2013 Australia Day at Geelong’s Rippleside Park
The beautiful grassy slopes of Rippleside Park will once again host the annual Australia Day celebrations for 2013. This annual event has been enjoyed by generations of Geelong families, and once again promises to be a sensational day.
Managed by the Lions Club of Corio Bay and supported by a range of community groups and volunteers, this free family day attracts thousands of families every year to a day jam packed with fun for all. This year there will be over thirty free activities for families to enjoy plus a full day of wonderful entertainment.
Much of the entertainment and activities are tailored especially for the younger in the community. Dazzling Dan the Magic Man, Dame Edna Average, the Geelong Scottish Dancers and Geelong Memorial Brass Band are only a few of the artists and entertainers performing throughout the day.
The event starts at 11:00 AM and concludes at 4:00 PM on January the 26th, with the traditional flag raising ceremony taking place at 1:00 PM.
Free activities include face painting, a giant slide, jumping castles for the young, an animal nursery and even pony rides and alpacas.
A wide range of local community groups will be performing or offering activities during event including sheep shearing, some fun and games from the Girl Guides and the Scouts, and great displays from the CFA and the Victorian Police. Other highlights include a mock battle from the Geelong Military Re-enactment group and a great display from the Werribee Open range Zoo.
Rippleside Park has ample parking and there are plenty of shady places to relaxing with the family and enjoy a picnic, so pack the family a tasty hamper. Several food vendors will also be part of the event offering a wide range of food, but in line with being a family event no alcohol is permitted.
Rippleside Park is located in Bell Parade Drumcondra, off the Melbourne Road at the northern entrance to Geelong on the banks of Corio Bay. For visitors from north of the city, follow the Geelong Scenic Route and you will see the park on the left as you pass North Geelong.