Australia Day Celebrations - Townsville


Townsville City Council presents a free community event and fun day in celebration of Australia Day. The morning’s schedule of events will include a fun run, free Aussie breakfast, Citizenship Ceremony, State Flag Raising Ceremony with 21-gun salute and Australian Defence Force flypast, and will conclude with the Australia Day Awards Ceremony.

6:00am - Fun Run registrations open

6:45am - Townsville Aussie Day Fun Run start, sponsored by RSL

8:00am - Fun Run presentations followed by free Aussie breakfast, Car display, Free Children's Amusements, Food Court

8:30am - Citizenship ceremony

9:00am - Live Entertainment starts

10:00am - State Flag Raising Ceremony followed by 21-gun salute and flypast

11:00am - Australia Day Awards Ceremony

12:00pm - Event finish

Please be aware:

  • This is a smoke and alcohol free event
  • Be sun smart and slip, slop, slap, seek shade and drink plenty of water
  • Sunscreens stations will be available
  • Hydration station will be available to refill your water bottle.

The 2018 Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony is presented by the Townsville City Council in partnership with the Queensland Government. The Ceremony is assisted by the Australian Government through the National Australia Day Council.

Townsville City Council and the Queensland Government would like to acknowledge the Australian Defence Force for their support towards the Flag Raising Ceremony.

The 2018 Australia Day Awards nominations are now closed!

The Australia Day Awards celebrate the achievements of individuals who inspire us through their accomplishments in service to our community, culture and sports, and challenge us to make our own contribution to a better Australia.

The 2018 Australia Day Award categories are:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Arts and Culture Award
  • Community Volunteer Award
  • Senior Sports Award (open to individuals and teams)
  • Junior Sports Award (open to individuals and teams)
  • Environmental Excellence and Sustainability