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Australian Flag imageWhats On Central Coast Logo Button image OUR AUSTRALIA DAY - 26th JANUARY:

A little History...

Like our country, the Australia Day national holiday is a relatively young event.

It wasn't until 1935 that all the Australian states and territories named it Australia Day and declared the 26th of January a national holiday.

It took until 1994 before Australia Day celebrations became consistent.

The date of 26th January refers to the First Landing Day or Foundation Day when Captain Arthur Phillip, arrived at Sydney Cove in 1788. Captain Arthur Phillip commander of the First Fleet, and the first governor of New South Wales, raised the Union Jack to symbolise British occupation of the eastern lands of Australia which was claimed by Captain Cook in 1770.

Australians all let us rejoice
For we are young and free
We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil,
Our home is girt by sea:
Our land abounds in nature’s gifts
Of beauty rich and rare,
In history’s page let every stage
Advance Australia fair,
In joyful strains then let us sing
Advance Australia fair.
Beneath our radiant Southern Cross,
We’ll toil with hearts and hands,
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands,
For those who’ve come across the seas
We’ve boundless plains to share,
With courage let us all combine
To advance Australia fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair
Whats On Central Coast Logo Button image AUSTRALIAN FLAG PROTOCOL:
This is just a snippet from the Protocol page of Flag Fantastic

The following guidelines apply to the Australian national flag and to flags generally around the world:

The flag should be raised briskly and lowered ceremonially.

The flag should be treated with the respect and dignity it deserves as the national emblem.

The flag should not normally be flown in a position inferior to nor smaller than that of any other flag or ensign.

When flown in Australia, the Australian national flag takes precedence over all other national flags.

The flag should always be flown aloft and free and not allowed to fall or lie on the ground.

The flag should not be used to cover a table or seat; or to mask boxes, barriers or the space between floor and ground level on a dais or platform.

When the flag is raised or lowered, or when it is carried past in a parade or review, all present should face the flag and remain silent.
Those in uniform should salute.

Two flags should not be flown on the same flagpole.

The flag should not be flown upside down, not even as a signal of distress.

When the flag is represented, for example, as an illustration for commercial or advertising purposes:
- It should be used in a respectful manner and reproduced accurately
- It should not be defaced - that is, have superimposed on it printing or illustration/s
- It should not be covered by other objects
- All symbolic parts of it should be identifiable

Whats On Central Coast Logo Button image AUSTRALIA DAY - 26th JANUARY:
Nationally there is something happening somewhere and everywhere throughout this great land of ours to celebrate this day.
Here on the beautiful Central Coast of NSW there is so much to celebrate and many ways to do so. The following are just a few....


Australia Day 2017 information will be updated
as more events arrive

Australian Reptile Park imageWhats On Central Coast Logo Button image AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PARK: 2017
Wednesday 25th - Thursday 26th January,

Wake up on Australia Day surrounded by nature and wildlife at the Australian Reptile Park’s Aussie Bush Wildlife Sleep Out, supported by Australian Geographic on the evening of Wednesday, 25th January, 2017.

Guests will experience the thrill of sleeping out under the stars amongst wildlife, plus an evening of interactive and hands on wildlife awareness shows, animal encounters, an Aussie bush tucker BBQ, billy tea, marshmallow toasting over camp fires, damper making and bush survival education.

In a true and traditional Aussie bush set up, tents and air mattresses are provided for guest to keep and take home with them after the event. Guests only needing to bring pillows, sleeping bags and any other personal belongings they desire for the bush.
The Aussie Bush Wildlife Sleep Out is family friendly event commencing at 6pm on Wednesday 25 January. Shared bedding options are available for families, also included in the costs are park entry, overnight parking, wildlife shows, dinner and breakfast.

*Wednesday, 25 January 2017
6.00pm - Arrival + meet & greet
6.30pm - Camp ground activities commence
7.45pm - Dinner under the stars
8.30pm - Conservation animal show supported by Australian Geographic
9.00pm - Bush awareness show
9.30pm - Nocturnal torchlight tour
11.00pm - Lights out

*Thursday, 26 January 2017
7.00am - Breakfast
8.00am-9.00am - Tents will be packed down
9.00am - Enjoy your Australia Day at Australian Reptile Park
5.00pm - Australian Reptile Park closes. Thank you for visiting

For T&C's please head to http://bit.ly/AussieBushWildlifeSleepOut

The Beachcomber Hotel imageWhats On Central Coast Logo Button image BEACHCOMBER HOTEL: 2017
It doesn't get anymore traditional than spending AUSSIE DAY with us down at the Beachie!

