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Australia Day around Western Sydney

Australia Day at Sydney Olympic Park Australia Day at Sydney Olympic Park Photo credit: Auburn City Council

Are you looking for ideas on where to go this Australia Day?

Western Sydney’s councils have lots of options for you if you haven’t made up your mind on what to do or where to go. See below for information sorted by council.

All events are free and are held on Australia Day (Tuesday 26 January 2015) unless noted.

For more ideas head to the official Australia Day website. You can register your work parties to download a free entertainment pack. The official social media hashtag is #AusDay.

Two girls slide on hessian sacks down a blue slippery slide

Australia Day at Sydney Olympic Park    

Photo credit: Auburn City Council

 

Auburn City Council

Where and when?

Cathy Freeman Park, Sydney Olympic Park, 12:00pm – 9:00pm.

What’s on?

Free rides, children's activities, pony rides, farm animals and fireworks. Meet players from the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Sydney Thunder and Western Sydney Wanderers FC - plus enjoy an exciting music and dance line-up - including DMC: Dauntless Movement Crew and Lolo Lovina. Free shuttle service from Lidcombe and Auburn Train Station. See our website more details bit.ly/1PkjkhH

Fireworks?

Yes – 8:50pm.

Website:

Council website

 

Bankstown City Council

Where and when?

  • Australia Day Awards and citizenship ceremony – Bryan Brown Theatre, 9:30am.
  • Australia Day celebrations including free BBQ - Paul Keating Park, Bankstown. 10:00am-3:00pm.

What’s on?

Children’s entertainer Sam Moran, cover band Old School Band, entertainment from the Bankstown Talent Advancement Program and local dance schools. Free BBQ from 12:00pm-3:00pm.

Fireworks?

No

Website:

Council website

 

Blacktown City Council 

Where and when?

Australia Day Concert and Fireworks, The Rooty Hill, Eastern Rd, Rooty Hill, 4pm – 9.30pm

What’s on?

Concert and fireworks. Concert - Amusement rides; a parachute jump display and national anthem; Australiana Village and food stalls; and performances by Uptown Funk, At Sunset, Vtribe, Jason Owen and The McClymonts.

Fireworks?

Yes, at concert – 9:15pm

Website:

Website for Australia Day Concert and Fireworks

Wet weather line

02 9839 6577

 

Girl rides horse

Australia Day at Sydney Olympic Park    

Photo credit: Auburn City Council

 

Blue Mountains City Council

Where and when?

  • Annual Glenbrook Gnome Convention / Australia Day celebration - Glenbrook Park, Glenbrook. 9:00am-3:00pm.
  • Citizenship ceremony combined with Australia Day Awards – Invited guests only, Springwood Theatre & Community Hub – 10:30am. Maria Venuti is the Blue Mountains Australia Day Ambassador this year.

What’s on?

  • Gnome Convention / Australia Day - The iconic annual gnome convention combined with Australia Day celebrations draw in crowds from across Sydney. Bring a garden gnome to enter the fun. Other activities include live entertainment from local performers, craft demonstrations, market and food stalls.
  • Citizenship ceremony and Australia Day Award – The first ceremony of the year is hosted by the Mayor.

Fireworks?

No.

Websites:

Gnome Convention– This event is run by Blue Mountains Lower Rotary Club.

Australia Day Ambassadors

Australia Day events page for Blue Mountains

Australia Day Awards

 

 

Hawkesbury City Council

Where and when?

  • Australia Day Breakfast by Hawkesbury Bells Line Lions Club, McMahons Park, Kurrajong, 8:30am – 12:30pm
  • Hawkesbury Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony - Windsor Function Centre, Windsor, 9:00am-10:30am  
  • Hawkesbury Australia Day Awards - Windsor Function Centre, Windsor, 12:00pm-3:00pm  
  • Australia Day at Australiana Pioneer Village celebration – Rose St (off Wilberforce Rd), Wilberforce, 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Interesting Objects at Hawkesbury Regional Museum, Baker St, Windsor, 10:00am-4:00pm.

What’s on?

  • Australia Day Breakfast by Hawkesbury Bells Line Lions Club – Enjoy a BBQ breakfast, games, races, book stall and guessing competition.
  • Hawkesbury Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony – The Hawkesbury will welcome new citizens. Special guests include Hawkesbury’s 2016 Australia Day Ambassador, Bruce Elder and the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Kim Ford.
  • Hawkesbury Australia Day Awards - Windsor Function Centre, Windsor, 12:00pm-3:00pm  
  • Australia Day at Australiana Pioneer Village – Dunny races; displays of steam engines; pony, hay and penny farthing rides; gramophone display; participate in the Australian Old Time Games or best stressed (1800’s or modern clothing).
  • Interesting Objects at Hawkesbury Regional Museum – This exhibition pays tribute to the Hawkesbury Historical Society, which has been collecting objects significant to the history of the Hawkesbury since 1956. Items include the original Title Deed to the farm of ex-convict settler, Samuel Jackson, John Tebbutt's celestial globe, an exquisite lace collar and 1920s black beaded dress, a miner's couch and a model gaff-rigged cutter. Official opening of the exhibition is at 2pm.
  • Hawkesbury Australia Day Awards – Announcement of Hawkesbury Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and other awards.

