Australia Day celebrations

Gather your family and friends for a huge Australia Day celebration, wherever you are in the country!

Little girl holding Australian flag

If you have the post-Christmas blues, leave them behind and get ready to celebrate Australia Day this year! Towns and cities across the country are putting on family-friendly events to mark this national day of pride.

Here are the major celebrations being held in Australia’s capital cities.

Canberra

Australia’s capital city will have a mix of formal and festival celebrations for Jan. 26. The Governor General, Quentin Bryce, will officiate an Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony, while over 4,500 sausages will be cooked up for the Great Aussie Day Breakfast.

Darwin

The city of Darwin will be recognising the outstanding achievements of locals with an awards ceremony (for youths and over-29s), as well as holding a special Citizenship Ceremony and formal flag raising event at the Darwin Entertainment Centre.

Melbourne

Several events will be held across Melbourne this Australia Day. Some top events include a big band concert at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, a family-friendly day at the Caulfield Racecourse and celebrations at the Docklands, featuring the Great Aussie Thong Throwing Competition.

Brisbane

Southbank is set to come alive again with huge Australia Day celebrations. Join revellers throughout the day, with organisers promising “live music, a vibrant stage program and creative, hands-on activities with an Australian theme.” The night will end with fireworks.

Hobart

The Lord Mayor of Hobart will help locals mark Australia Day with an awards ceremony at the Sandy Bay Regatta — one of the world’s longest running regattas! Little Nippers will be on the beach, while crowds can watch the windsurfing race and a kayak challenge on the water.

Adelaide

The city of churches will celebrate city-wide with over 3,500 locals participating in an Aussie Day Parade through the main CBD streets. The spectacle ends at Elder Park where there will be a free family concert featuring home-grown talent and a lively fireworks show.

Perth

The Western Australian capital city has themed their Australia Day celebrations with the concept of “Our Country in Colour”. Australia Day Skyworks will light up the sky at twilight, so make sure you grab your spot early on the banks of the Swan River. A great feature of the event is the specially designated BYO picnic zones for families wanting to cook their own feast.

Sydney

Australia’s largest city sure knows how to put on Australia Day events. The famous regatta spectacular will once again commemorate the day on the picturesque harbour. Event coordinators say, “From vantage points around the foreshores, spectators can enjoy the sight of up to 700 sailing craft participating in scores of races and special events.” Not to mention ample entertainment and activities on the foreshore.

If you prefer a twilight event then you must go to Darling Harbour for live music, tempting food and amazing fireworks.

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