Many Council areas through their Tourism section maintain a calendar of community events, many of which are held in partnership with community organisations throughout the Bathurst Electorate.

For a full programme of events please contact your local visitor information centre or your local Council's website.

WHY NOT invite your friends or relatives to your next community event?

The residents of the Bathurst Electorate are enthusiastic participants in community events and commemorations, ranging from small-scale local activities to major national celebrations.

Some events are marked nationally in formal activities organised by the government. Some are truly Australia-wide, involving national programs as well as local celebrations throughout the country. Others are limited to specific our communities, celebrating local characteristics or historical occurrences.

Many events also reflect Australians’ well known willingness to undertake voluntary social and community work. More than six million Australians over the age of 16 years are active volunteers in diverse fields, including emergency services, welfare, environment and conservation, teaching and fundraising. Many of Australia’s bushfire fighters and emergency service officers are volunteers.

Australian community and national events include:

  • annual remembrance ceremonies in most Australian cities and regional towns to honour Australians who perished in war
  • multicultural festivals to mark the contribution that more than 6.5 million migrants from around 200 countries have made to Australian society
  • holidays and religious festivals that have significance for some of the ethnic groups that make up Australian society, such as Christmas, Chinese New Year, Ramadan and Diwali
  • week-long events to recognise the history, culture and achievement of Indigenous Australians
  • annual agricultural shows held throughout our Electorate
  • collection days to raise money for charitable causes such as the Salvation Army, the Red Cross and Legacy (for war widows)
  • special days to draw attention to, and raise money for, research on specific illnesses such as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, cancer and heart disease
  • commemorative days to highlight issues such as women’s rights and the introduction of the eight hour working day
  • localised sporting events from Saturday morning footy to netball
  • major sporting events such as the annual Australian Rules Football and Rugby League grand finals, the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, and the Melbourne Cup—the horse race that stops the nation.


Key dates:

  • New Year’s Day 1 January
  • Australia Day 26 January
  • Anzac Day 25 April
  • Easter in March or April each year
  • Christmas Day 25 December
  • Boxing Day 26 December