Moomba Long Weekend 9-13 March 2023

Moomba Monarchs

Here ye, here ye! Introducing our newly crowned 2023 Moomba Monarchs: legendary entertainer, Rhonda Burchmore, and actor and singer-songwriter, Rob Mills. As part of their royal duties, Rhonda and Rob will reign over the famous Moomba Parade on Monday 13 March.


    It’s time to roll out the red carpet and award the coveted Moomba Monarch crown to the multi-talented, musical and TV star Rhonda Burchmore.

    From Melbourne to the West End, to the depths of the South African jungle, Rhonda has lovingly made her way into the hearts of all Australians. Currently wowing audiences in Hairspray, her favourite stage credits range from Hot Shoe Shuffle to Mamma Mia and Sugar Babies.

    Over on the small screen she’s been a cast favourite in I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Kath & Kim, Spicks and Specks and more.


    Coming from footy playing, pub singing tradie roots and hailing from the south-east suburbs of Melbourne, the much-loved Rob Mills has built an impressive career across screen and stage for over 20 years.

    He’s had celebrated roles in musicals like Wicked, Hairspray and Grease and we’ve seen him on screen in Neighbours, Dancing with the Stars, Postcards, Australian Idol and more TV favourites.

    More recently, we’ve seen him become an accomplished presenter and author and now he’s taking on one of his most honourable roles as a 2023 Moomba Monarch alongside fellow showbiz icon, Rhonda Burchmore.

Past Moomba Monarchs

  • 2022 Fifi Box and Peter Hitchener
  • 2021 Drew Law, Kirsty Buising and Pravini Fernando
  • 2020 Julia Morris and Nazeem Hussain
  • 2019 Archie Thompson and Jane Bunn
  • 2018 Jimmy Giggle (aka Jimmy Rees) and Chrissie Swan
  • 2017 Guy Grossi and Karen Martini
  • 2016 Michelle and Stevie Payne
  • 2015 Shane Warne and Pallavi Sharda
  • 2014 Bert Newton and Lucy Durack
  • 2013 Community and Emergency Services
  • 2012 Harry Kewell and Natalie Bassingthwaighte
  • 2011 Mick Malthouse and Ruby Rose
  • 2010 Ian 'Molly' Meldrum and Kate Ceberano
  • 1998 Denise Drysdale
  • 1997 Lano and Woodley
  • 1996 Marina Prior
  • 1995 Cathy Freeman
  • 1994 Andrew Gaze
  • 1993 The Oarsome Foursome
  • 1992 Don Dunstan
  • 1991 Tony Shaw
  • 1990 David Hanison
  • 1989 Con the Fruiterer
  • 1988 Jo Pearson
  • 1987 Paul McNamee and Marita Jones
  • 1986 Peter Brock and Ingrid Johansen
  • 1985 Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum and Anne Erikson
  • 1984 Kevin Bartlett and Kim Kermonde
  • 1983 Daryl Somers and Linda Knight
  • 1982 Frank Thring and Sharon McKenzie
  • 1981 Lou Richards and Kim Formosa
  • 1980 Paul Cronin and Elizabeth Egan