We will be serving up a feast of all of our Aussie favourites and you cannot go past our sausage sambos and shrimp on the barbie!

There are loads of games and water activities for the kids and those who are still a kid at heart!

PRIZES to be won for best dressed including vouchers to our favourite AUSSIE store Bunnings, meat trays & cricket sets!!

Australia Day Eve events at Toukly poster imageWhats On Central Coast Logo Button image CANTON BEACH FORESHORE: 2017
Australia Day Eve Celebrations
Wednesday 25th January, 2017

Join us to celebrate Australia Day on the Canton Beach foreshore from 4pm.

There will be live entertainment and lots of fun activities, Animal Farm for the kids
Jumping castles, Mini Jeeps Pony rides.
Plenty of Food and drinks available
Lots of Aussie games, win prizes
Entertainment by OZIMAID plus more

The celebrations conclude with a spectacular fireworks display over Tuggerah Lake at 9pm.

So bring along chairs, rugs and the family for all the fun and entertainment!

WHERE| Canton Beach
WHEN| Wednesday 25th of January 2017
From 4pm tp 9pm

For more information please visit the WEBSITE or call 4397 1711

Whats On Central Coast Logo Button image CLUB UMINA: 2017
Join us at Club Umina for a fun Australia Day!
Live Music, Thong Throwing, BBQ ($1 from every meal goes to our local RFS), Best Dressed Prizes, and loads of fun!

Not to mention a lucky member will win a Stacer 429 Outlaw Boat from 7pm!

Thursday 26th January 2017

Whats On Central Coast Logo Button image DAVISTOWN RSL CLUB: 2017
Join us at the Davo for Australia Day on Thursday 26th January for Live music by the Frohlich Brothers, Jumping Castle and a Waterslide for the kids from 12 noon to 4pm.

Australia Day at the Davo
Thursday, 26th January 2017 from 12 noon to 4pm
Davistown RSL Club
19 Murna Road, Davistown .

Whats On Central Coast Logo Button image ETTALONG BOWLING CLUB: 2017
Join us at Ettalong Bowling Club for our Australia Day celebrations!
Thong Throwing, Barefoot Bowls, Temporary Tattoos

Live Music, from JJ Duo and Joe B from 2pm

You can even win a cricket Esky!

Whats On Central Coast Logo Button image ETTALONG DIGGERS: 2017
Ettalong Diggers will ROCK on Australia Day, with a double header of talent, with the Australian INXS Show, "Never Tear Us Apart " and "Wild Things" the Australian Divinyls.

Both shows are fabulous tributes to iconic bands we all grew up with. They are touring direct from Melbourne, and sold out last year, in what was an awesome night.

They both have the live sounds, the antics, the swagger, and the stage presence, which capture Chrissy Amphlett and Michael Hutchence.

Tickets are $20 for members, and $25 for non-members, and are available through our reception desk, or by calling 43-430111 to pay by credit card

Whats On Central Coast Logo Button image GOSFORD CITY: 2017
Gosford City - Australia Day EVE

Gosford City Celebrate Australia Day as Australia Day eve in Kibble Park.

Celebrations include children's activities such as face painting and an interactive performance by Little Puppet World.

There will be food and market stalls, community displays and the Star 104.5FM team at Kibble Park from 5pm, as well as a free Aussie sausage sizzle from Gosford Rotary from 5pm to 6pm.

There will be entertainment on the main stage from 6pm including the official ceremony and Gosford City Australia Day Community Awards.

Live music performances from Grizzlee Train, Live Baby Live: INXS Tribute Show, Rebecca Henry, Dominique Morgan, The Fields, Ellie Drennan and The Rhythm Hunters.

The event concludes with a fireworks spectacular, backed with a Star 104.5FM live soundtrack.

