The spirit of this wide brown land will be celebrated in fine style across Lake Macquarie this Australia Day long weekend.
The celebrations will stretch from one side of the lake to the other and will kick off on Saturday 25 February at Croudace Bay’s Thomas H Halton Park with a family-fun morning and free breakfast.
Running from 7.30am to noon, the event will feature some of the best live music the region has to offer, family-friendly games, yoga and heaps of fun from children’s entertainers Little Scallywagz.
As day turns to dusk, Wangi Wangi, Rathmines, Pelican and Swansea will come alive with colourful lakeside activations – each with its own entertainment, live music, market stalls and of course, food vendors.
These activations will feature everything from market stalls, hula hooping, workshops and buskers – more fun than you can poke a stick at basically.
All four sites will be operating from 4pm-10.30pm with a fireworks display proposed for 9pm. Of course, this is contingent on decent weather conditions so, fingers crossed!
“This is about activating our local communities, bringing people together and igniting our night-time economy,” Lake Macquarie Council’s arts, culture and tourism manager Jacqui Hemsley said.
The city will then host a traditional Australia Day citizenship ceremony at council’s Speers Point admin building on Sunday 26 January that will see more than 90 people, from all corners of the globe, become fully-fledged Australians.
If that wasn’t enough, revellers can then head to Speers Point Park, from 3pm to 7pm for the Sunday Sessions.
This chilled-out event will feature the musical talents of Tim Harding, GENR8, Hurricane Fall and the Komiti Levai Band.
“We’ll have food trucks at the park, but families can also bring their own picnic, pull up a chair and enjoy the lakeside setting,” Jacqui said.
Oh and best of all? It’s all free!! So, start planning now and head here for more information.
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