Australia Day Event Guide

The first big celebration (and public holiday) for 2018 is Australia Day on Friday 26 January (giving us a nice long weekend, even better!). There are lots of fun (and free) events happening all around the North Shore, city and other nearby suburbs, so take your pick and have a fun and memorable day with the family! 

North Shore

Bicentennial Park, West Pymble

Celebrate everything that makes Australia great this Australia Day at Ku-ring-gai Council’s free morning event from 10.30 at Bicentennial Park West Pymble. Celebrate the Ku-ring-gai community’s rich multiculturalism through music, dance and food.

  • Where: Bicentennial Park, Lofberg Road, West Pymble
  • Time: 10.30am to 2pm
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Australia Day BBQ by the Bridge, Milsons Point

Take in the Sydney Harbour festivities while enjoying delicious barbecued cuisines from around the world, live music and free entertainment.

Club Willoughby

There’s lots happening at Club Willoughby this Australia Day! Entertainment includes live band, outdoor bar, ice cream van, Petting Zoo, Jumping Castle, Face painting, Northbridge Rotary BBQ, Little Legends kids sports activities and more. Club Willoughby will also be donating all profits from the raffle held that day towards the Royal North Shore Hospital Paediatric Ward.

The Bridgeview, Willoughby (Backyard BBQ)

There will be a jumping castle, giant pub games, meat raffles (will all proceeds going to North Shore Mums Smiles2U) and an Aussie BBQ in the car park. To book a table, call 9958 4145.

Hunters Hill Club

Start your Australia Day long weekend celebrations with a Big Aussie BBQ. Live music from Steve Northeast starting from 3pm

  • Where: Hunters Hill Club, 12 Madeline Street, Hunters Hill
  • Time: 12pm to 6pm
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Hornsby Mall

Head to Hornsby Mall for live entertainment, free Australian Flag Tattoos, face painters, kids rides and the Lions Club iconic Australia Day BBQ!

The City

Circular Quay (Live at The Quay)

On offer for the first time, Live at the Quay! is a breathtaking maritime, musical and dance extravaganza on the main stage in the middle of Circular Quay. Harbour parades, jet-ski shows and a series of dazzling fireworks displays will transform the water and skies at Circular Quay, with spectators treated to a classical on-water opera performance, among other attractions.

Darling Harbour (Australia Day Children’s Festival)

darling-harbour-childrens-festival-v3The Wiggles will headline the Children’s Festival in a free show at 11am and 2.30pm and supported by Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band. Afterwards, there’ll be plenty of laughs for the whole family with ‘True Blue Bush Games’ including a thong-throwing challenge, watermelon-eating competition and wife-carrying race.

  • Where: Tumbalong Park and Darling Quarter Village
  • Time: 11am to 7pm
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The Rocks

Kick back and saustralia-day-in-the-rocksavour all the slights and sounds of an iconic Aussie Summer this Australia Day, be entertained, hit up the markets, play giant games, be entertained with live music or watch the wheelchair race!

Sydney Opera House

australia-day-at-opera-houseAustralia’s best talents come together for the Australia Day concert at the Sydney Opera House, playing the hottest tunes alongside tributes to great songs of the past.

A ballot will open on 15 January for tickets. Learn more.

Baragaroo Reserve

Australia_Day_2017_BarangarooReserve_heroStart the day at the Sunrise Ceremony conducted by the Metroplitan Local Aboriginal Land Council. With lots of activities to enjoy starting from 8.30am enjoy an all day Sydney brunch, there will be a showcase of musical diveristy of Australia plus a live performance from Casey Donovan as well as watch the annual Ferrython

  • Where: Barangaroo Reserve, Hickson Road, Sydney
  • Time: 8am to 6pm
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Haymarket (Australia Day Family Day Out)

This even is fun for the whole family. There will be food stalls, live music, kids activities and free giveaways. It is also a fundraising event to support Ken Duncan’s Foundation: Walk a While

Other suburban locations

North Ryde Common

north-ryde-australia-dayJoin the community to celebrate Australia Day at the City of Ryde’s annual family concert at North Ryde Common from 5.00pm to 9.00pm. There will be rides, sports, food trucks and a great line up of entertainment, ending with a spectacular firework display.

Newport Beach (Big Breakfast)

Come along to Bert Payne Park in Newport for a BBQ breakfast, stage entertainment, amusement rides and thong throwing.

  • Where: Bert Payne Park, Newport Beach
  • Time: 7.30am to 11.30am
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Sydney Olympic Park (Movies by the Boulevard)

From 2pm there will be carnival rides, roving musicians, face-painting, kids’ craft and sports clinics, food stalls and an Australia Day fireworks display at 8.30pm followed by a special presentation of the Australian film Lion. The movie will commence from 9pm.

  • Where: Cathy Freeman Park, Sydney Olympic Park
  • Time: 2pm to 10.30pm
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The Farm, Bella Vista

Celebrate everything that makes our nation great at The Hills Shire’s massive Australia Day party which will include show-stopping performances from your favourite Aussie artists, rides, free kid’s activities, delicious street food, roving performers, fireworks and much more.

  • Where: Bella Vista Farm Park, Elizabeth MacArthur Dr, Bella Vista
  • Time: 12pm to 9pm
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Parramatta Park

Featuring the spectacular aerial hot-air balloon display, the Big Barbecue competition, the popular CARivale vintage car display, and plenty of kids activities, workshops and amusement rides. Don’t miss the main stage concert including the Parravision talent competition grand final at The Crescent followed two Australian headline performances and a massive fireworks finale.

Central Coast

The Entrance Waterfront

Bring the whole family along for an action packed afternoon and night full of free entertainment and fun activities. Enjoy an amazing musical line up on the main stage with headline act Ash Grunwald, while the kids splash around in the water park or enjoy amusement rides and activities. There is a special native flower themed”Lawn Game Zone” for the whole family to enjoy! The night will conclude with  a fireworks spectacular at 9pm.

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