Australia Day Events 2018

This year, the Great Aussie Day Breakfast will be held at Stage 88 on the lawns at Commonwealth Park at 7.30am. This event is family friendly with kids activities and Dora the Explorer!

At 9am, Canberra will welcome our newest Australian citizens at the National Flag Raising and Citizenship ceremony, hosted at Rond Terraces.

At 4pm, head down to Regatta Point to hear Justice Crew, Canberra band Tuchasoul and pop duo Jess & Matt perform on the concert stage. This event hosts family friendly activities such as jumping castles & face painting at the Patrick White Lawns and Rond Terrace. Food and beverage vendors will also be open at these sites.

At 9pm, the skies above Lake Burley Griffin will be lit up with fireworks. The best vantage points will be from Regatta Point and Patrick White Lawns.

These events and our city are on the land of the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge their custodianship of the land and commit to ongoing acts of reconciliation with our nation’s first people.

ACTION buses will run their public holiday timetable with extra buses operating after the fireworks from Commonwealth Avenue to Gungahlin, Tuggeranong, Woden and Belconnen interchanges.

Car parking will be available from the following locations:

  • Parliamentary Triangle carparks
  • Civic Pool car park, Civic
  • Anzac Parade East and West car parks.

Temporary car park, road and lake closures include the following:

  • The Regatta Point car park closed to public from 4.00pm but will be open to VIP and passholders only
  • Barinne Drive (including car park) closed from Albert Street East to West from 5.30am
  • Commonwealth Bridge eastern walkway closed from 5.30am until 11.00pm
  • Commonwealth Bridge eastern lane southbound will be closed from 5.30am until 11.00pm
  • Albert Street East (Commonwealth Park) access will be authorised permit only from 11.00am
  • Commonwealth Bridge will be closed from approximately 9.00-9.15pm due to the fireworks display.
  • Exclusion zone for the Central Basin of Lake Burley Griffin will be in place from 5.00am until midnight.

For more information on:

Australia Day fireworks and pre-fireworks entertainment visit
Transport options visit
Lake and road closures visit