Monday 12 March 2018 - Marketplace Gungahlin Canberra Day trading hours are 10am to 4pm
*Please note these are the Centre's core trading hours, major retailers such as Woolworths, Big W, Kmart and other stores, cafés and restaurants may choose to trade outside of these hours. Please contact the individual stores for their specific hours of operation. Holiday Trading Hours are subject to change without notice.
Canberra is turning 105 this year!
Join in the celebrations with a program bursting to the seams with live music and entertainment for all. Here are some ideas to celebrate the day:
Great Aussie breakfast, Commonwealth Park, 7.30am
Start the day off right with breakfast in Commonwealth Park with a morning barbecue and live entertainment at Stage 88. The Sing Australia choir will perform with Dora the Explorer also making an appearance (shows at 8.10am, 8.55am and 9.35am). The kids can enjoy the jumping castles, face painting and soccer darts, with only a gold coin donation to support Menslink Canberra for entry.
2018 National Flag Raising and Citizenship Ceremony, Lake Burley Griffin, 9am
ABC's Stephanie Brantz is hosting this special ceremony which will feature Australia's Federation Guard and the Royal Australian Navy Band. The Prime Minister will also be there to welcome Australia's newest citizens. There will be a flyover and a 21-gun salute.
Concert, Regatta Point, 6-9pm
Justice Crew (on stage at 8.10pm) headline the live acts at the Australia Day in the Capital concert. Jess & Matt (7.15pm) and popular locals Tuchasoul (6pm) will also take to the stage.
Patrick White Lawns, 4pm
If a picnic setting is what you're after, bring family and friends to Patrick White Lawns, where there will be plenty of entertainment for children on offer. Kids can challenge themselves with a game of cricket, get an adrenaline rush on a giant slide, live out fairy tales with face paint and bounce their way through Australia Day on jumping castles. Indulge yourself at the marketplace, which features local food trucks
The display over Lake Burley Griffin begins at 9pm and runs for about 15 minutes. Good vantage spots include Commonwealth Park, Kings Park, the Patrick White lawns, outside the National Museum, Mount Ainslie lookout and Red Hill lookout.
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Who celebrates Canberra Day?
Only the ACT gets a public holiday out of Canberra Day. Celebrations take place throughout March, but it's on the second Monday of the month that Canberrans celebrate the official naming of the capital.
Canberra was officially named on 12 March 1913 by Lady Denman, wife of Governor-General Lord Denman, in a ceremony on Capital Hill where Parliament House now stands. The formerly sleepy backwater had been chosen as the site of Australia's purpose-built capital several years earlier, and if it hadn't, Sydney and Melbourne would still be arguing over their respective claims today.
Why is it called "Canberra" anyway?
Nobody really knows, but everyone has their theory. One theory goes that the word is derived from "Kambera" or "Canberry," which may (or may not) have been the Indigenous Ngunnawal word for "meeting place."
A sexier theory is that the name is a corruption of "Nganbra" or "Nganbira," a term for breasts used in reference to the curves of Black Mountain and Mount Ainslie. If you weren't already sold on your Canberra trip, you are now.