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Nine ways to celebrate Australia Day in Canberra

By Zoe Pleasants - 24 January 2017 6

Fireworks over Lake Burley Griffin

If you’re not headed to the coast for an extra-long weekend, there are plenty of events in town to help you celebrate Australia Day. There is the Great Aussie Breakfast at Commonwealth Park; a family festival at the National Museum of Australia during the day, and a cocktail party there in the evening; a concert featuring British India and local bands Young Monks and Hands like Houses at Regatta Point; and of course fireworks over Lake Burley Griffin at 9pm. There are also plenty of pubs and bars around town tuning their radios to Triple J so you relax with friends and listen to the Hottest 100 countdown.

Australia Day Breakfast
Where:
Stage 88, Commonwealth Park
When: 7:30–10am
A Canberra tradition, the Great Aussie Day Breakfast is on again in Commonwealth Park, featuring Hoot and Hootabelle on Stage 88. Breakfast is followed by the flag-raising and citizenship ceremony at Rond Terrace between 10am and 11am.

People in medieval costume with a falcon

Image: Full Flight Conservation Centre

Australia Day at the Museum
Where: National Museum of Australia
When: 10am–midnight
After you’ve had breakfast at Commonwealth Park, you could wander down the bike path to the museum for its Family Festival: A world of history and culture. On between 10am and 2pm, this festival has a packed program. Highlights include battle re-enactments, falconry, dance performances, craft activities and a medieval jumping castle. Then between 5 and 9pm there will be a line-up of local bands playing in the museum’s outdoor amphitheatre and giant versions of the games Jenga, Connect 4, and Viking-inspired Kubb set up for you to play. Bring a picnic or buy food at the museum, and settle in to wait for the fireworks over the lake at 9pm.
Museum Bar's verandah
For something a bit swankier, the Museum Bar is hosting a catered cocktail party between 7 and 11pm. Delicious food, drinks, entry into the museum’s A History of the World in 100 Objects exhibition, and a great vantage spot from which to view the fireworks are included. Purchase tickets here. And finally, if you still haven’t seen the A History of the World in 100 Objects, it will be open between 8am and MIDNIGHT on Australia Day to help you do so. (The exhibition closes on January 29, so time is running out.)

Open House: Australia Day Picnic
Where: Lanyon Homestead
When: 10am–4pm
Lanyon Homestead is opening its doors this Australia Day, and after you’ve been inside to explore the historic residence hang around to enjoy music from Strings Attached and local band, Hoddle. They’ll be playing from the verandahs and outbuildings. Bring a picnic or enjoy lunch at the Lanyon Café.

Australia Day Concert
Where: Regatta Point
When: 4–9:15pm
To make up for the cancellation of the Australia Day Live concert, the ACT government is putting on its own gig at Regatta Point from 4pm on Australia Day. Featuring British India, the Choir of Hard Knocks and local bands the Young Monks (well worth checking out) and Hands Like House, the concert will culminate in the fireworks over Lake Burley Griffin at 9pm.

Australia Day Rooftop Pool Party
Where: The Duxton, O’Connor
When: from 12pm
For a very relaxed Australia Day, head to The Duxton which is blowing up its paddling pools and tuning it’s radio to Triple J to listen to the Hottest 100 countdown. Get in early to secure your spot by the pool.

Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers Party
Where: BentSpoke Bradden Brew Pub
When: from 12pm
BentSpoke Brewing is celebrating Australia Day with beer, bikes and Hottest 100s. After a 9am breakfast at their Mitchell Cannery, you can join BentSpoke on a bike ride from its Cannery to its Braddon Brewpub. Then from midday, BentSpoke will be hosting a Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers party which will feature a live countdown of the beers — BentSpoke’s Barley Griffin and Crankshaft are nominated — and will be complemented by the Triple J Hottest 100 playing in the background.

Pictured at top, what attendees can expect from the Australia Day fireworks. Photo: Events ACT

 

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6 Responses to
Nine ways to celebrate Australia Day in Canberra
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Chris Mordd Richards 11:46 am
24 Jan 17
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Thanks for including the Sovereignty Gathering Zoe! Might not be everyone’s cup of tea, I’ll be there myself though, look for me if you show up too RA readers (i’ll be in a shirt with my logo as on my profile here).

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rommeldog56 8:20 am
25 Jan 17
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Chris Mordd Richards said :

Thanks for including the Sovereignty Gathering Zoe! Might not be everyone’s cup of tea, I’ll be there myself though, look for me if you show up too RA readers (i’ll be in a shirt with my logo as on my profile here).

