Australia Day in the City is the best way to celebrate Australia Day in Adelaide! Bring the family into the city to watch the parade kick off from Franklin Street at 6 pm as it makes its way along King William Street to Elder Park. Over 4000 people will participate in the parade along with bands, vintage cars, floats, community groups and even a fly-past by an Air Force F/A-18!
Attracting over 30,000 people in previous years, the park will be packed with multicultural festivities food and fun and a huge free concert will start at 7 pm. Previous artists have included Christine Anu and Mahalia Barnes. Included in the concert is a 21-gun salute and the cutting of the giant Australia Day cake. Bring some cash along so you can get your official Australia Day merchandise on site. The profits go straight back into funding more great Australia Day events.
The event will conclude with a huge fireworks display over the River Torrens. The best spots to witness them are in Elder Park or on the grass in front of the Convention Centre.
You are welcome to bring a picnic rug and a picnic but just be aware that no glass is allowed and Elder Park is a dry-zone. There will be alcoholic drinks available at the Coopers Bar near the rotunda.
If you're looking for something different, why not come in early at 7 am for an Australia Day breakfast and watch the Aboriginal smoking ceremony. It's a cultural event with deep spiritual significance in the spirit of hope and reconciliation and is a fitting way to commence the day.