Australia Day Parramatta

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Start the day soaring in a hot air balloon and finish by celebrating our diverse nation during the fireworks

The City of Parramatta is hosting a huge party on January 26 with internationally renowned Indigenous performers, one of Sydney’s biggest hot air balloon launches, family workshops, games, activities and a sparkling fireworks display.

It’ll be a solid 15 hours of celebrating Australia’s diversity, with the Australia Day event kicking off at 6am (ooft) for the hot air balloon display and finishing with the crackle of fireworks at 9pm.

After the city welcomes a massive contingent of more than 1,400 new citizens into the fold, there will be a spectacular Indigenous dance performance, followed by a set from Aboriginal band, Yothu Yindi and the Treaty Project. Visitors to Parramatta park can also expect to find the classic vintage car show, a huge set up of carnival rides, a tasty maze of food stalls, and a troupe of roving performers.

It’s free entry into the party zone and you’re welcome to pack a picnic and chill on the lawn. Keep in mind, there’s no parking on site, so it’ll have to be a public transport adventure or a footrace from Parramatta CBD parking stations.

By: Olivia Gee

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This is a really relaxing day out - Parramatta Park is so big a lot like Centennial park. There's always great live music too. Good with mates and good too is you have mates with kids (I do!).