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Where to Celebrate Australia Day 2018

Australia Day! It’s the first big event of the year, and if you’ve still not decided where you are celebrating or how you are  celebrating this special day, check out these great events………..


Australia Day Big Breakfast, Dee Why Beach

Location: Dee Why Beach, Dee Why
Time: 7.00am – 12.00pm

Come along with family and friends to celebrate Australia Day at Dee Why Beach with camel rides, a car show, thong throwing competition, face painting and stage entertainment.

There are amusement rides and water slides from 8am – 2pm.

All the proceeds from the Big Breakfast and activities go to local participating community groups.

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Australia Day Big Breakfast, Newport 

Time: 7.30am – 11.30am
Location: Bert Payne Park, Newport

Come along with family and friends to celebrate Australia Day at Dee Why Beach with camel rides, a car show, thong throwing competition, face painting and stage entertainment.

All proceeds from the Big Breakfast and activities go to local participating community groups.

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Australia Day Big Breakfast, North Narrabeen 

Time: 8.00am – 12.00pm
Location: Lakeside Park, North Narrabeen

Come along with family and friends to celebrate Australia Day at Dee Why Beach with camel rides, a car show, thong throwing competition, face painting and stage entertainment.

All proceeds from the Big Breakfast and activities go to local participating community groups.

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Australia Day Pool Party, Warringah Aquatic Centre 

Time: 8.00am – 12.00pm
Location: Warringah Aquatic Centre, Aquatic Drive, Frenchs Forest

Cool off this Australia Day and join the fun at the pool party with games, entertainment and lots more.

Entry by gold coin with proceeds going to local community groups.

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Citizenship and Australia Day Awards Ceremony 

Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm
Location: Glen Street Theatre, Blackbutts Road, Belrose

The Citizenship  and Northern Beaches Australia Day Awards Ceremony presentation and address will be made by Australia Day Ambassador, Rugby League Great, Peter Wynn.

Mayor Michael Regan will preside over this ceremony.

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Australia Day Pool Party, Manly Aquatic Centre

Time: 12.00pm – 3.00pm
Location: Manly Andrew Boy Charlton Aquatic Centre, Kenneth Road, Manly

Cool off this Australia Day and join the fun at the pool party with games, entertainment and lots more.

Entry by gold coin with proceeds going to local community groups.

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Australia Day BBQ by the Bridge, Milsons Point

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Location: Bradfield Park, Alfred Street South, Milsons Point

Bradfield Park in Milsons Point will host a traditional Aussie barbecue… with a multicultural twist!

Take in the Sydney Harbour festivities while enjoying delicious barbecued cuisines from around the world – including American, Korean, European, Indian, Filipino, Middle Eastern, Brazilian, Spanish, Sri Lankan and South American – live music and free entertainment too!

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Australia Day at Bicentennial Park, West Pymble 

Time: 10.30am – 2.00pm
Location: Bicentennial Park, Prince of Wales Drive, West Pymble

Celebrate everything that makes Australia great this Australia Day at Ku-ring-gai Council’s free event. There will be a packed out program of performances including the Wild Aussies Kids Show with a meet and greet, the Australian Reptile Show, cultural performances, plus plenty of entertainment for the kids including an animal farm, inflatable rides and arts and craft.

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Ferrython, Sydney Harbour

Time: 10.45am – 11.30am
Location: Quay View, Sydney

See our beloved ferries in this popular Australia Day tradition, as they venture from Circular Quay to Shark Island and then back to a glorious finish at the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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Tall Ships Race, Sydney Harbour

Time: 1.00pm – 1.45pm
Location: Bradley’s Head, Sydney

Take a step back in time as the impressive tall ships hoist their sails to the wind and cut through the water, in a dash from Bradley’s Head to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

A fleet of historic ships will battle it out for the Tall Ships Trophy 2018.

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Australia Day Children’s Festival, Darling Harbour

Time: 11.00am – 6.00pm
Location: Tumbalong Park and Darling Quarter Village Green

Head to Darling Harbour on Australia Day to enjoy live music and family-friendly entertainment, including circus stunts and acrobatics, a free Wiggles concert, true blue Aussie bush challenges, Bob The Builder construction zone, watermelon eating,thong throwing Circus Trick Tease’s show, Children are Stinky an and much much more! And of course, there’s the evening concert and fireworks spectacular.

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Live at The QUAY 

Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Location: Circular Quay, Sydney

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.

If you’re mad about fireworks, Circular Quay is the place to be this Australia Day.

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Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Location: Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney

Australia’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.

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This is Australia, Bangaroo 

Time: Sunrise to Sunset
Location: Bangaroo Reserve

This is Australia invites you to relax, eat, listen, play and laugh. Join us at Barangaroo to share in our collective story through food, music and art.

Start the day at the Sunrise Ceremony conducted by the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and then enjoy Sydney Festival’s Bayala-Baraya: Sing Up Country performance which is part of the WugulOra ceremony, the official opening of the NSW Australia Day Council’s program.

From 8.30am an all-day Sydney brunch curated by Jared Ingersoll will see a menu reflect the best flavours of Australia including international favourites fused to create new culinary delights. There will be something for everyone (even the fussy) like these local favourites: bacon & egg rolls from our Aussie car-be-cue, avo’ on toast and meat pies. There will event be a decent cuppa tea on hand.

Music director and DJ, Peewee Ferris, will deliver an immersive soundtrack showcasing the musical diversity of Australia. The soundtrack will commence with a live performance by Casey Donovan and will continue throughout the day with Latin, Reggae, Blues and Soul. There will be songs for the kids, some Funk to Aussie Pop and throw in some Aussie Rock’n’Roll. A soundtrack for all of us!

More activities throughout the day include watching Sydney’s annual Ferrython from a perfect vantage point on the Reserve.

As the day draws to a close, we invite you to participate in Sydney Festival’s Four Thousand Fish. Visit Nawi Cove and create your own frozen fish using sea water and a cast mould to help return the frozen fish to the Harbour. Join us at this large-scale art installation to celebrate fisherwoman Barangaroo, the influential and resilient Cammeraygal woman after whom the place is named.

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This is just a selection of the many events happening across NSW this Australia Day.
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