What’s on this long weekend

Long weekend activities

Everybody loves a long weekend. Especially when it falls just a few weeks after the last one. If you’re keen to get out and about, here are some ideas for what’s on.

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Sydney

In Sydney, you’ve got the Sydney Festival this month, which offers 134 events over 24 days, with something for everyone, from opera to cabaret to theatre. There are tactile tours, relaxed performances, and performances with assistive listening and Auslan interpretation. You can also visit The Rocks and watch some of the world’s best wheelchair athletes whizz by in a ten-kilometre race before you join the street party at 12.30pm.

For the kids, the Wiggles are headlining the Children’s Festival at Darling Harbour, which will have a morning and afternoon session. Accessible viewing access is available, just register your interest here.

If you like, you can end the day with a bang at Sydney Olympic Park, which will offer a spectacular fireworks display.

Melbourne

In Melbourne, you can catch the last of the Australian Open. Accessible seating is available in some areas, as is parking. Find out more and make a booking here.

You can also see some heritage vehicles and enjoy a range of family and community activities at the RACV Australia Day Festival in Kings Domain Garden.

Australia Day at Docklands will offer entertainment, food trucks and a firework display at 9pm.

Brisbane

You also won’t run out of things to do in Brisbane this weekend. If you want to be in the thick of it, head to the South Bank where you can picnic and enjoy live music from 11am to 7.30pm before being treated to some fireworks.

If you’re something quieter and less crowded, the stunning Botanical Gardens at Mt Cooth-tha are set in 56 hectares and offer wheelchair facilities and access. You can download the mobility map for more information.

Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art has a range of free services and programs for people with disability. You can take a volunteer guided tour or check out exhibitions by Yayoi Kasuma, Pablo Picasso or Gerard Richter.

Gold Coast

On the Gold Coast, the action will be centred around Broadwater Parklands, starting with a food truck feast from 4pm and ending with fireworks. There will also be live music.

Adelaide

Every year in Adelaide, Australia Day in the City attracts more than 40,000 people and this year will be no exception with a line up including Ricki-Lee and Chris Sebastian. Or if you prefer a slightly smaller crowd, you could go to the Adelaide Oval for the annual One Day International 50-over cricket match. For more info about Friday celebrations in Adelaide, including where to find a free breakfast, click here.


You might just decide to escape all the events and stay cool indoors. Why not check out an art gallery? Or head to the beach? Find out more about Australia’s best accessible beaches here.

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