We’ve got you covered this Australia/Invasion Day with your guide to what’s on in every capital city

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Whether it’s Australia Day or Invasion Day you will be marking this January 26, there are a huge number of events in every city you can attend.

Check out the list below to see what’s happening in your neck of the woods.


Dozens of events, from smoking ceremonies to street parties and even a yacht ballet, will be held across Sydney to mark Australia Day.

The Australia Day celebrations will kick off just before 8:00am with a smoking ceremony and special performances by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dancers and singers at Barangaroo Reserve.

From 9:00am the Sydney Street Party will transform The Rocks into a day-long carnival with market stalls, music, street performers and gourmet street food.


The Australia Day Live concert will be held at the Sydney Opera House Forecourt and Circular Quay. (ABC Open contributor glanzpunkt)

An event dubbed the Tug and Yacht Ballet will see several vessels cruise from Circular Quay just after midday, synchronised with helicopters flying above, in time with music.

About 65,000 people are expected to turn out for the main event — Australia Day Live — which will be held at the Sydney Opera House Forecourt and Circular Quay from 6:30pm.


New Australians will be made across the nation this Australia Day at citizenship ceremonies — including Hyde Park in Sydney. (Getty Images: Gaye Gerard)

Australian musicians including Vanessa Amorosi, John Williamson, Eskimo Joe and The Original Seekers will be among those performing.

The night will be used to acknowledge the Aussie spirit and celebrate the country’s strength in the wake of the bushfire crisis.

Tens of thousands of people are also expected to pack out Parramatta Park for 15 hours of entertainment, with amusement rides, DJs and the launch of Sydney’s biggest hot air balloon display.


Indigenous dancers will perform at the Yabun Festival in Sydney. (ABC News: Jessica Kidd)

At 10:00am, Hyde Parke South will host an Invasion Day march, while the Yabun festival will be held in Victoria Park in Camperdown at the same time.

Described by organisers as the largest one-day gathering and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia, it is held annually on the 26th upon the traditional lands of the Gadigal people in Sydney.

It’s a free event featuring live music, a stalls market, panel discussions and community forums on Aboriginal issues, children’s activities and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural performances.


In Western Australia, the main celebration will be held on the Swan River foreshore with the annual Skyworks.


The annual Skyworks attracts hundreds of thousands of people to the Swan River foreshore. (ABC News: Liam Phillips)

It’s one of the city’s biggest annual events and is the largest Australia Day fireworks display in the country, with this year’s event expected to attract more than 300,000 people.

This year will also see the return of the Australia Day Air Show, with a large fleet of planes and helicopters taking to the skies in aerobatic displays.

It is the first time the Air Show will take place since two people died when a light plane crashed into the Swan River at the 2017 event.


There’s plenty to do across the country this Australia Day. (ABC News: Tony Trung)

The main fireworks display will start at 8:00pm and run for half an hour.

For those taking public transport, there will be extra services put on to cater for demand, while security patrols will also be boosted across the night.

From 3:00pm in the Supreme Court Gardens, the annual Birak Concert will host a huge line-up of Indigenous entertainment as well as inflatable amusements, workshops and community stalls.


The main fireworks will kick off at 8:00pm. (ABC News: James Carmody)

For those who wish to mark Invasion Day on the 26th, a march will take place at 12:30pm in Forrest Chase.

On January 25, Fremantle council will hold its now traditional One Day in Fremantle event at Kidogo Arthouse Precinct and Bathers Beach.

It will include a smoking ceremony on Bathers Beach, live entertainment including performances from Indigenous musicians, bush tucker tastings, boomerang and mandala rock painting, traditional weaving and a Balga tree burning ceremony.


The city’s annual Australia Day Parade will take to the streets from 11:00am, bringing multicultural dancing and music groups and other cultural organisations to Swanston Street.

Following on from there, the Australia Day Festival will kick off in Kings Domain Gardens.


Melbourne’s annual Australia Day parade will kick off at 8:00am. (ABC News: James Oaten)

There will be music, a food truck park for those looking for a bite to eat and a Roulette flyover at 12:45pm.

The Victorian Government has cancelled the Docklands fireworks display scheduled for 9:00pm, which usually attracts about 25,000 people, due to bushfires burning across the state.


