Events ACT

This Australia Day Canberrans are encouraged to come together to reflect, respect and celebrate the Australian experience, from its origins millennia ago to today. ‘Nainmurra Nguurruu Australia Day in the Capital’ reflects a term gifted from the local Ngambri (Kamberri) Ngurmal Walgalu Ancestors meaning taking care of camp. The event will commence with projections onto the National Carillon from 23 January featuring Australian of the Year recipients. National attractions will then also come alive with warm hues reflecting the colours of the campfire. On 25 January come together at Nerang Pool at Commonwealth Park for a meaningful First Nations Event and then from 26 January engage with displays of cultural diversity across multiple stages and food tents. Get the full rundown here.

Contentious Character

What better way to spend your day off than with drinks flowing from an outdoor bar, a sizzling BBQ, the ultimate picnic set up and live DJ sets amongst the vines at Contentious Character. Grilling on the BBQ will be chicken pitas, beef skewers, beef burgers, kransky dogs, spicy BBQ king prawns and veggie burgers. Hosting a BBQ for good this Australia Day, $15 from each ticket sold will also be going towards their local Wamboin Rural Fire Brigade. Book now.

Walt & Burley

Walt & Burley has declared an extra long weekend for Australia Day this year, starting on Wednesday to Sunday. To celebrate, there will be live music and food and drink specials everyday. Think $12 Aperols and their special Aussie burger. Secure your table here.

Young & Frisky

Gungahlin fried chicken, rum and whiskey pub Young & Frisky is open this Australia Day and is celebrating with $5 cheeseburgers all day! Book a table now.

National Museum Australia

Share a memorable day at the National Museum of Australia as they celebrate the Australia Day theme of reflect, respect, and celebrate. Bringing together elders, artists and speakers to mark the day, they invite you to come along for a range of events, from a smoking ceremony, weaving demonstrations, talks, fun activities and more. To end the day, the museum will also be hosting a concert featuring a traditional song and dance from the Muggera family, performance from Dale Huddleston and the Riverbank Band and finally Rockhampton due Busby Marou and their multi-award-winning blues. For the full rundown of events and tickets, head to NMA’s website.

National Press Club

The National Press Club are celebrating Australia Day Eve with a delicious BBQ feast in their Club Lounge. For entrée, enjoy foods of the ocean including oysters, prawns and salmon gravlax. For main, see what a true Aussie BBQ is all about from beef sausages to lamb chops and all the sides from coleslaw, potato salad and corn on the cob. Finally for dessert the Press Club are championing Aussie delights such as pavlova, lamingtons and ANZAC biscuits. Book your table here.