Australia Day events near you + free kids printables

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Our cute Australia Day printables will keep the kids amused while you’re busy cooking the snags. There are cute and cuddly koala masks, a colouring-in page and DIY flag wavers to print and keep.

Image: Butter Hearts Sugar
Image: Butter Hearts Sugar

What’s on for kids in your state this Australia Day:

Melbourne

What? Australia Day Parade. Join thousands of people who will line the CBD to watch more than 90 groups take part in a fun and entertaining celebration of our diverse community.
Where? Swanston St, Melbourne
Time? 11am – 12pm

What? RACV Australia Day Festival. This is a great day out with a family focus, taking part right after the Australia Day Parade. Justine Clarke will perform a free concert and there’s food trucks, a display by the Royal Australian Air Force Roulettes and a showcase of vintage cars.
Where? Kings Domain Gardens
Time? 11am – 4pm

What? Australia Day at Docklands. Take the kids down for a bite to eat from the Food Truck Festival, sit back and watch the roving performers then hang around for a fireworks show set to your fave Aussie songs!
Where? Harbour Esplanade, Docklands
Time?6pm – 10:30pm

Adelaide

What? Australia Day In The City. A free twilight event that kicks off with a huge parade, followed by a family concert featuring David Campbell & his Big Band, Christine Anu and Mahalia Barnes. Stick around for the fireworks finale!
Where? Elder Park, Adelaide
Time? 6pm

What? Civic Park Ausday. Head north-east for a huge free family event where the main attraction will be a 100m two-lane water slide! Bring your own inflatable toys to slide on! There will also be food trucks and a sausage sizzle to keep the energy levels up.
Where? Civic Park, North East Road, Modbury
Time? 10am – 3pm

What? Australia Day Celebrations At Elizabeth. All free. All fun. There will be live entertainment, rides, activities and a big BBQ brekky (yep, it’s free as well!). The winners of the 2017 Australia Day Awards will also be announced in the afternoon.
Where? Freemont Park, Elizabeth
Time? 8am – 12pm

Sydney

What? WugulORA Indigenous Morning Ceremony. Kick off the day with an energetic performance celebrating the world’s oldest surviving culture. Hear a performance of the Budjari Gunyalungalung Baraya-la and watch as the Aboriginal and Australian flags will be raised on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Where?
Walumil Lawns at Barangaroo Reserve
Time? 
8am – 8:30am

What? Darling Harbour, Australia Day. Join the nation’s biggest harbour-side party, with loads of free activities including live music (starring The Wiggles at Darling Harbour’s Tumbalong Park!), food, drinks and a fireworks finale.
Where? Darling Harbour, City Centre, Sydney
Time? 11am – 6pm

What? Ryde Australia Day Family Concert & Fireworks. Pack up a picnic, grab the hats and sunscreen and meet your friends at this great family event. There will be rides, food trucks and plenty of entertainment including Vulture Street (Powderfinger tribute band) finishing with foreworks at 9pm.
Where? Twin Road & Wicks Road, North Ryde
Time? 5pm – 11pm 

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Image: www.australiaday.vic.gov.au

Brisbane

What? Australia Day Breakfast on the Bay 2017. Start the morning with a free sausage sizzle served with tea and damper. Grab the picnic rug and chairs for this morning event, where the kids can get their face painted and enjoy live entertainment.
Where? Bandstand Park, The Esplanade, Manly
Time? 7:30am – 12pm

What? Australia Day at Victoria Park. Heaps for the kids (and grownups!) with sack races, tug of war, a jumping castle, giant outdoor games, 18-hole Putt Putt course, driving range and kids playground. Don’t forget to grab your free Aussie stickers and soft serve ice-cream from Maleny Dairies!
Where? Victoria Park Bar and Bistro, 308 Herston Rd, Herston
Time? 10am – 4pm

What? Australia Day BBQ Lunch. Popular duo Classic Gold will provide the music as you enjoy a feast of BBQ Wagyu sausages, Aussie beef or lamb burgers, grass fed steaks, Moroccan spiced barramundi or satay chicken skewers. Don’t forget to add your crusty bread roll, salad, condiments and onions!
Where? Redlands RSL
Time? 11.30am – 4pm

