The first long weekend of the year is here and it is of course Australia Day, 26 January! It is the day to reflect on what it means to be Australian, to celebrate contemporary Australia and to acknowledge our history. On Australia Day we celebrate all the things we love about Australia: land, sense of fair go, lifestyle, democracy, the freedoms we enjoy but particularly our people.
Australia Day means different things to different people and cultures and we respect whatever the meaning to you and your respected families. We have our top 10 Ideas to celebrate Australia Day Long Weekend with your community , family or friends.
Enjoy the long weekend and the meaning it holds to you.
1. A Holiday Park
Ditch the dishes and treat yourself to a holiday park for a night or the whole weekend! Check out of the reality of the day to day and enjoy Australia Day long weekend in holiday park style of sunset watching, round the clock swimming and exploring! One of our favourites this year was Marion Holiday Park. Enjoy a weekend full of BBQ’s, swimming, waterslides, cricket on the big screen, family movies, a hit of tennis or you may just choose to simply relax, it’s up to you.
We have stayed here before at Kids in Adelaide and gave it a huge high fives – you can check out our review here
2. Civic Park Australia Day
Did someone say HUGE inflatables? There will be free family entertainment, music, food vendors and other activities around the park. So bring down your favourite inflatable toy, or borrow one , and join in the fun this Australia Day at Civic Park, Modbury. Click here for more details
3. Australia Day in The City
Australia Day in the City-Parade, Concert & Fireworks is an event where everyone can come together and celebrate what it means to be Australian!
The event begins with one of the largest Australia Day Parade’s in the country from 6:00pm, featuring more than 4000 people celebrating what they love about Australia and being Australian. The Parade includes over a 150 community groups, vintage cars, horses, marching bands, a giant echidna, floats, giant characters and includes a fly past by an F-18 Hornet.
Following the Parade a huge free family Concert will commence just after 7:00pm.
The event concludes with the spectacular Australia Day Fireworks finale! For all details click here
4. Day Tripping
Got a day or three spare? Grab a map, pick a destination, load the car and GO! Where is that place that has been on your to do list to visit but never go there? Explore your backyard this Australia Day and kick start 2019 with some great exploring!
A day trip hot pick from Kids in Adelaide is Moana Beach
5. Playground Fun
Get some friends together, a picnic rug, a cricket bat and head to one of Adelaide’s top playgrounds for a day in the sun! Where to go or what too choose? Do not worry we have you covered from South to West and North to East! Click here for a full listing of our top playground reviews
6. Innes National Park
Celebrating January park of the month is Innes National Park located on the Yorke Peninsula. If you want a getaway to explore, relax and play – Innes is the ultimate Australia Day long weekend getaway that will serve up all three on a plate.
From shipwrecks to surfing – this national park has you covered and you can check out a great Itinerary right here
7. Wing it in the West
I might be biased because I am from the west but you could honestly spend Australia Day on a mini metro roadtrip from Semaphore to Brighton with lots of stops in between… like Henley or Glenelg.
Take in the Semaphore Summer Carnival on its last weekend, keep driving to take in the Big Wedgie in West Beach and a little further down the beach and head to Brighton for the jetty classic kids sculptors. A great way to keep local and take in a whole lot of fun another idea is to flip it and start at Brighton and end at Semaphore for the fireworks.
Head to our what’s on page for all events in the west
8. Open Air Cinema
Presented by the City of Charles Sturt ; Movies under the Stars will be presented at Rex Jones Reserve, Allchurch Avenue, North Plympton.
Enjoy a balmy night in Adelaide while watching a movie under the stars, this coming long weekend, grab a picnic rug, call some friends and enjoy a movie with a kids face painter, BBQ, Giant games and more ! Just turn up for a fantastic night without having to do a thing! More details can be found here
9. Host a multicultural BBQ
Hosting Australia Day at your house? Why not do it with a twist and ask each guest to bring a dish that best represents their ancestry. With Australia being so diverse in cultures you will be sure to end up with a table full of great stories on their background.
To add some comedy in the background add some classic Australia Movies like The Castle, Muriel’s Wedding and Pricilla Queen of the Desert.
10. No plans the best plans !
Sometimes the best plans are the ones that get made on the day. Wake up and see where the day takes you. Jump on to our What’s On Calendar and check out the different events all across the city available from Citizenship Ceremonies, Picnics to Fireworks.
Happy Australia Day x