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Australia Day: What to know before you go

HerCanberra Team

Parking, public transport, free events and entertainment and the best spots to see the fireworks. Here’s what to know before you go this Australia Day.

With the hot weather continuing into the Australia Day long weekend, Canberrans are urged to come prepared and take steps to keep cool and avoid heat-related stress while enjoying the festivities.

To beat the heat, keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcohol and caffeine. Wear lightweight clothing and a hat when outdoors, and don’t forget to slap on the sunscreen.

ActewAGL’s Great Aussie Breakfast will kick off celebrations in Commonwealth Park, near Stage 88 at 7:30 am, followed by the National flag raising and citizenship ceremony at Rond Terrace on Parkes Way at 9:00 am.

The National Museum of Australia also has a huge range of family-friendly activities on offer, including free entry to their summer blockbuster exhibition Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters all day until 9 pm.

Read our full round-up of Australia Day activities here.

FIREWORKS

Regatta Point and the Patrick White Lawns (Lakeside of the National Library of Australia) are the best vantage points from which to enjoy both the pre-fireworks entertainment and fireworks display.

The pre-fireworks entertainment will commence at 3.30pm with the Queen’s Baton Relay making its way around the lake and arriving at Regatta Point Stage at 5:30 pm. Face painting and food vendors will be available at both locations from 4:00 pm with the Regatta Point stage entertainment beginning at 5:30 pm.

ATMs will also be available on site.

The main fireworks display will be the centrepiece of festivities, commencing at 9:00 pm and featuring a dazzling display that will light up Lake Burley Griffin and the surrounding Canberra icons.

GETTING AROUND

Transport Canberra will be operating to a Sunday timetable. After the fireworks finish, free chartered Transport Canberra buses will run from Commonwealth Avenue bus stops at Regatta Point to Gungahlin Marketplace, City, Belconnen, Tuggeranong and Woden bus stations until approximately 10:15 pm.

PARKING

Car parking will be available from the following locations:

  • Parliamentary Triangle carparks
  • Civic Pool car park, Civic
  • Anzac Parade East and West car parks

Temporary car park, road and lake closures include the following:

  • The Regatta Point car park closed to public from 4:00 pm but will be open to VIP and pass holders only
  • Rond Terrace car park closed from 5:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Barine Drive (including car park) closed from Albert Street East to West from 5.30 am
  • Commonwealth Bridge eastern walkway closed from 5:30 am until 11:00 pm
  • Commonwealth Bridge eastern lane southbound will be closed from 5:30 am until 11:00 pm
  • Albert Street East (Commonwealth Park) access will be authorised permit only from 11:00 am
  • Commonwealth Bridge will be closed from approximately 9:00-9:15 pm due to the fireworks display.
  • Exclusion zones for the Central Basin of Lake Burley Griffin will be in place from 5:00 am until midnight.

MORE INFORMATION

Anyone thinking of escaping the heat by attending their local library on Australia Day should note that all ACT libraries will be closed and will re-open as normal on Saturday 27 January 2018.

On the Australia Day fireworks and pre-fireworks entertainment visit www.events.act.gov.au

Transport options visit www.transport.act.gov.au

Lake and road closures visit www.nca.gov.au

Tips for avoiding heat stress visit www.health.act.gov.au/healthy-living/summer-safety

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