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.
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
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
7:30am to 9:15pm
Activities: Entertainment from Peppa Pig and Los Chavos for the little ones
Highlights: Great Aussie Breakfast, Fireworks at Central Basin
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
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
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
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
11:30am to 9pm
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