As the Australia day long weekend approaches, so too does the stress of finding fun and stimulating activities for the family to do. However, this Australia Day you can stress less with a full and comprehensive list of 10 things you can do this long weekend to keep children and adults alike, entertained.
- Commonwealth Park
Starting with Australia Day itself, the capital has an array of activities on offer. From the child-friendly event at Commonwealth Park where kids can enjoy the jumping castles, face painting, food trucks and entertainment on Stage 88, to the fireworks and concert over Lake Burley Griffin.
- Citizenship Ceremony
Australia Day is also the day where we celebrate the new citizens of Australia. This formal ceremony is something that is very important to the country and a special moment for many, the event is held at Rond Terrace 10 am on Friday.
- Commonwealth Games Baton
The passing of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Baton will also be commencing on Australia Day. You can get a glimpse of the baton at the Commonwealth Park celebrations, 5:35 pm Regatta Point concert.
- Australia Day restaurant deals
The activities in the capital for the rest of the weekend are aplenty, starting with the various food specials and Australia Day deals around Canberra restaurants. The perfect opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy the amazing food on offer.
- Openair Cinema
After enjoying a meal out, come and experience a movie date like never before with American Express Openair Cinema. The cinema will be playing the highly acclaimed musical “The Greatest Showman,” on Saturday and the action-packed new Star Wars film “The Last Jedi” on Sunday.
- National Museum
The National Museum of Australia will also host its annual Family Festival to celebrate the country that we live in. There will be music, dance, demonstrations, games, craft and family fun all day with entry into the museum being FREE.
- Hyper Real
Whilst visiting the National Museum be sure to pop into the National Gallery and see the fantastic exhibition “Hyper Reality”. This exhibition has been taking Canberra by storm and with only a month to go before it’s gone, definitely, go and inspect the display.
- Walk a Canberra Trail
If your New year’s resolution was to lose that extra holiday weight, this might be the weekend to start. Explore some of Canberra’s beautiful walking trails. Everywhere from Mount Painter to Booroomba Rock, Canberra’s beauty is right on your doorstep.
Perhaps something more your style will be to party to the hottest 100. The Duxton will be hosting its annual hottest 100 rooftop pool party, Hopscotch will be throwing a 4-day Australia Day bonanza, and finally, Kokomos is presenting its Australia Day beach party.
Finally, to really enjoy and appreciate the country we live in go visit one of Canberra’s many lookout spots and delve into the natural beauty we are lucky to have here in Australia, and Canberra especially. Mt. Ainslie, Shepherds and One Tree Hill lookouts are popular areas for you to gaze upon.
With so many options available, we hope that your Australia Day weekend is one to remember.