SkyFest Australia Day Celebrations

​The City of Bunbury’s SkyFest Australia Day Celebrations will be held on Friday 26 January 2018 at Bicentennial Square and Graham Bricknell Music Shell.  Free for the community to attend, we invite all to join us in this celebration of National pride, spirit, and to celebrate all things Australian.

Begin your Australia Day with a cracking breakfast beginning at 6.30am which is organised by APEX.  This will be followed by the Bunbury Runners Club Fun Run which takes off from the Leschenault Inlet at 7am.  The Mayor's Citizenship and Awards Ceremony will begin at 8.30am at the Graham Bricknell Music Shell.

From 4pm, there will be a range of free activities and entertainment for the whole family including live music, bush tucker food experiences, Lions train rides and much more.

Summer days heat up pretty fast, so take advantage of Sprinkler City which will host a number of water slides.  And the traditional rides and amusements are back again in Sideshow Alley which will run from Friday until Sunday each afternoon and evening.

For the adrenaline seekers, there will be a 4-metre high ropes course with more than 40 metres of course to explore.  And if you laugh in the face of heights, challenge yourself to a stunt jump from a 3.3 metre platform, or a knee shaking 7-metre platform for those who have no fear.

If meeting Australian animals is more your speed, be sure to check out the native animal experience where you can get up close to a variety of native Australia birds, reptiles and other cuddly creatures.

Parents and families with young children can visit the Kids Stage where kid-friendly shows will entertain the kids while the parents can stand back and watch.  There will also be a Toddler Zone filled with a ball pit and play fort, surrounded by fencing to allow parents to breathe a little easier knowing the kids will stay in sight.

Make sure to grab a bite to eat from the large selection of food vans and don’t forget to check out the Market Square with a wide selection of products from local and out of town stall holders.

As always, the Family Concert on the Graham Bricknell Music Shell will feature a selection of local and South West musicians, as well as a popular nationally recognised performer as our special headliner.

And of course the Fireworks Spectacular will again light up Bunbury from 8.30pm with the biggest and best Australia Day fireworks show in WA outside of Perth.

Event Program

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Event Map

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Road Closures

There will be a small number of road closures throughout the day including along Blair Street from 10am to 10pm (between Koombana Drive and Haley Street), Symmons Street from 10am to 10pm (between Victoria Street and Blair Street), Koombana Drive from 8.15pm to 9.15pm (between Blair Street and the round-a-bout near the Dolphin Discovery Centre).

Getting to and from the event

There are a number of parking bays and car parks throughout the CBD which can be found here and parking is free on public holidays, so no parking ticket is required on Australia Day.

However please be advised that Blair Street/Foreshore Carpark and the Holman Street Carpark will both be closed for the event. 

TransBunbury are also offering a number of free bus services from the event at 9.15pm and 9.30pm. 

For more information, please see attached schedule here. Or visit the website here


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