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Published December 18th 2017
Take you pick from this list of where to go on Australia Day
Many Australians consider 26th January with national pride, and many will be seen flying the Australian flag from businesses, homes, and cars. They attend festivals, fireworks, community and sporting events or gather for family barbecues at homes, parks or on the beach.
Australia Day at the beach! - Image: Pixabay
There are several large events you could attend on Australia Day - we used to always go to one of them when our children were young, and I think this is a great family event which has heaps to offer, and the coming year of 2018 will be no exception.
The public holiday of Australia Day always occurs on 26th January no matter what day of the week it occurs. On this day, many people become citizens of Australia at Citizenship Ceremonies across the nation.
It is also the day that the Australian Government awards the Order of Australia to selected Australians, which is "an Australian society of honour for according recognition to Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or meritorious service".
The events throughout the State provide all with the opportunity to join in and enjoy Australia Day.
CITY OF SOUTH PERTH The City of South Perth hosts a family-friendly Australia Day celebration at Sir James Mitchell Park on the beautiful South Perth foreshore on 26th January each year.
The day commences with a special Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony, which includes the welcoming of the City's newest Australian citizens, raising of the Australian flag, presentation of the Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards, and the Ted Maslen Memorial University Exhibition Award.
The local Rotary Clubs then fire up the BBQ and host a great Aussie Breakfast to get you ready for the day ahead.
The Australia Day Celebration Zone, a smoke and alcohol-free area packed with free activities, rides and entertainment for all ages, starts in the afternoon. The Celebration Zone attracts families, youth and seniors from a wide range of areas with all this entertainment on offer.
Waiting on South Perth foreshore for fireworks
In the evening, there will be the usual City of Perth Skyworks which will light up the night sky and South Perth is a fabulous place to watch this. For more information, visit this site.
The Citizenship Ceremony follows and this is where guests are welcomed with a traditional Welcome to the Country before being inducted as new Australian citizens. This must be very exciting for those people who now call Australia "home"!
Members of the public are also invited to join in and reaffirm their citizenship pledge together with the City's newest Australians.
The proceedings also include a presentation of the Australia Day WA CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS, and these acknowledge those individuals and organisations that make a notable contribution during the year, and/or those who have given outstanding service over a number of years.
The TED MASLEN AWARD is also presented to the student resident who achieves the highest score of all year 12 students within the City of South Perth.
More information regarding the programme, free shuttle bus, road closures, ACROD and general parking will be available from the beginning of January, 2018 at this site.
Sir James Mitchell Park, Flag Pole
Coode St, South Perth.
This event is free and the breakfast will cost just $5 and is hosted by the City of South Perth.
The Australia Day Morning Ceremony will be held from 8.00 am to 9:30 am, and the breakfast is from 9.30 am to 10.30 am.
In Kings Park, the traditional 21 gun salute fires at noon on Australia Day, and this happens from the State War Memorial and the Fraser Avenue precinct.
It also offers a fantastic viewing opportunity during the Australia Day Skyworks each year, though you need to get there early.
Entry is by gold coin donation to the Friends of Kings Park, with all donations directed to the conservation of Western Australian flora, and improving visitor facilities.
A total fire ban will be in place throughout the day. There will be no sparklers or portable barbecues. Kings Park and Botanic Garden is a spike-free venue, which means no shade tents or marquees are to be erected.