Perth Lights Up for Australia Day

To celebrate Australia Day this year, the City of Perth will host diverse family-friendly events from 21 January, with the Australia Day Skyworks returning on Wednesday 26 January.

City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said Australia Day was a time to celebrate our multiculturalism, with the chance to enjoy a range of inclusive events for the whole community, including the Big Aussie BBQ in West Perth and Sunset Sounds at JH Abrahams Reserve, Nedlands.

“We’re welcoming everyone in the lead up to, and on, Australia Day this year. It is a time for us all to reflect, respect and celebrate our unique country we call home,” City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said.

“The highlight will, of course, be the City of Perth Skyworks on 26 January, which is back in full swing after a break last year. We’re excited to bring you Western Australia’s largest fireworks display on the banks of the Swan River.

“We encourage everyone to make their way into the city to enjoy a range of cultural experiences, music, entertainment, rides and international cuisine. Bring your friends and family, set up for the day and watch the sky light up as we live up to our name as the City of Light.”

With the safety of the Western Australian community in mind and with current COVID advice from the WA Government, all attendees to Skyworks 2022 must be double vaccinated.

Visitors to Skyworks can use the WA Government’s new ServiceWA app to check-in using the QR codes located around the event and show their proof of COVID-19 vaccinations or medical exemptions. Manual registers will also be available.

COVID marshals will be doing spot checks and people are required to have proof of vaccination on hand. The City is encouraging people to stay home if they are unwell, practice physical distancing where possible and use the hand sanitiser provided.

Supported by the National Australia Day Council, Lotterywest and Mix 94.5, this year’s City of Perth Skyworks will be an opportunity to build community spirit and celebrate what it means to be Australian.

Skyworks will commence at 3pm, with the City of Perth Air Show taking to the skies, providing exciting aerobatic entertainment above the water.

Featuring free family entertainment on both sides of the river, families can also enjoy free and accessible rides and activities at the Entertainment Zone presented by Lotterywest in Langley Park from 3pm. Plus there’s a water playground and international food markets to delve into, too.

Over in Supreme Court Gardens, the Birak Concert will feature an Elders Marquee and local performances to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Approximately 70 Aboriginal people will deliver the concert with the event broadcast across the Pilbara and the Kimberley.

To conclude the day, the Swan River will explode into colour at 8pm, with Western Australia’s largest annual fireworks display.

The City of Perth is proud to host Skyworks as an accessible and inclusive event, featuring a sensory guide, audio describing and Auslan interpreting, closed captioning and quiet zones for people with sensory sensitivities. With the help of VisAbility WA, two Assistance Animal Relief Areas will also be set up on Langley Park.

Families are encouraged to take note of road closures and plan their journey to and from Skyworks. For those families driving into the city, a road closure map and list of carparks are available on Visit Perth.

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