FLYING THE FLAG: The Hunter will host a range of Australia Day celebrations, including harbour swims, citizenship ceremonies, live music and fireworks displays.Festivities will be held across the Hunter on Australia Day.
Here’s a list events where you can join in the celebrations.
7am:Harbour Swim fromStockton to Newcastle.9am-11am: Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony, Newcastle City Hall.10am-12pm:Circus workshops and face painting, Brake Block Park.10.30am:Ducks 4 Dollars, Queens Wharf, Newcastle Harbour.11am-12pm and1pm-2pm:Yacht race, Newcastle Harbour.12pm-4pm:Awabakal performance,Polynesian show,Thai performance,South Korean drummers,Irish dance,salsa show, Merengue dance class, dance performers –Worth Place Park.
LAKE MACQUARIE, Speers Point Park
Noon: National anthem and flag-raising ceremony.12.15pm:Paper Planeson the big screen.12-4pm:Splash down stress free zone,face painting, mobile video games van.1.30-5.30pm:Live music; aerobatic displays.4pm: Annual Scouts canoe race.4.35pm: Mayor’s welcome and presentation of Scouts canoe race winner.6.15pm-9pm: Live music by 1927 and Richard Clapton.9pm: Fireworks display.
PORT STEPHENS, d’Albora Marinas, Nelson Bay
12pm-3pm: Live music by Todd Schmoo.4pm-5.30pm: Balloon animals and face painting.5pm-8pm:Live music by Crawford Brothers.6.30pm-7pm: Stilt walkers and wing dancers.
MAITLAND, Maitland Park
7.30am to 9:30am – Free BBQ breakfast hosted by the Lions Club of East Maitland.8.00am – 3.00pm – Classic Kombi display.9.00am to 3.00pm – Free entry to Maitland Pool. 9.00am – 3.00pm – Free amusements.9.00am – 3.00pm – Free interactive and educational live marine display hosted by Rangers on the Run.9.00am – 3.00pm – Free giant beach volleyball.9.00am to 3.00pm – Free face painting. 9.00am – 3.00pm – Cooks Hill Lifesaving and Surf Club activities.9.30am – 3.00pm – Free scout activities. 9.30am to 3.00pm – Free miniature pony rides. 9.30am – 3.00pm – Free kids craft hosted by Girl Guides NSW & ACT.10.00am – 2.00pm – Jellyfish eating competition with 234 Army Cadet Unit.11.00am – 12.00pm – Registration for Thong Throwing Competition(pool grounds).12.00pm – Thong throwing competition starts(pool grounds).
SINGLETON,Community Day, Civic CentreGreen
8am:Rotary Club of Singleton free breakfast.9.30am: Australia Day ceremony, Civic Centre Auditorium.11am: Kids’activities, food stalls and markets, Civic Green.11am:Lioness morning tea, Civic Centre Foyer.11.30am:Croc Stars – live snakes, crocodiles and lizards.12.45pm:Thong-throwing competition.1pm:Tug-o-war competition.