Australia Day in NSW

Held each year on 26 January, Australia Day is the country’s official national day. It’s a time to celebrate the Australian way of life and reflect on what it means to be Australian. Join in a fun festival, learn about ancient Aboriginal culture at a traditional ceremony or just soak up the Summer sunshine at the beach.

The McClymonts at Toyota Country Music Festival

Central Coast and North Coast

Towns all along the Central Coast will be hosting Australia Day events – visit Woy Woy for the lantern parade and fireworks, or The Entrance for the water park, rides and tasty food stalls. In Newcastle there will be celebrations all day along the foreshore and you can join in the famous swim across the harbour.

At the Lake Mac Festival there will be a family movie on an outdoor screen, jumping castles and rock climbing walls for kids, live music performances and a fireworks display. The Saltwater Freshwater Festival in Coffs Harbour celebrates and shares living Aboriginal culture through music, dance, art and food.

South Coast

Make a weekend of it with a South Coast road trip along the Grand Pacific Drive. Swim in ocean pools in Illawarra, go surfing in Shellharbour or swim with snorkel off Montague Island. There's a full day of Australia Day celebrations in Wollongong, a breakfast by the lake in Shellharbour, and the final days of the annual Huskisson Carnival. In Kiama, the free Play It Forward concert starts at 3.30pm with all proceeds going to bushfire relief.

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

Country NSW

In Oberon, visit Mayfield Garden to catch the final day of the Summer Festival and see thousands of hydrangeas, water lilies, roses and more in bloom. The Taralga Australia Day Rodeo runs over the whole weekend with bull riding, steer roping and cattle dog trials, as well as country music and carnival rides.

Australia Day in Gunnedah starts with a raft race down the river – with plenty of falls and splashes along the way – followed by family-friendly activities and a BBQ. Join in the Jail Break Fun Run in Junee or taste some of the year’s best craft beers at the Hottest 100 Party at Tumut River Brewing Co.

Other Australia Day events in Country NSW include:

Great Australia Day events in NSW


Public Holiday Dates 2020-2021

Holiday 2020 2021
New Year's Day Wednesday, 1 January  Friday, 1 January
Australia Day Monday, 27 January Tuesday, 26 January
Good Friday Friday, 10 April Friday, 2 April
Holy Saturday Saturday, 11 April Saturday, 3 April
Easter Sunday Sunday, 12 April Sunday, 4 April
Easter Monday  Monday, 13 April Monday, 5 April
Anzac Day  Saturday, 25 April Sunday, 25 April
Queen's Birthday  Monday, 8 June Monday, 14 June
October Long Weekend (Labour Day) Monday, 5 October Monday, 4 October
Christmas Day public holiday Friday, 25 December Saturday, 25 December (Additional Day Monday, 27 December)
Boxing Day Saturday, 26 December (Additional Day 28 December) Tuesday, 28 December