There’s plenty of free family fun up for grabs this Australia Day with an impressive line-up of Australia Day events in all major cities and regional areas. So where are the Australia Day Events near me? EVERYWHERE!
Enjoy some good old-fashioned Aussie fun on 26 January 2018 with live music and entertainment, food, fun, fly-overs, flag-raising, parades and fireworks. If you’re in Sydney, you can even enter a thong throwing competition, if that’s your thing!
Gathering together with your family and friends on Australia Day is the perfect way to celebrate our nation’s culture, diversity, traditions and mateship. So, what are you waiting for? Take a look below to check out our top picks for Australia Day events near you.
Australia Day events in Sydney
Start your Australia Day off on a high with a truly special indigenous ceremony at Barangaroo. Enjoy dancing, singing and the raising of the Aboriginal and Australian flags on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
If you’re in the mood for fireworks this Australia Day, high tail it to Circular Quay for a brilliant display of fireworks, music and dance. The kids will love listening to the indigenous children’s choir, the KARI singers.
Get set for some serious family fun at Darling Harbour. The kids will have a blast with bush games – anyone want to throw a thong or watch Dad carry Mum in a Wife Carrying Competition? Enjoy roving performers, live music and more. Oh, and did we mention The Wiggles and Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band will be performing two free concerts? Booking is essential. Note that the fireworks have moved to Circular Quay!
Turn the excitement up a notch with a spectacular air show. The kids will become mesmerised when three Hornet F18s and a QANTAS A380 fly over Harbour Bridge. Be sure not to miss the Red Berets’ parachute display.
Australia Day events in Melbourne
Kick off your Australia Day with the official flag raising ceremony at Town Hall, before enjoying Melbourne’s spectacular annual Australia Day parade. The kids will love the music, dancing and vibrant colours. More than 1000 people from around 80 community and cultural groups will participate in the parade.
Let the fun continue after the Australia Day parade with a family-friendly festival in Kings Domain Gardens. The beautiful gardens will come alive with plenty of food, live music, kids yoga and even a guest appearance from Peppa Pig! Be sure to head down to Docklands from 6 pm to finish the day off with fireworks.
Australia Day events in Brisbane
South Bank is the perfect spot to celebrate a relaxed Australia Day. Head down to the River Quay Green for a family picnic in the beautiful parklands. Enjoy live music and a stunning fireworks display over the Brisbane River.
Free family fun is on the cards at Suttons Beach in Redcliffe this Australia Day. Enjoy live music, beach activities, a lamington eating contest and fireworks.
Australia Day events in Perth
There’s something for everyone along the South Perth foreshore this Australia Day with up to 100 free activities to choose from. Toddlers will love the Toddler Sport Zone and Octopus Bouncer and Toddler Tyre Park, while older kids will get stuck into the NerfZone, Dart Soccer and more.
Watch the sky light up above Swan River with a spectacular fireworks display. Bring along your picnic rug and enjoy live music, dance, food and art. The Birak Concert will celebrate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and communities.
Langley Park will come alive this Australia Day with plenty of rides and activities to entertain the kids. Choose from Carnival Land, the Action Park or the free Motorcross and BMX for the older kids. Be sure to check out the Animal Kingdom to meet some iconic Aussie animals. Enjoy international cuisine at the hawkers markets or grab a snag at the Rotary Big Aussie Sausage Sizzle.
Australia Day events in Canberra
Celebrate Australia Day in our nation’s capital at Regatta Point. There is plenty to entertain the kids with an obstacle course, face painting and jumping castles. The Patrick White Lawns are the perfect place for a picnic, or indulge yourself at the marketplace featuring food from Canberra’s best chefs and food trucks. Don’t miss the fireworks over Lake Burley Griffin from 9 pm.
Australia Day events in Adelaide
Carisbrooke Park promises plenty of family-friendly fun this Australia Day. Enjoy a free community breakfast from 8 am before the kids run you ragged in the free Kids Zone. The event includes a 9.30 am flag raising to the National Anthem.
Join more than 40,000 people to celebrate Australia Day in Elder Park. This twilight event commences with an Australia Day Parade, including marching bands, floats, giant characters and hornets. The kids will love the F18 Hornet fly past. The free family concert featuring Ricki Lee and Chris Sebastian starts at 7 pm.
Australia Day events in Tasmania
Enjoy all that is great about Australia – sun, surf and community – at the Day on the Beach at Kingston Beach Regatta. There’s no better way to celebrate Australia Day with some fun in the sun. The kids will love to watch the giant thong race. Don’t forget to stock up on Australian flags to decorate the sandcastles!
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