How to celebrate Australia Day 2023 close to home
Australia Day 2023 will be celebrated in a range of smaller scale events across Perth, as we all choose to mark the day in different ways.
From citizenship ceremonies to community barbecues to fireworks and concerts, no matter how you opt to celebrate, our beautiful riverfront neighbourhood holds prime position to make the most of this year’s City of Perth fireworks spectacular.
Here are some ways to spend Australia Day close to home.
Australia Day Breakfast
John Creaney Reserve, Bull Creek
The local Auspire Community Citizens of the Year will be announced at a special morning barbecue on January 26 at John Creaney Reserve, Bull Creek.
The awards recognise locals who have made significant and positive contributions to our community, and have added value to community life.
The Lions Club of Bull Creek will host its annual Australia Day breakfast from 8.30am, with the flag raising at 9am and a special citizenship ceremony a 9.15am. The event is supported by the City of Melville.
City of Lights Show
Langley Park, Perth
A step away from the traditional Skyworks extravaganza, the City of Perth has scaled down the huge annual Skyworks fanfare and rebadged it as the City of Lights Show. The downsized event, which includes a smaller fireworks display and drone show, will be staged at Langley Park from 8.15pm until 8.45pm.
The show is set to a special narration and sound effects that can only be heard via speakers at Langley Park, rather than the customary FM radio simulcast, and the smaller fireworks display may not be fully visible from some of the usual river vantage points.
An entertainment zone will kick off at Langley Park from 3pm with amusements, rides, films, motocross and BMX stunt displays and food vendors.
Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, the Birak Concert at Supreme Court Gardens will showcase a range of music, dance and art from 3pm to 7.30pm.
Goolugatup Heathcote Reserve, Applecross
Perched high overlooking the Swan River, the heritage-listed Heathcote precinct has long been a spectacular vantage to watch the Australia Day fireworks unfold.
Grab the family, pack a picnic and set up a spot. There are public barbecues available and the awesome Pirate Ship Playground to help entertain the kids.
Applecross Tennis Club
The Applecross Tennis Club will open its doors and host a community Australia Day celebration on January 26.
Set on the banks of the Swan River, the club will offer social tennis from 1.30pm, and a riverfront vantage for the fireworks show.
Attendees are welcome to bring their own meat to barbecue and drinks can be purchased from the club’s licensed bar. Entry fees are $5 for adults or $10 a family.
Deepwater Point, Mount Pleasant
Picturesque Deepwater Point has long been a popular attraction for Australia Day revellers, keen to enjoy a picnic and play.
Set on The Esplanade, there is a fenced playground, communal barbecues, lawned areas, mature trees, a boat ramp and iconic jetty.
Point Walter, Bicton
As well as being a quieter location to catch glimpses of the city fireworks, Point Walter is a beautiful riverfront spot to picnic and have a splash in the river. There is a café and playground.
In addition, All Bar None Sports Performance is scheduled to stage its annual Australia Day Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathon at Point Walter from around 6am.
South Perth foreshore
Traditionally one of the most popular spots for viewing the Australia Day fireworks, the South Perth foreshore has long captured the fireworks against the beautiful city skyline.
Pack a picnic or the South Perth StrEATS food trucks will be open from 5pm, with plenty of overflow parking on Sir James Mitchell Park, near Coode Street.
Crowds on the South Perth foreshore are expected to be less frenetic with no dedicated festivities southside like previous years. There will be no mass road closures either due to the fact that the fireworks display will not be over the river, making it much easier for access.