What’s On: Australia Day celebrations in your city

All you need this Australia Day are thongs, a picnic basket and a view of the ocean. Image: Australiaday.com.au

Happy Australia Day!

Many of you would have started the celebrations today with office parties whilst others are packing their bags for the long weekend getaway.

15 percent more travellers are staying on Aussie shores this year compared to 2012, a Flight Centre reprt has revealed.

Tropical North Queensland and its islands saw an increase of 20 percent more travellers compared to 2011 and visitors to the Top End grew up to 25 percent.

Wherever you end up make sure you do something special at an Australia Day celebration near you.

Adelaide
Street Parade: King William Street – 6pm
Family Concert: Elder Park – 7pm

Activities: Watch 3000-4000 people participate in one of the largest parades in Australia, consisting of cultural and community groups, floats, bands and even horses.

Music: Wes Carr and The Potbelleez

Highlights: A giant inflatable echidna and a fly-past by an F-18 Hornet at the parade, Fireworks finale at Elder Park

Brisbane 
10am to 7:30pm
The Parklands, South Bank

Activities: Bollywood, Cuban and Mumbo dancing workshops as well as magicians and illusionists throughout the day

Music: Art of Sleeping, Busby Marou and Evermore

Stalls: Darrell Lea, Lifestyle Market, Young Designers Market

Highlights: Triple M Grill Team’s Wife Carrying Championship, Fireworks along the Brisbane River

Canberra
7:30am to 9:15pm
Commonwealth Park

Activities: Entertainment from Peppa Pig and Los Chavos for the little ones

Highlights: Great Aussie Breakfast, Fireworks at Central Basin

Darwin
From 10am
Darwin Entertainment Centre

Activities: Watch Darwinians be recognised for various contributions to the community in a special ceremony

Highlights: See the 21 Gun Salute and FA-18 Fly-over at midday at The Cenotaph

Hobart
11am to 4pm
Sandy Bay Regatta

Activities: Scavenger Hunts, Kids Tug of War, Fashion Parade

Music: Day Star Entertainers

Highlights: National Pie Eating Contest, Miss Regatta Girl Competition

Melbourne
8am to 9:40pm
Royal Botanic Gardens

Activities: RACV Big Brekkie, People’s March, Sheep Shearing

Music: James Morrison, B# Big Band

Highlights: 21 Gun Salute, Roulettes Display, Fireworks best seen at these vantage points: Federation Square, Birrarung Marr, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, or along the north (city) side of the Yarra River

Perth
Langley Park
3pm to 8:30pm

Activities: Circus shows, Paintball (watch professionals and have a go yourself afterwards), Freestyle Motorcross

Stalls: International Food Market

Highlights: Laser and Water Spectacular, Fireworks at Perth Water

Sydney
11:30am to 9pm
Darling Harbour

Activities: Boat Parade, Cultural Musicians and Dancers at various stages, Kids Entertainment Stage

Music: Jessica Mauboy (performing at Blues Point Reserve and Athol Bay), DJ Lounge Music and Live Percussion (Hyde Park)

Stalls: Various Food Stalls (Hyde Park)

Highlights: Harbour Hero Parade followed by the Tall Ships, Fireworks at Cockle Bay

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