With a community rich in cultural diversity, Australia Day is a cherished celebration for thousands of people who have come to call Liverpool home.
Council's free, all-ages Australia Day celebration returns to Woodward Park in Liverpool on Saturday 26 January 2019, 5pm - 10pm.
Australian superstar DJ duo Mashd N Kutcher will lead a stellar line-up of live entertainment for children and adults. There will also be amazing international cuisine that reflects the city's diversity; children’s activities; carnival rides; and a spectacular firework display at 9pm.
This year Council has partnered with My Kitchen Rules to celebrate the 10th anniversary season. There will be an MKR marquee with fantastic food-lover freebies and contestants Josh and Austin will do a cooking demonstration on the main stage.
Gates at the all-ages celebration will open at 4pm, with entertainment to commence at 5pm.
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Main Stage program
5.10pm Step N Style Dance School
5.35pm Australian Dance & Drama
5.50pm Shimmer & Shine
6.15pm Uptown Funk
6.50pm Cooking Demo by My Kitchen Rules' Josh and Austin
8.05pm Mashd N Kutcher
9.10pm DJ Nathan
Australiana Craft Workshop
5pm - 9pm Kids Dance Workshop run by DJ Bubu
6.30pm, 7.30pm Shimmer & Shine Meet and Greet
9.10pm – 10pm Kids Disco with DJ Bubu
Aussie Outback Arena
Come on down for some whip cracking, sheep shearing, doggy high jump demonstrations and the spectacular Outback Stockman Show! Shows at the Arena will be at 5.30pm and 6.50pm.
There will also be a dedicated carnival zone with fun rides and games for people of all ages to enjoy, plus showbags and tasty treats. All ride tickets will be between $2 and $5 each.
In addition to being able to bring along your own snacks, there will be a feast of food available to purchase at Australia Day.
The best of the West and greater Sydney will be dishing up fantastic internationally-inspired festival bites and nostalgic carnival treats to suit everyone's tastebuds and dietary requirements.
Our Market Stalls area will have an array of fun products for children, including showbags, to purchase, as well as hands-on activations from the NSW Fire Brigade and SES.
The Eats precinct
Bite Me Mini Donuts
Carnival Fun Food
Chilli & Grains
El Narcos Street Food
Free Spirit Australia
Gelato Fruit Mania
Glow All Night
Feast of the East
Let’s Dress Slime
Mr Puff Loukoumades
NSW Fire Brigade
Pimp My Chimney
State Emergency Service (SES)
Shorty's Food Truck
Whitlam Leisure Centre
Smokin Moo Moo
Souvlaki on the Run
The event site – Woodward Park – is about fifteen minutes’ walk from Liverpool Station and is located close to various bus stops. Visit the Transport for NSW website to plan your trip by public transport.
There will be free parking for up to 400 cars at Bulldog Park (P1) on the corner of Memorial Avenue and Hume Highway, as well as free overflow parking at Brickmakers Creek (P2) and Collimore Car Park (P3).
Is this an 18+ event?
This is a free all-ages event.
Is your Australia Day event free?
Yes, our Australia Day event is free. For safety reasons, people will be refused entry once the site reaches capacity of 15,000 people.
Where can I get tickets?
You do not need to get tickets. The event is free.
What time can I get there?
Gates open at 4pm, with performances commencing at 5pm. The event finishes at 10pm.
Is there parking for Australia Day? / How do I get there?
There will be dedicated parking spaces for up to 400 cars at Bulldogs Land on the corner of Memorial Avenue and Hume Highway or Collimore Car Park.
The event site – Woodward Park – is about ten minutes’ walk from Liverpool Station and is located close to various bus stops. Visit the Transport for NSW website to plan your trip by public transport.
Is there disabled access / parking at this event?
Accessible parking is located close to the Woodward Park main entrance off Memorial Drive.
Will I be searched upon entry?
Security bag checks will be enforced upon entry to the event. Please check our ‘prohibited items’ list below to ensure you are aware of what not to bring to our Australia Day event.
For safety reasons, Council staff, event crew and security reserve the right to check your bags upon entry and during the event, and will confiscate any prohibited items such as alcohol.
Can we bring our own food?
Yes, however there will be plenty of tasty food options that cater for every dietary requirement.
Are there vegan / vegetarian / gluten free options?
There will be plenty of food options that cater for every dietary requirement.
Can we bring our own alcohol?
You are not permitted to bring your own alcohol.
Can I smoke at the event?
Smoking, including by way of electronic cigarettes or vaporisers, will only be permitted in the designated smoking area.
Can I bring in BBQs or shade structures?
For safety reasons, you are unable to bring your own barbeque or shade structure.
What items are prohibited?
Items prohibited at Australia Day include:
- Alcohol and illicit substances of any kind;
- Glass bottles, glassware or breakable containers;
- Barbeques or shade structures;
- Knives, scissors or weapons of any kind, including any item that can be used as a projectile;
- Fireworks, sparklers or flares;
- Laser pointers;
- Drones or any other remote-controlled device;
- Bicycles, Scooters, Skateboards or skates;
- Animals (excluding service animals);
- Cameras and recording devices for commercial use (unless approved by Council); and
- Other items deemed by security, police or event coordinators as having potential to cause injury or public nuisance.
Can I bring my pet?
For the safety of pets – particularly when it comes to loud noise from rides, entertainment and fireworks – animals (excluding service animals) are not permitted on the event grounds.
Can I take photos / film at the event?
Photos can be taken for personal use. Professional photography (including the use of tripods for safety reasons) will not be permitted on the night without prior consent from Liverpool City Council’s Communications team. Contact Ryan Auberson-Walsh, Liverpool City Council Communications Officer, if you have any queries – email@example.com.
Are there ATMs on site?
There will be multiple ATMs located on site. Many of the stallholders will also have EFTPOS facilities.
Are rides free?
Rides cost between $2 and $5 each.
Will there be fireworks?
There will be fireworks at 9pm.
What happens if it rains?
The show must go on! If weather conditions become extreme and pose risk to attendees, performers and crew, the event may be cancelled. Notification will be provided via Council’s social media channels.
Media are requested to contact Ryan Auberson-Walsh, Liverpool City Council Communications Officer, to receive accreditation to photograph, film or run interviews at the event – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I apply to be a stallholder?
Stallholder applications have closed, but if you are interested in future events with Council, including Australia Day, please submit your expression of interest here.
Who can I contact if I have any further questions?
You can drop a line to the Events team at email@example.com.
With firework displays expected on Australia Day, it's important to prepare if you have pets.
Where possible, keep your animals indoors in a safe, secure and comfortable environment; close all blinds or curtains; and ensure they are wearing their ID tags. Horses should be secured to posts. If your pet has a severe phobia of fireworks and storms, it's wise to consider staying at home.
Visit the RSPCA NSW website for more tips.
Council's Australia Day Awards are presented annually to local citizens and groups who have made outstanding contributions to the community. The 2019 Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony will be held at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre on 26 January from 10am to midday, followed by a barbeque for Australia Day Award winners, new citizens and their families. As there is limited capacity, expressions of interest for members of the public to attend the Ceremony can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsors and Partners
Thank you to Council's Australia Day sponsors and partners for their support.
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