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WHERE TO CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA DAY IN CANBERRA

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WHERE TO CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA DAY IN CANBERRA

By Renee Bogatko, Image Credit - @EventsACT/Facebook

Looking for something to do for Australia Day in the capital tomorrow? There’s plenty of ways to celebrate…

AUSTRALIA DAY IN THE CAPITAL

Things kick off with the Great Aussie Breakfast at 7:30am at Commonwealth Park, with heaps of free entertainment!

Families will love the Sing Australia Choir, Dora the Explorer, jumping castles, face painting and soccer darts.

At 9am, Canberra will welcome our newest Australian citizens at the National Flag Raising and Citizenship ceremony at Rond Terrace, with a traditional flyover and 21 gun salute.

There’ll be heaps of free pre-fireworks entertainment at Regatta Point between 4pm and 9pm, including an appearance by the Queens Baton Relay, as it makes its way around Lake Burley Griffin.

Other activities at Patrick White Lawns and Rond Terrace include kids picnic games, a giant slide, jumping castle, face painting and glitter tattoos!

You can also grab a bite to eat and refreshing drink, with a number of vendors offering plenty of delicious goodies.

Warm up those vocal chords for the concert at Regatta Point from 6pm-9pm!

Justice Crew headline the live acts, with other fantastic performances by popular locals Tuchasoul and pop duo Jess & Matt.

Then of course comes the spectacular fireworks display at 9pm, with the best vantage points at Regatta Point and Patrick White Lawns.

It’ll be a sight to see, as the dazzling display lights up Lake Burley Griffin and some of Canberra’s iconic buildings.

Some things to keep in mind as you plan your trip…

Transport Canberra will operate to a Sunday timetable, with free bus runs from Commonwealth Avenue bus stops after the fireworks wrap up.

The buses will take passengers to Gungahlin Marketplace, the City, Belconnen, Tuggeranong and Woden bus stations until about 10:15pm.

The best places to snag a car park will be at the Parliamentary Triangle car parks, Civic Pool car park and Anzac Parade East and West car parks.

OTHER EVENTS

Many of Canberra’s pubs, clubs, hotels and bars are hosting Australia Day events, here’s just a few to get you started…

Water Fight at the George Harcourt Inn 

The fun starts from 11am with Aussie game meat specials, lamb cutlets, plenty of drinks, live music from midday and Canberra’s biggest water fight!

So make sure you take your water pistols and cossies!

Image Credit - @canberra.pub/Facebook

Hottest 100 Party at Bentspoke 

There’s heaps happening on Saturday at Bentspoke in Braddon for the Australia Day weekend!

Head along to enjoy the Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers countdown accompanied by the usual music countdown.

The beer countdown kicks off at 12:30pm, but make sure you get there earlier to snag your sweep tickets and make your predictions!

There’ll also be a new beer launching, food specials and the infamous throw the prawn on the barbie game!

Image Credit - @BentSpokeBrewing/Facebook

Hottest 100 Roof Top Pool Party at The Duxton 

The Duxton’s famous pool party is back!

They’ll be pumping the Hottest 100 Countdown all day on Saturday on their stunning Rooftop Terrace, complete with pools to keep you cool!

Entry is free but the best pool spots will fill up fast, so get there early!

This is an over 18’s event.

Image Credit - @theduxton/Facebook

Sunset Session at QT Canberra

Enjoy a refreshing summer cocktail at the QT!

The pop-up Aperol Spritz bar outside Lucky’s will open from 4pm on Friday, followed by a fabulous after party at Lucky’s from 9pm!

Image Credit - @QTcanberra/Facebook

Even though showers are expected over the Australia Day weekend, it’ll still be hot, so make sure you take care in the heat!

Drink plenty of water, wear light clothing and a hat and don’t forget to slip slop slap!

What are YOU doing to celebrate Australia Day? Have your say at our Facebook page.

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