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?
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.