Last year thousands protested Australia Day on the steps of Parliament in Melbourne. (ABC News: Gemma Hall)

There will be an Invasion Day dawn service from 5:30am to 6:30am at Kings Domain Resting Place, and a Survival Day dawn ceremony in Ballarat at View Point, Lake Wendouree at the same time.

Melbourne will also host an #abolishAustraliaDay gathering outside Parliament House on Spring Street at 11:00am.

The Balit Nurran (Share the Spirit Festival) will be held at Treasury Gardens from 12:00pm to 7:00pm.

Brisbane and the Gold Coast

If you’re lucky enough to live in Brisbane, get ready for a veritable smorgasbord of activity.

Events kick off at Southbank with the Great Australian Bites food festival, which brings together music and food for an all-day fiesta, before a dazzling fireworks display from 7:30pm.

If you’re after something a little more obscure, look no further than the 39th annual Cockroach Races at the Story Bridge Hotel.


This year will see the 39th annual Australia Day World Championship Cockroach Races in Brisbane. (ABC News: Nick Wiggins)

Gates open at 11:00am with the first race getting underway from midday. The event also boasts food trucks, a street festival and competitions and prizes.

Feel like something a little sweeter? There’s an event for that.

A lamington-eating competition is taking place at Suttons Beach in Redcliffe. Coconuts are being desiccated from 3:00pm onwards.

Or there’s the slightly healthier annual pineapple-throwing competition taking place at the Pineapple Hotel, Kangaroo Point from midday.

In the way of formal proceedings, the Citizenship Ceremony and Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Awards are happening at City Hall from 8:30am.


The Cockroach Races in Brisbane always attract a huge crowd. (ABC News: Patrick Williams)

On the Gold Coast, Broadwater Parklands will host the Australia Day celebrations from 4:00pm with a fireworks display kicking off at 7:45pm.

The Gold Coast thong-throwing competition is on at the Nerang RSL from midday, while a pie eating competition will take place later from 2:30pm.

Earlier on, an Australia Day pool party is scheduled at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre in Southport — complete with novelty races, giant inflatables and dive-bomb competitions.

In Brisbane’s north, the Koobara Survival Day march will start outside the Kurbingui shopfront, 425 Zillmere Road, Zillmere at 9am.

There will be an annual Survival Day ceremony at Simpsons Playground in Tennyson, in the city’s inner south, at 7:30am.

The Meanjin Invasion Day 2020 march and rally will take place at Queens Gardens, at 144 George Street, organised by the Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance (WAR), between 10:00am and 1:00pm.


In Canberra, a line up of national and local acts will take to Stage 88 at the Australia Day fundraising bushfire relief concert from 10:00am at Commonwealth Park.

Due to bushfires in the region there will be no fireworks display this year.

From 2:45pm the Chief Minister’s Regatta will take place at the Canberra Yacht Club.


Fireworks have been cancelled in a number of cities due to the ongoing bushfires. (ABC News: James Oaten)

A Survival Day march in Canberra is planned for Veterans Park from 11:00am to 12:30pm, organised by the United Ngunnawal Youth Council.


In South Australia, Australia Day in the City will be held in Adelaide once again and is expected to draw crowds of more than 40,000 people.

The event is a major public celebration and includes a street parade, concert and fireworks, starting at 6:00pm at Elder Park.

More than 150 community groups, vintage cars, horses and marching bands will take part in the parade, while the free family concert will start at 7:00pm.

The Tandanya Survival Day 2020 event will be held in the CBD, in the park opposite the Tandanya arts centre office at 253 Grenfell Street.

There will be free entertainment, stalls and workshops focused on Indigenous culture.


In the top end, the annual Oz Run will be on again — an Australia Day fun run held in the morning at the Darwin Waterfront.

It’s the territory’s largest running event and is expected to attract up to 4,000 people.


The Oz Run caters to the more athletic on Australia Day. (ABC News: Jacqueline Breen)

There will be a zumba warm-up before the run, on-course music and entertainment, followed by a free sausage sizzle.

An Invasion Day march will be held at Civic Park at 11:30am, on Larrakia (Saltwater) country.


In Kingston, A Day on the Beach continues to grow in popularity and is expected to attract more than 10,000 people from the broader southern Tasmania region.

There are loads of free sporting activities, live music, a sandcastle competition, two big Aussie BBQs, double-decker buses, sailing and swimming, all with the pristine backdrop of Kingston Beach.

An Invasion Day rally will be held at 198 Elizabeth Street, and people plan to march to Parliament House Lawns.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news

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