Australia Day is Australia’s official national holiday. Observed annually on January 26, it marks the landing of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788 and the raising of the Union Flag by Arthur Phillip after several days of exploring Port Jackson in New South Wales.
In today’s Australia, celebrations aim to reflect the diversity of the nation’s society and landscapes and are marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new members of the Australian community. And increasingly to recognize and celebrate the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who have been here for over 65,000 years and also those who have lived here for generations or those who have come from all over from around the world to settle in our country.
Australia Day continues to be hugely popular, with 3 in 4 Australians believing it has more significance than just a day off.
ATTENTION: this year to attend certain events including the fireworks, you will be asked to provide your vaccination certificate and also wearing a mask will be compulsory.
The activities offered on January 26, 2022
Join us and one of your favorite MC’s, Christina Morrissey, for our annual Australia Day celebrations!
Lots of entertainment:
- Milford St Shakers
- The Two Cent Professionals
- Jazzie Shazzies Children Show
- the Binjareb Middars Aboriginal dance group.
- Free sausages (while supplies last)
- Free water rides and slides
- Demonstrations by the South Coogee Volunteer Fire Brigade.
- Multicultural food available for purchase on site.
And on the beach:
- Sand castle building contest.
Birak concert at Supreme court garden: from 3pm to 7:30pm
Birak is Nyoongar season during the hot, dry months of December and January. During this period, the Moodjar trees bloom bright orange and are known as the Christmas trees of the Nyoongar. In local dreams, it is said that when a Nyoongar person dies, his spirit enters the tree where he awaits the Birak. When the tree blossoms, his spirit goes west, above Wadjemup (Rottnest Island), to join his ancestors.
This year’s program features WA talent including the traditional Welcome to Country, Lilly Gogos, Flewnt, Pipeline Band and many more! In addition to the packed stage schedule, there will be community stands, the Marquee elders and Perth Heat are back for sports fans.
Fun and obstacle courses from 3 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
For all ages and all levels of adrenaline with this wide range of attractions! For the bravest, get ready to experience the Hurricane and the Super Sizzler; for something quieter, check out the Dodgem Cars and the Wave Swinger. Challenge your friends and family in obstacle courses and games of skill, including the Bootcamp Challenge inspired by the Ninja Warrior TV show and the Monster Ultimate Challenge!
Motocross (FMX) and BMX stunt shows from 3:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Australia’s top extreme action talent performs incredible backflips, mind-blowing stunts and crazy tricks.
- BMX: 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m.
- Trial: 3:15 p.m. 4:15 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 6:15 p.m.
- FMX: 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
Water playground from 3 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
All kinds of water attractions for kids and adults, including bumper boats, slides and double slides, and the Extreme Challenge.
18-hole mini golf from 3 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
This activity is ideal for people of all ages and mobility levels and is located in the Terrace Road car park, opposite Langley Park.
International food markets from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity and sample food from around the world at two international food markets.
Discover a wide range of activities and entertainment for all ages and abilities, including an inflatable tent with games, a cup and saucer carousel, laughing clowns and Pokémon games!
Map of amusements and activities.
Australia Day afternoon will look a little different due to the continued uncertainty around COVID-19. The Celebration Zone, which used to take place in the afternoons at Sir James Mitchell Park, will not take place in 2022. Instead, there will be four entertainment zones along the South Perth foreshore where families can enjoy the afternoon and admire the Skyworks of the city of Perth in the evening. Activities will start in each of the zones from 3 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m., giving way to the City of Perth Skyworks at 8 p.m.
Pyrotechnic wizards at WA Cardile Fireworks have planned a whole host of new tricks and effects for Skyworks 2022 to light up the city of Perth in spectacular fashion and amaze audiences throughout the biggest and longest fire fireworks from Australia.
Thousands of fireworks containing glowing pyrotechnic pixels are loaded into volleys of mortar tubes set up and launched from 21 barges spread along the Swan River. Hundreds of hours of delicate work go into ensuring that each pyrotechnic effect is safely plugged into the world’s most advanced computer firing system, so that when it comes time to light up the night, they are all lit and accompanied by a soundtrack.
Map of roads that will be closed on Australia Day.
Many municipalities organize for Australia Day a flag raising, breakfasts and citizenship ceremonies, find out from your town hall.
For those who will be on vacation or weekend, you can find all the activities in the region on the Australia day website.