Australia Day celebrations will be a little different to usual due to COVID restrictions, but there's still plenty happening across the Northern Rivers. Many events require tickets or registration, so check before you go.
Liz Ellis will MC the Ballina Shire Australia Day awards at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre, joined by television host James Bracey.
Celebrations will include the citizenship ceremony, the Australia Day awards, and performances by opera singer Katie Rutledge and 12-year-old singer/songwriter Lennox Broadley.
Thirty-five nominations across the categories of Sports Achievement, Arts and Cultural, Volunteering, Young Citizen, Senior Citizen, Community Event, and Environment will be recognised and celebrated on the day.
The awards ceremony will conclude with the announcement of the 2021 Ballina Shire Citizen of the Year.
This is a COVID safe event with limited tickets. For ticket availability visit ballina.nsw.gov.au/australiaday
2021 Richmond Valley Australia Day celebrations will be held at Coraki Riverside Park with a fun-filled program of activities for all ages.
The day will include the official opening and Australia Day Awards ceremony, music, markets and food stalls, free amusement rides and novelty games.
Tickets are free, but must be booked by 9am on January 25 at 9am. Bookings can be made via the Richmond Valley Council website.
Kyogle's Australia Day celebrations will held at the Kyogle Amphitheatre Park and will get underway at 9am with the Kyogle Lions Club serving up a free traditional Aussie morning tea of billy tea and damper.
The official ceremony will start at 10am and will include the presentation of the Australia Day Awards and a Citizenship Ceremony.
Australia Day Ambassador and celebrity chef Lyndey Milan OAM is scheduled to deliver the Australia Day address.
Ms Milan is a familiar face on television and in print, has been instrumental in changing the way Australians think about food and wine via her nine best-selling cookbooks, eight TV series and influence as former Food Director of the iconic Australian Women's Weekly.
For those wanting a swim after the Australia Day celebrations, entry to the Kyogle pool will be free on the day.
The Byron Shire's Australia Day Community Awards event will be held at the Cavanbah Centre on Monday January 25, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Cost is $15 per ticket. The event will include the special guest Australia Day ambassador, the Australia Day address, and announcement of community awards.
The annual citizenship ceremony, to welcome and celebrate the shire's newest citizens will be held from 10am - 11am on Tuesday at the Cavanbah Center and is an invitation only event.
Byron Bay's Survival Day event is on again on January 26, celebrating cultural survival through dance, music, song, story, art and weaving and organised by The Sisters for Reconciliation, Cavanbah Reconciliation Group and Bunyarra Culture Collective.
Ocean Shores annual Australia Day celebrations will kick off at 12 noon and include a free sausage sizzle, giant lamington, Aussie singalong and mullet throwing championship with prizes for all age categories including preschool.
The 2021 Australia Day Awards will be held at Lismore City Hall, where Doug Hawkins will be Australia Day Ambassador.
For 20 years, Doug has been a proud surf-lifesaving volunteer whose visionary approach has helped Coogee SLS Club implement inclusive training programs and increasing member engagement. Doug has also been instrumental in taking surf life-saving overseas to Israel, India and the Cook Islands.
His work has allowed the 800 individuals he has trained to become surf lifesavers many who are refugees and immigrants, so they can safely participate in Australia's beach culture.
Time: 9am-10am. Cost: Free.