Australia Day means different things to different people, but if you’re looking for local events where you can get out, celebrate all things Australian and soak up the atmosphere, then take a look at our list of local Australia Day family-friendly events.

Coogee Beach Festival, Coogee

Source: City of Cockburn

Where: Coogee Beach Reserve, Coogee

When: Wednesday 26th January, 8.00am – midday

Website: Coogee Beach Festival

Join MC Christina Morrissy for Australia Day celebrations at Coogee Beach, with live acts and heaps of family friendly entertainment.

Local Acts

  • Milford Street Shakers
  • Bindjareb Middars Aboriginal Dance Group
  • The Two Cent Professionals
  • Jazzie Shazzies Children Show

Activities in the park

  • Free sausage sizzle (while stocks last)
  • Free water amusement rides and slides
  • South Coogee Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade demos
  • Multicultural food availabe to purchase on site
  • Free Balance Bike Academy workshops incl. pedal and balance bikes for kids 3-8 yrs (8-10am)
  • Free massages from Wellness on Wheels for those who ride their bikes to the event (8-11am)

On the beach

  • Mermaids 
  • Sandcastle building competition 

Valet bike parking will be available along with free bike check-ups.

Road Closures and Parking

Powell Road access closed 6am to 1pm. Parking for this event is opposite the beach off Cockburn Road and at Coogee Hall off Howick Court. Access to Coogee Beach Cafe and regular beachgoers parking is via Peri end through Orsino Bvd. The City of Cockburn apologises for any inconvenience that this event may cause.

Lotterywest Entertainment Zone, Perth

Source: Visit Perth

Where: Langley Park, Perth

When: Wednesday 26th January, 3pm – 8pm

Website: Lotterywest Entertainment Zone

The Entertainment Zone presented by Lotterywest is the place to be with family fun for everyone galore plus Perth’s best views of Skyworks that starts at 8pm. Here’s what you can find at Langley Park on Australia Day.

  • Amusements and Obstacle Course 3pm – 7:45
  • Freestyle Motocross and BMX stunt shows 3pm – 6:45
  • Water Playground 3pm – 7:45
  • 18 Hole Mini Golf 3pm – 7:45
  • International Food Markets 3pm – 8pm (cost to purchase)
  • Accessible Family Friendly Zone 3pm – 7:45pm
  • Stage Performers 3pm – 7:45pm

Birak Concert, Perth

Source: Visit Perth

Where: Supreme Court Gardens, Perth

When: Wednesday 26th January, 3pm – 7.30pm

Website: Birak Concert

Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures; the annual Birak Concert boasts a stellar line up of indigenous entertainment. Bring a picnic blanket, sunscreen and hat to enjoy the event from day through to evening. There will be a selection of community stalls to meander through, baseball activities and an Elders Tent. If you are unable to make it on the day, the whole event will be broadcast live by Noongar Radio.

Great Aussie Breakfast, South Perth

Source: City of South Perth

Where: James Mitchell Park, South Perth (opposite Forrest St) 

When: Wednesday 26th January, 9:30am – 10.30am

Website: Great Aussie Breakfast

The Great Aussie Breakfast is set to sizzle after the Citizenship Ceremony with the Rotary Club of Como providing a BBQ breakfast with a choice of fruit and a cup of tea, coffee, juice or water for the small cost of $5 each, which goes back into the local community.

There will also be free entertainment for the kids.

Family Fun Australia Day, Shelley

Source: City of Canning

Where: Shelley Beach Foreshore Park, Shelley

When: Wednesday 26th January, 9:00am – 1pm

Website: Family Fun Australia Day

Head down to the Shelley Foreshore for a morning of family fun, and by family we mean your DOGS as well! Soak up the summer atmosphere while you tuck into tasty offerings from the food trucks and have a go at some of the available activities;

  • 2km or 4km walk with your pooch
  • Puppy Parade
  • Free stand up paddle boarding
  • Aussie and dog themed craft activities
  • Sporting pop ups for kids
  • Photo Booth (pet friendly)
  • Free caricatures with your pet with award winning cartoonist “Smithy” Greg Smith
  • Canine Adventure Course
  • Inflatable waterslide
  • Free dog wash

Applecross Tennis Club Skyworks, Applecross

Source: Applecross Tennis Club

Where: Applecross Tennis Club, The Strand Applecross

When: Wednesday 26th January, 6pm – 9:30pm

Website: Skyworks, Applecross Tennis Club

For a great view of the Australia Day Fireworks show, pack a picnic rug and head to the Applecross Tennis Club. BYO meat to BBQ with salads, rolls & dessert provided. Drinks are available from the licensed bar.

Tickets are required but numbers are limited. Cost for Kids $5, Adults $10 each or $25 for a family (2 Adults & 2 Kids).

Remember to download the SafeWA App and be Covid safe.

  • Before leaving home, check the WA Gov Covid website for any updated requirements
  • Stay home if you are unwell
  • Observe good hand hygiene and use the hand sanitiser where provided
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Check-in upon arrival, using the SafeWA app – look out for the QR codes around event or use manual check-in if available

However you choose to celebrate this wonderful country that we live in, please be respectful, stay safe and enjoy this precious time with family and friends.

For more local events, head to our What’s On page.

Melville Mums
Author: Melville Mums