Australia Day

This Australia Day, explore the land and treasures of your local area with a range of free activities and trails to discover in Whitehorse. 

Due to COVID-19 limitations following the announcement of the Public Event Framework, the 2021 Australia Concert and fireworks will not be held this year.  

Whitehorse City Council would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we meet on, the Wurundjeri people. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Australia Day 2021 you can discover and explore the many treasures Whitehorse has to offer. Learn about indigenous flora, discover a new trail, or simply enjoy the outdoors.


Whitehorse has a range of parklands to explore, so enjoy the beauty of nature in a place that you’ve been meaning to visit, or simply head to your regular spot.

There will be pop-up activities happening at some of our most loved parks on Australia Day. There will be acoustic musicians, ice-cream trucks and sausage sizzles (onions on top of course). 

You can catch a glimpse of something extra on the day at Halliday Park, Schwerkolt Parkland, Surrey Park, Orchard Grove Reserve and Box Hill Gardens from 11am to 3pm. 

To find your nearest park, check out Whitehorse Maps.

Explore Local Indigenous Plants

To find out more on the amazing variety of flora in your own backyard the Whitehorse Maps has a special feature which lists the local flora species. The steps below will help you find them.

  1. Click on the Whitehorse Maps link
  2. Zoom in on a specific park
  3. Click to highlight the park
  4. Select 'Indigenous plant list for this site'
  5. Explore and find the local treasures.

Discover Whitehorse Trails

To continue exploring the rich culture and heritage of Whitehorse an interactive map has been developed to highlight all the key features such as public art, heritage trails and buildings including the iconic Schwerkolt Cottage.  

Whitehorse Heritage and Artists' Trail Map

COVID-19 Information

To comply with State Government restrictions there can be no more than 1000 people at each site with pop-up activities. A member from each family will need to check in at the QR station before they can take part in activities. Council is required by the State Government to undertake contact tracing at each site in the event of an active case of COVID-19. Attendees need to conduct a symptoms self-assessment before leaving home. You must not attend if you are unwell or have been instructed to isolate or quarantine. For more information please see our COVIDSafe Checklist ( PDF 287.43KB)

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