Australia Day Community Events

There are number of community events held across the Shire to celebrate Australia Day (Thursday 26 January) in 2023.

See the list below to find the event closest to you.

Aberfeldy - Saturday 28 January

12:00pm at Cullens Flat (Cullens Track)

Join in a free community barbecue lunch, flag raising celebrations, music and entertainment.

Athlone - Thursday 26 January

11:30am - 2:30pm at the Athlone Hall

Join in a free community barbecue, flag-raising ceremony, placement of time capsule to celebrate 100 years of the Athlone Hall.

Cloverlea - Thursday 26 January

12:00pm at the Darnum Tree Stump

Celebrate Australia Day with a free community barbecue. 

Drouin - Thursday 26 January

8:30am Drouin Civic Park

Enjoy a free community barbecue, morning tea, music entertainment, kids activities, community group displays and a flag-raising ceremony.

Erica - Saturday 28 January

9:30am arrival for 10:30am start at Erica Recreation Reserve

Cricket match, $10 entry per person to play, proceeds go to the CFA. Call the caravan park on 5165 3315 to secure a place.
Enjoy a sausage sizzle by the Lions, with drinks, a coffee van and baked spud van are available. BYO picnic chairs and drinks.

Hill End - Thursday 26 January

6:00pm at the Hill End Community Centre (formerly Old Hill End School)

Celebrate with a flag raising ceremony and national anthem followed by a free barbecue and a trivia quiz. 

Labertouche - Thursday 26 January

4:30pm at the Labertouche Community Centre

Join in a family cricket match followed by a free barbecue. Cold drinks available to purchase.

Longwarry - Thursday 26 January

 11:00am at Bennett Street Park

Flag raising ceremony, barbecue and kids activities.

Narracan - Thursday 26 January

7:00pm at the Narracan Hall

Celebrate Australia Day with a free family barbecue. BYO sides to share and/or sweets to share to make it a BBQ feast.

Neerim District - Thursday 26 January

10:30pm Craig Watts Skate Park

Live music and fun activities for kids including a jumping castle and face painting. Free family barbecue from 12:30pm with soft drinks, salads and sweets included. BYO picnics rugs, chairs and other beverages.

Rawson - Thursday 26 January

5:00pm Erica and District Historical Society, Pinnacle Drive, Rawson

Enjoy a free barbecue dinner, icy poles and kids activities.

Shady Creek - Thursday 26 January

12:00pm at the Shady Creek Hall

Free barbecue lunch and sweets. RSVP required to assist with catering to: and

Tanjil South - Thursday 26 January

12:00pm at the Tanjil South Hall. 

Flag-raising ceremony followed by a free family barbecue lunch including refreshments. Enjoy some Aussie music and a quiz! BYO other drinks.

Tetoora Road - Thursday 26 January

4:00pm - 7:00pm at the Tetoora Road Community Centre

Join in the flag raising ceremony, free activities, food and drink including; Barn Buddies, Facepainting, backyard cricket, history display, thong throwing, hula-hoops, skipping ropes, sausages, cake, fruit, ice-creams and drinks as we celebrate 100 years of the Tetoora Road Public Hall. 

Trafalgar - Thursday 26 January

8:00am at the Trafalgar Public Hall

Free breakfast event - no booking necessary. Come along for the presentation of Trafalgar’s Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year awards.

Warragul - Thursday 26 January

10:00am- 12:45 pm West Gippsland Arts Centre 
Australia Day Awards Presentation and Citizenship Ceremony in the West Gippsland Arts Centre Theatre. 

12:30pm - 2:30pm West Gippsland Arts Centre Forecourt

Flag-raising ceremony, family-friendly activities, free community barbecue, Mel Pollard music entertainment, facepainting and games for the kids.

Yarragon - Thursday 26 January

8:30am Market Street Park (corner Market and Murray Streets)

Join in a flag raising ceremony with the local CFA, followed by a free breakfast of bacon and egg sandwiches and enjoy music by local talents, a guest speaker, traditional thong throwing contest and activities run by the CFA.