Hills Shire Council’s FREE family-friendly Australia Day celebrations

Published on 03 January 2019

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Australia Day in The Hills is one of the highlights of the social calendar and The Hills Shire Council has made sure 2019 is unlike any other with an impressive list of Aussie acts, kids dedicated zones and Australiana themed entertainment to celebrate our nation’s day.

Council’s FREE celebration will return to the historic Bella Vista Farm on Saturday, January 26, from noon to 9pm. 

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne said there is something for everyone at this year’s Australia Day event.

“Australia Day is a time for us to reflect on our nation’s strengths and identity, and on our own personal journey,” Mayor Byrne said.

“It’s also a time to celebrate everything that makes The Hills Shire a great place to live, grow and raise a family.

“One of my highlights of Australia Day is seeing the joy on the faces of our newest Australian citizens at our special Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony. I look forward to congratulating each of our new citizens, personally.

“I’m also looking forward to meeting the recipients of our Australia Day Awards. These dedicated community members continue to strive to create a beautiful, welcoming and inclusive environment, and I look forward to honouring them on the day.

“We have plenty on offer, and residents and visitors can look forward to a fantastic celebration filled with festive spirit, live music, activities for the kids, great food and so much more.

“I hope to see you all there,” Mayor Byrne added.

The impressive list of acts set to wow crowds at Bella Vista Farm include children’s entertainment group Hi-5, party group The High Rollers Big Band and The Voices Supergroup with Taxiride’s Jason Singh, Boom Crash Opera’s Dale Ryder, The X Factor winner Reece Mastin and Choirboys’ Mark Gable.

Attendees can also enjoy rides, street food, roving performers and Australiana displays including sheep shearing, blacksmithing, whip cracking and working dog demonstrations from Tobruk Sheep Station.

A sparkling fireworks display will wrap-up the day’s event.

For more information, visit The Hills Shire Council website, www.thehills.nsw.gov.au.


The Hills Shire Council’s six Australia Day zones

The Backyard

Grab a spot on the hill, a snack from a food truck and spend your Australia Day afternoon enjoying live music from Hi-5, The High Rollers Big Band and The Voices Supergroup. All wrapped up with a fireworks finale at 9pm.


The Homestead

Delve into our nation’s past with a trip to the Homestead. Enjoy a Devonshire Tea, browse the historic displays and capture your Australia Day moment at the photo booth.


Convict Footprints

Beware the roving convicts, experience ‘true blue’ Australia with sheep shearing and working dog displays, get your face painted or tackle a ride or two.



Discover a swag of sporty fun, exercise your green thumb, play mega jenga or help paint the giant Aussie mural.


Waltzing Matilda

Enjoy performances from local musicians and dance schools, meet our blacksmith, play in the giant sandpit and more as you embrace the community spirit of The Hills.


The Tuckerbox

Explore our food trucks and sink your teeth into some sensational street food with a range of cuisines to suit every taste. Make sure you leave room for dessert.