Australia Day Activities In Each Capital City

January 26 is Australia Day and for most Australians that means fun in the sun among other true-blue or adopted Aussies.

There is certainly never a shortage of Australia Day activities and each state tends to enjoy their own unique spin on celebrating the occasion. So apply your Southern Cross face tattoo, convert your Australian flag to a cape and break out the thongs – Team Blrt have scouted out the very best that each capital city has to offer to ensure that Australia Day 2016 is your best party yet.

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* Please Note: The information provided here is indicative only and is subject to change by the organisers. Click on the provided links for any activity we’ve mentioned to ensure no details have changed.

Australia Day Activities Around The Nation

Your Back Yard

Before we look at the public functions being hosted around the capital cities, it’s worth acknowledging that some of the best Australia Day activities are literally in your own backyard. The humble Australia Day BBQ is a favourite tradition amongst fair dinkum Aussies and the weather is usually cooperative. Prawns and snags on the barbie, drinks in the esky, backyard cricket on the lawn and lots of citronella to keep mozzies on the run. If Norman Rockwell had been Australian, he would have painted this scene.

Whether in your back yard or out and about, Australia Day also has an unofficial soundtrack: the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown. All around the nation savvy music fans are reminded that radios exist outside of cars as they tune in to count down the 100 best tracks of the previous year as voted by the masses. In past years listeners have shown their support by pledging to walk down the aisle to the winning track (and followed through!) so there’s always more to the party than just the music – you don’t want to miss out!


Call us homers (being based in Newtown might cause a bit of a bias) but we reckon Sydney is the place to be on Australia Day year in and year out. This year is no exception to that rule as the CBD will play host to a number of fun-in-the-sun activities appropriate for all ages and interests.

Start the day by traveling old-school on the vintage bus services that will be operating between Central Station and the Sydney Opera House. Hop off the bus at Hyde Park to take part in Festival Village, featuring delicious food, soulful music and circus performances under the famous Spiegeltent. Continue on to The Rocks and you’ll have a multitude of options including The Rocks Markets (what better way to celebrate Australia than by shopping local?) and Live Music (catch hot domestic acts in the flesh on the Tallawoladah Stage at Atherden Street). George Street itself will be shut down in The Rocks to allow Sydneysiders to saunter between activities and join in a dance party counting down the Hottest 100.

In addition to capping the night with a fireworks spectacular, Darling Harbour is throwing a party of their own during the day with live music including Sneaky Sound System live on the decks.

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Major events are happening right across the whole of Melbourne, starting bright and early with the RACV Australia Day Picnic and Federation Vehicle Display in the Kings Domain Gardens at 10 AM. Pack your own picnic or grab what’s on offer from the food stalls. A Roulettes display will grace the sky at midday and various family-friendly musical acts will take to the stage throughout the day.

The traditional Australia Day parade will march down Swanston Street after the Official Flag Raising Ceremony at Melbourne Town Hall at 10:30 AM and will feature over a hundred local groups that reflect the best of what Australia has to offer.

Docklands is also getting in on the action this year, hosting live music through the day and fireworks at 9:45pm (viewable from around Victoria Harbour). Foodies will find something to love at the Australia Day Food Truck Festival which will include a cider bar overlooking the stage and fireworks. If you’re having too much fun and aren’t quite ready for the day to end, stick around for the dance party that will kick off after the finale of the fireworks.

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The nation’s capital is a patriotic and fun place to be on Australia Day. Early risers can get started from 7:30 AM at the Great Aussie Day Breakfast at Commonwealth Park. Entertainment continues there from 9 AM and includes amusement rides and games, the Australian Citizenship Ceremony at 10:30 AM, and local musical acts on Stage 88 throughout the day.

Round out the celebration with the Fireworks Spectacular over Lake Burley Griffin. Those in the know enjoy the vantage points from Regatta Point, Rond Terrace and the surrounds of the National Library of Australia.

Naturally, Canberra is also the best place to celebrate the culture and national identity of Australia. The museums and memorials here are sure to make any fair dinkum Aussie swell up with pride.


Western Australians are all about the fireworks and treat everything else as a prelude to that main event. Traditional citizenship ceremonies take place in the morning and the “Skyworks” events kick off from 3pm and include a ‘Celebration Zone’ in South Perth and an ‘Entertainment Zone’ in Langley Park. The latter will feature events throughout the day including a market, BMX and motocross shows, sausage sizzle, and the fireworks and laser show from 8 PM. This year the fireworks will even spell out ‘Perth’ for those who have so much fun that they forget where they are.

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Adelaide is throwing South Australians a party complete with fireworks, a parade and a concert featuring Samantha Jade. Everything gets started when the parade kicks off from Franklin Street at 6 PM. The party moves to Elder Park from there with a Kaurna Welcome, flag raising ceremony (complete with RAAF flyover!), 21 gun salute, Australia Day messages and Samantha Jade on stage until the fireworks kick off at 9:30. Crowds have swollen to over 40,000 in years past so this is clearly the party in South Australia.


Brisbane eases into Australia Day celebrations this year with Great Australian Bites, a culinary event that takes place at South Bank’s River Quay from 23 Jan through Australia Day. Local chefs will be offering tasting platters and drinks for Aussies to enjoy alongside live entertainment from local acts. The spot is also a great place to catch Brisbane’s fireworks display from 7:30 (although anywhere along the promenade and South Bank parklands will also yield a great view!).


While the rest of the nation is firing up their barbies, Aussies in the Northern Territory will be pre-burning barbecue calories in the Australia Day Fun Run along the Darwin Waterfront. There is both a 2.5 and 5 km option and runners are encouraged to participate wearing true-blue Aussie attire. After the run everybody can tuck into a free (!) sausage sizzle and enjoy some fun family friendly activities. Registration is required (click here).


Tasmanians love their traditions and incorporate their sailing heritage into Australia Day celebrations at Wrest Point Sandy Bay Regatta. Citizenship ceremonies kick things off in the morning and activities continue through the day on land and sea. Between kayak and windsurfing races, a life saving carnival, family games such as tug-o-war and sack racing, plus the annual Miss Regatta Girl Competition, there is truly something for everybody in the community.

Happy Australia Day, you beauty!

Whatever you decide to do on Australia Day, stay safe and do your country proud. Team Blrt will be firing up the barbie and enjoying some red hot snags so you could say we’ve got it all figured out.

If you would like to attempt to make us jealous, feel free to Blrt us some photos of your Australia Day celebrations by adding [email protected] to the conversation and making the Blrt public. Send along photos of your barbecue, your cricket match, or even you picks for the Hottest 100 – we want to see how true blue you really are and we’ll share our favourite messages right here on our blog in the coming weeks.

From our backyard to yours: Happy Australia Day!

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