Australia Day events taking place in Bendigo

A range of community groups have planned Australia Day activities for residents on Thursday January 26.

The main Australia Day event, presented by the Rotary Club of Bendigo Sandhurst, returns to Lake Weeroona this year and runs from 10am – 3pm, with official proceedings starting at 10.30am.

The event will feature a BBQ, live entertainment, family activities, community displays and the popular Rotary art and craft market.

Smaller events are also planned for Axedale, Eaglehawk, Elmore, Golden Square, Heathcote, Huntly, Junortoun, Maiden Gully, Mia Mia and Strathfieldsaye.

Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf said Australia Day was an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be Australian.

“Australia Day is a time to acknowledge the growth and success of our nation and communities everywhere, and the people that contribute to making Australia a great place to live,” Cr Metcalf said.

“As we gather in communities across Greater Bendigo, I encourage residents to consider what they value most about where they live and to enjoy the opportunity to be with family and friends.

“Thank you to the community groups and volunteers that have worked hard to plan local activities.

“However you choose to mark Australia Day, it is important that we do so respectfully and recognise it can be a day of loss and mourning for many First Nations people.

“With the support of Traditional Owners and First Nations people locally, I hope we can all continue to grow our understanding of what has happened in Australia’s history and find ways to connect with Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung culture.”

Cr Metcalf will also lead her second Australia Day citizenship ceremony, where up to 70 people will become Australian citizens.

For those looking to cool off at a local pool, there will be free entry to all indoor and outdoor pools. Please contact your local pool to confirm opening times.

Please see below a table of local Australia Day events. Event times may be subject to change: 



Lake Weeroona 

10am – 3pm 

10.30am official proceedings 


Axedale Park 

8am breakfast 

9am official proceedings 


Canterbury Park Soundshell 

8.30am breakfast  

9.15am official proceedings


Railway Square 

8.30am breakfast 

8.45am official proceedings 

Golden Square 

Golden Square Pool 

No official proceedings

Community activities throughout the day


Barrack Recreation Reserve 

10am – 2pm 

No official proceedings


Huntly Hall Garden of Remembrance 

6.30pm official proceedings

7.00pm BBQ


Junortoun CFA

8am breakfast 

9am official proceedings 

Maiden Gully 

Lions Club Community Playground

7am breakfast 

8.30am official proceedings 

Mia Mia 

Mia Mia Mechanics Institute

8am event starts

8.20am official proceedings 


Strathfieldsaye Shops carpark

8am breakfast 

8.40am official proceedings  

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