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Australia Day 2018

Stage 88, Commonwealth Park – day activities
Where can I park?

  • Civic Pool car park, off Allara Street in Civic. Then use the Parkes Way Footbridge.
  • Disabled parking will be available during the daytime in the car park adjacent to Regatta Point. This disabled parking will be marked normally in the car park. 
  • Parliamentary Triangle car parks then cross Commonwealth Avenue Bridge via the western side footpath.

Will there be road or car park closures?

  • Regatta Point car park will be closed on Friday 26 January 2018 from 4:00pm till 10.00pm

What are the areas affected by the cannons exclusion zone?

  • The exclusion zones will take effect before and during the event to ensure public safety
  • The area affected by the cannons exclusion zone will be pedestrian walkway directly in front of the National Capital Exhibition from 8.00am until 11.00am

Australia Day Fireworks
Regatta Point – evening activities
Where can I park?

  • Civic Pool car park, Allara Street in Civic. Take the footbridge near the Civic Pool over Parkes Way to Commonwealth Park.
  • Acton Park car park, off Commonwealth Avenue. Cross Commonwealth Avenue at the traffic lights
  • Disabled parking will be available in the car park adjacent to Regatta Point during the daytime. This disabled parking will be marked normally in the car park.
  • Please note the Regatta Point car park will be closed for the duration of the event.

Where are the best vantage points for the fireworks?

  • Regatta Point foreshore is the best place to enjoy the lake based activities from 6.00pm with the fireworks display over the central basin of Lake Burley Griffin at 9.00pm.
  • Patrick White Lawns (the lawns of the National Library of Australia) southern side of Lake Burley Griffin and Rond Terrace will also be great locations to see the fireworks.

Will there be road closures?

Yes. In the interest of public safety, some road and car park closures will occur on Friday 26 January 2018.

  • Regatta Point (Commonwealth Park) car park access will be by authorised permit only after 4pm. 
  • Commonwealth Bridge eastern lane southbound will be closed from 6am until 11.00pm
  • Commonwealth Bridge eastern walkway will be closed from 6am until 11.00pm
  • Commonwealth Bridge will be closed from approximately 8:45pm until 9:15pm due to the fireworks display

What are the areas affected by the fireworks exclusion zones?

  • Exclusion zones will take effect before, during and after the event to ensure public safety
  • The areas affected by the fireworks exclusion zones will be the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge walkway and southbound lane

General Information for both day and evening activities
Food and drink

  • A variety of food and drink options will be available for purchase on Australia Day.
  • The Australia Day celebrations are for all ages and only non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase onsite.
  • Patrons are discouraged from bringing and consuming alcohol at the event.
  • There will be a water stations on site to refill water bottles.

What should I bring?

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Rug

What should I leave at home?

  • Pets
  • Glass bottles
  • Alcohol
  • Excessively large shade structures
  • Valuables

Can I catch a bus?

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