Australia Day 2019

Australia Day is soon folks with an action-packed program of official and fun-fuelled celebrations.

Australia Day 2019 is just around the corner folks. So get your Aussie-themed garb ready for a fun day out. 

The day kicks off with a Triathlon at Tennant Creek Swimming Pool at 6am SHARP, followed by flag raising, official proceedings and outback brekky at Battery Hill from 8am. Breakfast is $12 and there's also the Welcome to Country, Citizenship Ceremony and Australia Day Awards.

From 12.30pm onwards there's fun and games including tug of war, egg relay, raft race, pie eating contest, leaky bucket race, the best dressed competition and a free community BBQ out at Lake Mary Ann.

Remember,  due to low water levels in Lake Mary Ann, Australia Day organisers have decided to replace the raft race with canoe races with just one BIG rule.

Participants can use buckets, shovels, tennis racquets, lengths of wood, or cricket/softball bats – anything they like, except oars or paddles.

Australia Day Coordinator Ktima Heathcote said that while life jackets will be provided on the day participants are required to be proficient swimmers.

“Three-seater canoes will also be provided and the races will be conducted in heats, depending on the numbers,” she said. “It should be a lot of fun and using canoes gets around the concern of worrying about whether it will rain or not.”

Hosted by Barkly Regional Council, Mayor Steve Edgington said Australia Day was the one day of the year where locals let their hair down, had fun and joined in a spirit of camaraderie that is unique to Tennant Creek.

“The celebrations reflect the diverse society and landscape of the Barkly and are marked by community and family events.  It’s a remarkable day, with many different activities on offer,” he said.

“I would also like to extend my warmest appreciation to all those volunteers, local businesses and sponsors who are contributing either time or money to make Australia Day such a special event in Tennant Creek.”

Australia Day on Saturday, 26 January, kicks off at 6am sharp with the Triathlon, starting off at the Tennant Creek Swimming Pool.

Up next is the outdoor brekky and the official celebrations, including Australia Day Awards and the Citizenship Ceremony, at Battery Hill Visitor Centre at 8am.

From 12.30pm onwards, there’s fun for all the family at Lake Mary Ann with games, prizes, a best dressed competition, music and a free community BBQ.

To register for the Triathlon, canoe race and tug of war click on

Download an Australia Day flyer here