Celebrate Australia Day with free activities!


Cairns Regional Council is encouraging residents and visitors to join in free activities across the region to celebrate Australia’s national day.australian_flag_pictures

Australia Day celebrations will start early this year, with the Australia Day Awards – including Citizen of the Year – to be presented on Friday 24 January.

For those wanting to celebrate Australia day with some Aussie family fun, Cairns Regional Council will host a day of foreshore festivities suitable for residents and visitors of all ages from midday on 26 January.

Australia Day on Cairns Esplanade will feature local music acts right through the afternoon.

The traditional Zinc FM thong-throwing competition from 2pm will offer some great prizes, including scenic helicopter rides.

Other activities include a jumping castle, face painting, free kids’ activities and entertainment, golf swing and cricket workshops, sand sculpture demonstration, roving performers and a magic show.

As the day winds down, enjoy a free screening of the feature film Australia (rated PG-13) under the big marquee at 7pm.

“Australia Day on the Cairns Esplanade is always a fun and inclusive celebration of life in the Australian tropics,” Cr. Rob Pyne said.

“For visitors to our city, the event provides an opportunity to experience Aussie culture at its best – simply having fun.

“We invite both residents and visitors to come along and celebrate our national day with a showing of friendship and community spirit.”

Presented by Cairns Regional Council, the event is supported by Zinc 102.7 FM, Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises and GBR Helicopters.

Cairns Regional Council is also proud to sponsor Australia Day activities in Yorkeys Knob and Edmonton.

Hosted by Yorkeys Knob Community Progress Association and local businesses, the event  will conclude at 10am.

At Edmonton’s Sugarworld Gardens, grab a free sausage, cuppa or lamington from 2pm and enjoy live music from Peter Firth and the Bush Remedy and local youth bands, free children’s activities and thong-throwing.

And what would Australia Day be without an old-fashioned eating competition? Pies and Weet Bix will be on the competitive menu.

The event, facilitated by Rock Impact Inc with support from Cairns Regional Council, will wrap up at 4pm.

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