From 5pm there will be activities and live music at Kibble Park on this day, such as face painting and a puppet show for kids, and a line up of bands, including an INXS cover band for the grown ups. There will also be a traditional Aussie sausage sizzle at Gosford Rotary plus other food and market stalls.
The Star 104.5 FM/Central Coast Express Advocate stall will also have the ‘Great Aussie Sensation Station’ where kids can make lamingtons, create their own Aussie scent, see Australian animals courtesy of the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park and do interactive artwork. Finally, fireworks will light up the sky at 9:15pm.
Australia Day Eve on the Canton Beach foreshore starts at 4pm. Kids go on rides, enter the thong throwing competition, have cold slushies and watch the roving magician and circus. Mums and dads can browse the markets and food stalls and have a picnic before watching the fireworks at 9pm over Tuggerah Lake. The Australian flag will also be raised at 6pm.
Free entertainment in Memorial Park kicks off at 12pm at The Entrance’s Australia Day event, with a mix of history and modern day activities such as the firing of the original 1820 Carronade Canon and wool spinning, as well as a kid’s disco, Kindy Farm with baby animals, a slip and slide for kids to keep cool and an ice cream eating competition scheduled throughout the day, and amusement rides running all day long. Festivities will finish at 9pm when the fireworks spectacular is held on the waterfront.
This Australia Day event starts a little later in the day at 2pm with children's activities being held in the CWA Hall and live music and performances on both the Anderson Park Main Stage and Brick Wharf Acoustic Stage. The Great Aussie Sensation Station that is at Kibble Park the day before will also be at Woy Woy, plus food and market stalls will be open from 2pm to 9:30pm.
At 3:30pm at Fishermans Wharf the Woy Woy Sea Scouts are holding their rubber duck race in the baths where you can purchase tickets for a duck, and if your duck is the first to reach the other side you'll win a $1,000 cash prize. Visit the website to purchase tickets starting at $5.
Then the Australian National Anthem and cutting of the 'big lamington' will take place at 6pm before the annual Lantern Parade starts at CWA Hall at 8:30pm and moves down to Memorial Park. There will also be a fireworks display at 9:15pm over the waterfront.
Families are welcome at the Beachcomber Hotel for a day of games and water activities, such as a water bomb skirmish, cricket on the lake, paddle boarding and a thong throwing competition, from 11am to 3pm. There will also be a jumping castle, face painting, balloon twisting and a disco for the kids. Karaoke will be held in the evening too, starting at 6pm.
Sausage sandwiches and barbecued prawns will be served up for lunch and kids eat free! Call 4397 1500 to make a booking.
The Davo’s grassy “backyard” outdoor area is being transformed into a kid’s haven for Australia Day with a jumping castle and waterslide, in addition to the playground that is usually there. There will be live music too, starting at 12pm and finishing around 4pm.
26th: Australia Day at Pearl Beach
Starting at 8am, the annual Australia Day beachfront races at Pearl Beach are back again this year. Register at 7:30am if you want to compete, or you can just be a spectator and have a sandwich from the sausage sizzle. There will be a fun fair for kids as well as a visit from the Pearl Beach Rural Fire Brigade.
Kids will be kept busy all day at the Wallarah Bay club’s Australia Day party with a petting zoo, inflatable gym, waterslide, bungee trampolines, balloon art, face painting and plaster painting, all held outdoors, overlooking the Tuggerah Lake foreshore. This will give the adults plenty of free time to have drinks and eat the $15 buckets of fresh available at the restaurant all day. As an added bonus kids meals are free.
From 2pm there will be a jumping castle, water slide, giant Jenga and other games for kids in the beergarden at Bateau Bay Bowlo. While the kids play, the adults can listen to music and enter the evening raffles at 6:30pm.
At Club Umina kids can climb on the fire truck and have a sausage sizzle lunch and join in the thong toss and cockroach racing competition. $1 from every meal purchased on the day is being donates to the local Rural Fire Service.
Hunter, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Areas
For anyone living on the northern end of the Coast, you may want to go to one of these Australia Day celebrations on the 26th January:
The Lake Mac Festival at Speers Point Park starts at 12pm and will have live music and free kids activities such as face painting, a mobile video games van, umbrella painting, Aboriginal storytelling and the family movie, Oddball showing on the big screen from noon. Fireworks will cap off the night at 9pm.
Endless Summer at Speers Point Swim Centre is a great way to stay cool on Australia Day with live music, pool floats, and games on the grass. Entry is $3.50 per person. No need to book, just show up on the day. There are no fireworks at this event.
The theme for Australia Day in Maitland Park this year is the Aussie backyard and all of the activities for the day centre around celebrating it, including a backyard sprinkler playground, a cubby house corner, backyard cricket and other backyard games, kids lawn mower obstacle course, hills hoist clothesline apple grab and backyard inspired arts and craft. There will also be carnival rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, a thong throwing entertainment, food stalls and free entry to Maitland Pool between 10am and 2pm. The fun starts with a free barbecue breakfast from 7.30am and finishes at 3pm. There are no fireworks at this event.
The Australia Day celebrations at Singleton at Civic Green in Singleton have plenty for kids to do including an inflatable fun park and makeshift beach with sand and special beach games, plus face painting and a thong throwing competition. It starts at 8am with a sausage sizzle breakfast for just a gold coin donation and runs until approximately 1pm. There are no fireworks at this event.
Cessnock is also having Australia Day celebrations at East End Oval with a jumping castle, face painting, animal farm and live music, as well as a free barbecue lunch from 12pm to 2pm and the Mayor’s Cup Cricket Match in the afternoon. There are no fireworks at this event.
Finally, Newcastle is holding their Australia Day event in the Honeysuckle precinct, with a kids play zone at Harbour Square with free jumping castles, face painting, balloon twisting and craft activities. There will also be the Splashdown Aqua and Sky Aces aerobatic stunt plane shows on the harbour, and food and market stalls, with everything taking place between 10am and 3pm. There are no fireworks at this event.