Gosford Sailing Club Australia Day imageWhats On Central Coast Logo Button image GOSFORD SAILING CLUB: 2017
The only offical Australia Day activities on Gosford Waterfront on Australia Day will be at Gosford Sailing Club!

Come celebrate with us and enjoy all the action both off and on the water.

To book your table for lunch call 4325 7216

Whats On Central Coast Logo Button image PEARL BEACH: 2017
26th January 2017
Australia Day at Pearl Beach
8am – 12 noon

Annual Australia Day at Pearl Beach will be held on the beachfront, commencing at 8am with beach races (registration from 7.30am), a sausage sizzle (until sold-out), refreshments, fun fair, speeches and the Gosford City Brass Band to entertain.

Bring the family and have some fun celebrating Australia Day!

On show, the Pearl Beach Rural Fire Brigade.

Australia Day 2014 image from The Entrance Town Centre ManagementWhats On Central Coast Logo Button image SHELLY BEACH GOLF CLUB: 2017
Thursday 26th January.
Starting from 12:00am

Gr80ís Downunder - Aussie Rock Show Free show, 4pm
Free, 7.30pm - register from 7pm

Seaspray Restaurant, from 11am

Australia Day 2014 image from The Entrance Town Centre ManagementWhats On Central Coast Logo Button image THE ENTRANCE WATERFRONT: 2017
Celebrate all things Australian at The Entrance on Thursday 26th January.

Bring the whole family along for an action packed afternoon and night full of free entertainment and fun activities in Memorial Park.

Activities will begin at 12noon with the firing of the Original 1820 Carronade Canon with the help from the NSW Corps of Marines bringing Australian history to life.

There will be musket demonstrations, Corporal punishment demonstrations, and wool spinning just to name a few.

The Tuggerah Lakes Show band will perform in the lead up to the Official Ceremony.

The SeaFm kids disco in the park will keep the kids dancing and some local entertainers such as Jesse McGrath, Little Quirks Band and Jellyfish, will entertain you through till dark with the ageless Mental As Anything headlining our Australia Day celebrations from 7.30pm.

We will also have lots of demonstrations and displays in Memorial Park including the Central Coast Woodturners, Vintage Farm Machinery, Kindy Farm and a fantastic slip and slide to add to the fun.

An ice cream eating competition will be on the main stage, JB Dance Kids will be showcasing all their moves and of course Pavier Amusement rides will be in town to keep the kids and the young at heart busy all day.

The SeaFM Fireworks Spectacular will be held at 9.00pm on The Entrance Waterfront to finish off the day of celebrations.

There will be a high police presence from early in the day to ensure that the alcohol free area is adhered to, and that it will be a secure place to bring the whole family.

For more information please contact The Entrance Town Centre Management Office on 4333 5377

Wallarah Bay Recreation Club Australia Day imageWhats On Central Coast Logo Button image WALLARAH BAY RECREATION CLUB: 2017
We have a huge range of activites planned for everyone this Australia Day at Wallarah Bay! Thursday 26th January.

For the kids:
1 - 4pm - Loads of free outdoor fun on the foreshore including: petting zoo, inflatable kids gym, bungee tramps, balloon art, face painter, waterslide and plaster art!

For the adults:
free live entertainment from 3.30 with Down Thunder, loads of bev specials and restaurant specials!

Dish will have all day dining and kids eat free!

The restaurant will be open ALL day with $15 prawn buckets!

For a chilled out day on the water join us this Australia Day!

Whats On Central Coast Logo Button image WOY WOY AND WAGSTAFFE: 2017
Wagstaffe Square, Wagstaffe
Thursday 26th January, 8am to 10.30am
Join us for a fantastic community breakfast from 9am, as well as a flag raising ceremony, and various entertainment.

Woy Woy Foreshore, Woy Woy
Thursday 26th January, 2pm to 9.30pm
Be entertained with children's activities, food and market stalls, community displays and entertainment.

The official ceremony commences at 6pm and includes an official address, Australian National Anthem and the cutting of the 'big lamington'.

At 8.30pm, the beautiful Lantern Parade winds its way from CWA Hall to Memorial Park, Woy Woy.

The night culminates in a big bang, with the StarFM Fireworks Spectacular.


The Gig Guide for Australia Day will be available in mid January.


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