Fireworks?

No.

Websites:

Flyer with summary of Council events

Citizenship ceremonies

Australia Day at Australiana Pioneer Village - This event is not run by council

 

Holroyd City Council

Where and when?

  • Concert – Merrylands Regional Park, Burnett Street, Merrylands, 5:00pm-9pm.
  • Pool party - Merrylands Swim Centre, Burnett Street, Merrylands, 10am-3pm. Free entry before midday.

What’s on?

  • Concert – Holroyd City Brass Band, Holroyd Musical and Dramatic Society, kids show Wild Aussies, Aussie rock band the Finger Prints, John Farnham Tribute Show ‘The Whispering Jack Show’, appearance by Holroyd Australia Day Ambassador Paul Fenech, and food stalls.
  • Pool party – DJ, children’s games and giant inflatable water slide.

Fireworks?

Yes – at the concert at 8:50pm.

Website:

Council website

 

Fairfield City Council

Where and when?

  • Australia Day Community Awards and Citizenship Ceremony at the Council Chambers (22 Jan) (see below for more)
  • Australia Day eve event (25 Jan) and fireworks – Canley Heights Town Centre, 9. Fireworks at 9pm.
  • Fairfield and Prairiewood leisure centres (26 Jan), 10:00am – 3:30pm
  • Fairfield Adventure Park, Vine St, Fairfield (26 Jan). The Adventure Park is open 24 hours. Extra activities will take place in conjunction with Youth and Community Centre (i.e. 10:00am-3.30pm), which is next door.

What’s on?

Before Australia Day:

  • Australia Day Community Awards and Citizenship Ceremony at the Council Chambers (22 Jan) – If you wish to attend the Awards ceremony RSVP to Leda Dellomo on 0972 0204.
  • Australia Day eve event (25 Jan) including fireworks. More info above.

Australia Day events:

  • Fairfield and Prairiewood leisure centres - Family fun activities and DJs.
  • Fairfield Adventure Park – Play equipment, picnic & barbeque facilities and DJ.
  • Fairfield Youth and Community Centre, Vine St, Fairfield - Rock climbing, table tennis, basketball and trampoline.

Note: There are capacity numbers at all locations. Adult supervision is required for all children under 16 years of age.
Fireworks? Yes, on Australia Day eve (25 Jan) event only at Canley Heights.

Websites:

News story summarising activities on Council web

Australia Day page for Council

Council Facebook invitation

Australia Day Community Awards

Fairfield Youth and Community Centre

Fairfield Adventure Park

Fairfield City Leisure Centres – Fairfield

Fairfield City Leisure Centres – Prairewood

 

Paulini stands with hands on hips while wearing black dress 

Paulini - one of the performers at Liverpool City Council's Australia Day concert  

Photo credit: Liverpool City Council

 

Liverpool City Council

Where and when?

Woodward Park, Liverpool, from 1:00pm-9:30pm.

What’s on?

Two stages – kids’ stage and main stage. Children’s entertainers Giggle and Hoot, R&B singer Paulini, dancers DMC, artist Matteo Charles, drumming ensemble Taikoz, bush band Reel Matilda, and African performer Gervais Koffi.

Fireworks?

Yes – 9.05pm, main stage

Website:

Council website

 

Parramatta City Council

Where and when?

Parramatta Park, 6:00am – 9:00pm.

What’s on?

General displays include a spectacular early morning hot air balloon display, Hottest 100 Party, a citizenship ceremony, the biggest BBQ Parramatta has seen and the CARnivale vintage motoring display. Performers include; X-Factor finalists Jess + Matt; soul singer Nathaniel; country music legend Troy Cassar-Daley; pop favourite Christine Anu; super band Antipodean Rock Collective and folk band Perch Creek – all hosted by singer and performer Prinnie Stevens. Nickelodeon stars Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants will feature at the Kids Crescent throughout the day.   

Fireworks?

Yes – at 9pm.

Website:

Council website

 

Penrith City Council

Where and when?

  • Concert - Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith. 6:00pm-9:30pm.
  • Citizenship ceremony – Council Chambers, Civic Centre, Penrith, 10:00am-12:00pm.

What’s on?

  • Concert - Singer Shannon Noll; motocross team the Freestyle Kings; children’s entertainment SplashDance and Sam Moran; local group NeWest; singers, rappers  and dancers JROD, eNVy, Cauchi & Skywalker.
  • Citizenship ceremony – Presentations by the Mayor.

Are there fireworks?

Yes – on at 9pm at the concert.

Website:

Council website

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