Australia Day: Events in the Central West

It's time to celebrate all things Australian, so we have put together a list of Australia Day events happening throughout the Central West.

Where ever you are, head along to celebrate the nation's day. 

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What: Citizenship Ceremony I Where:  Machattie Park, William St side I When: 9:30 am

The ceremony will include addresses from both the mayor and Australia Day Ambassador, a presentation to new citizens and a performance of the National Anthem from Sounds Live Choir.

What: Park Celebration I  Where: Machattie Park , Keppel St side I When: From 10am 

There will be live music, kid’s games and activities, jumping castles, an animal farm and market stalls. The national anthem and a flag raising will be part of an official ceremony at 11.30 am.

What: Eglinton Barbecue Breakfast I Where: Eglinton War Memorial Hall I  When: From 8am

There will be a Barbecue breakfast, a flag raising, car displays, games and activities and prizes to be won.


What: Park celebration I Where: Victoria Park I When: From 7.30 am 

Come and enjoy a barbecue breakfast, followed by a performance from the Dubbo City Band and then an official ceremony will begin at 8.30am.

There will be displays from the Dubbo Rescue Squad, the SES, Fire and Police , a jumping castle, face painting, Zoo Mooves and more. 

What: Pool celebration I Where: Dubbo Aquatic Leisure Centre I When: 10am to 11am

For one hour from 10am to 11am entry will be for a gold coin donation, which will go towards the Dubbo Rescue Squad. Once in the pool all activities such as slides and inflatables will still be at normal prices.


What: Australia Day Celebrations I Where: Cook Park, Summer Street I When: 7.30am to 2pm

There will be a barbecue breakfast to start the morning and then the Official Ceremony, which includes a flag raising, citizenship ceremony and awards presentation will begin at 9.15am. The Australia Day Ambassador will also deliver a short speech.

Afterwards there will be plenty to do, with rides for the kids, painting in the park, stalls, live music and dancing, an Australian Day raffle and more. Be sure not to miss the apple rolling competition and the wife carrying race, there are great prizes to be won.

What: Orange Picnic Races I Where: Towac Park Racecourse I When: 12pm till 5pm

Enjoy Australia Day in style at the races; there will be marquees, licensed satellite bars and a fashions on the field competition.

Admission costs $20 (free for under 14s) and all proceeds from Picnics 2012 will go to local charity Coonabahloo Gibir (Men of Canobolas). 

For more information visit Orange Picnic Races or phone 0413 585 002.


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What: Barbecue breakfast I Where: Cumnock Bowling Club I When: 8am

Enjoy an Aussie breakfast, musical entertainment and novelty events and games.

What: Morning Tea and Twenty20 cricket match I Where: Molong Recreational Grounds I When: 10.30am

What: High Tea I Where: Eugowra Bowling Club I When: 1.30pm onwards 

Eugowra Bowling Club will be the focal point for celebrations in that town where the official party will be welcomed with high tea at 1.30pm. A range of family events is planned for people of all ages.

What: Aussie BBQ Breakfast I Where: Mullion Creek Hall I When: 8am

What: Morning Tea I Where: Cargo Village Green I When: 10.30 am

What: Family fun day I Where: Cudal Public School I When: 10.30am

What: Canowindra Cup and BBQ I Where: Canowindra Memorial Park I When: 2:30 pm

What: Australia Day Celebration I Where: Canowindra Memorial Park I When: 6.30pm

There will be a flag raising, the national anthem and Australia day prayer, award presentations and the cutting of an Australia Day Cake.

What: Barbecue and Kids Disco I Where: Manildra Pool  I When: 4pm  

What: Barbecue and Pool entertainment I Where: Yeoval pool I When: 6pm 


What: Live Music and Tea and Damper I Where: Queen Elizabeth Park I When:  8.30am till 1pm 

Dig into some traditional damper and tea, while enjoying music from the Lithgow City Band, the Lithgow City Highland Pipe band, Peter and Gaye Avery and a performance by Lithgow Line Dancers. Village Markets will also be operating from 9 am – 2 pm.

