The Australia Day Parade commenced at 6pm from Franklin St which was led by our First Nations Peoples.

Over 3,000 people marched North in the Parade along King William Street, joining in on the festivities at Elder Park where a huge Australia Day Concert began just after 7:00pm! The Australia Day Concert was followed by a spectacular fireworks display!

Australia Day in the City is held on the 26 January each year.


Elder Park is located on King William Road, next to the Adelaide Festival Centre on the River Torrens.

Free City Connector Bus
Take advantage of the free City Connector bus, offering a hop-on and hop-off service to the City and North Adelaide linking popular city attractions, shopping, dining and key destinations. Bus route 98A and 98C connect North Adelaide with the city, and 99A and 99C connect the inner-city areas not serviced by the tram. Services operated every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends. For timetables, route details and real-time information visit www.adelaidemetro.com.au/freecitybus

Getting to Australia Day in the City-Parade, Concert & Fireworks was easy on Adelaide Metropolitan public transport. With major bus, train and tram stops within walking distance of Elder Park, make the smart move and hop on a bus, train or tram. For more information, contact Adelaide Metro on 1800 182 160, or visit www.adelaidemetro.com.au

Parking in the City

Owned and operated by the City of Adelaide, UPark has your Australia Day in the City parking covered.

Where To Park

Guarantee your park by booking $7 parking at UPark Topham or UPark Frome for this Australia Day.

Drive in for $8 at any UPark location apart from Gawler Place where a capped fee of $15 applies.

Monday Long Weekend Parking

Drive in for $8 at any UPark location apart from Gawler Place where a capped fee of $15 applies.

For more information visit upark.com.au

No public parking was available on the Torrens Parade Grounds – this area is reserved for event logistics.

Additional Disability parking was available on Victoria Drive.

Remember to plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to travel.


Australia Day is usually a very sunny and warm day. Australia Day in the City will continue unless there are dangerous weather conditions. You can check our Twitter feed or Facebook page for updates leading up to the event.

Please remember to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

First Aid is always onsite for the event.


A range of food and beverages from a wide range of multicultural backgrounds was available at Australia Day in the City, with stalls to suit all tastes.

Toilets are located at two main points –  at the Elder Park café and at the Northern end of the park near the river/bridge.

The Coopers Bar operated from 5pm near King William Street. The rest of Elder Park is a dry zone after 8pm. No glass is permitted in Elder Park. Proof of age will be required for alcohol purchases. Please remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Guests were welcome to bring rugs and low-level chairs during the day. Please note that the use of pegs and ground sheets is not authorised. The Council has some irrigation lines quite close to the ground surface. Directly in front of the stage became standing room only once the concert began. If you would like to sit and watch the event, the best spot is further back.

Lost Children

The first point of contact for all parents who were looking for lost children, was the lost children’s booth located on the Eastern end of the Park near King William Street. Please assist Security by writing your mobile number on your children’s arm so we can contact you quickly.

Limited Mobility

Australia Day in the City had a dedicated accessible parking area available in the Torrens Parade Grounds, please ensure your permit is clearly visible to gain access.  Please ensure that you are in the car park before 5:15pm to avoid road closures.

Road Closures

Franklin Street, between King William Street and Eliza Street (including side streets), was closed from 2:30pm to 7:30pm

A rolling road closure occured on King William Street between 6pm and 7pm between Franklin Street and North Terrace

A road closure occured on King William Street between 6:00pm and 11:00pm between North Terrace and War Memorial Drive.

The tram service terminated at Victoria Square and Adelaide Railway Station between 5:40pm and 7:30pm


A range of Australia Day themed merchandise and glow products were available at the event, visit the Aussie Merchandise tent in 2021 to see the full range on offer.

What not to bring?

  • Animals
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Fireworks/Sparklers
  • Marquees or shelters
  • Glass bottles
  • Alcohol – Elder Park is now a dry zone. Alcoholic drinks will be available within the Coopers Bar

What to bring?

  • Rugs, cushions and ground seating
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Your Aussie Spirit!!

Zero Waste

Australia Day in the City is aiming to produce a Zero Waste event. Caterers onsite are using biodegradable packaging which can be placed in the compostable bin after use.