Australia Day in Adelaide: Fireworks and things to do

Take your Australia Day celebrations 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. Free events, activities and everything else that's on – Adelaide has it all going on this Australia Day.

Australia Day fireworks in Adelaide

Although Adelaide typically hosts an Australia Day fireworks display, it is unlikely we will be seeing them in 2021. However, if plans are announced to go ahead we will update this page accordingly.


Australia Day events in Adelaide for 2021

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Australia Day breakfast

"I'll skip the free breakfast, thanks," said no one ever.

A great Australia Day tradition throughout the country is a free brekky – and Adelaide has quite a few. If you're seeking some good grub, you can find it at the following places on 26 January:

  • Victor Harbor: Celebrations at Victor Harbor include a barbeque breakfast, citizenship ceremony, presentation of the Citizen of the Year Awards and live entertainment from 8am.
  • Mount Gambier: The community is invited to come to Cave Garden for the annual Australia Day breakfast and to acknowledge outstanding members of the local community.
  • Cleve: The Council of Cleve starts Australia Day off with a BBQ brekky in Centenary Park and continues the event with a presentation of Australia Day awards. It all starts at 8am.

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Australian Day at Rundle Mall

Get swept up in all things Aussie this Australia Day at one of Adelaide's favourite shopping destinations.

Indulge in day defined by music, storytelling and participatory art come 26 January. Located in Gawler Place, this event is running from 23-26 January from 11am-2pm.

Bookings are not required and entry is free of charge.

For more info: Australia Day in SA


Concert

Australia Day in the Arena

You'll have all the classics in your head for days following this true blue concert.

The biggest names in Australian music are gathering to sing their hearts out on Australia Day at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. Artists gracing the honourable stage this year are Birds of Tokyo, Tutti, the Australian Girls' Choir and a 15-piece orchestra.

The concert offers two sessions at 12:30pm and 6:30pm for all the music-loving Australians out there. It includes a cocktail of local and global sounds, a ceremonial opening and an intercultural parade.

For more info: Ticketek


Australian smoking ceremony.

Smoking ceremony

An ancient custom performed in respect of the ancestors and the land.

Start your day at Elder Park, paying respects to the First Nations Peoples and Friends and the land we live on by witnessing a traditional smoking ceremony.

The theme this year is "mourning in the morning" and is a moment of truth, hope, sharing and storytelling. The ceremony starts at 8am.

For more info: Australia Day South Australia


Semaphore Summer Carnival

Fun in the sun is the name of the game at Semaphore.

From 12 December 2020 until 26 January 2021, holidaymakers can enjoy free children's entertainment every Sunday in the sun-kissed suburb of Semaphore.

On the birth of our nation, 26 January, Semaphore Summer Carnival goes all-out, delivering a carnival-inspired day of roving entertainment, magicians and themed shows. Things kick off at noon. However, the fireworks display has been cancelled for 2021.

For more info: Semaphore South Australia


Grange Jetty in South Australia during sunrise/sunset.

Australia Day Jetty to Jetty Swim

Hail the sunshine by doing a dash in the water.

Australia Day is in the heat of summer and what better way to celebrate the occasion than by cooling off at the beach?

The swim is part of the SA Open Water Swim Series and is a 2.2km dash (or should that be a splash?) running from 7.30am-12pm at Grange Jetty.

Participate or watch, we don't judge.

For more info: Australia Day Jetty to Jetty Swim


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 upcoming Australia Day.

Southern Barossa: 10-Minute Helicopter Flight
Southern Barossa: 10-Minute Helicopter Flight

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

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Meet the local wildlife

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

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

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Take a cruise

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

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

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Do the famous roof climb

It's one of the most recognisable sights in Adelaide, and now you can spend Australia Day seeing the city from new heights.

Head out onto the water

Fancy getting out onto a kayak come 26 January? Look no further.

Kayak Tour of Dolphin Sanctuary and Shipwreck
Kayak Tour of Dolphin Sanctuary and Shipwreck

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Half-Day Kayaking Tour in Coorong National Park
Half-Day Kayaking Tour in Coorong National Park

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Small-Group River Murray Dark Sky and Sunset Tour with Dinner
Small-Group River Murray Dark Sky and Sunset Tour with Dinner

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Be a tourist in your own city

Explore the city of Adelaide with your choice of street art tours or give your feet a break with a pedicab experience.

Historic Adelaide & Architecture Pedicab Experience
Historic Adelaide & Architecture Pedicab Experience

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Adelaide 90-Minute Pedicab Tour: Street Art Experience
Adelaide 90-Minute Pedicab Tour: Street Art Experience

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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/picnic basket. Oh, and don't forget to pencil in some time for a good ol' thong toss.
  • Soak up acclaimed Aboriginal and Torres Strait artwork. Up until 31 January, the Art Gallery of South Australia is hosting the Tarnanthi, a festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art where you can marvel upon printworks and even take part in creating your own.

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 2021. Here are their opening hours:

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

Times are correct as at 14 January 2021.


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