G'Day! It's Australia Day!

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Australia day means different things to all of us. For some, it celebrates the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships, whilst to others it signifies a day of invasion to the Indigenous Australians. We are all very different people, with different backgrounds, stories to share and beliefs. We may not come from the same place or have the same experiences. But there’s one thing we all share in Australia, that connects us to one another. We are Australian! We live in a beautiful country with diversity and multiculturalism. No matter what we believe Australia day to be or where our personal stories began, it is a day for all Australians to come together to celebrate our contemporary nation and acknowledge our history. It is important we remember our past whilst celebrating our growth as a nation, our beautiful country.

What are you doing on Australia day?

There’s plenty of great activities and events to attend on Australia day. Spending the day with family and friends, enjoying a classic barbecue, relaxing on the beach or enjoying the iconic fireworks… the list goes on! To help you choose how to spend your Australia day, we’ve created a list of go-to events for this weekend.

  • Fringe Fridays: Start your Australia day celebrations early at the Fringe Friday performances. Be entertained by the best buskers and fulfill your tastes buds from the delicious selection of street food at the Twilight Hawkers Market.

  • Australiana Movie Nights - Northbridge Piazza: Bring your friends, grab a bean bag and enjoy a movie across this long weekend from the 25th-28th of January. With many great movies showing, you’re guaranteed a great night!

  • Australia Day Citizens Celebrations - Mandurah: Enjoy an Aussie breakfast and live music at the Eastern Foreshore Mandurah. Join your fellow Australians for the official ceremony at 8.30am to hear the winners for the Community Citizen of the Year Awards and welcome our new Australian citizens. Stick around to watch a fleet of boats on the estuary.

  • Morning Ceremony and Aussie Breakfast - South Perth: Start your day early at Sir James Mitchell Park with the flag raising ceremony, followed by the Citizenship ceremony and presentation of the Australia Day WA Citizen of the Year Awards. Don’t go anyway just yet! Grab yourself a BBQ breakfast for $5. We won’t say no to that.

  • Australia Day Celebration Zone - South Perth: Experience over 100 free activities for the whole family at Sir James Mitchell Park. With many entertainers, performers, food vendors and picnic spots, you will not be short of fun on this Australia Day. Look out for exciting new activities this year including Stunt Jump, Basket Connect 4 and the Big Wedgie Water Slides plus many more!

  • Birak Concert 2019: Come along with your friends and family to enjoy a concert celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and communities. Enjoy music, dance, art and food with your community this Australia day at the Supreme Court Gardens.

  • Skyworks 2019: Can you guess our favourite thing to do on Australia day? You guessed it! We love attending the fireworks to capture those spectacular shots of the lit up sky. It’s the most loved and well known celebratory activity on Australia day that brings together more than 300,000 people. Come watch the amazing firework display at 8pm at the City of Perth Foreshore.

Are you looking for something in the party scene? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of a few social events to experience this Australia Day.

With so many options, there’s no doubt you will have an enjoyable Australia Day long weekend!

Have a safe and wonderful Australia Day!

- Justine