This year is my first Australia Day and I will be spending it in Perth, WA. As I had not spent Australia Day Down Under before, I decided to find out a bit more about it.
It was previously known as Anniversary Day, Foundation Day and ANA Day. It is a national holiday in Australia and has been since 1994. Australia day is celebrated every year on 26th of January and commemorates the arrival of the first fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788.
What happens on Australian Day?
In Canberra on Australia Day Eve the presentation of the Australia of the Year of Awards takes place. Winners are those who are a significant role model and have made a significant contribution to the Australian community. There are also community festivals, concerts and citizenship ceremonies. One of the most famous is the Big Day Out and the Triple J Hottest 100.
What is happening in Perth on Australia Day?
Perth will also have its citizen ceremonies which will take place around the banks of the Swan River. There will be the Celebration Zone in South Perth, the Survival indigenous concert in the Supreme Court Gardens, youth activities on Langley Park and the high energy Air BP Air and Water Show on and above Perth Water.
I love picnics in the park and there will be BYO Picnic Zones on the Esplanade Reserve and Kings Park. However between 6.30pm and 8.45pm alcohol will be limited in these two areas.
What are you doing on Australia Day? I am going to the Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club for the Havaianas Thong Competition from 10 – 1pm. Then going a friend’s house who has a pool. It is going to 39 degrees Celsius !! I will also watch the fireworks later on.
Below is a schedule I got hold of from showmeperth.com.au
7am MIX 94.5 Australia Day broadcast live from the City of Perth Perth Foreshore
8am – 10.30am Citizenship Ceremony in South Perth Sir James Mitchell Park
9am Citizenship Ceremony in Victoria Park Memorial Gardens cnr Harvey Street & Albany Hwy
11am City of Perth Australia Day Citizenship & Awards Ceremony Council House, Perth
11am – 12.30pm Free Movie Screening Sir James Mitchell Park
12.30pm – 7.30pm Survival Concert Supreme Court Gardens
1pm – 6pm The Great Australia Day Duck Pluck raffle Perth Foreshore
2pm – 8pm Celebration Zone South Perth Sir James Mitchell Park
2pm – 8.30pm Barrack Square Family Entertainment Area Barrack Square
3pm – 8pm Variety WA’s ‘Coins for Kids’ tin shake Foreshore
3pm – 8pm Reduce Reuse Recycle Zone Langley Park, The Esplanade Perth and Sir James Mitchell Park
3.30pm – 7.55pm Air BP Air Show Perth Skies
4.30pm – 7.30pm Esplanade Musical Entertainment The Esplanade, Perth
4.30pm – 7.45pm Youth Zone, Langley Park
4pm – 8pm Peter Hughes Burn Foundation SafeFlame Candles Perth Foreshore
4pm – 8.30pm MIX 94.5 Listener Party Perth Foreshore
5pm – 7.30pm Water Regatta Perth Water
6pm – 8pm Free Live Concert – Pigram Brothers Sir James Mitchell Park
6.30pm – 8.45pm BYO Picnic Zone The Esplanade, Perth and Kings Park
8pm – 8.30pm City of Perth Skyworks 2012 Perth Water
10.30pm City of Perth Skyworks delayed telecast (subject to programming) Channel Seven