Moomba 2012Where to go to see the Melbourne Moomba parade, rides and best value car parking.
The Yarra River is the arena for various free events. Bring a picnic and plant yourself on the grassy river bank for the water skiing.
The zany Birdman Rally held Sunday 11th March 12pm, is where competitors attempt to launch themselves from an elevated platform into a glide through thin air above the river. All manner of home crafted flying contraptions made from such aeronautical materials as crepe paper and paddle-pop sticks, which have been constructed by enthusiasts quite possibly after watching too much Playschool on the ABC, are piloted by fearless jumpers. On occasion someone with Wright brother inspiration emerges with something that resembles crude aerodynamics. However none of the wannabe pilots escapes the laws of gravity for more than a moment. In turn, each flying machine hits the murky water, instantly blending with the contents of the Yarra river below to form a mash of mud sodden paper mache, slurpy straws and Starbucks coffee cups.
The festival spans the Labour day long weekend and this year starts on Friday 9th March, until Monday 12th March. Much of the activity is located south of the Yarra River in the Alexandra Gardens, but the venue straddles both sides of the river with some rides and activities at Birrarung Marr. See the clickable markers in the map at the end of this post.
FireworksFireworks are at 9:30pm on Sat, Sun and Mon nights of the Moomba Festival. After dark, find somewhere on either the north or south banks of the river, clear of trees, to see the fireworks.
Car ParkingParking in town on weekends can be relatively cheap compared with parking in the same car parks during the week. On the map below I have marked two convenient car parks (click "P" on the map to see labels) where you will pay only $9 at Riverside Quay, or $8 at Eureka (which is the closest to Moomba) for the day on Saturday, Sunday and the Public holiday. These car parks also have weekend (Sat / Sun) specials for only $5.50 if you book through book-a-bay.
Moomba Location MapClick on symbols to see labels.
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