This Australia Day, let's show our kids what being Australian is all about and come together as a community. This year in Canberra there will be a program of events built on the values which define us as Australians: diversity, inclusion and respect.
We've wrapped up the best of the family-friendly Australia Day events come Sunday 26 January 2020. (And yes, in case you were wondering, you still get the public holiday - on Monday 27 January this year.)
Australia Day in The Capital
Instead of the annual fireworks show in Canberra this year, to help support those impacted by bushfires, bring along the family and be enlightened by a fundraising concert at Commonwealth Park. Pack a picnic, or grab a bite to eat from the neighbouring food trucks and keep the kids entertained with amusement rides. This event provides the opportunity to see national artists Nicole Millar and Japanese Wallpaper supported by local Monica Moore. The money raised will be assisting with the bushfire recovery from those affected across Australia, including loss of homes, mental health support, and loss of wildlife and
When: 26th January 2020, 10am – 1pm
Where: Commonwealth Park, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory
More Info: Go to the Visit Canberra Website for more information.
Image credit: Visit Canberra Website
Australia Day BBQ at Fields
This perfect event featuring a gourmet BBQ, local craft beers, backyard cricket, and delicious Aussie treats is the perfect way to celebrate Australia Day. Bring family and friends along for the afternoon while enjoying the atmosphere and views of Parliament House while listening to music courtesy of a live DJ. The menu includes Pialligo Smokehouse meats, salads, desserts and icypoles for the kids. To support those currently affected by the bushfires, there will be a donation box available to raise funds for Red Cross.
When: Sunday 26 January 2020, 12pm - 4pm
Where: Pialligo Fields, 18 Kallaroo Rd, Pialligo
Cost: Bookings are essential. Visit The Pialligo Estate Canberra for more information regarding cost of tickets.
Image credit: The Pialligo Estate Website
Australia Day at the National Museum of Australia
Inspired by The National Museum of Australia’s First Australians gallery and their new bush garden, experience music, dance, demonstrations and family-friendly activities celebrating Australia Day. Their program includes, a Welcoming to Country and smoking ceremony, jewellery making, bush animal and doll making, tastes of the bush, gallery talks and a Didjeridu performance.
When: Sunday 26 January 2020, 10am–1pm
Where: Lawson Crescent Acton Peninsula, Canberra, (National Museum of Australia)
Cost: Free entry, though different events range from $0 - $15 according to the program.
More Info: For more information, including details on each event throughout the day,
visit National Museum Australia website.
Image credit: National Museum of Australia Website
Australia Day at Lanyon Homestead
Celebrate Australia Day with friends and family at Lanyon Homestead, featuring gorgeous gardens and scenery. This provides the opportunity to have a picnic, with rugs on the lawn or perhaps enjoy a lunch at The Barracks Espresso Bar and Eating House. Or instead join a tour which showcases the homestead interior or perhaps a special walking tour of the gardens including stories within them. Bookings are recommended for The Barracks Espresso Bar and Eating House, for reservations phone 6237 5268.
When: Sunday 26 January 2020, 10am - 4pm
Where: Tharwa Drive, Tharwa, (Lanyon Homestead)
Cost: Beyond the homestead tour: 10 am, 1 pm and 2.30 pm
$7 adults, $5 concession, $15 family.
More Info: For more information regarding tours and their prices, visit Australia Day at Lanyon Homestead.
Image credit: Lanyon Homestead website
Australia Day at the National Gallery of Australia
Spend Australia Day this year with your family at the National Gallery of Australia, focusing on art making, storytelling, music, dance, and family activities. This event is featured as The National Gallery of Australia’s Super Sunday event, designed for children and their parents to become very creative through forms of art!
When: January 26 th 2020, 11am – 3pm
Where: National Art Gallery of Australia, Parkes, ACT
Cost: Free (no bookings required)
More Info: For more details on the activities listed above, visit The National Gallery of Australia Facebook Page.
Image credit: National Gallery of Australia website