What’s On: Australia Day in Perth

How will you spend Australia Day this year?
How will you spend Australia Day this year?

LIGHT up the barbie, hit the waves and crack open a cold one for a hot Australia Day this Sunday.

A sunny day is predicted for January 26, especially over the eastern suburbs, with a maximum forecast of 36 degrees.

In addition to the citizenship ceremonies held by councils, there will be family-friendly events offered during the day and well into the night.

Check out some of the celebrations around Perth below.

NORTH

Australia Day on the water, Ocean Reef

Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club will celebrate Australia day with great music, good food and cheap drinks.

Tickets are $35 adults or $20 children aged 12 to 6, with kids aged 5 and under free. Call 9401 8800.

DETAILS: Doors open noon to 9pm, with a barbecue buffet from 1pm – 3pm and live music from Dr Bogus from 3.30pm – 6.30pm.

The Marina Mindarie.

Pie eating competition, Mindarie

There will also be free kids activities including Vegemite finger painting, crafts and face painting, and WA Birds of Prey at The Boardwalk from noon to 4pm, while Cabana will host an Aussie pool party with DJ from noon.

To register, email your name and phone number to festivals@themarinamindarie.com with Pie Eating Competition in the subject line before 5pm on the Friday.

DETAILS: 11am at The Marina Mindarie, pie eating competition at The Boat at 3.45pm.

Duncraig Lions Australia Day breakfast

Lions Club of Duncraig will host a community celebration with music, raffles, games, pony rides, an animal farm, face painting, bouncy castles and balloon twisting.

Tickets are $5 per adult of $15 for a family of two adults and up to three kids. Bring a picnic rug, chair and sun shelter.

DETAILS: 8am – 11am at Percy Doyle Reserve, Duncraig.

Jordan Anthony and the Subih Brothers. Picture: City of Wanneroo.

Wanneroo Festival, Wanneroo

Celebrate the City of Wanneroo’s diverse multicultural community at the Wanneroo Festival.

It will feature music from Jordan Anthony and the Subih Brothers, cultural performances, lion dancers, stilt walkers, a snake charmer, roving Disney characters, food trucks and fireworks.

DETAILS: 4pm – 8.30pm at the Wanneroo Showgrounds.

Stirling Lions Australia Day breakfast, Nollamara

Lions Club of Stirling will be putting on a cooked Aussie breakfast with live music, free children’s rides, bubble soccer and a cuddly animal farm.

Cost is $5 for adults, $2 for children.

DETAILS: 8am – 11am at Des Penman Memorial Reserve, Nollamara.

Shelley foreshore.

SOUTH

City of Canning Australia Day Celebrations

The City will be supporting the Rossmoyne Rotary Club in their annual Australia Day Breakfast being held at Shelley Foreshore.

The Rotary Club event will feature entertainment from the Canning City Brass Band, Acapello West, a bush band, Sri Lanka dance group and bush poetry. There will be activities for the kids, stalls and a display of vintage cars.

DETAILS: 7.30am at Shelley Foreshore.

City of Mandurah Australia Day Citizenship Celebrations

Mandurah’s Australia Day celebrations will kick off with a big Aussie breakfast and will be followed by the official ceremony, welcoming more than 100 citizens.

The celebrations will end with a flotilla of boats on the estuary, competing for the best dressed title at about 11am.

DETAILS: 7am at the Eastern Foreshore, Mandurah.

Coogee Beach.

Australia Day Festival, Coogee Beach

Local acts such as Binjareb Middars Dance Group and bands in the form of Chilli Con Curly, the Bradley Hall Band and Down Town Band will be playing in the park throughout the day, while there will also be watermelon eating and sandcastle building competitions.

Festival go-ers will be sorted for food with a free sausage sizzle in addition to multicultural options available to purchase.

DETAILS: 8am at Coogee Beach Reserve on Powell Road in Coogee.

City of Armadale Australia Day celebration

Minnawarra Park will be transformed into a family fun zone to come alive with carnival rises, local food van cuisines, children’s games, a water fun zone and a line up of local entertainment.

The fireworks display is planned to go ahead from 8.30pm and will be played in sync to the all Australian soundtrack broadcast over Heritage 107.3FM radio.

DETAILS: 5 – 9.30pm at Minnawarra Park, Armadale. This celebration is a smoke and alcohol-free event.

Sir James Mitchell Park. Photo: City of South Perth

Celebration Zone, South Perth

New additions in 2020 include a vintage game and activities theme at the Celebration Zone of Fake Strong Man Weight Lifting and lots of old giant board games.

The City of South Perth will offer free shuttle services from George Burnett Leisure Centre and the City of South Perth Civic Centre.

DETAILS: 3pm, fireworks start at 7.30pm at Sir James Mitchell Park, South Perth foreshore.

One Day in Fremantle

Stories and songs, ceremony and celebration underpin a fresh approach to the City of Fremantle’s award-winning One Day event on Saturday, January 25.

This year the focus will be on the Bathers Beach and Kidogo Arthouse precinct for a showcase of Aboriginal food, culture and music with a particular emphasis on young and emerging talent.

DETAILS: January 25, from 8am – 8pm at Kidogo Arthouse Precinct and Bathers Beach, Mews Road, Fremantle.

Mundaring Sculpture Park.

EAST

Twilight Tunes Australia Day concert, Shire of Mundaring

Come along and join in the free family fun at the Shire’s inaugural Australia Day Concert featuring talented DJ Steve Fernandez, live music and a laser light show.

A face painter and giant bubble activity will be on hand for the kids. Concert goers are encouraged to bring a picnic or support local business.

DETAILS: 6pm – 9pm at Sculpture Park in Mundaring.

