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Australia Day is just around the corner and to celebrate the national holiday, an abundance of events are on offer around the country.

Australia Day is just around the corner and to celebrate the national holiday, an abundance of events are on offer around the country.

No matter what capital city you're in, festivities and ceremonies will be held right across the long weekend.

If you need information on events, opening hours or double demerits – we have you covered.

Australia Day celebrations

Demerit Points

Double demerits will be in force across NSW and the ACT from today to Monday inclusive.

NSW Police will have an increased presence over the long weekend including air squads, marine commands, highway patrol and general duties and drug detection dogs at Australia Day events.

Fireworks

A number of Australia Day fireworks have been cancelled in New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT due to devastating fire conditions.

South Australia remains under pressure to cancel firework displays out of respect for bushfire victims, but a final call is yet to be made.

Fireworks are confirmed cancelled in the following locations:

NSW

VICTORIA

ACT

Australia Day celebrations will still host artists, entertainment and food.

Opening Hours

If you're rushing to get those last-minute Australia Day barbecue ingredients, you'll be pleased to know that Coles has no changes to store trading hours in NSW, Victoria, Tasmania or Western Australia.

Woolworths' trading hours over the long weekend are on a store-by-store basis.

Events

Here's the best of what's on in your city:

Sydney

Saturday, January 25:

What: The Vigil -  A night of indigenous performance and reflection gathered by a campfire on the eve of Australia Day.

Where: Barangaroo Reserve

When: 8pm - 6am

Cost: Free

Sunday, January 26:

What: Wugulora morning ceremony – Australia Day will kick off with a ceremony to honour the First Australians.

Where: Barangaroo Reserve

When: 7.45am – 8.30am

Cost: Free

What: Yabun Festival – Yabun means "music to beat" in Gadifal language, a clear reflection of the festival. A day filled with traditional performances, music and children's activities. This is an alcohol-free event.

Where: Victoria Park, Broadway

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When: All-day

Cost: Free entry

Aboriginal flag

What: Sydney Street Party: The streets of The Rocks come alive with market stalls with food and locally designed fashion, jewellery and art. Live music and street performances will all be on show.

Where: The Rocks, Sydney

When: 9am – 6pm

Cost: Free entry

What: Australia Day at NSW Government House – BYO picnic to the beautiful gardens of NSW Government House, explore the state rooms and enjoy live music entertainment.

Where: Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

When: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Cost: Free

What: Chill Out Zone – See what the Sydney Cove was like before 1788 with this virtual installation.

Where: Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks

When: 10am – 4pm

Cost: Free entry

What: BBQ by the Bridge – Enjoy a free Australia Day party with live music, food stalls and activities for kids.

Where: Bradfield Park, Milsons Point

When: 10am – 4pm

Cost: Free

What: Ferrython – See ferries take part in this annual tradition as they voyage from Barangaroo Wharf to Shark Island and then back to a spectacular finish at the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Where: Sydney Harbour

When: 10.45am – 11.30am

Cost: Free

People watch The Ferrython race on Sydney Harbour during Australia Day celebrations in 2017. (AAP)

What: Invasion Day Rally – This Australia Day marks 232 years since British colonisation. The rally is an "occasion to stand together in harmony".

Where: Hyde Park, Sydney

When: 11am onwards

Cost: Free

What: Salute to Australia - The Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force combine to do a 21-gun salute, accompanied by a jet tribute in the sky. This will be followed by the Governor's address and national anthem.

Where: Sydney Harbour

When: 11.30am – 12.05pm

Cost: Free

What: Australia Day Harbour Parade – private, charter and working vessels all compete to be the "best dressed boat". Watch these boats show off their Aussie spirit as they sale around the harbour.

Where: Sydney Harbour

When: 12.45pm – 2pm

Cost: Free

What: Australia Day Live 2020

Where: Sydney Opera House forecourt, Circular Quay

When: 6.30pm – 9.30pm

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Cost: Limited free tickets to the Sydney Opera House Forecourt are now booked out. Register for the waitlist here to be notified if further tickets become available.

