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The Australian sporting spirit is the perfect way to experience who we really are as people and as a country. And, lucky for you, there are plenty of ways to get active on Australia Day. Whether you’re cheering from the sidelines, or running your own race… you’ll feel like a true Aussie.

Western Australia

Australia Day Triathlon, Duathlon, Aquathon & AquaBike
Where: Point Walter Reserve, Bicton, WA
When: January 26
Lace up your runners, dust off your goggles and check your brakes still work. Test your fitness and start your Australia Day with a Triathlon, Duathlon, Aquathon or Aquabike in a handful of different distances.

New South Wales

Oz Day 10K Wheelchair Race
Where: Sydney, George Street, The Rocks, NSW
When: 9.00am. January 26
Dubbed ‘the champions of the chairs’ head to The Rocks on Australia Day to take part in or watch wheelchair road racers battle on the tightest and most technical course in the world. Considered the fastest street circuit race in Australia, participants include superstar athletes and Paralympians past, present and future.


Burleigh Swim Run Australia Day
Where: Burleigh Lifeguard Tower, Burleigh Beach
When: 6.00am – 10.00am. January 26
Celebrate Australia Day in true Queensland fashion – by getting your hair wet. At Burleigh’s Swim Run Australia Day, locals young and old partake in the fitness festivities, surrounded by the backdrop of this long-loved beach town. 


Australian Open
Where: Melbourne and Olympic Parks
When: January 17 – 30.
January is a pretty good time to be a sporting fan in Melbourne, not in the least for the first Grand Slam of the tennis year. All the world’s top players flock here, and scoring tickets is usually pretty accessible. 2022 will see the return of fan-favourite experiences, as well as all-new offerings for the perfect post-pandemic tournament.

South Australia

Santos Tour Down Under
Where: Adelaide and surrounding regions
When: January 21 – 29
Summer is the perfect time to explore South Australia’s stunning regions, and the Santos Tour Down Under allows you do to just that.

As the Southern Hemisphere’s largest cycling race, the mammoth, 11-day tour traverses spectacular scenery, finishing right where they started – bustling Adelaide. Whether or not cycling is your thing, you’ll be sure to enjoy the vibes of this prestigious event.  In 2022, the race winds its way from McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill on Australia Day.

Northern Territory

OZ Run
Where: Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin, NT
When: Tuesday, 26 January 2021
One of the highlights of Darwin’s Australia Day events is OZ Run. Held in the morning of Australia Day at the Darwin Waterfront, OZ Run is the Territory’s largest running event attracting over 4,000 people who participate in a 3km or 5km fun run/walk.

While encouraging everyone to celebrate our national day by dressing up and embracing the spirit of Australia, other highlights include a Zumba warm up before the run followed by a free sausage sizzle, mist tent and a range of family friendly activities for everyone to enjoy.


Lake Pedder Anglers Australia Day Competition
Where: Pedder Wilderness Lodge, Strathgordon
When: Jan 22-26th
How’s this for something a bit different? Cast your line and hook some fun times while fishing at Lake Pedder for the Australia Day competition. Members catch up on the regular to fish together and represent their clubs, making for great community competition.


Cricket: T20 WBBL
Where: EPC Solar Park, Canberra, ACT
When: Jan 26th
Stumped for something to do on the day? Why not cheer on our Aussie cricket legend ladies when they face off against England on home turf? Feel like you‘ve hit a six yourself by grabbing a hat and getting amongst it.

Looking for more fun ways to get active this Australia Day?
Check out our handy Plan Your Day tool.