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.
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.
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.
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: