Australia Day in Parramatta showcases a massive all-day party

WHO: City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson. Music act Hi-5, Western Sydney DJ female artists Nicole Tania and KT Kosmic, and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Two vintage motorbikes which will be on display at Carnivale – a Zundapp and a Scott.

WHEN: 9am, Monday 15 January 2018

WHERE: Old Government House, Parramatta Park. Enter via Macquarie St gate, keep to left and drive around to parking and Old Government House (refer to map)

Parramatta will host a 15-hour marathon celebration this Australia Day, featuring an array of entertainment, family-fun activities, live music and great food in the picturesque surrounds of the World Heritage-listed Parramatta Park.

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Kicking off from 6am with the ever-popular hot air balloon display, the celebrations will continue all day with The Big BBQ competition, CARnivale display, Parravision Grand Final, kid’s workshops and activities, and will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display at 9pm.

Australian singing icons Daryl Braithwaite and Kate Ceberano will headline the evening concert on the main stage. Recently inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, Daryl is expected to perform some of his greatest hits including ‘The Horses’.

A special Welcome Ceremony by Darug Auntie Jacinta Tobin will commence the evening stage program. West Australian singer-songwriter Teischa, children’s favourites Hi-5 and popular duo Busby Marou will also hit the main stage ahead of the headline performances.


Emerging Western Sydney artists will feature prominently in the event line-up. The Aerial Stage will host a student performance by Western Sydney-based music school Stormer Music, choirs including Circular Keys and Western Sydney Youth Orchestra, and many more. The Red Bull Stage and Bar will feature the sounds of emerging Western Sydney female DJs including Alexandra Falk, Gozo, Nicole Hamblin-Walker, Yemisul and KT Kosmic.

Sydney’s favourite display of classic and vintage cars, CARnivale will this year include a 1910 International Auto Buggy manufactured by the International Harvest Company of America and a 1959 Ford Prefect converted to electric power, both from the collection of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.

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Among other highlights throughout the day will be a range of interactive activities for the whole family including a children’s ‘Parade of Creatures’; roving performers; circus, magic shows and workshops, and plenty of rides and food options. The Australia Day festivities will also include the Grand Final of City of Parramatta’s Parravision talent competition where 19 finalists will be judged by industry professionals. Prizes are up for grabs in three categories and the overall winner will perform on the main stage at the evening concert prior to the headline acts.