Make 2019 the best Australia Day yet!

Published on 24 January 2019

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With so much on offer, locals will be spoilt for choice at The Hills Shire Council’s 2019 Australia Day celebration at Bella Vista Farm on Saturday, January 26, 2019 - from noon to 9pm.

“It’s your chance to get-up-close with children’s entertainment group Hi-5, groove along with The High Rollers Big Band, sing your favourite chart-topping hits along with The Voices Supergroup and explore historic Bella Vista Farm,” Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne said. 

“With so much happening, we are encouraging visitors and local residents to come early so they can maximise on their time and participate in all our events, planned activities and attractions, as well as explore the iconic homestead.

“We have plenty on offer to suit most ages and interests.

“For the kids, there’s face-painting, amusement rides, there’s an animal farm, children’s shows, games on the lawn, a pop-up library and we are running a special worm hotel workshop.

“Don’t miss the Australiana displays, including sheep shearing, blacksmithing, whip cracking and working dog demonstrations.

“Treat yourself to some of the best street food in Sydney, with a number of food trucks rolling into The Farm this Australia Day.

“Our talented locals will be performing on the main and community stages, and we have a number of big acts heading to the Shire for an evening of non-stop fun.  

“And our special Australia Day celebration will finish off with a spectacular fireworks display,” Mayor Byrne added.

Top tips to enjoy Australia Day at The Farm:

  • Travel by public transport – leave the car at home and take advantage of the bus services that stop right outside The Farm;
  • Make sure you stop in at Council’s Information Tent to find out the latest information happening in The Shire; 
  • Free water stations are available throughout The Farm;
  • Pack a picnic rug, chairs, sunscreen and a hat and enjoy the performances on the main stage;
  • No alcohol is permitted at the event;
  • Come prepared – plan your visit beforehand and keep updated via Council’s Facebook or Instagram pages. Or, for further information, visit Council’s website: www.thehills.nsw.gov.au.

 

The best family fun for all ages:

Zone One: Convict Footprints

  • Roaming convicts
  • Rides
  • Tobruk sheep shearing, whip cracking and working dog display
  • Face painting and balloon twisting
  • Make your own lamington workshop

 

Zone Two: Waltzing Matilda

  • Community stage
  • Giant sandpit
  • Life Games and adventure activities
  • Heritage and colonial games
  • The Hills Shire Council Information Tent
  • Free water station
  • First aid

 

Zone Three: Gold Rush

  • Animal farm
  • Pop-up Library
  • Garden games
  • Netball NSW
  • Alive 90.5
  • Including You Tent
  • Worm Hotel Workshop
  • Tumbletown mobile play centre

 

Zone Four: The Backyard

  • Main stage
  • Free water station
  • Giant sandpit
  • The Hills Shire Council Information Tent
  • Hills Youth Army – Aussie mural
  • Photobooth
  • Aerial Fit demonstration
  • First aid

 

Zone Five: The Tuckerbox

Food trucks:

  • Rouse Hill Rhinos Rugby League Club | BBQ | sausage sandwiches and chicken burgers  
  • Corn Kingdom | Corn On The Cob and Chips On A Stick
  • Emmy's Turkish Gozleme
  • Friends of Bella Vista Farm| Devonshire Tea
  • Get Loaded | Burgers and Loaded Fries
  • Get Loaded | Mac 'n' Cheese and Loaded Fries
  • La Flamenca Paella | Spanish Paella
  • La Poutine | Canadian Loaded Fries
  • Mrs Wang’s Dumplings  
  • Potato Corner | Flavoured Fries and Southern/Asian Fried Chicken
  • You Pizza | Woodfired Pizza

 

Dessert:

  • Fairy Floss
  • McCarson Ice Cream Van | Soft Serve Ice Cream
  • Sydney Ice Cream
  • Pimp My Chimney | Grilled Chimney Cones with Ice Cream
  • Dutch Poffertjes House | Dutch mini pancakes

 

Coffee:

  • Hills Daily Grind | Coffee, tea and slushies
  • Coffee Nova | Coffee, tea, iced coffee and slushies

 

Zone Six: The Homestead

  • Friends of Bella Vista Farm Devonshire Tea, children’s games and craft, spinning demonstrations and historical displays
  • Hills District Historical Society display
  • Blacksmith display
  • Dural Men’s Shed display – pyrography, wood turning, woodwork and metalwork
  • Picket Fence Imports – antique giftware and handcrafted pieces from Australian Timbers

 

Keep cool this Australia Day:

  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen etc);
  • Dress cool;
  • Drink plenty of water;
  • Take breaks; and
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.