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AUSTRALIA DAY 2020: You’re invited to join the fun in Newcastle!

The City Of Newcastle is inviting you to get outdoors and soak up all that our beautiful city has to offer this Australia Day.

The harbour will come alive with the traditional Newcastle Harbour swim, including a single and double-crossing event. Also in the harbour during the day you’ll see entrants competing in the 750m swim event as part of the Oceania Paratriathlon.

The Fort Scratchley Historical Society will be firing the canons throughout the day (see more details below). This will include a firing of an historic 80-pound gun that the society has been restoring for two years. It’s the first time it will be fired in almost 100 years.

Sports fans should head over to No 2 Sportsground for the NRL Touch Football 2020 Youth Trans-Tasman Test Series that will see Kiwi sides take on some of our best local players. And the Foreshore will come alive with a carnival atmosphere filled with live entertainment, food trucks, parkour & skateboard workshops, an inflatable land and heaps more.

Check out the schedule of events below for more details.

Schedule of Australia Day Events in Newcastle


Oceania Paratriathlon

Showcasing the sport of Paratriathlon, this event will see elite athletes competing for valuable Olympic selection points. There’s a 750m swim in the Newcastle Harbour, 20km cycle leg in and around Nobbys and Newcastle Beaches, as well as Fort Scratchley and Customs House. The event will finish with a 5km run around Horseshoe Beach and Pit Lane!

LOCATION: Events starts at Customs House Jetty
TIME: 7:00 am – 9:30 am


NRL Touch Football 2020 Youth Trans-Tasman Test Series

A Trans-Tasman Youth Touch Football Test series will see Kiwi sides take on our best in a City-backed tournament at No.2 Sportsground.

LOCATION: No 2 Sportsground
TIME: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm


Australia Day at the Foreshore

It’s party time on the Foreshore! There’ll be live entertainment, food trucks, parkour & skateboard workshops, inflatable land and more. All the action kicks off at 10:00 am.

LOCATION: Queens Wharf – Foreshore Park
TIME: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


Newcastle Harbour Swim
(Single Crossing)

Stockton Surf Lifesaving Club’s cross-harbour challenge is back for Australia Day 2020. The first of two events will see swimmers take on the single crossing event leaving from Stockton.

LOCATION: Newcastle Harbour from Stockton
TIME: 10:00 am


Newcastle Harbour Swim
(Double Crossing)

This one’s the Double Crossing for serious competitors! Swimmers for this event will leave from Queens Wharf making two crossings before returning.

LOCATION: Newcastle Harbour from Queens Wharf
TIME: 11:00 am Newcastle Harbour Swim


Cannon Firing

Catch re-enactments, vehicle displays and the first discharge in almost 100 years of an historic 80-pound gun following a two-year restoration project by the Fort Scratchley Historical Society. #PROTIP: Don’t miss the 7 guns firing at 1:00 pm

LOCATION: Fort Scratchley
TIMES: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm

Fun in the City!
City of Newcastle
Australia Day Events & Activities
Sunday 26 January 2020

Written by Newcastle Live

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