Australia Day Long Weekend

Make the most of balmy nights at Aus Lights

Bring your family to the free spectacular, Aus Lights on the River, in Elder Park/Tarntanya Wama, only until January 26th.

Make the most of these beautiful balmy nights in Adelaide by bringing your family to the free spectacular, Aus Lights on the River, continuing tonight and tomorrow night on Australia Day (note Jan 25 and 26) in Elder Park/Tarntanya Wama. 

Aus Lights on the River, part of the Australia Day 2022 program, is an ideal outing for all ages and is spread out over a large area. Explore the theme of connecting to nature and belonging to Country and try delicious local food and drinks at the food hub, overlooking the attractions spread along the river. 

Take a stroll along the Torrens and see giant gudgeon leap from the river and some of the many creatures that live in or along the rivers of Australia, including turtles, frogs, snakes, and galahs. 

Children love meeting the Bilby, Lizard, Platypus and Quoll and the biggest of them all – Ruby Roo Kangaroo – in the Nylon Zoo and they can spot possums, koalas, owls, bats and other native animals rustling in the Moreton Bay fig tree. 

They can also explore the 9.5-metre tall AirLume, a giant inflatable shape created by illuminart to represent the powerful forces of air and wind which billow within its “infinity” loops. 

The AirLume is lit up with moving artwork, including Flocking Together, which was created by school students in the Adelaide Hills to express their joy about the recovery of the local environment after the devastation of the 2019 bushfires. 

A huge water screen, powered by jets to create a surface that is 20 metres wide by 7 metres high, is also proving popular with visitors to Aus Lights. Watch it for mesmerising performances by Tjatjura Dance Collective and soloist Kenneth Johnson and learn the story of the river from Kaurna elders and leaders. 

See seals, whales, stingrays, and other marine creatures swim in the iconic Elder Park Rotunda and view underwater life through a thousand tides.  

South Australians from a broad range of backgrounds will talk about what Country means to them, as the Story of Us is projected onto the roof of the Adelaide Festival Centre, along with a compilation of First Nations artworks. 

Please note: masks must be worn by all patrons aged 12 and over, except when seated for eating and drinking.  Please supply your own masks. Aus Lights on the River will be held in a fenced area and social distancing must be observed. 

Aus Lights on the River is assisted by the Australian Government through the National Australia Day Council and supported by the Government of South Australia and the strategic partner City of Adelaide

Aus Lights on the River, Elder Park/Tarntanya Wama. Tuesday 25 January and Wednesday 26 January. The food hub opens at 5:30 pm. Light show from 8:30 pm.  Free entry. Bookings not required 

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