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Australia Day Activities in Adelaide 2013

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Australians all let us rejoice
Throw a shrimp on the barbie, fly your flag and wear your green and gold because Saturday January 26, 2013 is Australia Day. Our national holiday marks the arrival of the first fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788. Now every year, proud Australians celebrate this day with barbecues and breakfasts at beaches, parks and backyards across Australia. There are special events to welcome new citizens, recognise outstanding contributions and honour our history, achievements and diversity. Here is a list of some of the best Australia Day activities in Adelaide. How will you be celebrating?

Australian Flag
Fly your flag

1. Australia Day in the City
Celebrate Australia Day in the City with a parade along King William Street followed by a free family concert at Elder Park and fireworks. With over 30000 people expected to attend, this is the place to be on Australia Day. Stay tuned for announcements of who will be performing at this year's concert.

Where: King William Street and Elder Park, Adelaide
When: 6pm onwards
Cost: Free

2. Australia Day Bush Fair
The South Adelaide Football Club will host an Australia Day Bush Fair. It is a free family event with food and drink stalls, activities like camel rides and rock climbing, entertainment from the ever popular Peter Combe, 3D fireworks and much more. Find a spot on the oval and enjoy the show.

Where: South Adelaide Football Club Oval, Lovelock Drive, Noarlunga Downs
When: 5.30-9.30pm
Cost: Free entry
May Gibbs image from Wikipedia

3. Celebrating Australia Day & May Gibbs
The late author of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, May Gibbs, will be honoured in the sustainable, low maintenance native garden that was inspired by her beloved gumnut babies and her iconic book. There will be readings from the book throughout the day and discussions regarding the influence of May Gibbs on Australian culture. More information can be found here.

Where: 33 Statenborough Street, Leabrook
When: 10am-4.30pm
Cost: Adults $7, children free

4. Havaiana's Australia Day Thong Challenge
Help set a world record and raise money for the Nippers this Australia Day with the Havaiana's Australia Day Thong Challenge. Glenelg Beach, along with four other beaches across the country, will be the scene of the record attempt for the longest line of giant inflatable thongs in the water. There will be beach activities and entertainment on the day. If you can't make it to the beach you can get your friends together and participate in your own backyard.

Where: Glenelg Beach, Glenelg
When: 8am-4pm
Cost: $30 on the day or $25 online

Havaiana Thong Challenge
Get your thongs on

5. Semaphore Summer Carnival
With rides, entertainment and amusement for the whole family, the Semaphore Summer Carnival is a great activity for the school holidays. It is also a great way to spend Australia Day with fireworks at 9.30pm. Have fun and enjoy an Australian summer at the Semaphore Foreshore.

Where: Semaphore Foreshore, Semaphore
When: 11am onwards
Cost: Free entry, charges apply for rides and activities

Moana Beach on Australia Day
Busy at the beach

6. Australia Day Races
If the races are your thing then head to the Morphettville Racecourse for the Australia Day Races and a celebration of all things Australian. There will be a barbecue, beer, a beach wear fashion parade, an Aussie rock show and of course, horse racing.

Where: Morphettville Racecourse, Morphettville
When: 11am-5pm
Cost: Adults $10, pensioners $5, children free

7. Triple J Hottest 100
What was your favourite song of 2012? The annual countdown of Triple J's Hottest 100 has become a popular Australia Day tradition. So cast your vote now, gather your friends, register your party and let the Hottest 100 be the soundtrack to your Australia Day.

Where: Your house
When: 11.30am onwards
Cost: Free

I voted in triple j's Hottest 100 2012, have YOU?

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When: Saturday January 26, 2013
Where: Around Adelaide
Cost: Free or a small entry fee
Your Comment
I am going to the Bush Festival at Noarlunga its going to be a great afternoon and evening so much to do and the fireworks are amazing.
by moana0 (score: 1|23) 2499 days ago
I've been to the bush festival the last two years. Every year the kids have been entertained with free games, attractions and face painting, and the adults have enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and the fireworks. It's our new family tradition.
by Chane (score: 1|28) 2493 days ago
Great find.... Nadine Williams
by dicol (score: 1|10) 2481 days ago
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