It’s shaping up to be an exciting Australia Day in the Hawkesbury thanks to a wide range of events happening throughout the day for locals to attend and celebrate the start of a long weekend.
Australia Day on the Hawkesbury is a massive Council event running from 5-9pm, with a huge variety of activities to enjoy at Windsor’s Governor Phillip Park. One such activity will be the thongthrowing event, which Hawkesbury Mayor Sarah McMahon called a “real highlight” of last year’s event. Other activities include amusement rides, free face painting, emergency vehicle displays and a RAAF Flyover by the Roulettes.
Founder of RuffTRACK and former reality TV star Farmer Dave Graham also returns as guest MC for Australia on the Hawkesbury 2024 after his great work last year introducing live music acts with his usual charm. The night will end with a huge fireworks display for residents to enjoy with their friends and family against the beautiful backdrop of the Hawkesbury River.
Australia Day on the Hawkesbury is a dogfriendly event, so long as your furry friends are on a leash. Council encourages attendees to bring picnic rugs and chairs, but asks that all portable shelters are left at home.
Earlier in the day, attend Hawkesbury City Council’s Australia Day awards where citizens who have done exemplary work in the last 12 months will be rewarded in a special ceremony. Located at Windsor Function Centre, the ceremony will be preceded by morning tea before the ceremony properly kicks off at 11:30am. Admission to the event is free – sign up through EventBrite to support the members of your community.
The Australiana Pioneer Village in Wilberforce is open from 10am-4pm with an exciting range of things to do and see on the day. Live music will be playing throughout the day as families have the chance to hop on train and wagon rides, take part in Aussie-themed games and look at antique machinery and cars. Cost of entry is $10 per adult, $5 per child and $25 for a family of four.
Windsor RSL is hosting a free show celebrating the music of INXS from 8:30pm onwards, giving Hawkesbury residents a chance to celebrate Australia Day with a tribute to one of the country’s most iconic bands. Entry is free to the show, and the RSL is at 36 Argyle Street, Windsor.