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Australia Day in Adelaide in 2022: Fireworks, events and things to do

Take your Australia Day plans from day to night with these events in Adelaide.

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We've got all the information you need to figure out how you want to spend Australia Day on 26 January. From free events and activities to everything else on offer – Adelaide has it all going on this Australia Day.

Australia Day fireworks in Adelaide

In previous years, Adelaide's Australia Day fireworks have lit up the sky from Pinky Flat and the River Torrens. Although there won't be Australia Day fireworks in Adelaide in 2022, Aus Lights on the River will light up Elder Park on 26 January.

elder park

Australia Day events in Adelaide for 2022

EventsDetailsWhereWhenCost
Aus Lights on the RiverA 5-day event running from 22-26 January, ADCSA has worked closely with First Nation and multicultural groups to create a meaningful program of events in the lead-up to Australia Day.Amphitheatre, Elder Park7:30pmFree
Australia Day BreakfastA great Australia Day tradition throughout the country is free breakfast – and Adelaide has quite a few locations ready to whip up a bacon and egg roll or fruit and yoghurt for you, followed by the flag raising ceremony, Australia Day ceremony and citizenship ceremony. If you're located near Adelaide CBD, Salisbury Community Club is your closest location but there are many across the state.Salisbury Community Club8am-11amFree
Australia Day Bush Picnic and Open MicShare your creativity with the people of Adelaide or bring along a picnic to enjoy the atmosphere and talent of people sharing their favourite Australian song or poem.Sinclair's Gully Winery12pm-4pmFree
Cultural Showcase at Elder ParkLearn about traditional firekeeping practices and enjoy performances by the Point Pearce Youth Dance Ensemble along with regional performers including Anangu Elders.Elder Park8:00amFree
Smoking CeremonyThe Smoking Ceremony is a time for reflection, inclusion and reconciliation and involves burning native plants to produce a cleansing smoke. Kaurna Elder, Rosemary Kudnarto Wanganeen, will deliver a speech before musician Nancy Bates takes to the stage and a Sand Painting by Derick Lync in collaboration with Kaurna Elderm Frank Wanganeen will be unveiled.Elder Park8:00amFree
Jetty to Jetty SwimAustralia Day is in the heat of summer and what better way to celebrate the occasion than by cooling off at the beach? The swim has been organised by Masters Swimming South Australia and is a 2.2km dash from point to point.Grange Jetty7:30amFree
Australia Day at Rundle MallGet swept up in all things Australian this Australia Day at one of Adelaide's favourite shopping destinations with music and storytelling.Rundle Mall11am-2pmFree
Semaphore Summer FestivalFun in the sun is the name of the game in Semaphore. Semaphore Summer Carnival goes all-out, delivering a carnival-inspired day of roving entertainment, magicians and themed shows.Esplanade, Semaphore11:00amFree

Things to do on Australia Day in Adelaide

Head to the Barossa Valley for the day

Get amongst some of the country's finest wine for this year's Australia Day.

Barossa Valley Food and Wine Tour with Lunch
Barossa Valley Food and Wine Tour with Lunch

RedBalloon

Pheasant Farm Wine and Cheese Tasting Experience
Pheasant Farm Wine and Cheese Tasting Experience

RedBalloon

Micro-Group Barossa Valley Wine Tour from Adelaide
Micro-Group Barossa Valley Wine Tour from Adelaide

Viator

Meet the local wildlife

Get up close and personal with Australia's cutest wildlife – from feeding wallabies to swimming with dolphins.

Lions 360 Walk at Monarto Zoo and Gin Tasting Tour
Lions 360 Walk at Monarto Zoo and Gin Tasting Tour

RedBalloon

Dolphin Cruise from Adelaide with Optional Dolphin Swim
Dolphin Cruise from Adelaide with Optional Dolphin Swim

Viator

Take a cruise

Enjoy the water without getting soaked with a cruise of the Torrens River, Victor Harbor or the Glenelg foreshore.

Glenelg Twilight Catamaran Cruise with Beverage
Glenelg Twilight Catamaran Cruise with Beverage

RedBalloon

Southern Ocean Adventure from Victor Harbor
Southern Ocean Adventure from Victor Harbor

Adrenaline

Do the famous roof climb

It's one of the most recognisable sights in Adelaide and you can spend a day prior or post Australia Day seeing the city from new heights.

Head out onto the water

Many Australians love a day out spent basking in the sun and splashing in the water. Take it a step further on Australia Day by booking a water-based activity.


Top free things to do on Australia Day in Adelaide

  • Cycle the Linear Park Cycle Track. Get on your bike and explore the city on two wheels, passing the iconic Adelaide Oval and Adelaide Zoo.
  • Head to the beach. Do it right this year and make this Australia Day a beach day. Bring the cricket set, volleyball set, boogie board and picnic basket.
  • Explore Australia's museums and galleries. Australia is home to plenty of galleries and museums filled with Aussie history and art for you to explore and see on Australia Day.

What's open on Australia Day in Adelaide?

Find out which of your favourite sights are open for business come 26 January.

AttractionAustralia Day trading hoursWhere to book
RoofClimb9:00am-9:30pmAdrenaline
Cleland Wildlife Park9:30am-5pmRedBalloon
Adelaide Zoo9:30am-5pmAdelaide Zoo
Adelaide Botanical Garden7:15am-7pmFree
Adelaide Central MarketCLOSEDFree
South Australian Museum10am-5pmFree
Art Gallery of South Australia10am-5pmFree
Adelaide Himeji Park8am-5:30pmFree

Are the shops open on Australia Day?

Some shops are open on 26 January 2022. Here are their opening hours:

  • Rundle Mall: Open 11am-5pm
  • Harbour Town Adelaide: Open 11am-5pm (select stores open only)
  • Castle Plaza Shopping Centre: Open 9am-5:30pm
  • Elizabeth Shopping Centre: 11am-5pm
  • Burnside Village: 11am-5pm
  • Westfield Marion: 9am-5:30pm

Times are correct as at 12 January 2022.


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