Fireworks, flyovers and flags will be among the events marking Australia Day in Melbourne on Saturday, with mild and cloudy conditions expected for the long weekend.
Victoria Police, meanwhile, have promised a blitz on popular holiday areas such as the Mornington Peninsula, Surf Coast and Yarra Ranges to limit the number of road deaths.
There are 17 official events scheduled for Melbourne on Saturday, with the official Australia Day flag-raising ceremony beginning at 10.30am at Melbourne Town Hall. Governor of Victoria Alex Chernov will lead the Australia Day affirmation and oversee the raising of the Australian flag.
At 2pm, he Royal Australian Air Force's elite aerobatic team, the Roulettes, will give an aerial flyover and display over the Domain Parklands.
The finale of celebrations will be fireworks at 9.40pm, best viewed from the banks of the Yarra River, Federation Square and Birrarung Marr.
The weather for the next three days in Melbourne will be mild, with showers for Sunday and Monday, and maximum temperatures between 23 and 24 degrees.
There is no forecast rain for the next week beyond showers. Melbourne's last days of decent rainfall were on December 14 and 15 respectively, when 6.4 millimetres and 6.6 millimetres fell.
Holidaymakers heading out of Melbourne over the long weekend will face an increased police presence. Victoria Police are running Operation Limit until the end of February across 16 high-risk areas in an effort to limit road trauma.
“This weekend we'll be focusing our attention on areas that are popular day trip and camping destinations and will attract high volumes of traffic such as the Mornington Peninsula and Geelong," said Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing Robert Hill.
“In previous years, visitors and holiday makers unfamiliar with the local area and roads appear to have contributed to higher number of nose-to-tail collisions.
“Police from the Solo Unit will conduct on and off-road motorcycle patrols in areas including the Yarra Ranges and Surf Coast which are popular with recreational motorcyclists and campers. Traditionally there are a number of collisions that occur on tourist routes and winding roads in these areas.”