This Australia Day, let's show our kids what being Australian is all about and come together as a community. This year in Sydney there will be a program of events built on the values which define us as Australians: diversity, inclusion and respect.
We've wrapped up the best of the family-friendly Australia Day events come Sunday 26 January 2020. (And yes, in case you were wondering, you still get the public holiday - on Monday 27 January this year.)
This year The Wiggles are taking their traditional Darling Harbour concert out to the farm! The Wiggles will take to the stage at Bella Vista Farm for their hoards of little fans, while grown-ups van boogie the night away to tunes by The Black Sorrows with Vika & Linda Bull, Simply Bushed and Diana Rouvas from The Voice. There will also be a death-defying performance by Dauntless Movement Crew who will showcase their fire breathing skills and acrobatic daredevil stunts. Rides, activities, food trucks, fireworks display and more will ensure a fabulous Australia Day family-friendly festival experience.
Entry is free, with free onsite parking also available. The event kicks off at 4pm.Visit for more info.
All-day Sunday 26th January from 9 am to 6 pmThe Rocks will be transformed into a Carnivale-style Sydney Street Party. This epic festival of the senses will see the streets come alive with market stalls, locally designed fashion, jewellery and original art. Families will be buzzing with the lively atmosphere of live music, giant games and roving street performers. Of course, there will be plenty of delicious, gourmet street cuisines to keep your energy levels high!
Roll up for a day of family fun at Sydney's favourite urban playground, Darling Harbour. There will be a host of fun Aussie-inspired activities at the FREE Children's Festival on Sunday 26 January 2020 from 11 am - 3 pm in Tumbalong Park. Throw a thong or chomp a watermelon in the True Blue Bush Games, runaway to the Circus Playground and test your skills or jump around with the giant bouncing kangaroos.
Little and big boat lovers will be in their element at the annual FREE Australia Day Ferrython, kicking off at 10.45am until 11.30am - so don't miss the boat! Sit back with a picnic from one of the picturesque waterfront vantage points and set your eyes on the sea of ferries as they race from Circular Quay to Shark Island, before looping back to Sydney Harbour Bridge for a fabulous finish. Key vantage points are Bradfield Park, Blues Point., Hickson Road Reserve, Overseas Passenger Terminal and Sydney Opera House.
Join this FREE Australia Day party for the whole family in Bradfield Park, Milsons Point. Serving up delicious barbecued cuisines from around the world, including Korean, Brazilian, South American and many more. Live music and free entertainment for all ages will fill the park between 10am and 4pm on Sunday 26 January. Bradfield Park is also the perfect spot to watch the Harbour festivities including the Harbour Parade, Ferrython, Salute to Australia, Tug & Yacht Ballet, Tall Ships Race, and the 184th Australia Day Regatta.
What's the best way celebrate Australia Day? At the beach, of course! The Q Station Australia Day Celebrations kick off at 9 am on Sunday 26 January from the Wharf Precinct. There will be Thong Throwing Competition at 9.30 am, followed by the Inflatable Boat Race at 10.3 0am (BYO inflatable, or purchase one of the limited few available on the day). Then the fun continues over at the Quarantine Beach Sandcastle Competition and the Jump & Splash Castle ($10 per child for unlimited jumping and splashing). Entry and competitions are all FREE and awesome prizes up for grabs (including Q Station accommodation). Let the games begin!
This annual council event in the leafy north shore is always a big hit with the locals. The Bicentennial Park Australia Day Celebrations run from 5 - 9 pm with an evening full of entertainment including arts and craft, roaming performers, inflatable rides and an animal farm. There will also be an Indigenous smoking ceremony, bush band and an Aussie Rock Finale The Great Southern Land, plus food and drink stalls.
This event is also marked by handing out the Local Citizen of the Year Awards to unsung heroes of the Kur-in-gai Council community.
For a jam-packed day of entertainment from 6 am - 9 pm, celebrate Australia Day at Parramatta Park starting with Sydney's largest hot air balloon display! Roaming circus entertainment, rides, face painting and workshops will keep the kids entertained for hours. The Carnivale classic car display (9 am - 3 pm) is a must for car lovers and there is family entertainment across three stages including a performance from Bananas in Pyjamas! Food-wise, consider yourselves sorted thanks to the all-day family-friendly food stalls on offer and the BIG BBQ (running from 10 am - 3.30 pm).
Parramatta’s Australia Day celebration usually finishes with a massive fireworks spectacular over Parramatta Park. This year, City of Parramatta Council has decided not to proceed with the fireworks display in light of the ongoing bushfire crisis. And as a mark of solidarity with the many communities affected by the fires across the country. Council will be donating $40,000 to the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS), in addition to the $10,000 they donated in December. Plus, there’ll be a stall at Parramatta’s Australia Day event where you can write a message of thanks to our firefighters as well as donate money to the Rural Fire Service Association (RFSA).
This event is true blue! Down at the Maroubra Beach Australia Day Celebrations on Sunday 26th January, from 10 am - 12.30 pm you can hang ten with free surf lessons, grab a snag at the BBQ on the beach, bowl your mate an over in beach cricket, indulge in free ice cream, try tarp surfing and a have a day of fun in the sun with loads of amusements.
Looking for an alternative way to celebrate Australia Day with the kids? The largest one day gathering and recognition of *8Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia, held annually on 26th of January upon the traditional lands of the Gadigal clan in Sydney will take place at Victoria Park**. With free concerts, traditional ceremonies, dance groups, market stalls, food and more.
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