Fireworks, parades and awards ceremonies will be held on January 26 to celebrate Australia's national day.
This year, Australia day falls mid week on a Thursday. The day is marked by citizenship ceremonies for new Australians and a public holiday for most.
In recognition that Australia Day is considered a day of mourning for First Nations Australians, some councils and cities have scaled back celebrations or cancelled them entirely.
Here's a full list of where to enjoy the fireworks shows planned around the country.
The Victorian government quietly cancelled the parade and fireworks in Melbourne without a formal announcement.
Attendance at official Australia Day events dropped dramatically from 72,000 in 2018 to just 8000 in 2022, according to City of Melbourne figures.
Victorians will be able to enjoy a range of events that encourage respectful reflection, togetherness and inclusion as part of Australia Day 2023. A family friendly event will be held at Federation Square in Melbourne with activities including an appearance by Bananas in Pyjamas, live music and a screening of Olivia Newton John's movie Xanadu.
The RAAF will perform an aerial display flyover at 12:15pm. It will be visible from Federation Square, Government House and other areas around Melbourne CBD.
Greater Bendigo will celebrate Australia Day with a host of community events. The main event is at Lake Weeroona from 10am to 3pm featuring a barbecue, live entertainment and the Rotary Club of Bendigo Sandhurst's art and craft market. All indoor and outdoor pools will have free entry for the day.
Ballarat voted in 2020 to move the Australia Day fireworks from the 26th of January to reflect growing opinions that the day should be considered one of mourning for the impacts of colonisation on the Indigenous community, rather than a day of celebration.
New South Wales
At dawn on January 26, the Sydney Opera House sails will be illuminated with First Nations' artwork as the Australian National Flag and Australian Aboriginal Flag are raised together.
In Sydney, a fireworks and maritime show will take place at the Sydney Opera House alongside the Australia Day Live concert showcases musical performances from our nation's best talent including William Barton, Dami Im, Casey Donovan, Christine Anu and Isaiah Firebrace. It will take place from 7:30pm-9:30pm.
In Wollongong a fireworks display over Wollongong Harbour will commence at 9pm.
In Tamworth the annual Australia Day Concert in Bicentennial Park will run from 7pm and culminate in a fireworks show at 9:30pm.
In Newcastle, Australia day begins with the Newcastle Harbour Swim - the only day of the year you're allowed to swim across the city's harbour. There are celebrations along the foreshore all day.
Australian Capital Territory
Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin will host a 'Lights on the Lake' event in celebration of Australia Day 2023.
Lights on the Lake is a free community event and will take place over four nights from January 25-28 in Commonwealth Place. It involves a light and laser show projected onto Lake Burley Griffin, accompanied by two large-scale water screens, in an instalment never seen before in Canberra.
In Adelaide, a program of events over the 25th and 26th of January called Aus Lights on the River will take place around the city, inviting residents to reflect on how we can continue to deepen their connection to nature and belonging to Country.
Hobart will not host Australia Day fireworks.
An event that has come to be associated with Australia Day in Tasmania is the The Sandy Bay regatta, which has been running since 1849, making it one of the longest-running regattas in the world. It takes place on January 26 on Long Beach Reserve in Sandy Bay, Hobart.
For the closest fireworks to Brisbane, head to Bribie Island at 7pm where there will be a fireworks display on Pumicestone Passage. The best vantage points to catch it are along the Pumicestone Passage Foreshore at Brennan Park and Chamber of Commerce Park.
A Brisbane City Council spokesperson told ACM there are no fireworks planned for Brisbane city.
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There are currently no plans for a fireworks display on Australia Day in Darwin but there will be light projections throughout the CBD.
A smoking ceremony will take place at 7:30am on Australia Day morning. After the sun rises, the Larrakia People will perform a smoking ceremony to acknowledge the First Nations people and commence the Australia Day celebrations. It's followed by performances by the Larrakia People and Rirratjingu Dancers from North East Arnhem Land.
In Perth's Centennial Park the Australia Day festival event will include community awards and a live outdoor concert providing free entertainment.
After nearly four decades, this year Perth will not hold the traditional 30 minute Skyworks show over the Swan River. The Skyworks show was cut after City of Perth councillors agreed in 2022 to dramatically reduce their contribution to the show from $2.5 million to only $740,000 this year.
A new drone and firework display will take place from 8:15pm. The show is designed to be viewed from Langley Park.
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