Celebrating Australia Day

It's coming up to that time of the year again, when Aussies all around the country get ready to celebrate Australia Day. This special public holiday is commemorated each year on January 26 as the whole nation comes together.
Australia Day is all about recognising the best of Australian culture and what's great about being an Aussie. If you’re not sure what to do this Australia Day, we've put together a few ways you can make the most of this special public holiday.

New South Wales

Catch Sydney's First Fleet ferries decked out to the nines as they race in the Ferrython from 11am - 11.45am, tracing a route from the Sydney Opera House around Shark Island to the finish line under Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Sample Sydney will be running tours of the city's most popular cultural landmarks and public buildings from 7.15am - 11pm, while the Australia Day Carnival roars into action from 10am - 5pm.

Last but not least, make sure you're in Darling Harbour to catch the Australia Day Spectacular from 7pm - 9.15pm as fireworks cascade over Cockle Bay accompanied by blazing lights and stirring music.

Victoria

Victorians can look forward to the colourful Australia Day Parade from 11am - 11.45am on Swanson Street, as it winds its way to Kings Domain Gardens.

Cap the night off with the Docklands Fireworks at 9.30pm, with the best vantage point being around Victoria Harbour. Official Docklands celebrations kick off at 4pm in the NewQuay Piazza with a Nova100 DJ, games, giveaways and the Docklands Market.

Queensland

Get in the spirit of Australian Day and the famous Aussie summer with the Havaianas Thong Challenge at Mooloolaba, starting bright and early at 8am.

From 10am - 7.30pm the Australia Day Festival comes alive at the Parklands on Brisbane's South Bank. There'll be the traditional flag-raising ceremony, music, aerial displays and a huge fireworks display to top it all off.

Australian Capital Territory

If you're in Canberra, head to the Commonwealth Park from 10am for children's activities and family entertainment. Dora the Explorer will be there for a special dance party, and adults can enjoy a range of performances and displays from top acts and sporting teams.

From 9pm - 9.15pm Canberra will be launching its own Fireworks Spectacular, so make sure you're at Regatta Point to see it light up the sky.

South Australia

South Australians will want to be at Elder Park for Australia Day in the City. This free event features performances from the likes of Timomatic and Sarah De Bono, kicking off with an Australia Day Parade of over 4,000 people.

Following the parade, the park will host a live concert from the headline performers and then fireworks take over the skies above Pinky Flat.

Western Australia

This year will be the 30th anniversary of the City of Perth Skyworks, one of the biggest community celebrations of Australia Day in the whole country.

Look out for a free Entertainment Zone at Langley Park, the Air and Water Show around the Swan River and the special Skyworks laser, water and fireworks show which will be the finale of the celebrations.

Northern Territory

Celebrate Australia's melting pot of different cultures with OzFusion, held at the Cyprus Community Centre in Marrara from 4pm - 8pm. There's also the family friendly 2014 Ute Run to cheer on and a special Australia Day Fun Run starting at the Darwin Waterfront.

Tasmania

Spend a day on the Beach at Kingston Beach, with a community breakfast starting from 8am and a range of activities throughout the day until 2pm.

Enter the Schweppes Sandcastle Competition, have photos taken on an Aussie-themed set or get the kids involved in the Kingston Animal Hospital Treasure Hunt. There'll be plenty of fun, food, music and entertainment on hand so you can celebrate what's great about Australia Day.

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