Renee Buckingham talks about the 2015 Australia Day celebrations in Newcastle. There will be activities at Honeysuckle, Queens Wharf, Nobbys Lighthouse, Fort Scratchley and Newcastle City Hall.
NOTE: The Stockton Surf Life Saving Club have now cancelled the Stockton Newcastle Harbour Swim due to increased shark activity and water conditions. They plan to bring the event back next year. There are a heap of other events happening over Australia Day, check out the video below.
This video was also uploaded to Facebook and iTunes Podcast.
Head to the Honeysuckle precinct to celebrate our national day. There will be plenty of activity between 10am and 4pm including live music, circus workshops, face painting, roving entertainment, international dance performances, artisan markets as well as a multicultural BBQ. There will also be plenty of activity at Fort Scratchley throughout the day.
In the evening head to our summer of sport live site between the Maritime Centre and The Dockyard and watch the broadcast of the 2015 Asian Cup semi-final 1 from Sydney (activity from 6pm, kick-off 8pm).
Schedule of Events
|8am||700m Stockton to Newcastle across harbour swim
|8:45am||1,400 across harbour swim
|Queens Wharf Brewery|
|9am||Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony||Newcastle City Hall||Concert Hall|
|10am||Australia Day activities open||Honeysuckle|
|10am||Australia Day awards announced||Newcastle City Hall||Concert Hall|
|10am to 4pm||Artisan Markets||Honeysuckle|
|10am||Fort Scratchley opens||Fort Scratchley|
|10am||Caitlin Harnett||Honeysuckle||Main stage|
|10:30am||Ducks for Dollars||Queens Wharf Brewery|
|10:30am||Guided tunnel tour (30 minutes)||Fort Scratchley|
|11am||Firing of the 6″ guns||Fort Scratchley|
|11am||James Bennett||Honeysuckle||Main stage|
|11am||Guided tunnel tour (30 minutes)||Fort Scratchley|
|11:30am||Guided tunnel tour (30 minutes)||Fort Scratchley|
|12 noon||Tim Stokes Duo||Honeysuckle||Main stage|
|12 noon||International dance performances start||Honeysuckle||Dance stage|
|12 noon||Roving band||Honeysuckle||Roving|
|12 noon||Caitlin Harnett||Honeysuckle||Satellite stage|
|12 noon||Guided tunnel tour (30 minutes)||Fort Scratchley|
|11am to 2pm||Circus workshops and face painters||Honeysuckle||Kids area|
|12:30pm||Guided tunnel tour (30 minutes)||Fort Scratchley|
|1pm||Firing of the 6″ inch guns||Fort Scratchley|
|1pm||James Bennett||Honeysuckle||Satellite stage|
|1:15pm||Roving entertainment ceases||Honeysuckle|
|1:30pm||Guided tunnel tour (30 minutes)||Fort Scratchley|
|2pm||Ginger and the ghost||Honeysuckle||Satellite stage|
|2pm||Guided tunnel tour (30 minutes)||Fort Scratchley|
|3pm||Lime Cordiale||Honeysuckle||Main stage|
|3pm||Firing of the 6″ guns||Fort Scratchley|
|4pm||Multicultural BBQ ceases||Honeysuckle|
|3pm||Circus workshops and face painters cease||Honeysuckle|
|3pm||International dance performance finish||Honeysuckle|
|4pm||Australia Day activities close||Honeysuckle|
|6pm||Summer of sport activities start||Honeysuckle||The Dockyard|
|8pm||2015 Asian Cup semi final one kicks off||Honeysuckle||The Dockyard|
Video Transcript for Closed Captions
# I’ve been around the world a couple of times or maybe more.
# I’ve seen the sights and had delights….
Hi Newcastle! my name’s Renee and this coming Monday is Australia Day. Newcastle will be jam packed full of festivities for everyone to enjoy. things will kick off at 8am with the Stockton to Newcastle Annual Swim.
The event is held by the `Stockton Surf Life Saving Club` and starts with a social one-way swim across the harbour to Newcastle. Then at 8:30am the `open swim` will begin at Newcastle, loop around a buoy near Stockton then return to Newcastle again.
After the swim Newcastle City Hall will host the `Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony` and the presentation of the `Australia Day Awards` from 9am. The awards celebrate and recognise our highest achievers and their outstanding contribution to Australian society.
Following that at 10:30am the `Annual Ducks for Dollars` will be held at Queens Wharf. The event is to raise money for the `Westpac Rescue Helicopter`. Ducks are available for $5 and they will put you in the running to win up to $1500 in prizemoney.
Then at 11am, 1pm and 3pm Fort Scratchley will hold a guided tunnel tour where you can see the firing of their 6 inch guns and learn about the fort’s 200 year history in Newcastle.
After you visit Fort Scratchley be sure to check out the `Striking Newcastle Photographic Exhibition’ at Nobbys Lighthouse. Local photographer `Shane Williams` has always had an affinity for storms and weather, although now, he runs towards them with his camera in his hand to ensure he captures the magical moment. While you are there looking at the art, ensure to take in and enjoy the panoramic views of Newcastle from Nobbys head.
Here in Honeysuckle there will be a day full of entertainment for all the family to enjoy spread across 2 stages including singers and dancers. There will be something for everyone to enjoy including a tug boat race, wakeboarding, roving artists, circus workshops, face painting, markets and much much more. So be sure to come down and check it all out.
If you would like any more information on the Australia Day Events happening here in Newcastle, head over to huntertv.com.au. Thats it from me, thanks for listening, lets hope it’s great weather for monday, have a lovely Australia Day,. my name’s Renee, we’ll see you next time.