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Australia Day Festival Road Closures and Information 22 January until 26 January 2021

Following the cancellation of Skyworks in 2021 due to public health advice, the City of Perth has coordinated a five-day Australia Day Festival in its place including a series of smaller, lower risk events that can be managed in a COVID-safe manner. Read on to find out more information regarding road closures and parking, event bump in and bump out, and to understand the anticipated noise levels associated with the event.


The following activities will be held on Australia Day, Tuesday 26 January 2021:

  • Family Water Playground: 10:00hrs to 17:00hrs
  • Carnival Activities: 10:00hrs to 17:00hrs
  • Amenities area with shade, seating, food & toilets - available between 10:00hrs to 17:00hrs
  • Motocross and BMX shows: 11:00hrs to 16:00hrs
  • Skydivers landing area: 14:00hrs

Whilst activities will be similar to previous entertainment provided on Australia Day, measures such as fencing and ticketing will be in place to manage capacity and contact tracing requirements. There will also be some service compounds fenced at the eastern end of Langley Park that will service requirements of Police, First Aid, COVID Marshals and City of Perth staff.

map of Langley Park showing Australia Day event on 26 January

Road Closures & Parking

Please note - Terrace Road will remain open at all times. To enable the safe crossing of pedestrians, Victoria Avenue, between Riverside Drive and Terrace Road, will be closed from 09:00hrs to 18:00hrs on 26 January 2021. Select parking bays along Terrace Road (west-bound) will temporarily be converted into ACROD (accessible) parking bays – please review any signs installed on the day. Perth Concert Hall and Terrace Road Car Park will be promoted to the public for parking, with free 3-hour parking available at these locations.

Bump In/Out and Noise

The above Langley Park activities will commence bump in (set-up) from Wednesday 20 January 2021 and will complete bump out (pack-down) by COB Thursday 28 January 2021, and will be completed during ordinary business hours. Where possible and practical, portable toilets will be erected along the southern side of Langley Park away from Terrace Road as the preferred location. As this event does not have a large scale music event, erection of stacked sea containers (used to create a sound barrier) will not be required. We anticipate the bump in / bump out to cause minimal noise and disruption to Terrace Road residents.

On the day of the event, the motocross show will create some noise between 11:00hrs and 16:00hrs, while the other activities will generate less noise with some music from the rides and the crowds.


Supreme Court Gardens will host the annual Birak Concert on Australia Day, Tuesday 26 January 2021 from 14:00hrs to 18:30hrs. The Birak Concert is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, and will feature a mixture of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal artists.

Road Closures & Parking

To enable the safe crossing of pedestrians, Governors Avenue between Riverside Drive and Terrace Road until the CPP Car Park entries will be closed from 12:00hrs to 19:30hrs on 26 January 2021. Parking bays located within this area will be unavailable on 26 January 2021. Alternative parking is available along Terrace Road (east of Victoria Avenue) and at the Perth Concert Hall and Terrace Road Car Parks which both offer free 3-hour parking on this day, to view up to date bay availability please visit City of Perth Parking website.

Bump In/Out and Noise

The Birak Concert will commence bump in (set-up) from Sunday 24 January 2021 and will complete bump out (pack-down) by COB Thursday 28 January 2021 during ordinary business hours. Sound checks will take place on Tuesday 26 January between approximately 11:00hrs to 12:30hrs. The event will take place between the hours of 14:00hrs to 18:30hrs which will include amplified music from a range of Aboriginal artists and performances. These sound levels will fall under a Regulation 16 exemption.


The City is collaborating with Neighbourhood group West Perth Local to deliver an Australia Day event in West Perth on Tuesday 26 January 2021. The Big Aussie BBQ begins at 15:00hrs with Aboriginal bush tucker and makes our way through a diverse selection of BBQ from other cultures with veg and vegan options included. Accompanied by local musical performances and roving entertainers, this street vibe event is a perfect way to spend a relaxed Australia Day afternoon, concluding at 20:00hrs.

Road Closures & Parking

As the event will take place along the footpaths and across the street, Hay Street will be closed between Colin and Outram Streets from 11:00hrs to 23:00hrs on Tuesday 26 January 2021. Parking on this stretch of Hay Street will be unavailable on 26 January 2021 after 10:00hrs and towing may be enforced. There are alternative parking options available on Colin Street, Outram Street, Hay Street (before Colin or after Outram Streets), and Mayfair Street CPP Car Park. Many on-street parking bays are free on public holidays, a parking sign with any day of the week written on it doesn’t apply on a public holiday and the restrictions do not apply. For more information on the public holiday park please visit - Visit Perth Parking and go to the ‘Public Holiday Parking’.

map of Hay St road closures for 26 January
Mayfair Street CPP Car Park has free 3-hour parking, to confirm bay availability please visit City of Perth Parking Mayfair Street.

Bump In/Out & Noise

Bump in will commence at 11:00hrs on Tuesday 26 January 2021 when the road closes and will conclude by 23:00hrs when the road will reopen. The event will include ambient background music by programmed buskers and small-scale local performances.


Elizabeth Quay will host the feature event of the Australia Day Festival – Shining the Light: The Story of Us, which will be held every evening from Friday 22 to Tuesday 26 January 2021. This event includes a special light show projected onto a water screen in the Elizabeth Quay inlet as well as numerous lighting installations that share the multi-cultural story of Australia and its history. Two sessions will occur every evening at 19:45hrs and 21:00hrs, concluding at 22:00hrs with free tickets available at Visit Perth Australia Day Festival.

Road Closures & Parking

Enchantress Way will be closed from Friday 22 January at 09:00hrs to Wednesday 27 January at 17:00hrs to facilitate the event layout. Duchess Way and Geoffrey Bolton Avenue (from Duchess Way to William Street) will be closed every evening between 17:00hrs and 23:00hrs from Friday 22 to Tuesday 26 January 2021 to facilitate the event layout. Parking will be unavailable on these streets during this period. Select parking bays will also be unavailable on The Esplanade west-bound every evening to facilitate a drop-off/pick-up location, particularly for those with accessible needs. Alternative parking is available at the Perth Convention Centre or Council House Car Park; free 3-hour parking will be available on weekends and public holidays, to view up to date bay availability please visit City of Perth Parking.

Bump In/Out and Noise

Bump in (set-up) will take place from Friday 15 to Friday 22 January 2021 during ordinary hours. There will be some testing completed on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 January 2021 which will include some audio between 17:00hrs and 22:00hrs. Bump out (pack-down) will take place from Wednesday 27 to Thursday 28 January 2021 during ordinary hours. During the event times of 19:45hrs to 22:00hrs there will be moderate sound levels. This will include recorded ambient music with voices of Elders (storytelling). There will also be intermittent live entertainment throughout the site.

Map of Australia Day Festival events happening at Elizabeth quay

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