The celebration starts early at 8am, when participants aged six to 60 will compete in the annual Australia Day Aquathon at the Wollongong Harbour. A full day’s program has been organised by the Wollongong City Council.
Activities will continue around the Wollongong Harbour foreshore area across the day, including the Illawarra Rotaract Hospital Bed Run, sand sculpting and a yacht display and regatta.Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said: “This family-friendly day has something for everyone and continues to be one of Council’s most popular annual events. I’m really looking forward to celebrating our community and the wonderful diversity of people who live, work and play in Wollongong.’’
In Osborne Park there will be amusement rides for the kids, an animal farm and food and novelty stalls. Parents can encourage their toddlers to dress up as a fairy or their favourite superhero and join in the parade at 4.30pm.
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There will be entertainment for the whole family on two stages in Lang and Osborne Parks. The day’s highlight will be the annual fireworks display at 9pm.Cr Bradbery added: “Come down to Belmore Basin and soak up the fun of this great day. I’d like to remind people though, that Council is working with the NSW Police on this event and anti-social behaviour or the consumption of alcohol will not be tolerated.’’
For easy parking, drive to JJ Kelly Park and catch a free bus between the park and the WIN Entertainment Centre. The bus will run every 15 minutes from 12 noon until 11pm on January 26. The free Gong Shuttle will run from 6am to 11pm and the bus will be re-routed via Corrimal Street and Georges Place due to road closures.