Can you believe that our next public holiday is just around the corner? For those with kids, Australia Day is often that last bit of freedom and fun before they get stuck into a new school year, so why not make the most of the day?
Beach-side festivities - photo c/o- Northern Beaches Council Facebook page
Every corner of the city will be hosting it's own local celebrations and Sydney Mums Group has put together a list of events from our favourite community hotspots. Have we missed listing a terrific event in your neck of the woods? If so, Join the conversation and leave a note in the comments...
Two locations in Sutherland will play host to a huge, two-day festival of live music and entertainment on 26 and 27 January. On Australia Day,Cronulla Beach and Blaxland Oval, Illawong, will both share firework displays at 9pm but the Oval is also advertising food and children's activities from 4pm - 9pm. Illawong would be my pick of the two locations, for families, as Cronulla Beach will be more geared towards live bands for older revellers.
Photo c/o- Darling Harbour's Australia Day webpage
From 12noon onwards, join the celebrations in the Hills Shire's most beloved historical farm and parklands. Highlights will include entertainment, rides, kids' activities, street food, roving performers, fireworks and Australiana displays, such as sheep shearing.
This harbourside suburb will be throwing a BBQ By The Bridge event for North Sydney families. Forget sausage sandwiches though, this is multicultural BBQ at its best, with a range of food stalls including Korean and Brazilian. From 10am - 4pm, feast and enjoy live music and entertainment with plenty for the kids including FREE face painting, jumping castle and native animal encounters. Dogs welcome too and this is a fab vantage point for all the boating action on the harbour.
From 2.30pm, these parklands will host a FREE party including Citizenship Ceremony, fireworks display, international food stalls, children’s activities, playground, jumping castle, face painting, native Australian animals, the Magic Yellow Bus and much more.
The coastal community of Sydney's north is spoilt for choice on Australia Day. Sausage sizzles and water-side parties will abound at the following beaches: BBQ brekkies at Newport, North Narrabeen and Dee Why and pool parties at Manly 'Boy' Charlton and Warringah Aquatic Centres.
Winner of the longest celebration on Oz Day would have to go to Parramatta. It's parklands will be open for a full programme of events from 6am - 9pm! Enjoy a tour of the historical Dairy Cottage Precinct, Open Day at Old Government House, a hot air balloon display from 6am - 9am, a Big BBQ Battle, vintage car carnival, fireworks and much more for all the family.
Cathy Freeman Park, in the heart of the Olympic precinct, will host a FREE community celebration with all the trimmings, including a fireworks display and Movies by the Boulevard film screening of Lion.
The Entertainment Quarter is going to be awesome on Aussie Day with its 'Summer Playground' for all the family. The Wiggles and Lah Lah's Big Live Band will perform two ticketed concerts and there will be a FREE 'True Blue Bush Games' with a thong-throwing challenge, watermelon-eating competition and wife-carrying race (of all things!). Do note, though, that the official festivities will close at 7pm and there is no Darling Harbour fireworks display this year. Best to get out and enjoy this one with the kids, during the day.
From 10am - 7pm, Victoria Park will welcome the community on behalf of the owners of the traditional lands - the Gadigal people. Since 2001, this cultural event has been sharing Aboriginal culture, via traditional dance performances, children's craft workshops and a busy marketplace. An important event to celebrate the original people of this beautiful city of ours.
Okay, this one is a little cheeky, as it's not in Sydney but if you're anything like me, sometimes you like to escape the city with the kids for an easy day trip. This family-friendly favourite is less than 60mins drive from the northern edge of Sydney and will offer bags of fun on Oz Day from 11am to 5pm, including kayak and boat races, live music, thong throwing comp, donut eating challenge, Aussie food, Coca Cola giveaways and live entertainment.