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Free Australia Day Community Events 2013

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Image from Australia Day website.

Australia Day, our national day, has long been a cause for celebration as well as reflection, and 26 January 2013 will be no different. Communities will be gathering all over Brisbane to share the experience of celebrating what we all value about living in Australia. At the following free community events you can enjoy fun games for all the family, the great Aussie sausage sizzle, and more solemn commemorations such as flag-raising and citizenship ceremonies. Take your pick, there's something for everyone, much like Australia itself.

Australia Day Festival South Bank

The Australia Day Festival at South Bank is the official Australia Day event for Brisbane supported by both the Queensland and Australian governments through the Australia Day Council. This one has it all - flag-raising, entertainment from top Australian musicians and community groups, a 21 gun salute, an aircraft flyover and fireworks.

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Image from South bank website.

Where: South Bank Parklands, including the Cultural Forecourt and Piazza
When: From 10am to 7.30pm
More Information: See my Weekend Notes article here or visit the event website here.

Fish, Fun and Aussie Sun

This is a real family celebration with a focus on games, activities, competitions and food. Queensland rugby league great, Darren Lockyer, will also be on hand in his role as an official Australia Day Ambassador. There'll be mud crab races, sand castle building, thong throwing and ice cream eating, as well as rides, food and market stalls and buskers.

Where: Suttons Beach, Marine Parade, Redcliffe
When: From 10am to 4pm.
More Information: Visit the website here.

Australia Day @ Government House

Add a touch of history to your Australia Day this year. Queensland Governor, Penelope Wensley will throw open the doors and grounds of Government House to celebrate Australia Day. You can picnic under the poincianas in the grounds, take a guided tour of the house or gardens or enjoy the free musical entertainment. Refreshments will be available to purchase.

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Government House. Image from Government House website.

Where: Government House, 168 Fernberg Road, Paddington.
When: From 10 am to 3pm.
More Information: Visit the Government House website here or download the flyer here. Please note that there is no on-site parking. Free shuttle buses will run from

Moorooka Family Fun Fair

Moorooka Lions Club is once again hosting the annual Australia Day Family Fun Fair. You can welcome some of our newest citizens at the citizenship ceremony or congratulate community achievers at an awards ceremony then settle in for displays by community groups, food stalls, face painting, peg throwing and Bollywood dancing displays.

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Where: Pegg's Park, Koala Road, Moorooka
When: From 8am to 1pm
More Information: Visit the Australia Day website here.

Fort Lytton Australia Day Celebrations

Brisbane's favourite fortress, the historic Fort Lytton, is also swinging into action on Australia Day. This event combines family fun and a sausage sizzle with a flag-raising ceremony, guided tours and cannon firings. What more could you want for an authentic Aussie experience?

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image from Fort Lytton website.

Where: Fort Lytton National Park, South Street, Lytton.
When: From 10am to 4pm.
More Information: Visit the Australia Day website here or the Fort Lytton website here.

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When: Saturday 26th of January, 2013
Where: In and around Brisbane
Cost: Free
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