What’s On: Australia Day for families

With a sunny 34 degrees set for this years Australia Day it’s most definitely time to pop those umbrellas, sizzle that BBQ, crank the tunes and clink some Coopers Pale Ale in celebration of our beautiful country. We have compiled a list of family friendly Australia Day activities for those wanting to celebrate at the beach, at home or in the country.

What’s On on Australia Day for families in Adelaide:

Mourning in the Morning, Adelaide

Australia Day Council of South Australia invite you to gather in the early morning on the 26 January for a Smoking Ceremony at Tarntanya Wama (Elder Park). This profound ceremony shaped by First Nations leaders is a time for truth telling of our history and provides a genuine opportunity for reconciliation. The 26 January signifies the day the first fleet set foot on our shores – the day the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities changed forever. We seek to reconcile the devastating impacts this brought to First Nations peoples. To the nation, we have become and the country we hope to be.

This one-hour event welcomes all to listen, learn and pay respects with a Welcome to Country, a smoking ceremony, a speaker’s address, and beautiful performances by the Iwiri Choir and Nancy Bates.

Friday, 26th of January, 7am – 8am

Elder Park / Tarntanya Wama


Aus Lights on the River 2024


Celebrate Australia Day, Rostrevor

Join Campbelltown City Council for a fun community event, with children’s entertainment and activities, BBQ and refreshments as well as live music and roving entertainers.

The Council Australia Day Awards will also be announced.

Friday, 26th of January 2024, 11am – 1pm

Campbelltown City Council Lawns, 172 Montacute Road, Rostrevor


Australia Day Family Fair, Noarlunga Centre

Join the City of Onkaparinga for a thrilling event filled with an assortment of incredible activities designed for the whole family’s enjoyment.

Indulge in scrumptious food and delectable treats offered by a diverse range of vendors. Delight your little ones with engaging children’s activities and be entertained by live performances throughout the evening.

As the night draws to a close, prepare to be amazed by breathtaking fireworks display that will leave you in awe.

Feel free to bring your own food and beverages, and we highly recommend bringing along picnic blankets and chairs to enhance your experience.

Friday, 26th of January 2024, 5:30pm – 9:30pm

South Adelaide Football Club, Lovelock Drive, Noarlunga Centre



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