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.