Tens of thousands of people are expected to flock to council-run Australia Day events around the Illawarra to enjoy jam-packed programs of fun.
There will be plenty to do for adults and children throughout the day on January 26.
Wollongong Harbour will have food stalls, games, performances, activities and more. There will be activities at Wollongong Harbour, Osborne Park, Lang Park and Flagstaff Hill from 8am to 9pm.
Highlights of the day will include the Aquathon, a thong race, sand sculpting, Ozzy Doggy Show, reptile and science show and many types of music and dance performances.
There will be a special cake cutting for those whose birthday is on January 26. Fireworks will cap off the evening at 9pm.
A free Park n Ride service will pick up party-goers from JJ Kelly Park from 12pm to 11pm, every 15 minutes. The free Gong Shuttle Bus will operate on a diverted route. Road closures will be in place.
This event is single-use plastic free and all attendees are encouraged to bring along a reusable water bottle and to make sure they put their rubbish in the bins provided.
Shellharbour council invites people to Reddall Reserve for the annual Breakfast by the Lake event which will include live music, stalls and free activities for the kids from 7am to 12pm.
The council will also present two citizen awards.
Kiama council’s event will be spread around four locations.
Gerringong Old School Park will have a breakfast, jumping castle, face painting, giant and novelty games and live music.
Kiama will be similar with an addition of beach volleyball and prize giveaways. The Jamberoo event will also include tug-o-war and Australian sports. Kiama Downs will also have a sand modelling competition.
The Australia Day Awards and citizenship ceremony will be held at Gerringong Town Hall.