Australia Day 2017: all the best family-friendly events

Australia Day 2017: all the best family-friendly events

AUSTRALIA Day is almost upon us once again.

It’s a chance for families to connect and have some fun on what is usually a glorious summer’s day.

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As well as the Perth’s flagship fireworks event on the Swan River foreshore, there are plenty of great events dotted around the metro area as well.

Here are our picks for the very best.

Australia Day in Armadale

There will be a family friendly celebration in Armadale with an evening of festivities and fireworks. Bring a picnic, enjoy the water park and carnival rides, grab some dinner at the food market and listen to live music. The night will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display. The event runs from 5pm-9pm at Minnawarra Park in Armadale.

Australia Day Celebration Zone – South Perth 

The Australia Day Celebration Zone returns to Sir James Mitchell Park with an extensive program of events for the whole family. Spanning more than10 hectares along the South Perth foreshore, the event features multiple areas with 100 free activities for all ages, food vendors and ample shade and picnic areas for families to enjoy. New activities in 2017 will include archery tag, barrel toss, the maze box, tip a doll, Jacob’s ladder and spider ball. The event runs from 3pm until 7.30pm.

Langley Park Entertainment Zone

From 3pm until 7.45pm in Langley Park there will be a water playground, carnival rides, petting zoo, and international food market and Rotary sausage sizzle. There will also be a huge air show between 3.30pm and 7.50pm, while from 4.30pm there will also be a massive water regatta. Fireworks begin at 8pm.

Birak Indigenous Concert

Between 3pm and 7.30pm in Supreme Court Gardens there will be a Birak indigenous concert. The concert is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and communities, experienced through music, dance, art and food. This year’s Birak Concert features local talent including Stirling Rangers, Little Tear Drops, Hot Likwid, Doreen Pensio and Band, Phil Walleystack and Delly and Boyd Stokes (Yabu Band). The event will also include Aboriginal dance workshops presented by the Wadumbah Dance Group and interactive information sessions featuring native Australian animals such as snakes, lizards and a dingo.

City of Cockburn Australia Day Coogee Beach Festival

The Australia Day Coogee Beach Festival will feature a mix of free entertainment and activities on the reserve’s grassed area and shorefront. There will be free movie passes for the winner of the watermelon eating competition, while an Adventure World pass is up for grabs for the person who constructs the best sandcastle. A variety of performers will take centre stage, including Billy Court and Some Like it Yacht. Parking spots are limited so the City of Cockburn is encouraging people to walk, ride or catch public transport. Celebrations will run from 8am to 12pm.

Sarayah and Keely Larsen at the City of Cockburn’s 2016 Australia Day event at Coogee Beach.

Shire of Kalamunda Australia Day Pool Party

Kalamunda Water Park, corner of Canning and Collins Roads, is offering two for one entry from 9am until 6pm. There will be plenty of fun for the whole family, as well as free barbecue hire. Bring your own snags!

City of Rockingham Australia Day Celebration

The City of Rockingham’s annual Australia Day Celebration, at Churchill Park, on the Rockingham Foreshore, runs from 5pm until 8pm. It will include live entertainment from local performers and free kids’ activities including sand card art, giant games, face painting, amusements, rides and more. For the first time, fireworks will end the celebrations at 8pm, providing a spectacular display over the water.

Australia Day at Mindarie Marina

Keep the kids entertained from 11am-4pm at the giant sandpit with free activities including a jumping castle, surf simulator, temporary tattoos, the big dig, Vegemite finger painting and a bubble zone. Dr Bogus will  also be playing at The Boat from 3pm-6pm. Then finish the evening with a choc-top and popcorn while watching the classic Aussie movie Crocodile Dundee on the silver screen at The Indi.

Bassendean Australia Day Celebration and Fireworks

The Town of Bassendean will present its 13th annual Australia Day Celebration and Fireworks at Ashfield Reserve. From 5pm to 9pm, join in a safe and family friendly environment for live music, food, carnival rides and spectacular fireworks. Be entertained with on-stage performances by Randa and the Soul Kingdom, Phil Walleystack and Bassendean’s own samba band – the Bassonovas.

Australia Day – One Day in Fremantle (January 28)

Something new and different on the Australia Day line-up, the City of Fremantle will be celebrating the multicultural diversity of our country, two days after the national event with a feast of music, culture and conversation. This will be a family-friendly and culturally inclusive event, designed as an alternative to traditional celebrations (with no fireworks), with live music from John Butler, Dan Sultan and Mama Kin. The event will take place on Saturday, January 28 at the Esplanade Reserve, Fremantle.