Whitehorse City Council

Australia Day Concert and Fireworks

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Once we have details for next year's Australia Day event, we will update the info here - in the meantime, here is a snapsot of this year's celebration!

Friday 26 January 2018
Concert:    6pm - 10pm
Rides:        5pm - 9.40pm
Whitehorse Civic Centre, Nunawading

The Whitehorse Australia Day Awards will be presented earlier in the evening, along with a special citizenship ceremony to be held in the Whitehorse Centre theatre prior to the concert. 

Free rides and amusements will be available from 5.00pm to 9.40pm. Food stalls will operate from 5.00pm onwards. ATM facilities will be available for this event.

Former The Voice contestant Luke Kennedy will headline a fun filled night of entertainment, performing a special show featuring the greatest hits of Australian icon John Farnham.

Included in the program is ‘80s Australian group The Chantoozies, rockin’ UK classics outfit Raw Brit while Play School favourite Alex Papps will delight the kids.

Wendy Stapleton returns as MC and will introduce the Australian Women's Choir.

Witness a stunning night of entertainment with a fantastic 10-minute fireworks finale.

To stay up to date on all things Whitehorse Festival Season, follow our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WhitehorseFestivalSeason.

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Stage program

Australia Day 2018 program

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Time Program
6.00pm Welcome from MC Wendy Stapleton
6.05pm Alex Papps
6.30pm Official Opening and Welcome to Country
6.35pm Civic Award Presentations
6.45pm  National Anthem
6.50pm Australian Women's Choir
7.10pm Raw Brit
8.00pm The Chantoozies
8.50pm Luke Kennedy - John Farnham's Greatest Hits
9.50pm Fireworks

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Australia Day 2018 map

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Getting there and getting home

Parking on site is very limited, so we recommend you catch public transport or car pool. The front service road outside the Civic Centre building will be closed for the duration of the event.

If you arrive late for the concert, please note we have a second viewing area for the fireworks located behind the Whitehorse Centre. This area also has a big screen so you can still watch the show.

When leaving the site, please be mindful of changed traffic conditions on Whitehorse Road and Rooks Road. Rooks Road will be temporarily closed post event, and a detour will be made via Station Street. If you have found a park on the event site, exiting traffic will be directed around the back of the Nunawading Police Station and out Humphreys Ave. No cars will be able to exit via the Civic Centre entry.

Please note, parking for the event will be limited so make your way by bike, on foot or by catching public transport. A dedicated bicycle parking area will be available for the public (next to Nunawading Library). 


Accessibility features

The full concert will be AUSLAN interpreted, with an AUSLAN viewing area located at the front of the lawn on the right side of the stage, plus we will have window on each big screen with a live camera feed of the interpreters. An additional accessible viewing area for wheelchairs will be located at the rear of the main lawn next to the middle pathway. Accessible parking, portable accessible toilets and the Marveloo accessible toilet facility with hoist and change table will be available.  Please contact Council should you require further information. 

Extra bits

To stay up to date with all Australia Day information, please visit the Whitehorse Festival Season Facebook page.

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