The festival features live entertainment, delicious food stalls from local business, activities for kids, a huge fireworks display, a citizenship ceremony and a performance by indigenous performers amongst other things.
Australia Day @ Enmore Park is fun for the whole family
This year's event will follow a similar programme to last year's festivities – starting at 3pm and wrapping up at 9pm.
The range of activities on offer is quite broad, meaning that there's something for everyone, and the whole family will have a great time. As the event is held in the park, you can bring a picnic and BYO if you want, but if not, there are a number of food stalls offering cuisines from around the globe - from Ethiopian to Portuguese, as well as trusty favourites such as the sausage sizzle, ice-cream (courtesy of the delectable Serendipity), homemade lemonade and fairy floss.
For the little people, there are a whole raft of activities to keep them occupied – think at least three bouncy castles (including one large enough for grown ups too), face painting, Magic Yellow Bus activities, circus skills and drumming workshops. A word of advice – the bouncy castles particularly can get very busy, so it's well worth doing them early on or last thing, to try to avoid the queues. The police also have a stand where kids can explore a police car (always a hit), and have any of their questions answered by friendly police officers.
Kids are well provided for @ the Australia Day celebrations in Marrickville
There is a stage set up at one end of the park, which features music from the top acts in the area, and people are not shy in getting up and shaking a leg. There are also 'roaming' performers such as Brazilian drummers and Samba dancers, who entertain the crowd on the go. The 2013 musical line-up is sure to surprise and delight as much as it has in previous years.
'Roaming' performers entertain the crowd @ Australia Day in Marrickville
If you work up a sweat with all this activity, Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre (which is also in the park), will be open all day, so you can pop in for a swim to cool off. The café there (and also the nearby Petty Cash Café and Coffee Alchemy) will be open to provide for those who need a coffee hit to keep them going.
The fireworks are worth the wait @ the Australia Day Celebrations in Marrickville
The day's festivities finish with a fantastic fireworks display, which is worth waiting around for nightfall for, but if you (or the kids) can't hold out for that long, it's probably worth going home for a while and popping back just before 9pm to see them.
All in all, a great way to celebrate Australia day in Sydney's inner west.