by Lauren Higham
All the perks of the 2019 City of Perth Skyworks!
45 tonnes of equipment, 10 tonnes of explosive material, 32 342 shots including 3000 set off in the final minute, 12 days of on-site set up and over 25km of electrical cabling, can only really mean one thing. That’s right, you guessed it – the City of Perth Skyworks is BACK for it’s biggest and best celebration yet!
No matter your age, there’s just something about those fireworks that make you feel all warm and fuzzy. The excitement I got for the Skyworks as a kid and as a teenager is still the exact same excitement I get as a nearly 25 year old, and that’s saying something! If there’s anything I’ve learnt after all these years, it’s the importance of finding yourself a prime spot, to set up your picnic blanket and lay out all those delicious snacks, as you prepare for your favourite 30-minute show of the year.
I’m sure you’ve got questions, but don’t stress – we’ve got the hottest tips on what to do, where to go and how to get to the 2019 City of Perth Skyworks, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Oh, and did I mention that here in Perth we’ve got the biggest Australia Day celebration in the country – cool, huh?
WHAT TO DO
The Skyworks are so much more than just fireworks this year, with FREE events and celebrations from 3pm all around our wonderful city. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what you’re into, there really is something for everyone.
If bouncy castles, water playgrounds, obstacle courses, bubble soccer, BMX shows, food markets and a classic Aussie sausage sizzle tickle your fancy, we suggest you head on down to the Lotterywest Entertainment Zone at Langley Park.
Maybe you’d prefer to celebrate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture by watching a HUGE lineup of incredible indigenious entertainment? If this sounds like you, the Birak Concert at Supreme Court Garden
is where you need to be.
Lastly, for those looking to spend the arvo playing connect 4, getting airbrush tattoos, keepin’ cool on water slides and indulging in some top quality tucker – the South Perth Celebration Zone at Sir James Mitchell Park it is!
Whichever option you choose, just make sure you secure your spot on the foreshore to watch the spectacular fireworks display at 8pm !
Please also note that the Birak Concert and fireworks display are audio-described and Auslan interpreted.
WHERE TO GO
If you aren’t attending one of the great celebrations in the afternoon but you are heading along to see the fireworks, you’re probably wondering where to find the best seat in the house? Well, you’re in luck… because there’s a few.
Here are our recommendations for the best viewing areas:
- Perth Foreshore (along Riverside Drive)
- South Perth Foreshore (ranging from The Causeway to the Narrows Bridge)
- Kings Park (along Fraser Ave or near the State War Memorial)
If you’re thinking of watching the fireworks from the Perth Foreshore or Kings Park – here’s something to get you excited!
BYO Picnic Zones will be available in select areas at the Kings Park Botanic Garden and Langley Park Reserve. They’re the perfect place for adults to enjoy a cold one, while the kids snack on some traditional Aussie treats. A hot tip to remember – the BYO Picnic Zone at Langley Park Reserve is RIGHT next to the entertainment zone, so the little ones can run-a-muck if mum and dad need a breather.
Limited alcohol can be consumed in the BYO Picnic Zones, however all other areas of the City of Perth Skyworks are alcohol-free zones at all times. Click here for details.
Please also remember to think of our beautiful environment this Australia Day. You can do your bit by bringing reusable water bottles, cups and cutlery. If you are bringing disposable items, make sure you place them in nearby bins.
HOW TO GET THERE
The biggest question on everyone’s minds – how do I get to this great event? We’ve got a few answers, and we think you’re going to like them!
If you’re planning to drive, please make sure you take note of all the Australia Day road closures. You can find them here.
- Public Transport
A big shout out to Transperth, who will be putting on additional trains and buses to help us all get to and from the Skyworks. Don’t forget you can also take the ferry across the river!
You all know the saying – slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat! Plus, Havi’s are totally acceptable walking attire on Australia Day.
If you’re planning to ride, make sure there’s somewhere to lock up your bike – unless of course you’re planning to hold onto it.
For speed limit restrictions, river restrictions and river closures, click here.
- South Perth Shuttle Bus
If you’re planning to head down to the South Perth Foreshore, there will be a free shuttle service between certain areas and the event zone. You can find all the information here .
Please note that the 2019 Skyworks also has wheelchair access.
Perth, from the whole team here at Perth Happenings, we wish you a happy, safe and relaxing Australia Day! For further information on any of the above or to find out what other great things are on in P-Town over the Australia Day long weekend, please head to www.visitperth.com.au/events/skyworks.
Don’t forget to tag us @perthhappenings in all your great snaps, and make sure you hashtag #AusDayPerth and #PerthHappenings .
It’s gunna’ be a ripper!