What’s On Australia Day 2018

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Whether it’s a beach day, hanging with family & friends or relaxing by the pool, Australia Day is our chance to get together and celebrate this great country we call home.

If you fancy getting out and about, Ryde Mums have you covered for what’s happening in the area this Australia Day!


Family Concert at North Ryde Common

There will be rides, sports, food trucks and a great line up of entertainment, ending with a spectacular firework display at 9.00pm.

An exciting addition to the 2018 Australia Day lineup is the City of Ryde Battle of the Bands competition, where the top 3 finalists will compete for the 2018 title. This will be followed by ‘Jay Parrino & The Rockers of Oz’, and Spencer Jones from The Voice 2017.

Time: 5pm – 9.00 pm

Venue: North Ryde Common, corner Twin and Wicks Roads, North Ryde

Cost: Free

Read more here



Parramatta Park

This massive 15-hour Australia Day mega-celebration featuring non-stop entertainment, live music and a wide variety of family-friendly fun.

Kicking off at 6am with the ever-popular aerial hot-air balloon display, the celebrations will continue with The Big BBQ competition, the classic and vintage vehicles of the iconic CARnivale display, entertainment and rides, workshops and activities.

There will also be a fantastic program of live music at The Crescent, and the festivities will finish with a 15-minute fireworks finale at 9pm.

The grand final of Parramatta’s annual Parravision talent competition will also be held at Australia Day Parramatta and the winners will earn the opportunity to perform before the headliner act on the main stage.

Time: 6am – 9pm

Venue: Parramatta Park

Cost: Free

More info here


Sydney Olympic Park

Head to Cathy Freeman Park thi Australia Day to enjoy a free community celebration including free entertainment, rides, kids’ activities, delicious food stalls and film screening of Lion. Finish the day of celebrations off with a bang and enjoy the spectacular fireworks.

VenueCathy Freeman Park, Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park

Cost: Free

More info here.


Summer Playground, Darling Harbour

There’s plenty of action for the whole family with performances from some of Australia’s best children’s entertainers. 

The Wiggles will take to the stage both morning and afternoon, supported by kids’ entertainment group Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band, keep an eye on this page to learn how to register for the ticket ballot! Afterwards, there’ll be plenty of laughs for the whole family with ‘True Blue Bush Games’ including a thong-throwing challenge, watermelon-eating competition and wife-carrying race.

The early evening will be abuzz as Darling Harbour’s fantastic restaurants and outdoor dining venues throw open their doors to join in the Australia Day fun, plus a fabulous program of entertainment into the night, including DJs and live music.

Time: 10:00am – 7pm

Venue: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour

Cost: FREE but The Wiggles and Lah Lah is ticketed

More info here.


Barangaroo and Circular Quay

Sydney Harbour has lots on this Australia day, beginning at Barangaroo with a traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony and a special Indigenous dance to celebrate the world’s oldest living culture, starting at 7.30am.

Other harbour events include the iconic Ferrython, tall ships and the Australia Day Harbour Parade flotilla of all shapes and sizes looping the sparkling blue waterway.

Musical legends also take to an outdoor stage for the Australia Day Concert in the Sydney Opera House forecourt.

More info here.

Source: The Daily Telegraph


BBQ at Lane Cove Plaza

A special Australian Citizenship ceremony will be held in the Plaza and after the ceremony enjoy live entertainment and a BBQ. 

Time: 10am – 1pm

Venue: Lane Cove Plaza – 27 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove

Cost: FREE

More info here.


BBQ at the Concourse, Chatswood

Join the Mayor and Councillors of Willoughby City in enjoying a free BBQ, great music and welcoming new citizens. 

Time: 9.30am -11am

Venue: Civic Pavilion on The Concourse, Chatswood

Cost: Free

More info here.



Further Afield


Join the Hills Shire’s massive afternoon at Bella Vista Farm, with show-stopping performances, rides, kids’ activities, delicious street food, roving performers, fireworks and much more.

The kid’s zone will have face-painting, balloon twisting, pop-up library and live entertainment. There Australiana zone will have sheep shearing, black smithing, whip cracking and working dog demonstrations.

From 6pm Fasika Ayallew will be performing on the main stage, followed by Mental as Anything and then Rogue Traders, and the FiREWORKS at 9pm!

More info here.


Northern Beaches

The Northern Beaches Council is holding an array of events across a number of locations for Australia Day including BBQ breakfasts, inflatables and slides, face painting, thong throwing and more.

More info here.



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