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Australia Day in Darwin in 2024: Events and things to do

Find out exactly what's on in Darwin on 26 January.

It's safe to say that Darwin city knows how to put the excitement into Australia Day, from ute runs to classic fun runs, you're sure to find something to suit the whole family this year.

Keep reading to find out what events are happening, free things to do and the trading hours of your favourite city hot spots.

Australia Day fireworks in Darwin

There are currently no plans for a fireworks display on Australia Day in Darwin but there will be light projections throughout the CBD.


Australia Day events in Darwin for 2024

There are tons of fun events for Australia Day in Darwin. Check out our favourites:

EventDetailsWhereWhenCostLearn more
The Australia Day CeremonyThe official celebrations are a tradition across the nation. In Darwin, they include a flag raising and citizenship ceremony, 21-gun salute and fighter jet flypast as well as free entry to Nightcliff and Parap pools. To cool down, naturally.Citizenship ceremony in the Main Hall at Parliament House, flyover and 21-gun salute at The EsplanadeCitizenship ceremony at 10am, flyover and 21-gun salute at middayFree admissionMore info
Smoking CeremonyAfter the sun rises, the Larrakia People will perform a smoking ceremony to acknowledge the First Nations people and commence the Australia Day celebrations. It's followed by performances by the Larrakia People and Rirratjingu Dancers from North East Arnhem Land.Darwin WaterfrontStarts 7:50amTBCMore info
OzFusion 2023This annual multicultural event is packed with activities to celebrate the region's diversity. It includes a multi-faith ceremony and Indigenous performances.Darwin Netball Courts, 235 Abala Road, Marrara4:30pm–7pmFree admissionMore info
OZ RUNPut your best foot forward in this family-friendly fun run. Entries are required and costumes are encouraged.Stokes Hill Wharf6amFree admissionMore info
Barkly Regional Council Australia Day Family Fun DayWith the kids off for the day, there's no better place to be than at this annual community day out. It's located on the banks of Lake Mary Ann, with more than enough to entertain all from games and a sausage sizzle to a leaky bucket race.Lady Mary Ann (Tingkarli)From middayFree admissionMore info
The Festival of UsThe Territorian spirit comes to life in this inclusive, multicultural event. On the agenda are live dance performances, music by talented locals, visual arts, storytelling, local grub and kid-friendly activities.Territory Netball Stadium11am–8pmFree admissionMore info
Katherine Australia Day Citizen Awards and Citizenship CeremonyWelcome the newest members and commemorate Katherine's greatest citizens in the region at this annual event. Stick around after for a cuppa and some good conversation and then look to the skies to catch the jet flyover.Lot 3238 Stuart HighwayFrom 9amTBCMore info
Nhulunbuy Australia DayJoin in the official Australia Day celebrations as the Australia Day Award is handed out and the newest Australian citizens are welcomed. Enjoy dances by the Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation and music by Yolŋu.89 Chesterfield CctFrom 10amTBCMore info
Barkly Regional Council Australia Day Breakfast, Awards and Citizenship CeremonyAttend the official celebrations, congratulate the newest citizens and grab some brekky.Civic Hall, Peko RoadFrom 8amTBCMore info
Barkly TriathlonEarly risers and sporty types can sign themselves up for a morning of swimming, cycling and running in the annual Barkly Regional Council Australia Day triathlon. All are welcome. Registrations are at 5:35am.Tennant Creek Swimming PoolRace starts at 6amTBCMore info
Litchfield Council Australia Day EventBigger and better than ever, Litchfield Council locals can show their Aussie pride on this multicultural family-friendly day. It starts with a fun run and features a citizenship ceremony, awards and free brekky. Entertainment for the day includes market stalls, an inflatable obstacle course and a petting zoo.20 Bees Creek RoadFrom 7amFree admissionMore info

Things to do on Australia Day in Darwin

Your Australia Day itinerary options don't stop at the events. Check out the wide range of activities that are also available on the day below.

Visit a sacred site

Learn more about Aboriginal heritage and culture with a guided visit to Injalak Hill. Your Indigenous guides will take you through Arnhem Land where you can spot wallabies and dingoes before arriving to see the ancient Aboriginal rock art.

Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land Adventure Tour
Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land Adventure Tour


Explore the best nature has to offer

Get out among the fresh air with tours of the marvellous National Parks of the Northern Territory. From fishing charters to scenic flights, the itinerary is sorted for you.

Freshwater or Saltwater Barramundi Fishing Day Trip from Darwin
Freshwater or Saltwater Barramundi Fishing Day Trip from Darwin


60-minute Scenic Flight: Litchfield National Park
60-minute Scenic Flight: Litchfield National Park


Explore the city centre

Australia Day is a good day to reflect on Australia's history and learn more about the local historical sites.

Private Helicopter Pub Crawl Tour in Darwin
Private Helicopter Pub Crawl Tour in Darwin


Check out Crocosaurus Cove

It's one of Darwin's most recognisable attractions and now you can see it for yourself this upcoming Australia Day.

Crocodile Tour and Feed at Crocosaurus Cove
Crocodile Tour and Feed at Crocosaurus Cove


Crocodile and Reptile Encounter at Crocosaurus Cove
Crocodile and Reptile Encounter at Crocosaurus Cove


Litchfield National Park and Jumping Crocodile Cruise
Litchfield National Park and Jumping Crocodile Cruise


Get that adrenaline rush

If you want to get away from the festivities and seek thrills, you can't look past these activities that will get your blood pumping.

Darwin Cyclone 30 Minutes Helicopter Tour
Darwin Cyclone 30 Minutes Helicopter Tour


Top free things to do on Australia Day in Darwin

  • Celebrate at Cloppenburg Park. Once the formalities of the fun run, flag-raising ceremony (9am) and ute run are over, have a day out on the green at Cloppenburg Park where there will be activities and a barbeque.
  • Cool down in Berry Springs National Park. Complete the theme of the day by getting out and exploring your surroundings by foot. Berry Springs National Park has it all, from shaded picnic areas and barbeques to clear natural swimming pools.
  • Visit one of Darwin's free museums. Learn about Darwin's past in one of its free museums such as the Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory or Fannie Bay Gaol.
  • Have a picnic in George Brown Botanic Gardens. Open 7am–7pm daily, the city's Botanic Gardens offer rainforest walks, picnic lawns and guided Segway tours.
  • Splash around at the Darwin Waterfront Recreation Lagoon. While you have to pay to go into the wave pool, the patrolled lagoon (which has stinger nets) is free to use. It's the perfect place for an Australia Day picnic.

What's open on Australia Day in Darwin?


Find out which sights are open on 26 January 2024 and where to score your tickets.

AttractionAustralia Day trading hoursWhere to book
Litchfield National Park and Jumping Crocodile Cruise9am–6pmTripadvisor
4-Hour Outback Gourmet Food & Aboriginal Art Tour9am–6pmTripadvisor
Crocosaurus Cove9am–6pmAdrenaline
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility10am–2pm
AquasceneOpening hours varyTripadvisor
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory10am–4pmFree
Darwin Military Museum10am–3pmDarwin Military Museum
George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens7am–7pmFree
Charles Darwin National Park8am–7pmFree

Are stores open on Australia Day in Darwin?

Here are the major shopping centres that typically open for Australia Day and their trading hours. These may change closer to Australia Day.

  • Casuarina Square shopping centre: Open 9am–5:30pm
  • Smith Street Mall: Times vary
  • Mitchell Centre: Open 9am–6pm

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