What: Sons of Mercury Concert and Picnic I  Where: Queen Elizabeth Park  I When: 4.30pm till  8.30pm

Bring along a picnic rug and enjoy listening to some live music as the sun goes down. There will be a barbecue and ice-cream and drinks for sale.

A free shuttle bus will run from Wallerawang and Portland, contact the Lithgow Visitor Information Centre on 1300 760 276 for details and to book your seat. 

What:  Pool Party I Where: Lithgow Pool IWhen: 11 am – 3 pm 

Bring the family to Lithgow Pool and enjoy free entry, children’s entertainment, a giant slide and DJ “Oh’Sabi!”.

What: Wallerawang Australia Day Celebration I Where: Bowling Club I When: 10.30 am – 2pm

There will be a BBQ, damper cooking and thong throwing competitions, a mechanical bull, jumping castle and more. An official ceremony will be held at 11 am. Contact 6355 7374 for more details.

What: Portland Australia Day Celebrations I Where: Wolgan St I When: 10am – 3pm

There will be a fire station open day, performances from local bands and dance groups, stalls and an official ceremony at 11am. Contact 6355 5921 for more information.


What: Australia Day Celebrations I Where: Gulgong Showground I When: From 9am 

There will be demonstrations from local community groups, live music, market stalls, a jumping castle, face painting and other activities for the kids. 

Citizenship and awards ceremonies will take place from 10.30am and Australia Day Ambassador Paula Duncan will address the crowds. For more information contact 6378 2850.

What: Red Hot Summer I Where: Parklands Resort I When: From 12pm

Enjoy an all Australia Day music celebration with Jimmy Barnes, Baby Animals, Ian Moss and more. Tickets are $79.90 and availble from ticketmaster, The Mudgee Bookcase and Parklands Resort. 

For more information please go to or phone 6372 4500.


What: Community breakfast and Church service I Where: APEX Park I When: From 7am 

Australia Day will kick off with a community breakfast at 7am at APEX Park, followed by the annual open air Ecumenical Church service at 9am.

What: Family Swim I Where: Forbes Olympic Swimming Pool I When: 10.30am till 12.30pm

What: Street Parade I Where: Johnson Street I When: 5.30pm

If you want to participate in the Forbes street parade, assemble in Johnson Street at 5.30pm for a 5.45pm start. Everyone is invited to watch the parade, just find a place along Lachlan, Court or Camp Streets where the parade will follow and end at South Circle Oval. 

What: Live Entertainment and Fireworks I Where: South Circle Oval I When: From 5.30pm 

There will be free children’s rides, a CWA damper cooking competition, a bridge-to-bridge regatta, food and drink stalls and an official ceremony and citizen of the year announcements.

Australia Day Ambassador Warren Potent, an Olympic shooter will also be on hand to share the stories behind his Olympic journey. 

Highlights of the night will include a live performance from Night Owl and a firework display from 9.30pm.


What: Breakfast and Entertainment I Where: Cooke Park I When: From 7am 

The day will begin with a free community breakfast and walk. There will be an all-Australian car display and an official ceremony and awards presentations which will begin at 11am 

What: Ceremony and Breakfast I Where: Peak Hill Memorial Park I When: 7.30am 

Join in the Australia Day festivities commencing at 7.30am with a community breakfast.  The official ceremony will commence at 8.30am and includes award presentations and an address from the Parkes Shire Australia Day Ambassador Mr Mike Goldman. 

There will also be a cake cutting, writing competition awards and novelty events.

What: Australia Day Pool Party I Where: Parkes Pool I When: 2pm till 6pm 

What: Pool Disco I Where: Peak Hill Swimming Pool I When: from 3pm

There will be a junior disco at 5pm and a senior disco at 6pm. There will also be a free sausage sizzle for children under 18 from 6pm and a free Aqua Class from 4.30 to 5pm for all the community.

