The Australia Day long weekend is traditionally a quiet one in real estate – but not in Craigieburn.

On Thursday night, Ray White Craigieburn will have eight houses going under the hammer as part of its Australia Day eve auction carnival.

Principal Andrew Bellino said the real estate company started hosting the carnival three years ago.

“We found that in January there wasn’t much available on the market for buyers, but we had lots of inquiries,” he said.

Mr Bellino said the carnival had the benefit of bringing buyers together at one venue, with the agency holding in-room auctions in the area once a month.

“It means that buyers don’t have to spend their Saturdays driving from venue to venue.”

The auction carnival will be held at the Hume Tennis and Community Centre from 5pm and will also feature food trucks, 30 market stalls, kids activities and jumping castle.

Australia Day festivities will continue in Hume on Friday morning, with the council hosting an awards ceremony at the Hume Global Learning Centre at Craigieburn from 9am. Awards will be presented to the citizen, young citizen and community event of the

Whittlesea residents can mark Australia Day at the civic centre, Ferres Boulevard, South Morang, from 6-9.30pm. The event will include presentation of the Whittlesea Australia Day awards. The event will also feature live performances and a fireworks display.

A barbecue will be run by the Thomastown Men’s Shed and Whittlesea Lions Club.