Australia Day

The City of South Perth hosts a family friendly Australia Day celebration at Sir James Mitchell Park on the beautiful and iconic South Perth foreshore on 26 January each year.

The day commences with a special Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony, which includes the welcoming of the City’s newest Australian citizens, raising of the Australian flag, presentation of the Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards, and the Ted Maslen Memorial University Exhibition Award.

The local Rotary Clubs then fire up the BBQ and host a great Aussie Breakfast to get you fueled up for the day ahead. 

The Celebration Zone kicks off in the afternoon, a smoke and alcohol free zone packed with free activities, rides and entertainment for all ages. The Celebration Zone attracts families, youth and seniors from a wide range of demographics and offers plenty of rides, activities and cultural group performances.

In the evening, all eyes turn to the beautiful Swan River as the City of Perth Skyworks light up the night sky.

Australia Day 2017 events

Events Listing


Australia Day Morning Ceremony & BBQ Breakfast

Sir James Mitchell Park, Flag Pole 26 January 2017

Reaffirm your citizenship pledge together with the City's newest Australians. Afterwards enjoy a morning breakfast hosted by the local Rotary Clubs.

Arts & Culture Free Outdoor

Australia Day Celebration Zone

Sir James Mitchell Park 26 January 2017

The Australia Day Celebration Zone is the place to be for families this Australia Day.

Arts & Culture Free Kids/Family Live Entertainment Outdoor
Australia Day Parking Map 2017
The following information is provided for local residents who live in or close to the Australia Day event zone. Road restrictions have been implemented to provide emergency services with adequate access in and out of the event area and to provide the best possible service on the day.  

Orange area – restricted access (see map)

Roads will be closed from 10am-10.30pm on 26 January 2017 (except for Way Rd, which will be closed from 8am, please see map). No street, verge or crossover parking will be permitted during this time. 

Residents can enter via the points marked.

The following FAQs are for those residing in the orange area of the map:

Can I park on my private property?

Yes. You do not need a special permit to park on your private property (driveway or carport). You can enter the area by presenting a valid driver’s license listing your current address.

If you do not have your current address listed on your driver’s license, you will need to provide alternative identification with your name on it, such as a utilities bill.

I live in a single residential property and I don’t have private parking space, do I need a permit?

Yes. You need a Resident Verge Permit to park on the verge in front of your property. If you park on the crossover in front of your property, this is considered part of the verge and you will need a verge permit to park there.

I expect visitors on Australia Day, where can my visitors park? 

If you have parking space available on your private property, you can complete a Permit Application Form and apply for a Visitor Access Permit for your guests. Please note that this permit does not allow them to park on a verge (including your crossover) or in the street.

I require a care provider on Australia Day, where can my carer park?

Should you have a care provider scheduled to visit on Australia Day 2017, please contact the City during business hours on 9474 0777 to arrange a special permit.

Pink area – restricted parking (see map)

Anyone can access this area but parking is restricted to maintain sufficient access for emergency vehicles. Residents or guests that ordinarily park on the road or verge (this includes your crossover), must observe the temporary parking signs. To find out if your street is affected please refer to the pink area on the map.

How to apply for a verge permit

To obtain a Resident Verge Permit you must reside in the Orange Area, in a single residential property (this does not apply to multi storey properties and unit complexes) and your vehicle must be registered to your address. If your vehicle is not registered to your address (e.g. people driving a work car), please provide proof that links your vehicle to your address (e.g. letter from employer).

A copy of your vehicle’s registration (showing current address or provide additional proof – see above) must be forwarded along with the completed permit application form: 

  • in person to City of South Perth Civic Centre
  • by email to
  • by fax to 9474 2425
  • or by post to City of South Perth, Civic Centre, Cnr Sandgate St and South Tce, South Perth WA 6151.

2017 Australia Day verge permit application form

Important event information


Special permits must be presented to the traffic controllers upon entry into the access restricted area (hang from rear view mirror).

Walking & Cycling Paths

Some sections of the cycle path along the South Perth Foreshore will be diverted from 7am to midnight on Australia Day to allow for event structures.

Penalties & Infringements

  • Double penalties apply to all City of South Perth infringements issued on Australia Day 2017
  • Illegally parked vehicles within the Parking Restricted Area will be towed and impounded.

Items not allowed on the South Perth Foreshore

  • For safety reasons please do not bring large objects (greater than 1.5m) into the event zone. They will be impounded
  • Drones are not permitted on the South Perth Foreshore
  • Please do not bring glass containers into the event zone.

Impounded Goods

Collection of impounded goods can be arranged from the following working day, 27 January 2017 by phoning the City’s Ranger Services on 9474 0777.

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