Australia Day Celebrations and Fireworks, Bassendean

The Town of Bassendean is holding its annual Australia Day fireworks and celebrations event, with live performances, show-rides and food options.

For information, call the Town on 9377 800 or email events@bassendean.wa.gov.au.

DETAILS: 5pm – 9pm at Ashfield Reserve on Guildford Road, Ashfield.

Kalamunda Water Park. Pic: www.kalamundawaterpark.com.au

Australia Day Pool Party, Kalamunda

Cool off at the Kalamunda Water Park’s pool party this Australia Day.

There will be two-for-one entry free BBQ hire, entertainment for whole family, balloon artist, henna tattoos, bubble making and more.

DETAILS: 9am – 6pm at Kalamunda Water Park on Canning Rd.

WEST

Claremont Council fun day at Claremont Aquatic Centre

Games in the centre’s pools and on land, and a barbecue, are the council’s celebration for the cost of a standard entry fee to the aquatic centre.

DETAILS: 9am – 11am at Claremont Aquatic Centre.

Crawley Boat Shed, Jetty.

Seaduction, Nedlands

Launching for the first time 2020, Seaduction will be bringing a music filled day on the water. First release tickets cost $59.11.

Day Club on the Deck will bring flavours of the latest and most upfront house music, expanding on all elements with acoustic sounds from djs, live drum and saxophone.

DETAILS: 11.30am – 4.30pm at The Deck, Crawley Jetty in Broadway.

Cottesloe, Mosman Park and Peppermint Grove councils’ combined celebration

Events include presentations of each councils’ citizens of the year awards and a breakfast.

DETAILS: 8am – 10am on the main lawn at the Cottesloe Civic Centre, Broome Street.

Picture: Nedlands Yacht Club/Facebook.

8th Annual Australia Day Picnic, Nedlands

Relax on the foreshore and enjoy catering from the Club’s Galley with the option of some of Perth’s best food trucks, as well as the Club bar.

Kids can enjoy a slip and slide and lawn games while adults can relax with a wine or beer in hand, and enjoy the views before the fireworks kick off.

DETAILS: 4pm – 9pm at Nedlands Yacht Club, The Esplanade in Nedlands. Free event.

sunset@subi concert series – Australia Day edition, Subiaco

For the first time this year, sunset@subi concert series will bring Perth’s premier pub-rock band, Murphy’s Lore to the Lake Jualbup stage on January 26.

From 5pm to 7pm, Murphy’s Lore will perform classic Aussie hits including tunes from Cold Chisel, INXS, Powderfinger, John Farnham and ACDC.

DETAILS: 5pm – 7pm at Lake Jualbup, Subiaco. No tickets needed. An Auslan interpreter will also be present.

Perry Lakes Reserve, Floreat.

Australia Day Festival, Cambridge

The Town of Cambridge’s Australia Day Festival includes barbecue breakfast supplied by the Lions Club of Floreat, citizenship ceremony and children’s entertainment under the shady gum trees.

Activities include a giant water slide, toddler zone, puppet show, indigenous performances, camel rides and baby animal farm.

DETAILS: 8.30am – 12.30pm at Perry Lakes Reserve in Floreat.

Breakfast along the coast

Start Australia Day with a delicious breakfast along the coast with Davey Real Estate.

There will be a sausage sizzle, yoghurts, fruit and water, and 96 Degrees will be serving coffee in North Beach for a gold coin donation.

DETAILS: 6.30am to 9.30am in Sorrento, the James Street carpark in North Beach and near the Scarborough Beach amphitheatre.

River views from Kings Park. Photo: J. Thomas

CITY

Australia Day Summer Cocktail Party, Kings Park

Enjoy one of the best views of the fireworks and festivities of the 2020 Perth Skyworks and treat yourself to food stations, canapes and beverages.

Adult tickets cost $165.00 and children $80.00, buy tickets at https://bit.ly/2QCDVsX.

DETAILS: 4.30pm – 8.30pm at Fraser’s Kings Park, 60 Fraser Avenue, Kings Park.

Perth Folk and Roots Club

The Perth Folk and Roots Club is holding its first performance night for 2020 on Australia Day.

Self-proclaimed blues shaman Steve Tallis and blues trio Bootleg Al are the main acts.

DETAILS: 5pm – 8pm at Inglewood Bowling and Sports Club on 1 Stancliffe Street in Mt Lawley.

Watch fireworks on the rooftop of Pan Pacific. Picture: Jarvis Eyes.

Uma Celebrates Australia Day, Pan Pacific

Enjoy a 5 course dinner with a Pisco Sour on arrival before having a dip in the pool and a nibble on canapes at Uma restaurant.

Tickets are $149 per person and can be purchased from https://bit.ly/2NdENSB.

DETAILS: 6.30pm for 7pm start at Pan Pacific Perth, 207 Adelaide Tce, Perth.

Osborne Park Bowling Club, Tuart Hill

Osborne Park Bowling Club is hosting an evening barbecue and bowls to celebrate Australia Day.

Head to the club for a relaxing afternoon of games and raffles, followed by twilight bowls from 5pm and a barbecue, all for $20.

DETAILS: 3pm at Osborne Park Bowling Club, 31 Park Street in Tuart Hill.

Picture: The Executive Lounge/Facebook

Australia Day on the Roof, East Perth

Expect rooftop views with live music and plenty of cold drinks at The Executive Lounge, which will offer a welcome drink and access to the Rooftop Bar from 3pm for only $20.

Tickets available at https://bit.ly/37TCfRI.

DETAILS: 3pm to midnight at The Executive Lounge, 176 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth.

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