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Here's all the protests and marches you can attend on Australia Day

Rachel Lang

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Here's all the protests and marches you can attend on Australia Day

Thousands of people will protest today against Australia Day being held on January 26.

The Change the Date campaign has been slowly gaining momentum over the past few years and now many people want the country to hold Australia Day on another day in the year.

It's worth noting that there's a large portion who want the date kept on January 26, which is when the First Fleet sailed into Port Jackson back in 1788.

Credit: Holli / Alamy
Credit: Holli / Alamy

It marks the starting point of hundreds of years of horrific physical, emotional, spiritual, cultural and political treatment against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who had already been living in Australia for tens of thousands of years.

So if you want to celebrate being Australian on another day, here's where you can attend rallies, marches, and protests across Australia.




The Invasion Day rally will begin at Victorian Parliament House at 11am.

At the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, First Nations artists will be performing at Share the Spirit.

Gates open at 11am for that one and will feature an impressive lineup of ARIA Award winner Dan Sultan, Bumpy, the Djirri Djirri Dancer and more.

Bunurong/Mornington Peninsula


Our Survival Day will take place at The Briars, Mt Martha, from noon.

There will be market stalls, cultural dances and even performances from musicians Mitch Tambo and Dallas Woods.


A Survival Day Dawn Ceremony will commence at 5.30am at Viewpoint, Lake Wendouree.



Wadawurrung Traditional Owners are presenting the Pilk Purriyn event at Cosy Corner Beach, Torquay at 5:30am.

There will be a welcome to Country and smoking ceremony along with truth-telling, traditional dance, music and singing.




Canberrans can attend the Sovereignty Day-Isabell Coe Memorial Lecture, which kicks off at 9:30am.

The event has been held annually on the lawns of Old Parliament House at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy since 2012.

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Credit: Pacific Press Media Production Corp. / Alamy



If you're in Sydney, you can start off the day at the Dawn Reflection.

Starting at 5:20am and beyond, incredible artworks by Australia's First Nations people will be projected onto the peaks and troughs of the Sydney Opera House.

Or, if that's too early, head to the WugulOra (One Mob) Morning Ceremony at Barangaroo Reserve, which begins at a slightly later time of 7:30am.

An Invasion Day rally begins at 9:30am at Belmore Park in Sydney's CBD.

Or you can hit up the annual Yabun festival at Victoria Park, Broadway.


If you're further west, the Griffith Local Aboriginal Land Council has organised a Survival Day event at the Griffith Regional Aquatic & Leisure from 11am.


Heading down the south coast, Bermagui is hosting a Survival Day event at Dickinson Oval from 11am.



Boorloo's rally starts at Forrest Chase in the city at 3pm.

Or, if you want to enrich yourself with some Indigenous culture, head to the Birak Concert at the Supreme Court Gardens. The event runs from 3pm to 7.30pm.


Broome is hosting Rubibi Survival Day event at Gimme Club, but it is ticketed so be sure to get in while you can.

Kids under 10 years old get in free. Gates open at 2:30pm.

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Credit: Holli / Alamy



Mourning in the Morning will start at 7am, with a smoking ceremony at Tarntanya Wama, also known as Elder Park in the city.

There will be a Survival Day march at Tarndanyangga/Victoria Square from 12pm-4:30pm.



An Invasion Day march will start at Queens Gardens on George Street in the city at 10am.

Triple A Murri Country will also be hosting its annual Original 100 music radio program at Musgrave Park for those keen to hear some First Nations tunes.


In the north, locals can hit up the Survival Day events on The Strand.

Events include a dawn service and the Survival Day Walk.

Gurrumbilbarra will also offer up a showcase of art, dance, music, food and storytelling afterward.



Head to the Darwin Waterfront for a smoking ceremony at 7:50am, conducted by the Larrakia people.

The event will include incredible performances and storytelling by the Larrakia and the Rirratjingu Dancers from North East Arnhem Land.



The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre has a march kicking off at 10.50am from 198 Elizabeth Street in the city.

Afterward, a rally will begin on Parliament Lawns from midday.


At 11.30am, there will be march starting from Tulaminakali Health Service at 106 Best Street.

A rally follows at Market Square, behind Paranaple Centre, for a 12pm start.

That's it for all of our events to encourage Australia's politicians to change the date.

A poll of LADbible Australia readers on whether they want the date to be changed was pretty neck and neck.

Hundreds of people were involved in the survey and the 'No' group won with 42 per cent of the vote.

The 'Yes' group scored 35 per cent of the ballot, while 23 per cent of people said they were indifferent.

When asked what date they would want to have Australia Day, some suggested May 8, January 1, the last Monday of January, and August 17.

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Topics: Australia, News

Rachel Lang
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