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Australia Day 2018

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 - we recommend you leave your pets at home so they are not distressed by the fireworks. 
  • Glass bottles
  • Alcohol
  • Excessively large shade structures
  • Valuables

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 is also a great location to see the fireworks.

Can I catch a bus?

  • Transport Canberra will be running on their Public Holiday Timetable. For more information please visit or call 13 17 10
  • Extra buses will operate after the fireworks, travelling from Commonwealth Avenue to the following interchanges (Gungahlin, Tuggeranong, Woden and Belconnen)

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.
  • Parliamentary Triangle car parks.
  • Anzac Parade East and West car parks. 
  • Please note the Regatta Point car park will be closed from 4pm onwards.

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.

  • Barinne Drive (including car park) closed from Albert Street East to West from 5:30am.
  • Commonwealth Bridge eastern walkway closed from 5:30am until 11:00pm. 
  • Commonwealth Bridge eastern lane southbound will be closed from 5:30am until 11:00pm. 
  • Albert Street East (Commonwealth Park) will be authorised permit holder only from 11:00am.
  • Regatta Point (Commonwealth Park) car park access will be by authorised permit only after 4pm.
  • Commonwealth Bridge will be closed from approximately 9:00 - 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. 

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



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