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Australia Day at Bella Vista Farm

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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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Memories of Old Sydney Town combined with present day fun
Start our national day back in the 1800's this Australia Day in Sydney and relive the past with Convict Footprints, a theatre production company, performing their style of humour. Convicts will be roaming around Bella Vista Farm engaging the public and causing mischief whilst avoiding the Red Coats. You'll see the story of how convicts lived and worked throughout the Hills District in colonial times.

The first merino sheep were bred here at the farm so expect to see sheep shearing, farm and other fun activities as you move around through more than two centuries of history to present day.

Historic Bella Vista Farm

Present day activities include a kids obstacle course, trampoline, trike rides, balloon twisting, face painting and rock climbing. Adults are not left out with a classic car display and art in the heritage-listed homestead.

There's also the sand sculptures which will finish up on Australia Day. So if you haven't seen these masterpieces then this is your last chance. With the theme 'A Friend in Me Celebrating Disney.Pixar', you will see sculptures from movie favourites, such as Finding Nemo, Toy Story 3, Cars and A Bugs Life.

Food and Australian-themed stalls will be a part of the day. Maybe bring your own picnic, blanket and deck chairs for relaxing on the lawn and enjoying the entertainment. Apart from the convicts, entertainment comes in the form of Maxx Music, local dance schools and multi-cultural performances showcasing Bollywood and Chinese traditional fan dances. MC Shane Jacobson presents some great local talent with the likes of Simply Bushed and Kate Ceberano providing an evening performance prior to the fireworks.

All of this in one place along with a flag raising ceremony, citizenship ceremony and Australia Day Awards, which are usual on this day of pride.

This full day family event is alcohol-free and entry-free.

Don't forget to slip, slop and slap the sunscreen on.
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Why? Outdoor fun
When: 9am - 9pm
Phone: (02) 9761 4567
Where: Bella Vista Farm in The Hills District
Cost: Free (bar personal expenses)
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