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Tomorrow night, the biggest concert of the year descends on the lawns of Parliament House, bringing some of Australia’s favourite performers: Jessica Mauboy, Paul Kelly, Sheppard and local band Drawing North, to the stage. Preceded by the presentation of the Australian of the Year Awards, it’s an evening that celebrates everything that’s great about our nation.
Australia Celebrates Live! is a BIG evening…a packed program, and lots and LOTS of people. So, to help you get the most out of the night, we’ve put together this essential guide.
The free concert starts early, with live music starting at 4pm. The site will be open to the public from 3pm onwards and it is recommended to arrive before 5pm to secure a place on the lawns to get the full experience.
From 5pm–6pm there is a special live event show that will pay tribute to 100 years of ANZAC and honour the outgoing Australians of the Year. This will be followed by the live announcement of the 2015 Australian of the Year Awards. Read more about our ACT Senior Australian of the Year finalist, Sandra Mahlberg, here.
Then it’s into celebration mode, with an amazing live concert featuring Paul Kelly, Jessica Mauboy, Sheppard and Canberra’s Drawing North (below).
What to take
You can pack a picnic hamper, but you don’t have to – there’ll be plenty of food and drinks available for purchase onsite. Alcohol will be available for purchase on site and there’ll also be fresh drinking water if you need it. See event map above for locations.
Also bring your own water, sunscreen and a hat, a picnic rug or folding chair for the best concert experience. And, of course, the obligatory Australian flags and colours!
DON’T BRING any of this stuff: pets (excluding assistance dogs); glass, including bottles; large shade structures or large umbrellas.
BY BUS: Route 900 departs Belconnen, City, Woden, Erindale and Tuggeranong bus stations every 15 minutes and drops off at the Albert Hall bus stops on Commonwealth Avenue
EVENT SHUTTLE: A special shuttle from the City or Woden interchange will drop off in front of Old Parliament House. After the event, shuttles will depart from Old Parliament House on King George Terrace and travel to all bus interchanges. For more information, visit ACTION www.action.act.gov.au
BY TAXI: If you’re planning to catch a taxi to and from the concert, taxi ranks are located opposite the Treasury Building along Parkes Place.
BY CAR: Road closures, including Federation Mall, Parliament Drive and Queen Victoria Terrace will take effect from 6am Sunday 25 January to 1am Monday 26 January 2015. Make sure you read the event map below to plan your trip in advance. Vehicles with appropriate disabled parking authorisation will have access to a disabled parking area located at the East Block car park, off Queen Victoria Terrace (adjacent to the National Archives of Australia).
The entire concert site will be fenced for Australia Celebrates Live 2015. There is only one entry and exit point this year – it’s located opposite Old Parliament House. See the above map for details.
Enjoying the concert with kids
Look out for the Family Area; a glass and alcohol-free zone especially for families.
A family room will also be operational during the event and will be stocked with change tables, nappy bins, seats, water and a microwave oven.
Sharing your Australia Day
Share your Australia Celebrates Live experience through Twitter! To be part of Australia Day Your Way, simply Tweet a photo which shows how you mark Australia Day and use the hashtag #AustraliaDay.
Other ways to celebrate
The celebrations don’t stop on Australia Day eve – there’s plenty happening on the actual day, from Hottest 100 events to fireworks! Check out 10+ ways to celebrate Australia Day here.
What: Australia Celebrates Live Concert
When: Sunday 25 January 2015. Gates open at 3pm, entertainment from 4pm.
Where: Lawns of Parliament House