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September is Melbourne’s big month, Football, Football, Football, the Fringe Festival, Football, The Royal Melbourne Show, Football and for some Fashion.


One day in September, the tribes meet to decide the AFL premiership. 18 teams start the year but only one can win the title of PREMIERS. On the last Saturday in September Melbourne comes to a halt as 100,000 fans pack the Melbourne Cricket Ground to witness the ultimate game for the season. Since 1897 this game has brought Melbourne to a standstill as this sport mad city waits to see who will win. Most Melburnians won’t admit it but it is the Grand final for another Football code. The National Rugby League hold their Grand Final on the 30th September. Only the chance that the Melbourne Storm may win means that Victorians are interested, but it is a form of Football in September.


The 170th Royal Melbourne Show starts on the 22nd of September and finishes on the 2nd of October. This is the time when the country shows off the best it has to offer to its city cousins. The major rural competitions of the show include Alpaca competitions, Beef Cattle Competitions, Beef Carcase Competitions, Dairy cattle Competition, Dog Competitions, Horse Competitions, Poultry Competition, Sheep Competition, Domestic Animal Competitions, Fleece Competitions and Woodchop Competitions.There are also Art, Craft and Cookery Competitions, rides, daredevils and food. As well as that peculiarly Australian tradition of 'Showbags', carry bags containing samples of goodies produced by various commercial enterprises. Once free unfortunately we now have to pay for them. If going to “The Show” make sure you allow yourself a full day and night, it is worth it.


From farm animals groomed to win to the modern catwalk with models displaying the best in Australian Fashion. 150 events, 300 designers and 10 runways, eight days of all the trends and must haves of the fashion world. From the world renowned designers of New York, London Paris to the best of the new Australian designers, they will all be there.

When you have had enough of high fashion it is time to enter the world of alternative arts.


440 events, made by independent artists and let loose on Melbourne for 2.5 weeks (or is that 17.5 days?)

First festival was 1983, now the Melbourne fringe festival ranks with Edinburgh as one of the great alternative arts festivals in the world. Like all fringe festivals you don’t know exactly what you are going to see/do/experience until you get there. David Tiek and SharneyNougher at Grrr! Power 2017. Photo Theresa Harrison

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