What’s On Australia Day 2019

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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, we have you covered for what’s happening around town this Australia Day!


Family Concert at North Ryde Common

The community are invited to our Australia Day Family Concert. The concert will start from 5 pm at North Ryde Common, corner of Twin & Wicks Road, North Ryde.

There will be rides, sports, food trucks, thong throwing competition and a great line up of entertainment. The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display at 9 pm.

Time: 5 – 9 pm

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

Cost: Free

Read more here




Parramatta Park

You won’t want to miss Parramatta’s massive all-day Australia Day party. Enjoy 15 hours of non-stop entertainment for the whole family from dawn until dusk. Featuring a hot-air balloon display, classic vehicles, kids activities, live entertainment, delicious food, amusement rides and more.

Time: 6am – 9pm

Venue: Parramatta Park

Cost: Free

More info here



Sydney Olympic Park

Head to Olympic Park to celebrate Australia Day 2019 at a special extended Movies by the Boulevard. This free community celebration starts at 2pm and includes roving entertainment, jumping castles, kids’ activities and sports activities through the afternoon. There will also be delicious food on offer, and a spectacular fireworks display before the film screening of The Greatest Showman, starring Australian’s own Hugh Jackman.  Fireworks will happen before the movie at 8:30pm.

Time: 2 – 10 pm

VenueCathy Freeman Park, Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park

Cost: Free

More info here.



Children’s Festival, Darling Harbour

Tumbalong Park at Darling Harbour will transform into a ‘Summer Playground’ to host Australia Day 2019. Crowd favourite The Wiggles (ticketed) will take to the stage from 11am – 12pm, followed by kids’ entertainers The Vegetable Plot and The Beanies until 2pm. There’s also plenty of laughs for the whole family with ‘True Blue Bush Games’ including a thong-throwing challenge, watermelon-eating competition and more, up until 3pm.

The early evening will be abuzz with a fabulous program of entertainment from 3pm onwards, including DJs and live music from nine-piece funk-soul powerhouse band, The Bamboos.

Kick on with the many restaurants and bars – there’s lots of options for continuing your celebrations into the night!

Time: 11am onwards

Venue: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour

Cost: Free

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 7.45am.

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.



BBQ at Lane Cove Plaza

Celebrate with Lane Cove Council’s newest Australians at this special 70th-anniversary citizenship ceremony in the iconic Lane Cove Plaza. The citizenship ceremony will be followed by a BBQ and live music.

Time: 10am – 1pm

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

Cost: Free

More info here.


Morning Tea at The Connection, Rhodes

The City of Canada Bay Australia citizenship ceremony and presentation of the 2019 Citizen of the Year awards will start at 8:30am at The Connection.

Entertainment during the ceremony will be provided by Aurora Australis chorus. There will be morning tea served following the ceremony.

Time: 8.30am

Venue: The Connection, Rhodes

Cost: Free

More info here.


Family activities and entertainment, West Pymble

Ku-ring-Gai Council will be hosting entertainment and activities including a live stage show featuring the ABC kids show Bananas in Pyjamas, bush band Reel Matilda, an Aussie reptile show and a range of cultural dance performances.

For the children, there will be games, amusement rides, sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations and roaming performers.

After the event ends at 2pm, everyone is invited to cool off at the Ku-ring-gai Fitness and Aquatic Centre next to Bicentennial Park for an afternoon of entertainment and activities.

The council recommends catching the free shuttle bus from Gordon train station to the event as parking is limited.

Time: 10.30am -2pm

Venue: Bicentennial Park, Prince of Wales Drive, West Pymble

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

The Hills

Join the Hills Shire’s massive afternoon at Bella Vista Farm from Noon to 9pm.

The impressive list of acts set to wow crowds at Bella Vista Farm include children’s entertainment group Hi-5, party group The High Rollers Big Band and The Voices Supergroup with Taxiride’s Jason Singh, Boom Crash Opera’s Dale Ryder and X Factor winner Recee Mastin.

Attendees can also enjoy rides, street food, roving performers and Australiana displays including sheep shearing, blacksmithing, whip cracking and working dog demonstrations from Tobruk Sheep Station.

Time: 12 -9pm

Venue: Bella Vista Farm

Cost: Free

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.