How Green of you. Why ????

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Chris Mordd Richards 1:56 pm
25 Jan 17
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rommeldog56 said :

Chris Mordd Richards said :

Thanks for including the Sovereignty Gathering Zoe! Might not be everyone’s cup of tea, I’ll be there myself though, look for me if you show up too RA readers (i’ll be in a shirt with my logo as on my profile here).

How Green of you. Why ????

My personal preference, to be with First Nations People no Invasion Day. Also because zero other media of any level would ever pay attention to this particular event, so I’ll take a couple of pics and write a short coverage of it to go on my Facebook and Twitter, it’s good practice for me anyway and I like to sometimes cover something I care about personally that no-one else would ever bother to.

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rommeldog56 3:06 pm
26 Jan 17
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Chris Mordd Richards said :

rommeldog56 said :

Chris Mordd Richards said :

Thanks for including the Sovereignty Gathering Zoe! Might not be everyone’s cup of tea, I’ll be there myself though, look for me if you show up too RA readers (i’ll be in a shirt with my logo as on my profile here).

How Green of you. Why ????

My personal preference, to be with First Nations People no Invasion Day. Also because zero other media of any level would ever pay attention to this particular event, so I’ll take a couple of pics and write a short coverage of it to go on my Facebook and Twitter, it’s good practice for me anyway and I like to sometimes cover something I care about personally that no-one else would ever bother to.

Each to their own. So, no other media would pay attention to this event and no one else would even bother ?? Really ?

Just slight exaggerations I think, but not unusual from the left of politics.

The weight of responsibility must weigh heavily on your shoulders then.

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Chris Mordd Richards 1:11 pm
29 Jan 17
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rommeldog56 said :

Chris Mordd Richards said :

rommeldog56 said :

Chris Mordd Richards said :

Thanks for including the Sovereignty Gathering Zoe! Might not be everyone’s cup of tea, I’ll be there myself though, look for me if you show up too RA readers (i’ll be in a shirt with my logo as on my profile here).

How Green of you. Why ????

My personal preference, to be with First Nations People no Invasion Day. Also because zero other media of any level would ever pay attention to this particular event, so I’ll take a couple of pics and write a short coverage of it to go on my Facebook and Twitter, it’s good practice for me anyway and I like to sometimes cover something I care about personally that no-one else would ever bother to.

Each to their own. So, no other media would pay attention to this event and no one else would even bother ?? Really ?

Just slight exaggerations I think, but not unusual from the left of politics.

The weight of responsibility must weigh heavily on your shoulders then.

Mainstream surprised me and did cover it in much larger numbers than I expected, although the protesters refusing to stop at the road prior to the forecourt, which it is illegal for protests to cross, and blockading the entrance to Parliament for over two hours, meant that half of the resulting coverage was from media not already covering it who then came out from Parliament and did cover it after that. I stand corrected though, normally I am able to pick which events mainstream media will ignore locally and I am usually right so far, in this case I wasn’t though and I am more than happy to be proven wrong on this one. The over 600 Canberran’s who came out and attended the Sovereignty protest was also 2-3x more than I had anticipated crowd numbers wise also. I can be a bit of a cynical leftie at times sure, glad to see on the Invasion Day issue the support is growing fast at the moment though (Melb had more ppl at Invasion Day protest than the main Aus day event itself this year).

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dungfungus 7:33 pm
29 Jan 17
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rommeldog56 said :

Chris Mordd Richards said :

rommeldog56 said :

Chris Mordd Richards said :

Thanks for including the Sovereignty Gathering Zoe! Might not be everyone’s cup of tea, I’ll be there myself though, look for me if you show up too RA readers (i’ll be in a shirt with my logo as on my profile here).

How Green of you. Why ????

My personal preference, to be with First Nations People no Invasion Day. Also because zero other media of any level would ever pay attention to this particular event, so I’ll take a couple of pics and write a short coverage of it to go on my Facebook and Twitter, it’s good practice for me anyway and I like to sometimes cover something I care about personally that no-one else would ever bother to.

Each to their own. So, no other media would pay attention to this event and no one else would even bother ?? Really ?

Just slight exaggerations I think, but not unusual from the left of politics.

The weight of responsibility must weigh heavily on your shoulders then.

The “black armband view of Australian history” is alive and well.

I would be happy to have January 26 re-named “Black Armband Day as it would broaden the debate about the two versions of Australia history that are being tossed around.

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