Best Things To Do With Kids On Australia Day 2020
Mums & Bubs
Show the kids what being Australian is all about and come together with the community this Australia Day. This year there will be a program of events built on the values which define us as Australians: diversity, inclusion and respect.
We've wrapped up the best of the family-friendly Australia Day events come Sunday 26 January 2020. (And yes, in case you were wondering, you still get the public holiday - on Monday 27th this year.)
Children's Festival, Darling Harbour
Roll up for a day of family fun at Sydney's favourite urban playground, Darling Harbour. There will be a host of fun Aussie-inspired activities at the free Children's Festival on Sunday 26 January 2020 from 11am - 3pm in Tumbalong Park. Throw a thong or chomp a watermelon in the True Blue Bush Games, runaway to the Circus Playground and test your skills or jump around with the giant bouncing kangaroos.
Ferrython, Around Sydney
Little and big boat lovers will be in their element at the annual FREE Australia Day Ferrython, kicking off at 10.45am until 11.30am - so don't miss the boat! Sit back with a picnic from one of the picturesque waterfront vantage points and set your eyes on the sea of ferries as they race from Circular Quay to Shark Island, before looping back to Sydney Harbour Bridge for a fabulous finish. Key vantage points are Bradfield Park, Blues Point., Hickson Road Reserve, Overseas Passenger Terminal and Sydney Opera House.
The Wiggles At Bella Vista Farm
This year they're taking their traditional Darling Harbour concert out to the farm! The Wiggles will take to the stage at Bella Vista Farm for their hoards of little fans, while grown-ups van boogie the night away to tunes by The Black Sorrows with Vika & Linda Bull, Simply Bushed and Diana Rouvas from The Voice. There will also be a death-defying performance by Dauntless Movement Crew who will showcase their fire breathing skills and acrobatic daredevil stunts. Rides, activities, food trucks, fireworks display and more will ensure a fabulous Australia Day family-friendly festival experience.
BBQ By The Bridge, Milsons Point
Join this free Australia Day party for the whole family in Bradfield Park, Milsons Point. Serving up delicious barbecued cuisines from around the world, including Korean, Brazilian, South American and many more. Live music and free entertainment for all ages will fill the park between 10am and 4pm on Sunday 26 January. Bradfield Park is also the perfect spot to watch the Harbour festivities including the Harbour Parade, Ferrython, Salute to Australia, Tug & Yacht Ballet, Tall Ships Race, and the 184th Australia Day Regatta.
Thong Throwing Fun At Illawarra Fly
Head down to Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures this Australia Day Long Weekend and try your hand at the thong throwing competition. If you can reach the esky’s positioned across the open field you'll win prizes. Plus enjoy a sausage sizzle with proceeds going to our RFS and of course the breathtaking Treetop Walk which allows incredible views over the Illawarra escarpment.
Families can also follow the Gruffalo Spotters Trail adventure. New for this summer The Gruffalo Spotters Trail takes your visit to the next level, as you search the Treetop Walk to bring the characters to life using the free augmented reality app – ‘The Gruffalo Spotters AUS’. Identify special markers across the Treetop Walk to activate Mouse, Fox, Owl, Snake and The Gruffalo! Watch as the storybook characters enter your world, and jump beside them to get your photo together!
Australia Day Celebrations At Q Station, Manly
What's the most fitting way to celebrate Australia Day? At the beach! Q Station Australia Day Celebrations kick off at 9am on Sunday 26th January from the Wharf Precinct. There will be Thong Throwing Competition at 9.30am, followed by the Inflatable Boat Race at 10.30am (BYO inflatable, or purchase one of the limited few available on the day). Then the fun continues over at the Quarantine Beach Sandcastle Competition and the Jump & Splash Castle ($10/child for unlimited jumping and splashing). Entry and competitions are all FREE and awesome prizes up for grabs (including Q Station accommodation). Let the games begin!
Australia Day Celebrations At Bicentennial Park, Pymble
This annual council event in the leafy north shore is always a big hit with the locals. The Bicentennial Park Australia Day Celebrations run from 5 - 9pm with an evening full of entertainment including arts and craft, roaming performers, inflatable rides and an animal farm. There will also be an Indigenous smoking ceremony, bush band and an Aussie Rock Finale The Great Southern Land, plus food and drink stalls.
Australia Day In Parramatta
For a jam-packed day of entertainment from 6am - 9pm, celebrate Australia Day at Parramatta Park starting with Sydney's largest hot air balloon display! Roaming circus entertainment, rides, face painting and workshops will keep the kids entertained for hours. The Carnivale classic car display (9am - 3pm) is a must for car lovers and there is family entertainment across three stages including a performance from Bananas in Pyjamas! Food-wise, consider yourselves sorted thanks to the all-day family-friendly food stalls on offer, the BIG BBQ (running from 10am - 3.30pm) a definite highlight, and don't miss show-stopping fireworks finale at 9pm.
Australia Day In Maroubra
This event is true blue! Down at the Maroubra Beach Australia Day Celebrations on Sunday 26th January you can hang ten with free surf lessons, grab a snag at the BBQ on the beach, bowl your mate an over in beach cricket, indulge in free ice cream, try tarp surfing and a have a day of fun in the sun with loads of amusements.
Sydney Street Party, The Rocks
All-day Sunday 26th January The Rocks will be transformed into a Carnivale-style Sydney Street Party. This epic festival of the senses will see the streets come alive with market stalls, locally designed fashion, jewellery and original art. You will be buzzing with the lively atmosphere of live music, giant games and roving street performers. Of course, there will be plenty of delicious, gourmet street cuisines to keep your energy levels high!
Australia Day Live 2020, Circular Quay and Sydney Opera House
An epic day of celebration needs a grand finale and Australia Day Live 2020 is just that. The breathtaking maritime, musical and pyrotechnic extravaganza will showcase a cavalcade of performing jet-skis, fly-boarders and dancing yachts. Watch Australian musical legends rock out on the Sydney Opera House Forecourt stage, then look to the sky for a dazzling fireworks display. Everyone is welcome to gather around Circular Quay, or there are limited free tickets to the Sydney Opera House Forecourt available at australiaday.com.au from 15th January.
Yabun Festival at Victoria Park
Looking for an alternative way to celebrate Australia Day with the kids? The largest one day gathering and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia, held annually on 26th of January upon the traditional lands of the Gadigal clan in Sydney will take place at Victoria Park. With free concerts, traditional ceremonies, dance groups, market stalls, food and more.
Having A Party? Get Your Hands On A Lamington Hot Cross Bun
The Aussie mash-up you just have to bring to your beach bbq or gathering. The limited edition Coles Lamington Hot Cross Buns are made with chocolate, studded with milk chocolate chips, toasted shaved coconut chunks and bursts of soft raspberry jellies. Toasted on the bbq? Yes please!
Want More To Do On Australia Day? These Venues Will All Be Open:
- The Chinese Garden of Friendship
- WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
- Museum Of Contemporary Art Australia
- Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden
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