Best Things To Do With Kids On Australia Day 2021

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After the tumultuous year that was—show the kids what being Australian is all about and come together with the community this Australia Day. This year some of our favourite venues are offering a program of events that are built on the values which define us as Australians: diversity, inclusion, and respect, and a whole lot of fun!

We've wrapped up the best of the family-friendly Australia Day events come Tuesday 26 January 2021.

1. Luna Park's Countdown Carnivale

Luna Park's Countdown Carnivale
Don't miss your last chance to enjoy Luna Park as you know and love it before its massive renovations!


The 26th of January is the final chance for people to farewell their old favourites at Luna Park before it closes until July!

To really amp up the carnival atmosphere, tickets are just $50 per person and includes park entry, unlimited rides and the fun-filled parade that celebrates everything that Luna Park brings to the city and its fun-loving inhabitants. Unlimited rides means unlimited fun for visitors, so they can really soak up their last experience of Luna Park as it is today before its huge upgrade! Book tickets here.

2. Yabun Festival

Yabun Festival Australia Day
A celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture—Yabun Festival is an Australia Day must-do.


Yabun Festival is the largest one-day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in Australia—however, due to COVID Yabun will be a closed event this year, with the general public invited to join via live stream video. Yabun will be live-streamed from 3 isolated venues - the Yabun stage, Speak Out and Corroboree. It's a great way to engage kids in First People's history and is an Australia Day must-do!

3. Wake Up With Wildlife At Featherdale 

Featherdale Australia Day
Furry favourites and family fun are waiting this Australia Day at Featherdale!


Experience Australia Day at Featherdale alongside iconic Australian wildlife and enjoy an Aussie BBQ and activities to celebrate in socially distanced style! This event will be hosted in partnership with Blacktown City Council and there will be no shortage of fun for the whole family. Five, 2-hour sessions, each capped at 700 guests are available to book and Aussie day food deals are available to pre-order online. Cost is just $10 per person for the whole session! Book here.

And if you've already got plans for Australia Day? Featherdale's Aussie Fest is a four-day celebration surrounded by unique Australian wildlife! There will be fun for big kids and little kids alike, with Aussie themed activities, giveaways, food and prizes, all surrounded by the unique native fauna that calls Featherdale Sydney home. For the festival, adult tickets will be available at children’s prices ($22.00), with all kids receiving a free Aussie animal plush at entry and Australia Day face paint for the whole family. Book here.

4. Jamberoo Action Park

Jamberoo Action Park Australia Day
Head to Jamberoo for all the usual fun and some cool added extras this Australia Day!


NSW's largest family-owned and operated water theme park will be open on Australia Day, and it’s the ultimate destination for family fun in the South-coast region! Situated just an hour out of Sydney, it's the perfect opportunity to get out of the city and explore somewhere new this Australia Day. Alongside all of the usual fun, Jamberoo will have a magician in the park and will be giving away a Nintendo Wii alongside other competitions and giveaways around their iconic Wavepool all day! More information here.

5. Australia Day Celebrations At Q Station, Manly 

Q Station Manly Australia Day 2021
Q Station Manly brings all the Aussie vibes to Australia Day!


What's the most fitting way to celebrate January 26th? At the beach! Relax on the private harbour beach at Q Station, grab a snack from the Visitor Centre Café or enjoy a BBQ at the Boilerhouse Kitchen and Bar. Book a history tour to learn more about life in quarantine or wander through the free museum—what more could you want on Australia Day?!

6. Australia Day Live 2021, Circular Quay and Sydney Opera House

Australia Day at Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House has a tonne of live music on Australia Day this year from all of the Aussie faves!


Some of Australia's biggest music icons (we're talking Delta Goodrem, Casey Donovan and world-renowned didgeridoo player William Barton), will entertain the nation with their epic performances at the Opera House this Australia Day. Plus, in a ground-breaking opening segment, Iva Davies will look at Circular Quay when it was known as Warrane. 

The event showcases some of the best Indigenous talents, including Koomurri Aboriginal Dance Troupe. More information and tickets here.

7. Free Water Slides At Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour water slides on Australia Day
Family-friendly fun abounds at Darling Harbour this Aus Day!


Perfect for cooling down and having a great time while you're at it, Planet Entertainment’s five giant inflatable water slides are coming to Darling Harbour this Australia Day, and you can ride them for free!. The Frozen and Tropical Slides will delight the littlest riders, while the Lil Kahuna, Atomic Drop, and Log-jammer are popular with all ages. Book your 45-minute session and get ready to ride! Suitable for children aged 3+ years. Book here!

Get Your Hands On A Lamington Croissant!

Lamington Croissant
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Over the weekend of 23rd and 24th January, alongside Tuesday the 26th, Textbook Boulangerie Patisserie is celebrating Australia Day with the return of their world-famous lamington croissant. Order online here!

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