Best time to go to Melbourne

Moomba Festival 2019

The annual Moomba Festival taking place on the Yarra River personifies its influence on the culture of the people who once lived here

Moomba Festival in Melbourne - Best Time
Photo by

© Laurence Barnes

The Moomba Festival is the largest free community festival in Australia celebrated during the Labor Day, on the weekend from Friday to Monday. The name and tradition of the festival originate from Aboriginal culture. Now the Moomba Festival is a holiday of cultural diversity of Australian ethnic, cultural, and local communities.

The Moomba Parade
The Moomba Parade

More than one million visitors every year attend one of the oldest festivals in Australia. The main highlight of the festival is the Moomba Parade on St Kilda Road, in which about two thousand musicians and dancers, actors and performers take part. It also includes the coronation of the monarchs of Moomba, carnivals, and night fireworks held in the Alexandra Gardens, Birrarung Marr, and other locations in the city centre.

The Moomba Parade
The Moomba Parade

Carnival attractions are located along the Yarra River. Here, on the river, exciting water skiing competitions are held in which everyone can participate, and the favourite Birdman Rally is among them. For four days in the evening, various films are shown on large screens for free. Music lovers can enjoy lost of concerts with the participation of stars on improvised venues. Food trucks sell various sweets, fast food, drinks, and much more at the Festival.

Fireworks at Moomba Festival
Fireworks at Moomba Festival

Moomba Festival Map & Location

Accommodations nearby

Check best times to visit
Melbourne