Wendy Andrews

WHAT'S ON: Australia Day events around the Northern Rivers

WANT to know what's happening in your patch on Australia Day?

Here's a list of council-planned activities as well as events being hosted by other organisations and venues around the Northern Rivers tomorrow.


Brunswick Heads

Breakfast in the Park (Combined Services of Brunswick Valley)

  • Time: 7-10am
  • Where: Housie Tent, Banner Park
  • Breakfast costs $5. Free Australian flags, live music, singalong

Byron Bay

Breakfast in the Park (Rotary Club of Byron Bay)

  • Time: 7.30-11am
  • Where: Next to the Byron Bay Surf Club, Main Beach
  • Light refreshments, free Australian flags, live entertainment

Australia Day Paddle (Byron Bay Surf Club)

  • Time: 8am for registrations, with the paddle at 10am
  • Where: Wategos to Main Beach
  • $10 entry fee with presentations after the paddle

Celebration of the Survival of Indigenous Culture (The Sisters for Reconciliation)

  • Time: 11am-3pm
  • Where: Byron Bay Main Beach Park, Cavanbah/Byron Bay
  • Alcohol-free event, music and dancing, kids activities

Suffolk Park

Fun Afternoon (Byron Rural Fire Brigade)

  • Time: Noon-4pm
  • Where: Gaggin Park, Alcorn St
  • Free sausage sizzle, cake, drinks, free Australian flags, children's entertainment, music

Ocean Shores

Official ceremony - by invitation (Ocean Shores Country Club)

  • Time: 11am-1pm
  • Where: Ocean Shores Country Club
  • Australia Day Ambassador, Australia Day Address, Community Awards, Citizenship Ceremony

Aussie Barbecue (Ocean Shores Community Association)

  • Time: 5-7pm
  • Where: Ocean Shores Public School
  • Free sausage sizzle, ice pops, cake, drinks, free Australian flags, music, mullet throwing championship, singalong, rainforest walk
  • For more details phone 6680 1108 or visit www.osca.org.au



The Great Duck Race

  • Time: Noon-7pm
  • Where: Richmond River, Fawcett Park, Ballina
  • Family event with live entertainment, market stalls, food vans, pony rides, face painting and more

Ballina RSL - Australia Day

  • Time: From 8am to close
  • Where: 1 Grant St, Ballina
  • Buffet breakfast, arts and crafts for children, fishing competition for children, sausage sizzle, face painting and live entertainment

Lennox Head

Official Ballina Shire Australia Day ceremony

  • Time: 10am-noon
  • Where: Lennox Head Community Centre
  • Special guest address by Jessica Watson OAM
  • Free bus service available

Lions Australia Day Celebrations

  • Time: 7am-1pm
  • Where: Lennox beachfront, adjacent to bus station
  • Annual thong-throwing competition, barbecue and music



Australia Day Breakfast

  • Time: From 7am
  • Where: Bexhill Hall
  • Bacon and egg rolls, sausage sizzle, damper, tea and coffee


Australia Day Double Header - Music on the Deck

  • Time: 4pm-midnight
  • Where: Dunoon Sports Club
  • Fun event for anyone who enjoys Aussie rock


Australia Day Rockabilly at The Tatts

  • Time: From 3pm
  • Where: New Tattersalls Hotel
  • Live music from the like of The Linelockers that'll get people dancing, plus there's food and beer

Australia Day Awards Ceremony

  • Time: 8.30am
  • Where: Lismore City Hall
  • Citizenship ceremony followed by a free morning tea. Lyndey Milan OAM has been announced as the 2018 Australia Day ambassador for Lismore


Nimbin Swimming Pool Olympics

  • Time: 10am
  • Where: 25 Sibley St
  • Featuring synchronised swimming competitions, the Great Marathon Float, poolside fashion parade, fun races and a surprise event

Survival Day with Emily Wurramara

  • Time: 1pm
  • Where: Nimbin Bush Theatre
  • A day to celebrate the survival of the world's oldest living culture. Includes indigenous performers and ceremony


Broadwater/Rileys Hill

At the hall

  • From 9am: Markets, food stalls, jumping castle and barbecues
  • 9.30am: Kids novelty activities at Memorial Park
  • 10.30am: Official citizenship and award ceremony
  • 11.30am: VIP luncheon for nominees and families
  • Noon: Music by Mark Aitken
  • 12.30pm: Kids novelty activities at Memorial Park
  • 1.30pm: Free watermelon for everyone
  • 2pm: Close



Australia Day - West of the Range

  • Time: 10am-2pm
  • Where: Bonalbo Bowling and Recreation Club
  • Car boot market, barefoot bowls, sausage sizzle and an official ceremony
  • Entry into Bonalbo Pool will be free on the day and council's giant inflatable slides will be there


Australia Day Ceremony

  • Time: 9am-12.30pm
  • Where: Kyogle Memorial Hall
  • Kyogle Lions serving up a free traditional Aussie morning tea, plus there's the official ceremony, awards presentation, citizenship ceremony and special guests
  • Entry to Kyogle pool will be free on the day


Australia Day celebration

  • Time: From 8.30am
  • Where: Woodenbong Public Hall
  • Billy tea and damper, flag raising, official ceremony, cricket, entertainment and raffles

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