Sunday August 28TH
Melbourne is the most liveable city in the world and we have all played a part. We are one of the few cities who can pin point the time, date and the people whom founded our city. The Melbourne Regatta was first held on August 30th 1838, making it the first Regatta in Australia
In 2016 the Melbourne Passenger Boating Association in partnership with the City of Melbourne and Immigration Museum plus many generous sponsors, will once again 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, this great city owes much to the ships, the sailors sailors and the immigrants, many of them refugees from so many different countries.
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.
We invite everyone to join in the fun and excitement and come along on Sunday August 28 2016 to celebrate Melbourne's maritime and indigenous history.
See a magnificent 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
Hear Father Bob Bless the Fleet
Listen to live entertainment, walking tours and story telling
Shop at the Sunday Market with many food stalls and local cafes open
Be surprised by Roving Entertainment
Sing along with the Mass Choirs
And much much more