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Australia Day 2024 in Perth: Fireworks, events and things to do

These are the events in Perth that are going off with a bang this Australia Day.

Wondering what to do on the Australia Day public holiday? Whether you want to see the annual Australia Day fireworks or head to an event in the city, we know the places to go to in Perth on 26 January.

Australia Day fireworks in Perth

The annual Australia Day fireworks (Skyworks) are now part of the City of Light Show series.

In 2023 the main fireworks display will be accompanied by a drone show. It starts right after 8pm and runs for 30 minutes.

Unlike previous years, the display will not be central over the Swan River. Instead, it will be held closer to the Perth foreshore and is best viewed from there.

Where to watch the Australia Day fireworks in Perth

Vantage pointWhat's happening?Time
Supreme Court GardensBirak Concert with Welcome to Country performance, live entertainment and family-friendly activities, including a 23-metre Warrior Obstacle Course. If you can't make it to the event, Noongar Radio typically broadcasts the performances.3pm–9pm
Langley ParkThe Entertainment Zone is true to its name with amusement rides, obstacle courses, a freestyle motocross and BMX stunt show, a water playground and 18-hole mini golf. This is the best vantage point for the drone show due to image placement. Outside of the park, the narrated soundtrack for the drone show will not be heard.3pm–9pm
Elizabeth QuayNo events.Fireworks and drone show start at 8pm
Kings ParkNo events.Fireworks and drone show start at 8pm

Australia Day events in Perth for 2024

EventsWhat's happening?WhereWhenCostLearn more
Australia Day CeremonyThe morning ceremony features the citizenship ceremony and the annual Community Citizen of the Year Awards.Sir James Mitchell Park8am–9:30amFreeMore info
Great Aussie BreakfastFollowing the Australia Day Ceremony, all are welcome to tuck into a barbeque brekky hosted by the Rotary Club of Como. Funds will go to the local community.Sir James Mitchell Park9:30am–10:30am$6 per personMore info
City of Light ShowReplacing the Perth Skyworks event, the City of Light Show is a mix of drone and fireworks displays. It will launch from Langley Park and fly over the Swan River.Langley Park8pmFreeMore info
Birak ConcertThis annual concert celebrates the music, dance and art of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Headliners include Red Ochre Band, Pipeline and Phil Walleystack.Supreme Court Gardens3pm–7:30pmFreeMore info
Twilight Food MarketEnjoy some good grub during the city's biggest street food market showcasing Perth's diverse food culture where you can try a variety of affordable cuisines from around the globe while you indulge in some festive entertainment.Forrest Place4:30pm–9:30pmFreeMore info
Australia Day Multicultural BBQ Breakfast PicnicCatch up with mates over an Aussie BBQ breakfast and some live and local entertainment.Calista Oval, 2 Walgreen Cres8am–11amFreeMore info

Things to do on Australia Day in Perth

Have an Indigenous experience

Take today to learn more about the original custodians of our great land on a cultural tour. You'll be taken through Dreamtime stories, traditional songs and more.

Swan Valley, Wildlife Park, Winery and Fruit Orchard tour
Swan Valley, Wildlife Park, Winery and Fruit Orchard tour

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Wave Rock, Historic York and Corrigin Tour
Wave Rock, Historic York and Corrigin Tour

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Pinnacles Sunset Dinner with Stargazing Tour
Pinnacles Sunset Dinner with Stargazing Tour

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Wine and dine in Swan Valley or Margaret River

Spend your Australia Day celebrating the best tipples and tastes of the region by heading to a local wine region and supporting your local wine makers.

Swan Valley Premium Small Group Wine & Gourmet Experience
Swan Valley Premium Small Group Wine & Gourmet Experience

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Get out on the water

We're lucky to have so many pristine beaches and fun water activities readily available in Australia, particularly in Perth and surrounding areas. From swimming and surfing to paddle-boarding and sailing, there's no better place to be than at the beach if the sun is out.

Rottnest Island Snorkelling Adventure with Lunch
Rottnest Island Snorkelling Adventure with Lunch

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Spend the day at the pub

Like you weren't going to anyway. But instead of heading to your local, make this one a bit more special by checking out a new brewery and going on a tasting tour. You might just find your new favourite watering hole.

Tales-on-Tap: Self-guided Tour of Perth's Historical Pubs
Tales-on-Tap: Self-guided Tour of Perth's Historical Pubs

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Winery, Brewery and Chocolate Tour in Swan Valley
Winery, Brewery and Chocolate Tour in Swan Valley

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Meet the locals

Got kids? Perhaps you simply love animals? There are more than a handful of animal encounters you can have in Perth on Australia Day, including swimming with dolphins, feeding penguins and taking that all-important quokka selfie.

Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour
Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour

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Top free things to do on Australia Day in Perth

  • Get cultured. Australia Day is not just one big party – it's a day to remember Australia's history and culture. Tap into the heart of Australia Day with a trip to one of Perth's many museums, such as the Western Australian Museum and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
  • Join a great Aussie BBQ. Today, heaps are going on from official events to your mate's house.
  • Crash another suburb's party. We mean this in the nicest way possible. Many of Perth's major suburbs will be hosting their own Australia Day celebrations, so why not branch out and check out what activities they've got to offer? Popular suburbs include Cottesloe and Armadale.

What's open on Australia Day in Perth?

AttractionAustralia Day trading hoursWhere to book
Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour9am–4pmTripadvisor
Pinnacles Desert Sunset Stargazing Tour9am–4pmTripadvisor
The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA)9am–4pmExperience Oz
Lumber Punks Perth11am–8:30pmExperience Oz
The Perth Mint9am–5pmKlook
Adventure Golf Midland10am–9pmGroupon
Island Aqua Park9am–7pm
Fremantle Prison9am–4pmViator
Outback Splash10am–5pmRedBalloon
Lane Poole Park Trees Adventure9am–5pmRedBalloon
City Rock Summit Climbing Centre10am–10pmSummit Climbing
WA Maritime Museum9:30am–5pmWA Maritime Museum
Fremantle Roundhouse10:30am–3:30pmFree, donations recommended
Adventure World10am–6pmAdventure World
WA Museum Boola Bardip9:30am–5pmFree entry
Perth Zoo9am–5pmPerth Zoo

Are shops open on Australia Day?

Here are the major shopping centres open on Australia Day and their trading hours:

  • Westfield Garden City: 10am–5pm
  • Westfield Carousel: 8am–6pm
  • Westfield Whitford City: 11am–5pm
  • Karrinyup: 9am–9pm
  • Claremont Quarter: 9am–9pm

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Courtney Edwards was associate travel publisher at Finder. She has a Bachelor of Communication majoring in Journalism and sub-majoring in English from Western Sydney University and a Certificate II in Tourism. She discovered her love for travel while completing a semester abroad in England and travelling around Europe. Outside of work, you’ll find Courtney visiting new brunch spots and planning her next adventure. See full profile

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