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.

Australia Day in the City

City of Adelaide proudly presents – Australia Day in the City!

Australia Day in the City – Parade, Concert & Fireworks is South Australia’s largest Australia Day celebration held in the heart of Adelaide at Elder Park. Join more than 40,000 people celebrating Australia’s national day!

The event begins with one of the largest multicultural Australia Day Parades in the country from 6:00pm, featuring groups of all backgrounds celebrating what they love about Australia and being Australian. The Parade includes community groups, vintage cars, horses, marching bands, a giant echidna, floats, giant characters and includes a fly past by the RAAF. Following the Parade a huge free family Concert will commence just after 7 pm. Ricki-Lee will headline the concert, with a performance from Chris Sebastian! The event concludes with the spectacular Australia Day Fireworks finale proudly sponsored by Aus Diamond Mining!

6:00pm – 7:00pm Australia Day Parade
7:00pm Australia Day Concert Begins
7:20pm Flag Raising Ceremony and 21 Gun Salute
7:30pm Australia Day Messages
7:40pm Chris Sebastian
8:20pm Parade Competition Winners Announced
8:30pm Ricki-Lee
9:30pm Spectacular Australia Day Fireworks Display!

Cost: FREE

Tripple J’s Hottest 100 on January 27

If you’d rather celebrate the day after the 26th, the Tripple J Hottest 100 countdown is an iconic Australian event, which will kick off on Saturday 27 January from midday (AEDT)! Listen on the radio, online or via their mobile apps. Get the family and friends together for a good old fashion barbie and serenade yourselves with the best new music our country has to offer, in the warm Aussie sun. The Hottest 200 will also kick off on Sunday 28 January.

Cost: FREE

Gillette ODI Adelaide – Australia v England

One Day Internationals don’t get much better than Australia versus England, and fans will have their chance to see the action and be a part of the fun when the two teams face off in the fourth One Day International at Adelaide Oval. Both sides feature some of the most exciting ODI players in the world, with the likes of Joe Root and Chris Woakes set to test the Aussies including Steve Smith, David Warner, and Mitch Starc. ODIs are about more than just the action on the field, with costumes in the crowd, entertainment in and around the ground, and a great atmosphere making it an essential Australian summer experience.

Cost: From $30 adults / $10 kids / Tickets 

Australia Day at The Bay

Australia Day at the Bay – a family friendly day by the beach. There will be free activities until mid-afternoon on the Foreshore reserve such as live music, balloon twister, roving entertainment, giant games, Dig a Dino and facepainting. This year’s Australia Day ceremony will welcome over 60 people from 13 countries, who will take the oath to become Australian citizens.

Kiwanis fundraising BBQ breakfast: 7.00am – 9.00am
Citizenship ceremony and Australia Day awards: 9.00am – 10.30am
Free family-friendly activities: 10.30am – 2pm
celebrate local heroes as they receive well-deserved Australia Day Awards.

Cost: FREE

2018 Netafim Waikerie Australia Day Event

2018 is set to be a huge year for the Netafim Waikerie Australian Day Event with motocross riders from Factory fmx performing jumps and flips for the crowd, including Fast and the Furious stunt rider Luke McNeill who will headline the main performance. Enjoy a great family night out at an affordable price with a variety of kids entertainment from side shows, face painting and the firework spectacular is not to be missed! Adelaide party band, The Idle Saints, will perform for the crowd late into the evening.

Cost: $5 Adult / $2 child

City of Onkaparinga: Australia Day Bush Fair 

Celebrate Australia Day at the City of Onkaparinga’s Australia Day Bush Fair. Families will love the Bush Fair with free family focused activities and a huge entertainment line-up including roving children’s acts, live music and Aussie displays.

  • free parking
  • live music
  • wood chopping
  • pony rides
  • rock climbing
  • face painting and games
  • native animals
  • giant inflatable obstacle course
  • stalls and more!

Pack a picnic or explore a variety of stalls offering local food, refreshments, wares and novelties available for purchase. Finish the night and public holiday with a bang! A spectacular fireworks* display synchronised to music.

Australia Day Fireworks at Semaphore Summer Carnival 

Every year the Semaphore Summer Carnival in conjunction with the Port Adelaide Enfield Council present the very popular Australia Day fireworks display which has been enjoyed by locals and visitors for many years. Come and enjoy the carnival atmosphere and then sit on the beach and watch the firework display at 9:30pm.

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