Sat 31 Oct
Fill up the esky, break out the cricket set and get the barbie glowing, it’s nearly that time of year again, the day when Southern Cross tattoos are on display, boxing kangaroo flags are everywhere, the Triple J Hottest 100 is blasting from stereos, and the chant of “Aussie Aussie Aussie” echoes around just about every park, reserve, and backyard in Australia.
That’s right, it’s nearly time to celebrate ‘Straya Day!
What is possibly the biggest day on the public holiday Calendar, Australia Day is fast approaching, and what better place to celebrate than the beautiful Darwin City.
Australia Day is a day for all Australians, whether by birth right or immigration, it is all about celebrating being Australian and what is great about our land girt by sea. It is also on Australia Day that new citizens are officially welcomed in citizenship ceremonies across the country. Australia Day in Darwin sees this ceremony take place, along with the Australia Day Awards in which members of the community who have made a noteworthy contribution are recognised.
The day in Darwin kicks off with the ever popular OZ Run, previously known as the Australia Day Fun Run, which is held at the Darwin Waterfront. As the Northern Territory’s largest running event, it attracts over 4000 people, participating in either a 3 or 5 kilometre walk/run. The morning begins at the Darwin Convention Centre at 6:15am with a Zumba warm up and the race starts at 7:00am. Participants are encouraged to dress up and embrace the spirit of Australia.
Throughout the day there will be numerous parties across a number of different venues, with a large variety of music acts and entertainment, and of course the infamous Australia Day Ute Run will once again be taking place and raising money for Variety. Starting at the Hidden Valley Raceway and finishing up at the Noonamah Tavern, the ute run is a fun spectacle for all.
If something a little more low key is your style, why not take a relaxing stroll through the Botanic Gardens or head down to the Darwin Waterfront Recreation Lagoon. While there is an entry fee for the wave pool, the patrolled lagoon is free to access and is a great spot for an Australia Day picnic.
The evening boasts a special event with cycling great Anna Meares sharing her incredible journey. Anna was millimetres away from becoming a paraplegic after a shocking crash in which she broke her neck. But she made stunning recovery and returned to compete at the 2008 Olympics. Hailed as the greatest female cyclist of all time, An Evening with Anna Meares is being held at the Darwin Convention Centre.
If you’re celebrating Australia Day in Darwin, Mercure Darwin Airport Resort and Novotel Darwin Airport have a superb range of accommodation, from corporate options to family suites. Be sure to book your accommodation here.
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