Canberra

What? Australia Day in the Capital. Join hundreds of people for a big BBQ brekky near Stage 88, before heading off to enjoy jumping castles, inflatable obstacle courses, rides, kid’s shows and plenty of food trucks. Don’t forget to try a lamington flavoured ice cream before you leave!
Where? Commonwealth Park
Time? 7.30am – 2pm

What? Australia Concert at the National Carillon. Sit back and be entertained by Aussie classics such as You’re The Voice, Working Class Man, It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll) and Waltzing Matilda before the stirring finale of I Still Call Australia Home played on the 55 bells at the top of the building.
Where? Shores of Lake Burley Griffin
Time? 12.30am – 1:20pm

What? Australia Day Fireworks Spectacular. A brilliant end to the day on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. Head to Regatta Point, the lawns of the National Library or Rond Terrace for the best seat in the house. Fireworks will kick off at 9pm, set to a soundtrack of your favourite Aussie artists. Bring a picnic rug and enjoy entertainment prior to the fireworks finale.
Where? Regatta Point, Regatta Place, Parkes
Time? 6pm – 9pm

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Image: Weekend Notes

Darwin

What? Australia Day at Palmerston Recreation Centre. Welcome some of our country’s newest residents at a special citizenship ceremony before hearing the much anticipated Australia Day Awards. Plenty of entertainment by Darwin local band – Kevin Brodie and Friends, and Lilla Wellington singing the National Anthem.
Where? Palmerston Recreation Centre, 11 The Blvd, Palmerston City
Time? 1pm

What? 21 Gun Salute @ The Cenotaph. At approximately noon, the 8/12th Regiment will perform a 21 Gun Salute at the Cenotaph, including a Royal Australian Air Force Fly Over. Please note that blank ammunition will be fired at this event.
Where? The Cenotaph, The Esplanade
Time? 12pm

What? Australia Day Fun Run. Register now for this popular community event, where you can run or walk. It’s all about fun, so don’t forget to dress up and show your Aussie pride!
Where? Darwin Waterfront
Time? 7am sharp

Hobart

What? Australia Day on the Bellerive Boardwalk. Kick things off with the traditional lion’s breakfast while listening to music from The Black Swans of Trespass and live poetry from Georgia Lucy. Then it’s time to watch the Clarence Australia Day Awards and Citizenship ceremonies.
Where? Bellerive Boardwalk, 30 Cambridge Rd, Rosny Park, Hobart
Time? 8.30am – 12pm

What? A Day on the Beach. Celebrate all things Aussie – community, sport, summer, the beach and being active. Join up to 12,000 other people for this action-packed day of sports, treasure hunts and an inflatable thong race after the Big Breakfast on the Beach at 8am.
Where? Kingston Beach
Time? 8am

What? Wrest Point Sandy Bay Regatta. This big event also hosts the City of Hobart Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony. There’s a mix of water, beach and land activities. Take part in a kayak challenge, a windsurfing race or traditional games such as tug of war, sack races, a scavenger hunt and the pie eating competition.
Where? Long Point Reserve, Sandy Bay.
Time? 8am – 4pm

Perth

What? Australia Day at Langley Park. Hang out with the family at Langley Park, where you’ll enjoy a free Entertainment Zone plus sit back for Perth’s best views of the fireworks show. T
Where? Langley Park, Plain St & Hay St, East Perth
Time? 3pm

What? Australia Day Beach Festival. Get along to Coogee Beach and tuck into a free sausage sizzle before trying your luck in the watermelon eating competition, sandcastle building, rides and games and plenty of live music.
Where? Coogee Beach Reserve, Powell Rd, Coogee
Time? 8am – 12pm

What? Birak Concert 2017. Celebrate our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures with performances from Stirling Rangers, Little Tear Drops, Hot Likwid, Doreen Pensio and Band, Phil Walleystack and Delly and Boyd Stokes (Yabu Band). There will also be aboriginal dance workshops and interactive sessions on native Australian animals before watching the fireworks.
Where? Supreme Court Gardens, Riverside Dr, Perth
Time? 11.30am – 4pm

Don’t forget to order a set of personalised Cricket Stump stickers for your wheelie bin!