Australia Day – Central Highlands

Each year we celebrate Australia Day across the region to reflect on what it means to be Australian, to celebrate contemporary Australia and acknowledge our history.  And from car shows to thong-throwing competitions, each of our towns adds their individual flavour to their celebrations. In Emerald we continue the tradition of the more formal Australia Day citizenship ceremony. Across all of our towns, we celebrate our people by awarding the annual Australia Day Awards.

Click here for more information or see below for details about local events.


Blackwater Aquatic Centre
9.00 am

  • BBQ breakfast
  • Award presentations
  • Prizes for best dressed, best homemade hat & best kids decorated scooter or bike
  • Free pool entry until midday
  • Free inflatables
  • First 100 coffees free



Capella Aquatic Centre

  • 8.00 am: BBQ breakfast by Capella State School
  • 9.00 am: Award presentations
  • 10.00 am: Thong throwing competition
  • Free pool entry until midday



McIndoe Function Centre

  • 7.00 am: BBQ breakfast by Emerald Lions Club
  • 8.00 am: Citizenship ceremony
  • Award presentations to follow

Emerald Aquatic Centre

  • Free entry 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
  • Free waterslides 10.00 am to 12.30 pm & 1.30 pm to 4.00 pm
  • Patrons can bring own chairs and shade structures
  • BBQs will be available
  • NO alcohol allowed

Sapphire Pool

  • Free entry 11.00 am to 5.00 pm
  • Free sausage sizzle by Bobtrac and management
  • Kids activities



Rolleston Town Hall
8.00 am

  • BBQ breakfast
  • Award presentations


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