Australia Day in NSW 2019

Discover live music, explore stalls and let the kids enjoy hands-on activities along the beautiful beaches of the NSW North CoastCentral Coast and NSW South Coast. You will find street theatre, amusement rides, food and beach and water fun culminating in spectacular fireworks displays.

Activities start early in Wollongong, 90km south of Sydney, with the famous Aquathon. Stay for fun-filled activities and family events and fireworks over Wollongong Harbour.  Further south at Shellharbour on the NSW South Coast, you can enjoy the annual Australia Day breakfast on the shores of Lake Illawarra from 7.00am.

Water sports during Australia Day celebrations in Gunnedah in the Tamworth region

Around 100km drive north from Sydney, celebrations at The Entrance include live bands, sheep shearing, an ice cream eating competition and the firing of the original 1820 Carronade Canon. Further north, Newcastle Australia Day celebrations take place on the beautiful Newcastle Harbour and Foreshore.

The Australia Day Festival at Lake Macquarie is also a great family friendly day of activities for kids, entertainment, music, amusement rides, and a fireworks display.

Around two hours' drive west from Sydney, the stunning world-heritage listed Blue Mountains hosts Australia Day celebrations with street stalls, music and entertainment. You will find celebrations from children's rides, games and great food in Springwood to a rock revival show in Katoomba.

Great Australia Day events in NSW

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Public Holiday Dates 2017-2018

Holiday 2017 2018
Australia Day Thursday, 26 January Friday, 26 January
Good Friday Friday, 14 April Friday, 30 March
Easter Saturday Saturday, 15 April Saturday, 31 March
Easter Sunday Sunday, 16 April Sunday, 1 April
Easter Monday  Monday, 17 April Monday, 2 April
Anzac Day  Tuesday, 25 April Wednesday, 25 April
Queen's Birthday  Monday, 12 June Monday, 11 June
October Long Weekend (Labour Day) Monday, 2 October Monday, 1 October
Christmas Day public holiday Monday, 25 December Tuesday, 25 December
Boxing Day Tuesday, 26 December Wednesday, 26 December