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Australia Day is just a few days away - and that means BBQ's, picnics, pool parties, fireworks and all sorts of Aussie shenanigans!
We've compiled a list of what's going on in Canberra to mark the big day...
AUSTRALIA DAY IN THE CAPITAL
Whether you’re a morning or night person, or want to celebrate right from dawn till dusk, there’ll be something for everyone at Australia Day in the Park! The day kicks off with The Great Aussie Day Breakfast, followed by kids entertainment, the National Flag Raising and Citizenship Ceremony and an evening concert with fireworks.
Enjoy some Aussie tucker at the Breakfast on the lawns of Stage 88. To keep the family entertained, there’ll be songs from the Sing Australia choir, a jumping castle, mega Nerf Zone, face painting, glitter tattoos and more! You can also check out the National Flag Raising and Citizenship Ceremony at Rond Terrace, where there’ll also be a spectacular flyover and 21-gun salute.
The family friendly concert at Regatta Point kicks off at 4pm, headlined by British India, with supporting performances by the Choir of Hard Knocks, Hands Like Houses and Young Monks. Then, wrap up your nights by checking out the impressive fireworks display from the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.
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AUSTRALIA DAY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR
There’s nothing better than seeing our skies come to life with spectacular colourful fireworks! And what a great way to wrap up your Australia Day celebrations. Head to the shores of Lake Burley Griffin to check out the display from 9pm. But make sure you get there early to score a good possie! The best viewing points will be from Regatta Point, the National Library lawns, or Rond Terrace. Warm up your vocal chords too – the fireworks will be set to an Aussie soundtrack with some classic favourites!
AUSTRALIA DAY AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM
The National Museum of Australia has HEAPS on to celebrate Australia Day!
Family Festival: A world of history and culture
Between 10am – 2pm, dress up and celebrate history and the many cultures of Australia at the family festival, inspired by the “A History of the World in 100 Objects” exhibition. There’ll be historical battle enactments, falconry demonstrations, craft, games, entertainment and more! Charges apply to some activities.
Live music and games
Enjoy live music and free games as the sun sets on Australia Day. Bring a picnic or grab a pie and settle in for the fireworks at 9pm. There’ll be performances by the Franklyn B Paverty bush band, Dr Stovepipe and The Crossbones. And why not challenge your friends to a game of giant Jenga, Connect 4 or the Viking-inspired Kubb!
Get the full VIP treatment this Australia Day at a cocktail party held at the Museum Bar! Enjoy great food, drinks and entertainment and watch the fireworks from the best lakeside view in town! The “A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum” will also be open! Numbers are limited.
The National Museum, Twitter and the National Australia Day Council want to create a digital snapshot of Australia Day in 2017. When uploading a photo of your celebrations, use the official #AustraliaDay hashtag on Twitter!
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OPEN HOUSE: AUSTRALIA DAY PICNIC
Celebrate Australia Day at Lanyon Homestead with a picnic from 10am – 4pm. Pack your own delicious goodies and rug, check out the stunning gardens and relax on the lawns. Or, get someone else to do the prep for you, and enjoy lunch at the Lanyon Café. You can also discover Canberra’s rural history with a FREE tour of the homestead! Entry is free.
ROOFTOP POOL PARTY
There’s nothing more Aussie than a pool party! Gather your mates for a party on the Rooftop Terrace at The Duxton! There’ll be blow up pools to cool off in, inflatable pool toys to play with, as well as the Somersby Bar to keep you hydrated! You can also order some tasty treats from the bistro menu. Entry is free but the best spots in the pool will fill up fast, so get there early!
NATIONAL CARILLON – SPECIAL CONCERT FOR AUSTRALIA DAY
Head to Aspen Island from 12:30pm – 1:20pm to soak up the sunshine and enjoy a concert with real Aussie flavor played on the bells of the National Carillon. Carillonist Leonard Weiss will perform folk songs, reflections and special arrangements of Australian pop and rock, including classic tune, “It’s a Long Way to the Top.”
There’s also stacks of celebrations happenings in other parts of our region, including events in Yass, Gunning, Goulburn, Crookwell, Boorowa and more.
Check out the Australia Day website for more information.
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