Cities work together to celebrate

The 2015 Fireworks display in Fremantle. Picture: City of Fremantle
The 2015 Fireworks display in Fremantle. Picture: City of Fremantle

As they have done for numerous years, the cities of Fremantle and Cockburn will join forces to put on a day of family-friendly activities.

Things will kick off in Coogee with the Big Aussie Day BBQ Brekkie starting from 8am.

It is predicted more than 3000 people will venture down to the popular beach to take part.

After lunch, Fremantle will take centre stage with a second round of activities before a fireworks display over the Indian Ocean about 8pm.

More than 50,000 people are expected to flood Fremantle to watch, with 30 per cent of those people from Cockburn.

More than 300,000 people were estimated to have ventured on to the banks of the Swan River to watch the City of Perth’s Australia Day Skyworks in 2015.

But rather than fight to tempt some of those south to the port city, Fremantle community development director Marisa Spaziani said the focus was on ensuring people have a good time.

“Freo takes pride in being a relaxed and comfortable alternative to the Perth City activities,” she said.

“Our focus is on offering plenty of high quality, family-friendly entertainment for Australia Day which is easily accessible by public transport.”

Cockburn spokeswoman Samantha Seymour-Eyles said there was no competition with the City of Fremantle.

“For the City of Cockburn, the answer is no,” Ms Seymour-Eyles said.

“Our Brekkie event is held in the morning before people head off to visit family and friends, or to see the fireworks.

“The City’s event is family-friendly and local.”

Aussie Day BBQ Brekkie activities at Coogee Beach Reserve.

8am – 12pm Water amusements, rides, slides, basket weaving and face painters.

9.30am – 10am Cultural workshop

10am – 11am Performances by Gina Williams

10am – 12pm Mermaids on the beach.

11am – 11.05am Performance by Little Swimmers.

11.05am – 12pm Performance by Easy Tigers.

11am – Watermelon eating competition.

11am – Sandcastle building competition judged.

Activities in Fremantle:

1pm – Bathers Beach will host beach volleyball, the 96FM Street Team and Perth Mermaids.

3pm – Esplanade Reserve will have food stalls, kids rides and live music including the Southern Cross Bush Band, The Struggling Kings and Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics.

6.30pm – Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre will host a barbecue and an after-fireworks cultural movie screening.

8pm – Indian Ocean Fireworks