Australia Day festivities in the Newcastle, Central Coast and The Hunter
Australia Day is a significant event, it’s a day of celebration. Australia Day acknowledges and celebrates the contributions of everyone who calls Australia home. From, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people, who have been here for more than 65,000 years, to those that have lived here for generations. Australia Day is highly popular with 3 in 4 Australians believing it has a bigger meaning beyond just a day off work.
Australia Day Awards
Each year the nation celebrates the achievements and contributions of eminent Australians through various awards.
The categories many include:
- Citizen of the Year
- Sportsperson of the Year
- Senior Citizen of the Year
- Student of the Year – this is determined by the administering local government organisation.
Many people from all corners of the world, call Australia home, and by becoming a citizen symbolise the union between the values of this country and the person deciding to make Australia home. Becoming a citizen brings with it the right to vote, stand for public office and travel using an Australian passport, more than 16,000 people decide to celebrate their new citizenship on Australia day.
Get involved and Celebrate in your local area
Many events have accessibility and inclusions services in place for those people with a disability or limited mobility.
Australia Day Harbour Swim
This is an organised event by the Stockton Surf Life Saving Club. Join in on this 24th edition of the iconic swim. All swimmers are timed and can get a certificate of completion. Find out how to register by visiting https://www.oceanswims.com/swims/calendar/eventdetail/527/54/newcastle-nsw.html
Celebrate on the Central Coast at Woy Woy, children’s entertainment, food and market stalls, and live entertainment on the main stage. Finish your evens off by a firework display that will light up the night sky. This is a free local event from 2pm-9pm and has accessible inclusion in place for those with mobility or disability requirements.
Live music and a stunning ocean backdrop, what more could you require on Australia Day? There is the Children’s paly equipment and water park to keep them entertained, amusement rides, food and market stalls, ice cream eating competition, and ending with a fireworks display. This event is sure to be a fun family event for the whole family. This is a safe, and alcohol-free event, just remember to bring along a chair or rug to sit and enjoy the festive spirit.
Speers Point Park is the place to be this Australia Day in Lake Macquarie. Lots of family fun for all ages, live music, children’s activities, including face painting, rock climbing wall, bungee trampoline, inflatable fun house with the Choirboys headlining an amazing line up of live entertainment. A family movie will be screened on the big screen at noon. The event will end at 9pm with a fireworks finale display.
Accessibility and inclusion:
- Accessible parking available
- Accessible toilets on site
- Interconnecting pathways to navigate the site. Please note a large portion of the activities and markets are held on flat grassed area
- Including You Tent – a space that provides support for people with disabilities, their families and carers, and other people in the community with access and mobility challenges, to attend regular community events.
Join in the Australia day activities at Maitland Park, with free entry to Maitland Aquatic Centre, a BBQ, with many stalls and amusements, it will be the perfect day out for the whole family. This is a free event and entry to the pool is 10am – 3pm.
Where-ever you choose to spend Australia Day, we hope you have a fun filled day with your family celebrating Australia and all our traditions.
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