What: Parkes Harness Racing Australia Day Meeting I Where: Parkes Harness Racing Club I When: 7pm onwards 

The event will feature the famous Australia Day Yabby Races, which will be presented by Australia Day Ambassador Mr Mike Goldman around 8pm.

What: Golf day I Where: Parkes Golf Club I When: 7am to 5pm

There will be an 18 hole Stableford and presentation by the Australian Day Ambassador at 6pm.

What: Community Breakfast and Fundraising I Where: Bogan Gate school I When: 7.30am 

What: Community Breakfast and Awards presentation I Where: Trundle Berryman Oval I When: 8am

What: Fundraising Ceremony and Breakfast I Where: Tullamore Memorial Park I When: 8am

There will be a fundraising ceremony and citizen of the year presentation, which will be followed by breakfast. 


What: Australia Day Service | Where: Cowra Civic Centre | When:8.15am till 11.30am

The morning will begin with a free community breakfast, prepared by the Rotary Club of Cowra, with the support of the NSW Farmers Federation.

There will be an Australia Day service at 8.45am where you can meet the Australia day Ambassador, Jeff Sayle one of Australia’s rugby union greats.  Following the service there will be a morning tea and the cutting of the Australia Day Cake.

What: Luncheon | Where: The Cowra Services Club I When: 12.30pm

The luncheon will feature special guest Jeff Sayle, the 2013 Australia day Ambassador. The Dr Warren Whiley Memorial Award will also be presented here. The luncheon cost $22.. RSVP to Florence Laver on 6342 1240.  

What: Free Pool Entry I Where: Cowra Aquatic centre I When: All day

What: Golf competition I Where: Cowra Golf Club I When: 10am till 2pm

There will be a nine hole, four man Ambrose competition followed by Aussie burgers for lunch and presentations.

Open to all golfers in Cowra - no need to be a member. Phone 02 6342 2299 or email for more information.

What: Australia Day Mixed Pairs I Where: Cowra Bowling Club I When: 10am till 5pm.

What: Twenty20 cricket match I Where: Holman Oval, River Park I When: 3.30pm 

What: Australia Day celebrations I Where: Woodstock Hotel I When: From 1pm

There will be a Yabbie auction and races, music by Lauries Disco and from 3pm there will be novelty events including an eating completion and sumo wrestling and a BBQ all day.

A courtesy bus is available and you will need to book so call the Woodstock Hotel on 6345 0262 to book.

What: Live Music and Food I Where: Aussie Hotel, Cowra I When: 12pm till late

Australia Day will be celebrated right across the Central West. Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images

Australia Day will be celebrated right across the Central West. Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images

There are heaps of activities planned to celebrate the day, there will be live music, a jumping castle, BBQ and the traditional Australia Day photo.

What: Australia Day Fair I Where: Carcoar Village I When: 9am – 5pm

Enjoys Cobb and Co coach rides, street stalls, wood chopping, craft demonstrations, car displays, live music, thong throwing, whip cracking and more.

The Museums and Courthouse will be open and plenty of meals and BBQ's will be available throughout the day, with antique, giftware and pottery retail outlets all open. 

At 10am MP Paul Toole will open the “Open the Window” exhibition at at the Carcoar Hospital Museum Operating Theatre. Entry is a gold coin donation per person. 


What: Breakfast I Where: Cameron Park I When: From 7.30am

The day will start with a breakfast, cooked by the SES for a gold coin donation. There will be an official Australia Day ceremony at 8.30am which will include the announcement of award winners and performances from top local talent.

There will be show bags for the kids and beautiful lamingtons made by the CWA. The Wellington Rotary Markets will also be held in the park near the library from 9am.

The theme of this year’s event is Australiana and the Australia Day committee is encouraging people to dress in great Australian gear.