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The Australia Day Weekend begins on Saturday 24th January and rocks on until Monday 26th January. There is so much to do in Geelong this Australia Day weekend.
The Festival of Sails runs from Friday until Monday, with a massive weekend of sailing competitions on Corio Bay. The Geelong Waterfront precinct is the place to be for most of the weekend, with art and craft market stalls, children's activities, Come and Try Water Events and a Marine Boat Show.
You can read more at the Festival of Sails website, with information about dates and times of events.
On Sunday 25th January, at 9.20pm, as part of the Festival of Sails weekend, there will be a fireworks display over Corio Bay. Geelong Waterfront is the best place to watch the fireworks, so get down there early to get a good seat; bring a blanket, drinks and snacks for the children, and remember the insect repellent. Tune your radio in to 93.9 Bay FM to hear the simulcast during the fireworks display.
Children's Free Fun Day at Rippleside Park
Another really popular annual event on Australia Day is the Children's Free Fun Day at Rippleside Park. On Monday 26th January, you can celebrate Australia Day at Rippleside Park. There are over 40 free activities and displays for families and children to enjoy. Free activities start at 11.00am.
Australia Day at Rippleside Park officially opens at 1.00pm with a flag raising ceremony; featuring the Town Crier, the National Anthem, an Australia Day address and the Geelong Memorial Brass Band.
Bring your own picnic lunch, or purchase food from the vendors on site. There is free car parking. The Australia Day at Rippleside Park event is proudly supported by the City of Greater Geelong.
Free Activities at Rippleside Park
There will be so much to see and do including amusement rides, giant slide rides, face painting, train rides and pony rides. There will be a jumping castle, children's arts and crafts, a display by Victoria Police, body art tattoos, a Girl Guide and Scout display, and a miniature animal farm. You can watch the Geelong Scottish Dancers display, or the Geelong Military Re-enactment Group Display as well.
During the day there will be on-stage entertainment; roving entertainers will also entertain the children. Be entertained by Dame Edna Average, Dazzling Dan and his magic show, or The MikMaks.
This is a FREE event. It starts at 11.00am, with the event winding up at 6.00pm. Rippleside Park is in Bell Parade, Drumcondra. For more details you can go to the City of Greater Geelong website.
Anglesea Lions Club Breakfast - Monday 26th January 2015
Celebrate Australia Day with the Anglesea Lions Club. At 8.00am the Anglesea Lions Club is putting on an Australia Day Breakfast at the Anglesea Riverbank.
There will be a presentation of Australia Day Awards conducted by Councillor Margot Smith, Mayor of the Surf Coast Shire, and by the Australia Day Ambassador, Jane Clifton.
Breakfast will cost $6.00 per adult and $4.00 for children (under 12 years of age). Breakfast includes sausages, eggs and bacon, with tea or coffee available too.
BYO chairs please. Music will be provided by the Billy Tea Bush Band. See you there at 8.00am. For further information check out the Surf Coast Shire website.
Torquay Lions Club Barbecue Brunch
Torquay Beach, Torquay Main Beach
The Torquay Lions Club is celebrating Australia Day with a Barbecue Brunch.
There will be a Citizenship Ceremony, and a presentation of Australia Day Awards by Surf Coast Shire Mayor, Councillor Margot Smith, and by the Australia Day Ambassador, Jane Clifton. (They are going to be busy on Australia Day, aren't they?)
Celebrate Australia Day at the BBQ Brunch at Torquay. Watch the Ceremony and Awards, enjoy free sausages, music, hot and cold drinks and the company of like-minded people. Please bring your own chair.
This event starts at 10.00am at Taylor Park, on The Esplanade, Torquay. For more information phone 03 5320 5135 or visit this website. You can reach the Torquay Lions Club secretary on 03 5261 4826.
Havaiana's Thong Day Challenge 2015 Torquay
Havaiana Thong Throwing Day
The Havaianas Thong Challenge is an annual Australia Day event. This event brings thousands of people together to celebrate Being Australia. What better way to celebrate Australia Day than by throwing your thongs?
Or you can join in a range of other family friendly games and activities. You could even be part of the world record attempt for the largest number of giant inflatable Havaianas on the ocean.
For every beach registration Havaiana's Thong Day will donate $10 to the local participating surf club, Torquay Surf Life Saving Club's, "Cosy Corner" annual fund raiser.
This event runs from 8.00am to 2.00pm at Surf Beach Road, Torquay. For further information phone 0433 194 926, or check out this website.