enjoy 'a decade of sculpture' and take advantage of the warm hospitality of the traders in the village. Catalogues are available from any of the shops in the village and all sculptures are for sale. Toorak Village is between Wallace Ave and Grange Rd, just east of Williams Rd. Simply catch the no 8 tram from Federation Square, along Toorak Road to stop no 35.
Kalorama Chestnut Festival
Held annually by the Mt Dandenong Preschool on the Kalorama Reserve in the Dandenong
Ranges. Market stalls, fair ground rides, fairy floss, hot food and, of course,
There will be a diverse range of stalls showcasing locally made handcrafts and
produce. Children can enjoy the fun rides and adventure play space. Enjoy
coffee, tea and chai as well as artisan beer (including chestnut beer!) and
Phillip Island Whale Festival
Celebrate the annual arrival of some of the ocean’s most majestic
creatures as our coastal waters play host to humpback and southern right
whales and even the occasional killer whales.
The winter school holidays don’t just mark the half-way point of the
school year; they also mean that humpback whales, southern right whales and
even the occasional pod of killer whales start to arrive in our coastal
waters. The Island Whale Festival celebrates the arrival of these majestic
creatures in our waters.
This immersive three day event takes place on Phillip Island, and has something for everyone, with a weekend packed full of
free or low cost activities right across the island. Whale spotting will of
course be a highlight of this weekend, and visitors will have plenty of
opportunities to do this from either land or sea.
Gertrude Street Projection Festival
Commencing in 2007 the Gertrude Street Projection Festival has grown to
become one of inner Melbourne’s most visible and accessible free large
scale arts festival. The festival celebrates projection art and lets us see
familiar spaces and buildings in new, inspired ways. It’s a collaborative,
volunteer effort of artists and traders, residents and community groups all
brought together by The Gertrude Projection Association.
For 10 evenings in July and in over 38 sites, the length of Gertrude
Street in Fitzroy is illuminated by the visions of talented projections
artists for the Gertrude Street Projection Festival. Buildings, laneways,
footpaths and tree trunks light up with site-specific, curated projections.
The Festival’s diverse arts program celebrates and connects our diverse
White Hat can thoroughly recommend the festival as a showcase of the
edgy, arty inner suburbs.
more info >>
The Melbourne Regatta and Blessing of the Fleet
is one of the few cities that can pin-point the time, date and the people
who first founded it. The Melbourne Regatta was first held on 30 August
1838, making it the first in Australia. In 2016 the Melbourne Passenger
Boating Association will deliver a magnificent waterside spectacle to
celebrate the connection between Melbourne and the sea.
Born out of a river settlement, developed through trade and immigration,
stabilised by gold and farming, the city owes much to the ships who made
that connection. The rivers and the great bay have been bountiful, providing
food, leisure, relaxation and a highway to the rest of the world. Discover
too, the land before it became Melbourne. Learn about the people and the
natural landscape that existed long before, and why this made Melbourne a
perfect place to build a village.
See a spectacle of cruising boats, dressed especially for the occasion.
Hop aboard free ferry cruises around Victoria Harbour, be part of a Welcome
to Country ceremony, and hear Father Bob bless the fleet.
You can also enjoy live entertainment with Normie Rowe, along with
reggae, calypso, and blues bands. Plus there'll be walking tours,
story-telling, roving entertainers, a mass choir and the Sunday market with
many food stalls and local cafes. Everyone is invited to join in the fun and
excitement and celebrate Melbourne's maritime and indigenous history.
Hurstbridge Wattle Festival
The festival celebrates Australian heritage, environment and community. To find
out more about the significance of Wattle Day in Australia's history go to
Another Date for
Australia Day. Lots of family activities including steam train rides.