Australia Day

Australia Day, 26 January, is the biggest day of celebration in the country and is observed as a public holiday in all states and territories.

Australia Day is a time to ignite our National Pride. A nation of difference and unity, people from the city, the country, different nations and backgrounds; we are one people, living together.

Through our diverse beliefs and experiences we learn from each other and grow together.

Australia Day today is a community day. With formal ceremonies around the country - flag raisings, citizenship ceremonies and the presentation of community awards - combined with local events and fun activities, the day belongs to the people. Celebrations now include a strong festive aspect with special events encouraging the participation of the entire family and all members of the community. On Australia Day we celebrate what's great about being Australian.  It's the day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation.

While the historical significance of 26 January remains, there is a greater awareness of the wish to celebrate modern Australia. It is a land of many people, but one nation. It is a young, fresh and vibrant country in one of the oldest lands on earth, with one of the oldest cultures. It is a land of extremes but also a land of harmony and of the spirit of the fair go. Australia is one of the few countries in the world to celebrate 150 years of continuous democratic government.

The Australia Day events within the City of Casey in 2018 are as follows:

Hampton Park
9.00 am – 12.00 pm
Venue: Arthur Wren Hall, Hampton Park
Contact: 0418 353 420
The Hampton Park Progress Association will present a FREE event that will feature an Aussie breakfast, face painting, jumping castles, animal farm and more.

Time: 11.00 am - 4.00 pm
Venue: Balla Balla Community Centre, Berwick-Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne East
0418 367 417
C.H.A.R.M, in collaboration with other community organisations, will host a FREE family event to celebrate our rich and diverse cultural heritage and what makes us proud to live in the City of Casey. Enjoy a FREE sausage sizzle, traditional music and dances, art and crafts, free children’s activities and more.

Time: 10.00 am – 3.00 pm
Venue: Pioneers Park, Corner of Peel Street and Lyall Road, Berwick
Contact: 0418 340 825
The Rotary Club of Berwick presents a celebration featuring musical performances, children’s activities, flag raising ceremony, food stalls, whip-cracking and much more. Visit emergency service vehicles, vintage machinery displays, the wood-chop event and Cobb and Co horse and carriage rides.

Time: 5.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Venue: Sawtell’s Inlet, Memorial Island, Tooradin
Contact: 0410 524 136
The Lions Club of Balla Balla proudly presents a FREE family event with a free BBQ (for the first 500 people), along with live music, prizes, games, competitions, entertainment, family movie and more. It will be a great afternoon out for the whole family.