Australia Day and Lunar New Year Celebrations

Councils across the country have begun their celebrations for the Australia Day long weekend, with some also hosting Lunar New Year of the Rat festivities which this year falls on 25 January.

Activities include citizenship ceremonies, citizen of the year awards, street parades barbecues and sport events.

The Australian of the Year Awards will be announced on 25 January in Canberra.

Some councils, such as Blacktown City Council in Western Sydney and Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council in southern NSW, have cancelled their planned fireworks for Australia Day or Lunar New Year, and will instead give the money saved to bushfire appeals.

Check out the National Australia Day Council’s events page for details of activities in your state or territory.

The Lunar New Year is celebrated by people from China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Korea, Singapore and beyond.

Willoughby City Council, for example, expects 50,000 people to attend three weeks of celebrations in Chatswood in northern Sydney.

Here’s a selection of Lunar New Year activities around Australia.

NSW

Chatswood (Willoughby City Council) until 8 Feb.

Sydney Lunar Festival (City of Sydney), 25 Jan-9 Feb

Cabramatta Lunar New Year (Fairfield City Council), 8-9 Feb

NT

Midnight service, Darwin Chinese Temple (City of Darwin), 24 Jan

Festival Day, (City of Darwin), 22 Feb

QLD

Cairns, (Cairns Regional Council), 24 Jan

Fortitude Valley, (Brisbane City Council), 1-2 Feb

City of Townsville, 24 Jan

SA

City of Adelaide, 25 Jan-8 Feb

Adelaide Tet Festival, 1-2 Feb

TAS

Lunar New Year Festival, (City of Hobart), 27 Jan

VIC

Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival,  (City of Melbourne) until 8 Feb

Box Hill (City of White Horse), 1 Feb

Tet Festival, (City of Greater Dandenong), 1-2 Feb

Lunar New Year at Sovereign Hill, (City of Ballarat), 26 Jan & 2 Feb

WA

Brookfield Place, (City of Perth) 25 Jan-8 Feb

Chinese New Year Fair, (City of Perth), 2 Feb