Some of the best views on the coast can be found at Bonville Headland - which is great because it's also a fun place to take children. To keep toddlers entertained, bring some old bread to feed the seagulls. They will swarm and provide endless entertainment for kids...
This weekend sees the first celebration for the year and public holiday.
Australia Day is a day for celebrating the Australian people and its history. It is also a day to celebrate our newest citizens to Australia.
To celebrate the day Coffs Harbour and surrounds will have plenty of family-friendly events to mark this occasion.
This year’s Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year Award winners will be announced at the Australia Day Ceremony at the Jetty Foreshores on January 26, 2019 where the latest new Australians will also receive their Citizenship – and all are very welcome to attend.
The ceremonies will be held from 8.30am as part of the Saltwater Freshwater Festival – a showcase of the best of the old and the new in regional Aboriginal culture.
Salt Water Festival
This much-loved free, all-ages festival will run on Australia Day, 10.30am to 5pm Saturday 26 January, 2019. It will be a waterfront event, taking place for the first time on Coffs Harbour’s landmark Jetty Foreshores, amid the culturally significant Gumbaynggirr sites around the harbour.
Headlining the music program are Queensland duo Busby Marou and 2018 ARIA-nominated singer songwriter Emily Wurramara, with more acts to be announced shortly. Also on the main stage will be finalists from the Made Deadly open-mic series, which has travelled around five community regions unearthing Aboriginal musical talent. Plus:
- Aboriginal cultural stalls
- Workshops including dance, art, weaving, canoe-making, didgeridoo playing and language.
Further information can be found at Salt Water Festival
Toormina Hotel – Australia Day Garden Party
Join us at our Australia day weekend garden party.
Saturday the 26th – Show off your skills at our 3rd annual prawn peeling competition from 1PM. The winner of the tinny competition will be drawn from 3PM (must be here to win)
End the day PHAT TRACTA will be playing all Aussie music from 8:30PM
Sunday 27th – Listen to the Triple J’s Hottest 100 playing from first to last in the grassy beer garden
Putting Challenge all day Saturday and Sunday
Further information can be found at : Toormina Hotel
Smileys Disco – C. Ex Woolgoolga
Welcome to our Australia Day-themed SMILEYS Disco. Come in all of your favourite Australiana outfits!!
The SMILEYS will be here to dance and groove the night away! (5.00pm – 8.00pm)
Tickets are $6.00, this entitles a child to:
- One disco ticket
- One kid’s meal
- One kid’s drink
- A whole night of fun!
Seaview Tavern Woolgoolga
Start the Australia Day long weekend with an all Australian music experience with The AFTERSHOCK OF AUSTRALIAN ROCK!
This is followed on Saturday with local favourites Son of Jaguar + the Fingerz.
Finish the weekend on Sunday with The Triple J Hottest 100 broadcast as well as the waterslide for the Kids from 4pm.
Come and enjoy the Australia Day long weekend Sunday Session with Lisa Hunt! Sunday 27th, 3.00pm to 5.00pm.
Tickets are $10 at the door.
Lisa Hunt is an American born, Byron Bay based Soul Sensation! Her show ‘Forever Soul’ (a retrospective of Motown, Soul, Funk and Disco) has been wowing audiences here in Australia for a decade.
Lisa has performed, recorded and toured with some of the most legendary people in show business including Aussie icons such as Jimmy Barnes, Diesel, Tina Arena, Darren Percival, Jon Stevens and Midnight Oil.
On the international scene, her credits include the one and only Luciano Pavarotti, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, James Brown, Ronan Keating, Macy Gray, Dionne Warwick, Joe Cocker, Miles Davis, and Andrea Bocelli.
Incredible some would say for someone you may have never heard of.
Morgo St Park Urunga
Urunga is having a combined culture Australia Day at Morgo Street Park starting at 8.00 am with an Indigenous Smoking Ceremony and some aboriginal history. Citizenship Awards will be given by the Mayor at 9.00. Urunga Lions will be cooking Bacon & Egg rolls for gold coin donation. Following, there will be egg & spoon races, three-legged races, jumping castle, pony rides etc. Tea, coffee and lamingtons also provided.
Further information can be found at: Urunga Australia Day
Crab Races at 2.00pm, Live Music from 3.00pm, Casting Competition, prizes, giveaways and more!
Grafton Service Club
Barefoot bowls from 4pm and free entertainment from 6:30pm
Iluka Bowls Club
Sausage sizzle, backyard cricket and live music. Inflatable water slides and other games. $10 per person for the inflatable water slides includes sausage sandwich and cup of chips.
Iluka Community Hall
Flag raising ceremony, ‘Citizen of the Year’ and morning tea.
Lawrence Historical Society, Golf Club & Over 50’s
9.30am – Flag raising
10.00am Australia morning tea
10.00am-12.00pm – Museum is open free of charge
12.00pm – BBQ, games and entertainment at Lawrence Golf and Sports Club. Bar will be open. Come dressed in best Australian outfit.
Maclean Bowling Club
Free entertainment with 2 Way Street, Barefoot bowls $5 per person.
Sausage sizzle, Raffles and lucky door prize, all ages welcome, Held in the BBQ area.
Wooli Caravan Park
Sausage Sizzle at the Caravan Park. Anyone who would like to attend is welcome. Please bring a plate + sweets or nibbles to share.
Flag raising ceremony and breakfast. Station open.
Port of Yamba Historical Society (Yamba Museum)
Live music – Welcome to Country and flag raising ceremony and then damper and tea afterwards.
Free admission into the Museum and Old Kirk exhibition until 12 noon
Guest Speaker Hayley Talbot, first person to kayak 400km of the Clarence River.
BBQ, Jumping Castle, Music, Prizes and Giveaways, Face painting, Barefoot Bowls
St Matthews Anglican Church
A celebration of thanks for Australia. Well known colonial era hymns will be sung. After the service people are invited to stay and share fellowship together.
For the Saturday 6pm service please bring your favourite pie or pies (peas and tomato sauce followed by pavlova will be provided)
The Service will be repeated at 8am on Sunday 27th January, with damper and lamingtons.
Hotel Motel 5
Live Music in the beer garden. Waterslide for all ages.
Thong Throwing Comp. BBQ Lunch, And the all-new 5 MILE BIG BASH teams of 8 people needed.
To register your team please call the hotel on 6642 2555 with team name and names of people registering.
Trophy and prizes for winning team.
For further information on the Clarence Valley events: Clarence Valley