10 January 2018
Every year on January 26, Australians come together to celebrate their unique culture and identity, reflecting on the nation’s diversity and achievements, as well as its past and future. From live music and barbecues to sporting events and family-friendly activities, here are some of the best Australia Day celebrations happening across the state in 2018.
Head over to Goulburn’s Victoria Park between 8:30am and 3pm to enjoy a range of fun activities, including pony rides, a free BBQ breakfast, tractor rides, a mechanical bucking bull, and a whip cracking demonstration. There will also be a range of market stalls, cute farmyard animals, a vintage farm machinery and classic car show, as well as a great lineup of live entertainment from talented local musicians. The day’s program will also feature an official Citizenship Ceremony and presentation of Australia Day Awards, followed by a concert from homegrown country music star, Roo Arcus.
Newcastle’s Australia Day celebrations will take place at several venues across the city, with events unfolding everywhere from Beresfield Pool to the harbour and beyond. The day will begin at 9am with a Citizenship Ceremony and Australia Day Award presentation at Newcastle City Hall. Round 1 of the Australian Formula Powerboat Grand Prix will take place on Newcastle Harbour throughout the day, while a thrilling airshow will fill the skies above the harbour at 12:30pm. From 10am to 1pm, you can also venture into Blackbutt Nature Reserve for a true blue Australian Bush Day Experience. If sports are more your thing, head to Bar Beach to watch the Bar Reef Boardriders Australia Day Surfing Classic, or sign up for the Australia Day Newcastle Harbour Swim – the only legal swim across Newcastle Harbour, with cash prizes awarded to the fastest contestants.
Head to Wollongong on 26 January to watch or take part in one of Australia’s favourite aquathons. Held at picturesque Wollongong Harbour, the Australia Day Aquathon and Walk is open to children and adults of all abilities, from beginners to seasoned competitors alike.
The aquathon has four different race categories, from the beginner-friendly “Try Aqua” (a 200m swim followed by a 2km walk, jog or run) to the challenging “Long Aqua” (a 900m swim followed by a 7km run). The Warrigal Australia Day Walk is another great way to participate, with entrance fees to this scenic walk going towards a local disability support group. Get your friends and family together to walk, swim and run, or simply enjoy the entertainment, stalls, rides and fireworks at Aquathon.
The beautiful waterfront setting at Memorial Park will provide the backdrop for Australia Day 2018 at The Entrance. Bring the whole family along for an exciting program of events and attractions, including food stalls, live bands, baby animals, the firing of an original 1820 naval cannon, and even an ice-cream eating competition. Blues musician Ash Grunwald will headline the Memorial Park stage, while rides, activities, a water park and a Lawn Game Zone will keep little ones entertained for hours. A fireworks spectacular will take place over the waterfront at 9pm to conclude the day’s festivities.
Australia Day in Bathurst is an opportunity to celebrate what makes Australia – and Bathurst – so great. Each year, Bathurst’s Australia Day celebrations are based on a theme, with more and more people joining in every year. In 2018, the festivities will begin with a huge barbecue breakfast in the Eglinton War Memorial Hall from 8am. There will also be a Citizenship and Australia Day Awards Ceremony in Machattie Park to welcome new Australians, and to recognise the achievements of existing citizens. Other activities on the day will include a national anthem and flag raising ceremony, car displays, novelty races for kids, and lots of giveaways.