Ah Australia Day, the one time of year when flag-caped Aussies roam the streets with pride, budgie smugglers are paraded along every major beach, shrimps are thrown on the barbie and the sound of countless VBs opening is echoed across the country.
So how will you celebrate this true blue public holiday in a family friendly way?
From music festivals in the park to big breakfasts on the beach, we’ve rounded up some free events that the kids are sure to love:
Event: Hyde Park Summer Playground
The tranquil Sydney Hyde Park will become a kid's paradise with a range of entertainment this national day. Nickelodeon will bring its famous TV personalities along with them, including SpongeBob SquarePants and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And of course it wouldn’t be Nickelodeon without green slime.
As the name suggests the Ferrython is an epic race between, you guessed it, ferries. The race starts from Sydney’s iconic Circular Quay, home to the grand Opera House and world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and finishes at picturesque Shark Island. Pack a picnic, rock up early to claim a prime spot by Sydney Harbour and watch the ferries go head to head.
Event: Australia Day Parade 2015
Grab the youngins’ for an exciting day at Melbourne’s Swanston Street to watch the diverse multiculturalism of this Victorian city shine, through cultural entertainment, colourful traditional outfits and Aussie flags waving. Plus you get a bit of a sleep in (if the kids will let you!) with the Australia Day Parade beginning at a family friendly 11.00am.
Event: Day of Nations Hampton Park
With an animal farm, face painting and jumping castles, the kids will have a blast at the free Day of Nations event held at Hampton Park, 36km south-east from Melbourne's CBD. You and the family will also score an Aussie breakfast on the house. Fair dinkum!
Event: Ipswich Free Family Fun Day
Source: Bundamba Swim Centre Facebook page
Beat the heat this national day with free entry to all pools in the Ipswich area, including Bundamba Swim Centre, Georgie Conway Leichhardt Community Swim Centre, Goodna Aquatic Centre and Rosewood Swim Centre. Each venue has a lucky door price, which is an enticing reason to enjoy a day at the pools for free this Australia Day.
Event: Aussie Beach Party
Brisbanites, head down to Bribie Island for a free hot brekkie from 7.30am in Brennan Park, fun in the sun, a splash in the surf and plenty more like a vintage car show, lamington eating contest and sandcastle competition. Moreton Bay has definitely ticked all the true blue Aussie boxes!
It seems most cities are offering up a cooked breakfast feast for free this Australia Day and Adelaide is no exception with Port Augusta City Council playing host to an Australia Day Breakfast and Celebrations event. After the big Aussie brekky of bacon/eggs and coffee or tea, watch the raising of the flag ceremony at 8.30am.
Event: Australia Day in the City
Starting at 6pm, your evening will go off with a bang by attending Adelaide’s Australia Day in the City at Elder Park with a flashy City-Parade including floats, marching bands and classic cars, as well as an impressive fireworks display to top the night off.
From 12pm to 5pm this Australia Day you can bring the kids down to the Rockingham Foreshore to take a ride on one of the many spectacular carnival rides, say hello to the cute and cuddly animals at the petting zoo and watch live performances. Yep, the kids will love it!
For over 30 years the City of Perth has put on its sensational Skyworks fireworks display and 2015 Australia Day is all about love, with the theme dubbed “Love This City”. If you were thinking of live tweeting, the event hashtag is #lovethiscity.