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Australia Day

Where to reflect, respect, and celebrate in our region

The Longreach Region will have extra reasons to celebrate Australia Day this year, with additional activities in each community supported by one-off funding from the National Australia Day Council.

Council has successfully applied for COVID Safe Australia Day Grant Program funding, which will be used to enhance Australia Day celebrations in Ilfracombe, Isisford, Longreach and Yaraka. In addition to the traditional citizenship ceremony in Longreach, Breakfast in Isisford and Cricket in Ilfracombe, there will be a host of extra initiatives across the region including free pool entry in each town, free movie screenings, a colour run in Isisford, and a community dinner in Yaraka. 

Check out the details below...



Australia Day Awards & Citizenship Ceremony
8:00am Lon  greach Civic Centre

Followed by free c ommunity breakfast


Free Entry All Day
Longreach Aquatic Centre


Community Pool Party
11:30am - 2:30pm
Longreach Aquatic Centre


  • Slip and Slide
  • Inflatables
  • Music
  • Kids Activities
  • Sausage Sizzle


Free Seniors Lunch
12:00pm Longreach RSL
Free for Seniors Card holders
Bookings preferred:
(07) 4658 1092


Free Australia Day Movie: Penguin Bloom
4:00pm Star Cinema Longreach
Includes free Popcorn and Drink Combo


BOOKED OUT Luminescent Longreach Locals Show
7:45pm Qantas Founders Museum

This event is booked out,
no more tickets are available.
We apologise for any inconvenience.


Free Pool Entry
9:00am - 1:00pm
Ilfracombe Pool & Spa


Free Seniors Lunch
12:00pm Wellshot Hotel
Free for Seniors Card holders
Bookings preferred:
(07) 4658 2106


T8 Cricket 
3:00pm Wayne Taylor Oval (Rec Centre)

  • Bring a team of eight, or
    come along and join a team
  • Draw finalised  at 3pm
    so arrive early to play
  • Compete in the Tug-of-War heats
    during breaks!


Iron Man Challenge
6:00pm Wayne Taylor Oval (Rec Centre)


Free Community BBQ
6:15pm Martin Forrest Recreation Centre


Australia Day Awards Ceremony
7:15pm Martin Forrest Recreation Centre


Community Colour Run
7:30am Big Yellowbelly to Whitman's Memorial Park


Free Community Breakfast
8:00am Whitman's Memorial Park


Australia Day Awards Ceremony 
8:45am Whitman's Memorial Park


Free Australia Day Movie
12:00pm Outer Barcoo Interpretation Centre
Includes free Popcorn and Drink combo


Free Pool Entry and Sausage Sizzle
3:00pm - 7:00pm
Isisford Pool

(6 Feb)

Free Entry
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Yaraka Pool


Free Community Dinner
7:00pm Yaraka Hotel

All Australia Day activities have been generously funded by the National Australia Day Council Covid Safe Australia Day Grant Program and Longreach Regional Council. 

Australia Day Ambassador

Gail Ker OAM
2021 Australia day ambassador program photo gail ker 1Over the past 20 years, Gail Ker OAM has achieved vast industry experience and arguably unrivalled expertise in the Australian multicultural, humanitarian and community sectors which has seen her change countless lives for the better. A nationally lauded and award-winning visionary, Gail is the CEO of Access Community Services Ltd where she leads tirelessly in creating social, cultural and economic experiences and opportunities that transform the lives of individuals and communities. Informed and working at the cutting edge of policy and sector engagement, Gail’s knowledge is actively sought by politicians, industry leaders and research bodies alike, both nationally and internationally.