Fireworks and festivities: Your guide to Australia Day in Perth and WA

April 8, 2017 – 11:14 am

There will be a range of fireworks displays on offer.Your Perth About Town

There will be a range of fireworks displays on offer. Photo: Martyn Davies

Cue the flag waving, fireworks and (hopefully) sunny weather – Australia Day is just around the corner.

Aussie merchandise has flooded the shops, with our national flag and emblems adorned across hats, shirts, stubby holders, temporary tattoos... and mankinis.

The tributes are out in force too – including a creative take on our national anthem set to the tune of Outkast's 2003 hit Hey Ya.

Our guide to celebrating Australia Day. Photo: Michele Mossop

Our guide to celebrating Australia Day.On a serious note, whether you're planning to celebrate among the crowds, or fire up the BBQ at home, here's our guide to community events and festivities across Western Australia.

Perth Skyworks

Family-friendly events kick off at 2pm at Sir James Mitchell Park on the South Perth foreshore with dozens of free activities and attractions, including a dedicated "toddlers and kids zone".

The Town of Bassendean will hold its free fireworks event at Ashfield Reserve. Photo: Supplied

Over at Langley Park, circus performers, sand sculptors and motocross daredevils will keep the crowds entertained, before all eyes turn skyward for an aviation display starting at 3.30pm. Those looking to have a drink or two will be able to do so within dedicated "BYO zones" at Langley Park and Kings Park which come into effect at 6.30pm.

The Town of Bassendean will hold its free fireworks event at Ashfield Reserve.Entry to Kings Park will be by gold coin donation to the Friends of Kings Park, with a 21-gun salute planned at the State War Memorial at noon.

Most places along the river with a view of the city skyline will provide a good vantage point for the 8pm fireworks, though there will be limited public access to the western side of Heirisson Island. Parts of the island will be fenced off between January 16 and 31 for the set up and dismantling process.

Some unusual patriotic merchandise has made its way on to shop shelves. Photo: Facebook

From 4.30pm, volunteers will hand out 60, 000 flags ahead of a world record attempt - the "most people simultaneously waving a national flag at an event".

The attempt will get underway at 7.30pm with the official countdown broadcast on local radio station mix94.5.

"The current record stands at just over 56, 000 people, so with the 60, 000 flags we're handing out as well as the flags which spectators usually bring along themselves, we're pretty confident our attempt will be successful, " Australia Day WA chief executive Ray Wardrop said.

Source: www.smh.com.au

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