AUSTRALIA DAY EVENTS: Throw a thong, toss a gumboot, eat a free sausage

Richmond Valley

Every year Richmond Valley Council hosts Australia Day in a different location. This year it is at Evans Head and there will be a free bus service to and from the surf club.

Evans Head

Celebrations are from 9am-1pm at the Evans Head Surf Life Saving Club. The club is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

The fun starts at 9am.

The official ceremony begins at 10am.

Northern Rivers Jumping Castles will be there with a rock-climbing wall, obstacle course and a jumping castle. There will also be pop-a-balloon and thong throwing on the day and you can get an Australia Day temporary tattoo. Dressed up characters will be walking around the event.

Waves Dance Studio dancers will performing at 9am and again at 11.30am.

Live entertainment is big this year.

The Spangles are performing from 9am-10am

Jasmine and Thor Phillips are performing at 11.30am

OCCA Rock featuring Billy Gudgeon will be performing from 2pm.

The Spangles are performing at Evans Head on Australia Day. Photo: Raimond De Weerdt

Free bus

There is a free 52-seater bus service running from Casino, Coraki, Woodburn, Broadwater to Evans Head. Masks will be required on the bus.

Bus timetable:

8.45am Depart Casino Information Centre

9.10 Pick up at Coraki Memorial Park on Richmond Tce

9.30am Arrive Evans Head Surf Club

1pm Pick up Evans Head Surf Club – leave 1.15pm and drop off at same locations as pick up.

Call the council on 6660 0300 to secure a seat on the bus.

Evans Head Rotary will be cooking a free sausage sizzle.

There will be market stalls on the day.


The day will be held at the Kyogle Visitors Information Centre and amphitheatre starting at 10am with the awards and citizenship ceremony.

Live entertainment includes Band Total Buzzkill and Doc Rock Inc.

There will be a free barbecue cooked by Kyogle Lions Club members.

Kyogle Swimming Pool will be open from 10am-6pm and entry is free all day for everyone.


West of the Range Australia Day is from 10am-3pm

On the grounds of the Bonalbo Bowls Club, the fun starts at 10am with games, a jumping castle, barefoot bowls, Ambrose golf, tennis and free entry to the swimming pool

At 11am there is a free sausage sizzle.

The official ceremony and awards presentation is at 1.15pm. This year’s guest speaker is Dr Trevor Tierney OAM.

At 3pm there will be gumboot throwing, tug of war and golf competitions.

There will be a tug of war at Bonalbo.


The day starts at 8.30am at Woodenbong Hall for billy tea and damper.

The Australia awards are announced at 9.45am.

This year’s speaker and ambassador is Dr Clio Cresswell.

Enjoy a free lunch before the 1pm City vs Country cricket match at the recreation grounds behind the swimming pool where there will be a free barbecue.

From 2pm there will be fun activities at Woodenbong Swimming Pool. Entry to the pool is free.

Dr Clio Cresswell is the guest speaker at Woodenbong on Australia Day.

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