Melbourne celebrates 70 years of Moomba magic

  • The highly anticipated Birdman Rally -which will see 14 participants pilot homemade flying ’crafts’, attempting to soar across the Yarra River. Last year’s competition raised $165,000 for charity.
  • The Moomba Paradefeaturing 1,800 performers from community groups and dance troupes, eight floats and four large-scale puppets.
  • The Moomba Masters water sports competition – showcasing elite Australian and international athletes.
  • The Moomba Carnival – featuring more than 30 rides for thrill-seekers of all ages including the brand-new Warrior, which is Australia’s tallest and fastest travelling ride.
  • Nightly fireworks will light up the Melbourne skyline, as well as feature films on the Moomba big screen.
  • Relaxed hours will be introduced, from 4pm to 6pm on Friday 8 March for people sensitive to bright or strobing light and loud music. The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Symbol initiative will return, supporting those living with hidden disabilities.

The Moomba Festival runs 7 – 11 March 2024. For more information and full program, visit: for details.

Image: Pete Helliar and Emma Memma (Emma Watkins) are the 2024 Moomba Monarchs – courtesy of the City of Melbourne