Australia Day 2016: Illawarra, South Coast set to be wet

Fireworks are set to explode over Wollongong Harbour to mark Australia Day 2016, but it seems they might not be the only thing lighting up the sky. 

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted storms are a chance to hit the Illawarra and South Coast on Tuesday.

In Wollongong, temperatures should climb to 24 degrees on what is tipped to be a cloudy public holiday. 

People planning outdoor activities should keep an umbrella handy – the weather bureau predicts a high chance of showers, most likely in the afternoon and early evening.

The chance of a thunderstorm during the afternoon and evening is also on the cards.

The bureau suggests an 80 per cent likelihood of any rain in Wollongong, with the potential of between two and eight millimetres falling. 

Temperatures in the low-to-mid 20s will be felt across the region and down the South Coast. 

Between six and 20 millimetres could fall at Batemans Bay, the bureau said.


Adrian Virtu enjoys the water at Wollongong Harbour, despite a grey sky lingering overhead last week. Similar conditions are forecast on Australia Day. Picture: Sylvia Liber.

Adrian Virtu enjoys the water at Wollongong Harbour, despite a grey sky lingering overhead last week. Similar conditions are forecast on Australia Day. Picture: Sylvia Liber.

  • WOLLONGONG: Showers – 24°C
  • ALBION PARK: Showers, possible storm – 24°C
  • KIAMA: Showers increasing – 23°C
  • NOWRA: Showers, possible storm – 24°C
  • BATEMANS BAY: Showers, possible storm – 23°C
  • ULLADULLA: Showers, possible storm – 23°C
  • EDEN: Shower or two, possible storm – 23°C
  • BEGA: Shower or two, possible storm – 24°C



Getting to Wollongong’s Australia Day celebrations at Wollongong Harbour

  • Bus: Visitors can drive to JJ Kelly Park and catch a free bus between the park and the WIN Sports & Entertainment Centre. The buses run every 15 minutes from noon until 11pm.
  • Free Gong Shuttle: runs from 6am-11pm, but will be re-routed via Corrimal Street due to road closures.
  • Car: An overflow car park will be operating at Stuart Park. Parking fees apply and the car park closes at 9.30pm. Parking is also available at Dalton Park, where you can catch the free Gong Shuttle bus.
  • Train: North Wollongong is the closest train station. Commuters are reminded trains run to a weekend/public holiday timetable on January 26. 


  • Where: Reddall Reserve, Lake Illawarra
  • Time: 7am-2pm
  • Live music, sand modelling competition, animal farm, pony rides, face painting, The Gullibles ‘Let’s Pretend’ Performance.
  • Breakfast by the Lake, 7am to 10am – huge $4 Breakfast with all proceeds to local charities
  • Amp it up, noon to 2pm –  four local youth bands


  • Where: South Werri Reserve (adjacent to Gerringong Surf Club)
  • Time: 7.30am-11am, breakfast from 7.30am
  • Activities: Children's Games, Tug of War, Thong & Gum Boot Throwing and a Damper Race
  • Stalls: Bric a Brac & Book Stall
  • Music: Rusty Hinges


  • Where: Kevin Walsh Oval
  • Time: 8am-11.30am, breakfast from 8am
  • Activities: 9am children's games including jumping castle. Australia Day Ambassador. 10.30am Born & Bred vs Blow ins touch game.
  • 1pm Barefoot Bowls at Club Jamberoo.

Kiama Downs

  • Where: Jones Beach
  • Time: 7am-11am, breakfast from 7am
  • Activities: 9am flag raising. Games and activities throughout the morning including: special guest speaker, treasure hunt, brickies relay, jumping castle, sand modelling.


  • Where: Coronation Park
  • Time: 7am-11am, breakfast from 7am
  • Activities: 9am Flag raising. Games and activities throughout the morning. Special guest speaker, treasure hunt
  • 9pm: Special Australia day Light Show at Kiama Harbour. "Field of Orbs" light show by internationally-acclaimed artist Peter Solness.


  • Where: Nowra Showground
  • Time: 8.30am –noon
  • Australia Day Celebrations will begin with a traditional Australian Breakfast Barbecue. Enjoy free bacon and egg rolls.
  • Food stalls, coffee and soft drinks for sale.
  • Heritage and Collector Car Display, Displays by the Scouts and Shoalhaven Zoo.
  • Other activities include: face painting, gumboot throwing and nail driving competitions, lawnmower and wheelbarrow racing.
  • Entertainment from local bands Willow Greene, 19 Twenty & Spy V Spy, Facebook talent Scouts Finalists


  • Where: Mollymook Beach Reserve
  • Time: 8am to 2.30pm
  • Come to Australia Day at Mollymook Beach Reserve and enjoy a special day of rides for the kids & plenty of market stalls for you to sample some local produce. 
  • The Australia Day Ambassador will deliver a short speech followed by a flag raising ceremony.
  • The major attraction will be the Music Scholorship which will conclude at 2.30pm as winners are announced. The Lions food vans will be serving food all day to patroms.
  • Othre attractions will be the dog demonstrations performed by the local dog club. A display of vintage cars and demonstrations by the model train club will enthuse all. The local emergency service clubs will be on hand to demonstrate their skills.

Batemans Bay

  • Where: Corrigans Beach reserve, Beach Road, Batehaven
  • Time: 8am-11.30am
  • Cost: Free with a small fee for breakfast
  • Celebrate Australia Day in Batemans Bay with breakfast in the park, music and entertainment for all, children’s games, face painting and a jumping castle, prizes for the Best Dressed Aussie, and an Australia Day ceremony including flag raising.  


  • Where: Narooma Main Beach, at the Surf Club
  • Time: 8am-11.30am
  • Cost: Free with a small fee for breakfast
  • Celebrate Australia Day in Narooma with breakfast at the beach, an Australia Day ceremony including flag raising and presentation of Narooma Citizen of the Year.  


  • Where: Russ Martin Park by the Moruya River
  • Time: 8.30am - noon
  • Cost: Free activities with a small fee for breakfast
  • Celebrate Australia Day in Moruya with music and breakfast in the park.  
  • Enjoy the displays by local groups, face painting and activities for the kids, a flag raising ceremony and presentation of Moruya and District Citizen of the Year.


  • Where: Civic Centre, Zingel Place
  • Time: 11am
  • Celebrate Australia Day in Bega with the Australia Day ceremony, followed by family fun in the park with a free Lion’s sausage sizzle, show bags, markets, displays, jumping castle, face painting, balloon modelling, cakes, kids art and crafts, Issi & Co coffee, entertainment and historical cars.


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