AUSSIE AS: Theres nothing more Australian than having your faces painted with the Aussie flag and eating ice-creams on a hot s
AUSSIE AS: Theres nothing more Australian than having your faces painted with the Aussie flag and eating ice-creams on a hot s

Your guide to what's happening on Australia Day



Breakfast in the Park (Combined Services Clubs), 7.30am-9am, Housie Tent, Banner Park. Free bus travel from Mullumbimby Newsagent at 7.30am, courtesy of Brunswick Coaches, and returning to Mullumbimby at 10am. Breakfast $3, free Australian flags, stick-on tattoos, live music and sing-along.


Breakfast in the Park (Rotary Club of Byron Bay), 8am-11am, Byron Bay Surf Club, Bay Street. Free Australian flags, live entertainment.

Celebration of the Survival of Indigenous Culture (The Sisters for Reconciliation), 11am-3pm, Byron Bay Main Beach Park, Bay Street, BBQ, music and dancing, kids activities.


Bangalow Family Fun Day (Bangalow Historical Society), 8am-10am (new time, previously pm), Heritage Park; breakfast, damper, lollies, drinks, fun and games.


Official Ceremony (Brunswick Valley Historical Society), 11.30am-12.30pm, Brunswick Valley Historical Society Museum, Summers Park Stuart Street, Mullumbimby.

(Wet weather venue is the Byron Shire Council Chambers).


Suffolk Park Fun Afternoon (Byron Rural Fire Brigade), 2pm-5pm, Gaggin Park, Alcorn Street, Suffolk Park, free sausage sizzle, ice pops, celebration cake, drinks and lollies, free Australian flags, kids entertainment, music by Biggy P.


Ocean Shores Aussie Tea (Ocean Shores Community Association), 5.30pm-7pm, New Brighton Oval, sausage sizzle, mullet-throwing competition, fun games for kids.



Official celebrations begin at 4.30pm at Lance Ferris Park (formerly Fawcett Park) with entertainment in the park by the Ballina Shire Concert Band. 5.30pm, flag-raising; 5.45pm, welcome ceremony; 6pm, citizenship ceremony; 6.30pm, awards ceremony; 7pm, live entertainment; 8.30pm, fireworks.

Ballina RSL Club, midday-2pm, family indoor entertainment, face-painting, colouring-in; 9.15pm, free Lisa Hunt concert.

Sailing and racing on the Richmond River from 1.30pm, co-ordinated by the Richmond River and District Sailing and Rowing Club.


Summerland House With No Steps is holding an Australia Day BBQ lunch, from 10am to 4pm, with raffles, prizes and games.


Aussie BBQ and a round of golf at the Wardell Social Golf Club, from 7am.


Aussie day BBQ breakfast, from 7am-midday, with the Lennox Head Lions Club on the foreshore area near the bus stop on Ballina Street.



Entertainment begins at midday at the Casino Motor Home Village. The first event is the 10-over cricket match between the Village 11 and the Mayor's 11. Performers will include the Chris Cook Band and The Ghost Riders. Activities will include an indigenous art exhibition, billy-boiling competition and fire brigade demonstrations. Official ceremony 4.30pm. Day ends at 6pm.


Australia Day Markets at Stan Payne Oval, will include family activities and entertainment.


Lismore's official ceremony begins at 8.30am at the Trinity Catholic College Lismore Sports Hall. There will be Aboriginal dancing, a morning tea and musical entertainment as well as official proceedings.

Survival Day Aussie Battlers 2008 at the Lismore PCYC, from midday-5pm. All the elements of hip hop. All in one day. Breakdancing, graffiti artists, MCs, beat boxers, DJs, poppin', lockin' and all the other styles of hip hoppin'. Entry is $5. Registration at 11.30am, winners announced at 4.15pm.


Australia Day in Dunoon will be packed with activities for kids and adults. It kicks off at 2pm with games for all ages on the oval next to the sports club. There will be gumboot tossing, tug-o-war, Aussie trivia and more. There will be a band, the Last Resort, playing Australian rock music from 4.30pm-7.30pm.



Celebrations begin at 8am and run until lunch time at the Woodenbong Hall. Plenty of entertainment, pig on a spit and an Aussie breakfast. Official proceedings begin 9.45am.



Festivities start at 10am and run until 3.30pm at the Camp Draft Grounds. There will be cakes, a BBQ, demonstration by the SES and Rural Fire Service and school art competition. Wet weather venue is the Mallanganee Hall. Awards ceremony at 1.15pm.

This guide can also be found on The Northern Star's website

See tomorrow's Northern Star for the Northern Rivers' Australia Day Honours recipients.

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