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Australia Day in Canberra: what's on

The national capital continues Australia Day celebrations with a host of activities on Sunday.

With the weather heating up again, don't forget to slip, slop, slap and pack lots of water for maximum comfort and enjoyment.

Regatta point fireworks on Australia Day eve, 2011.
Regatta point fireworks on Australia Day eve, 2011. Photo: Andrew Sheargold

Here's your ultimate guide to the day.

Great Aussie Day Breakfast
The Australia Day festivities will require a full tummy of fuel and sizzling sausages, fresh fruit, beverages and yogurt are the way to go. These are all available free (a gold-coin donation to Snowy Hydro South Care is encouraged) at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park from 7:30am.
Cost: Free (Gold coin donation to Snowy Hydro-South Care is appreciated).
www.australiaday.org.au/act

MS Colour Dash
The madly fun 5km walk/run/crawl where participants are showered in a rainbow of coloured dust will be held at the Black Mountain Peninsula in Acton at 9am.
Cost: Registration is $50 for adults; $25 of children under 16 and $100 for a family (two adults and two children).
www.mscolourdash.org.au

Australia Day in the Park
A children's concert featuring Dora's Dance Party and Bridge Between. Kids will have oodles of fun on the rides, activities and amusements. Hands on activities include Australian craft and face painting.
Cost: Free, some rides at a cost.
www.australiaday.org.au/act

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Flag Raising Ceremony
Watch with pride as Australia's Federation Guard raises the Australian National flag at 10am at the Rond Terrace, Commonwealth Park.
Cost: Free

Flyover and 21 Gun Salute
Catch the awesome speed and sound of the aerial flyover and the 21 gun salute as they come from Parliament house towards Lake Burley Griffin. Don't blink or you may miss it - 10:30am at Rond Terrace, Commonwealth Park is the best place to get a spectacular view.
Cost: Free

Welcome Australia's newest citizens
The national citizenship ceremony will be at Rond Terraces from 10:30am. Governor-General, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC and Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be present to welcome our newest Australians.
Cost: Free

Australia Day Festival

Head to the National Museum of Australia for a fun day out for the whole family. Experience new exhibitions with curator talks and participate in hands-on craft and general activities between 10am-2pm.
Cost:
Free
http://www.nma.gov.au/

Chief Minister's sailing Regatta
More than 100 boats will compete against each other for the Chief Minister's Cup, providing spectators with colourful entertainment at the Canberra Yacht Club, Lake Burley Griffin. Take a picnic along if you're not competing and watch as the boats go head-to-head from noon onwards.
Cost: Free
www.canberrayachtclub.com.au

W-League: Canberra United vs Perth Glory
Come and support your women's soccer team Canberra United, play on their home ground of McKellar Park at 3pm against Perth Glory.
Cost: Ticketed event
www.canberraunited.com.au

ADF Aviation Display
Central Basin at 6:30pm.
Cost: Free

Traditional Boat Squadron
Central Basin at 7pm.
Cost: Free

Canberra Ice Dragons Display
Come and watch outrigging sprint races on the lake at 7:50pm at Regatta Point.
Cost: Free
www.icedragons.com.au

A spectacular Finale
The Australia Day Fireworks Spectacular is an annual show that captivates kids and the children at heart. The stunning fireworks are best viewed from Regatta Point or the lawns of the National Library of Australia. The show starts with a bang at 9pm. Don't forget a rug because it will be chilly!
Cost:
Free

http://act.australiaday.org.au/