Here is everything you need to know about what's happening around Griffith on the most true-blue day of the year - January 26.
Check out the official ceremony
What better way to spend Australia than by welcoming dozens of new Australians and celebrating all of Griffith's local heroes. At Griffith City Council's official Australia Day Ceremony, 29 new Aussies will receive their citizenships, and the council will hand out their Australia Day awards, including citizen of the year and the Mayor's local hero award. Keith Potger AO, co-founding member of Aussie pop quartet, The Seekers, will be centre-stage, as this year's Australia Day Ambassador.
The ceremony kicks off at 10am at Griffith Regional Theatre. To attend you must get a free ticket at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/australia-day-awards-ceremony-tickets-133897104845.
Go for a dip
It's forecast to hit 38 degrees on the big day, so if you're looking to escape that heat and have a splash, the pool might be your best bet. It is free entry all day at the Griffith Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre, from the moment it opens at 9am until close at 6pm. Unfortunately the new 50 metre outdoor pool won't be open to the public in time for Australia Day.
Invite some mates over for a barbeque
If you're planning on packing the esky and chucking some sausages on the barbie for your own true-blue celebration with friends and family, here are all the latest rules and regulations you'll need to follow. Up to 50 people are allowed to visit a household at any one time, and no more than 100 people can gather outside in a public place. So feel free to invite the whole family along, but maybe think twice before extending an invitation to everyone on your street.
Head to a pub or club
If a pub feed and some live music is more your thing, you are in luck. All of the pubs and clubs in town are open their usual hours on January 26. In terms of live music, Blume Music will be rocking out on the terrace at Southside Leagues Club from 1pm to 5pm, Max Jones will be live at the Exies Main Club from 1pm, and 'Tony L' will be entertaining the crowd at the Coro Club from 2pm. What's more Griffith than a delicate mix of Italy and Australia in the form of a chicken parmigiana?
Hear some classic bush yarns
If you like to spend your Australia Day laughing and remembering yarns from the good ol' days, then Pioneer Park Museum will be the place to be. There will be a performance of the popular Riverina show 'A Few Quiet Ales' from 6pm on January 26. The 90-minute show is centred around two blokes at a pub, telling each other stories while they wait for their mate to arrive. There will be a BBQ, pre-show entertainment by the Stickie Fingers, and beverages will be able to be purchased from the bar. It's also free entry into the museum from 10am to 3pm on the day.
You can buy a $30 ticket for the show online: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/a-few-quiet-ales-tickets-132875683747