The “Western Sydney” part of my blog hasn’t really made an appearance yet unless you count the several eating out posts. But there is so much more to Western Sydney, than just eating out.
This is going to be a regular feature of the blog – capturing the best of what’s around in Western Sydney.
This post is specifically about what’s on during Australia Day 26th January.
The best bit: a lot of it is free and family friendly!
So my picks of where you should be spending Australia Day:
Hot air balloons over Parramatta – won’t that be a gorgeous sight!
Registrations are closed to actually get a ride but watching this should be almost as good.
Make sure you get in early to secure a spot by the riverside to watch this spectacle across Parramatta. It starts from 6am and hot air balloons should be up (weather permitting) until 11am.
If getting up early on a public holiday is not your thing, never fear there is entertainment throughout the day at Parramatta Park including the Triple J Annual Hottest 100 Countdown, and bands playing in between breaks.
The day will end with a fireworks display at 9pm.
For more info visit : Australia Day Parramatta
Penrith will be putting on a family friendly celebration in Jamison Park.
This sounds like a real hands on day with displays and shows like cow milking and whip cracking.
It will also have festival food favorites of fairy floss, burgers and an Australian BBQ.
For more info visit : Australia Day Penrith
Liverpool’s event start from 2pm at Woodparks Park with the band Sneaky Sound System being the headline act.
There is plenty of shows and acts for younger children including children’s carnival rides.
There is a promise of food trucks plus My Kitchen Rules former contestants also making an appearance.
Fireworks from 9pm.
More info and maps: Australia Day Liverpool
Holroyd Council has recently merged with Auburn Council and so their joint celebrations are bigger than ever!
There will be FREE amusement rides for children at Holroyd Gardens. The other things that’s free? Free shuttle buses every 30 minutes from shopping centres and station in the surrounding suburbs.
The celebrations kick off at 5pm with Indigenous dance and music and come to a close at 9pm with fireworks.
More info : Australia Day Cumberland
If you have a weekend event you think should be featured here, please get in touch as this will soon be a weekly feature.
And just in case you were wondering my opinion – yes. Australia Day needs to be moved to another date.