Outside the CBD

What: Australia Day Paramatta – Enjoy big name music acts, carnival rides, food and entertainment at this all-day free event.

Where: Paramatta Park

When: All-day

Cost: Free entry

What: Australia Day Cronulla Beach - This is the largest community event in the Sutherland Shire, part of a two-day festival of live music an entertainment. All proceeds from the day's activities will go towards Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation.

Where: Cronulla Beach

When: 1pm – 9pm

Cost: Free entry

Australia Day celebrations

Melbourne:

What: Government House Open Day - Enjoy a free guided tour of the State Apartments, historic stables and mews plus 11 hectares of gardens. There will also be activities for children, live music and a BYO picnic on the lawn.

Where: Government House

When: 10.30am

Cost: Free

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What: Australia Day Parade – Dancing, music groups and cultural organisations parade down Swanston Street, showing off multicultural Melbourne this Australia day.

Where: Swanston Street, Melbourne

When: 11am onwards

Cost: Free entry

 

What: Share the Spirit Festival – A family friendly event with Indigenous music, dance and cultural activities.

Where: Treasury Gardens, East Melbourne

When: 12pm onwards

Cost: Free

 

What: Invasion Day Rally – every year thousands gather on the steps of parliament house to protest the date of Australia Day.

Where: Parliament House, East Melbourne

When: 11am

Cost: Free

 

Canberra:

What: National Flag Raising and Citizenship Ceremony – This year's ceremony will welcome 25 new Australian citizens. The event is open to the public.

Where: Rond Terrace, Parkes

When: 9am

Cost: Free

 

What: Bushfire Relief Concert - The fundraiser will feature artists such as Japanese Wallpaper and Nicole Millar as well as free amusement rides and food trucks.

Where: Stage 88, Commonwealth Park

When: 10am – 1pm

Cost: Free

 

Perth:

What: Skyworks – The biggest Australia Day event in the country boasts entertainment for all ages such as carnival rides, live entertainment, silent discoes, food markets and an air show. The evening finishes up with fireworks to light up your long weekend.

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Where: South Perth foreshore and Kings Park

When: Entertainment kicks off at 3pm, with fireworks starting at 8pm

Cost: Free

 

Crowd favourite, Skyworks Airshow to return in 2020.

What: Australia Day Air Show - An array of plans and helicopters will take to the skies and perform a suite of aerobatic displays.

Where: Swan River Foreshore

When: 3pm – 8pm

Cost: Free

 

What: Annual Birak Concert – This event boasts a stellar line-up of Indigenous entertainment as well as children activities, workshops and market stalls.

Where: Supreme Court Gardens

When: 3pm – 7.30pm

Cost: Free

 

Brisbane and the Gold Coast

What: Lord Mayor's Australia Day Awards – The awards recognise locals who have gone above and beyond to help others and enhance the community.

Where: City Hall, Brisbane

When: 8.30am

Cost: Free

 

What: Lamington eating competition – Enjoy the day at Suttons Beach by consuming the iconic chocolate and coconut sweet! Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy what the rest of the day has to offer, including live music, beach games and food trucks.

Where: Suttons Beach, Redcliffe

When: 3pm – 8pm

Cost: Free

 

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Adelaide:

What: Australia Day in the City – The family friendly event boasts a street parade, concert and fireworks.

Where: Elder Park

When: 6pm, with concert commencing at 7pm

Cost: Free

 

Darwin:

What: Oz Run – Join the Territory's largest running event which attracts more than 4000 people who all participate in a 3km or 5km walk/run.

Where: Darwin Convention Centre

When: 6am – 9am, with the race commencing at 7am

Cost: Free – register here

 

Hobart:

What: A Day on the Beach – Kingston Beach is expected to have between 8000 and 10,000 people attend the action packed day which includes kids activities, sporting events, markets and food stalls.

Where: Kingston Beach

When: All-day

Cost: Free

 

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/australia-day-2020-guide-trading-hours-coles-woolworths-things-to-do-fireworks-ban/b536d003-9332-4cc3-a6f2-490eb218a20a

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