This year, with all the action taking place on one stage, you can come early, find a spot and settle in for the evening. First up at 5pm is a special one-hour tribute to the outgoing Australians of the Year, with singer-song writer Lior.
This will be followed by the 2014 Australian of the Year Awards. Then it’s time to celebrate with a stellar line-up of homegrown talent - Canberrans are in for one incredible evening!
To ensure the ultimate concert experience, the National Australia Day Council has provided the following useful information:
Take a bus to the concert: ACTION will be running bus services on Saturday 25 January. Visit www.action.act.gov.au for all the route details.
Event shuttle: A special shuttle from the City or Woden interchange will drop off in front of Old Parliament House. After the event, shuttles will depart from Old Parliament House on King George Terrace and travel to all bus interchanges. For more information, visit ACTION www.action.act.gov.au
Take a taxi: If you’re planning to catch a taxi to and from the concert, taxi ranks are located opposite the Treasury Building along Parkes Place.
Arrive by car: Road closures, including Federation Mall, Parliament Drive and Queen Victoria Terrace will take effect from 6am Saturday 25 January to 1am Sunday 26 January 2013. Please take the time to read the event map for Australia Celebrates Live 2014 to plan your trip in advance.
Food and Drink
There will be plenty of food and drinks available for purchase onsite. You are welcome to bring food and drink, but are asked NOT to bring glass. Alcohol will be available for purchase on site. Fresh drinking water will also be available onsite. Please see event map for locations.
Event staff will be operating a lost children tent at which children (or distressed parents) will be cared for until they are reunited with their loved ones. See the event map for the location of tents.
Vehicles with appropriate disabled parking authorisation will have access to a disabled parking area located at the East Block car park, off Queen Victoria Terrace (adjacent to the National Archives of Australia).
Accessible Viewing Area
The accessible viewing area is located on Federation Mall, a short distance from the disabled parking area. Primary carers/immediate partners are welcome. Please check the location on the event map.
A family room will be operational during the event to give parents privacy when attending to young children. The facility will be stocked with change tables, nappy bins, seats, water and a microwave oven.
What To Bring and What Not To Bring
Be sure to bring along water, sunscreen and a hat, a picnic rug or folding chair to Australia Celebrates Live 2014 to ensure a comfortable concert experience.
For the safety and comfort of patrons, the following are not permitted onsite: pets (excluding assistance dogs); glass, including bottles; large shade structures or large umbrellas.
When to arrive
The site will be open to the public from 3pm onwards and it is recommended to arrive before 5pm to secure a place on the lawns to get the full experience.
In order to create a more enjoyable event for everyone the entire concert site will be fenced for Australia Celebrates Live 2014. There is only one entry and exit point this year, it’s located opposite Old Parliament House. See the map for details.