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All Of The Invasion Day Marches, Rallies And Events Happening Around Australia In 2024

January 26 is not a day to celebrate.
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January 26 is not a day to celebrate. 

The date marks a devastating loss of peoples, culture and Country for so many Australians.

Whether you’re joining a march, attending a ceremony or engaging with culture at one of the many First Nations festivals held around Australia, there’s many different ways that you can commemorate the day. 

These are the Invasion Day marches, rallies and events happening in all of Australia’s capital cities. 

Lizzie Jarret
Activist Lizzie Jarret marching in an Invasion Day rally. (Credit: Source: Getty)

Gadigal/Sydney

Dawn Reflection

In Gadigal, you can begin the day with the Dawn Reflection, which will see First Nations artwork projected onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House. 

Time: 05:20 AM – 05:50 AM

Location: Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay. 

Morning Ceremony 

The WugulOra (One Mob) Morning Ceremony will be held at Barangaroo Reserve. The event will feature a smoking ceremony, special performances and addresses. 

Time: 07:30 AM – 08:30 AM

Location: Walumil Lawns Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo.

Invasion Day March 

The city’s annual Invasion Day rally will be happening at Belmore Park in the CBD. 

Time: 9.30 AM onwards 

Location: Belmore Park, Gadigal CBD. 

Yabun festival 

Celebrating 20 years this year, Yabun festival is the largest one-day gathering and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia. 

If you can’t make it to the festival then you can also listen in via Koori Radio 93.7FM in Greater Sydney. 

Time: 10.00 AM – 6.50 PM 

Location: Victoria Park, Broadway.

Ngunnawal/Canberra

Sovereignty Day Rally 

The Aboriginal Tent Embassy will lead a protest march from Garema Place

Time: 9:30 AM 

Location: Garema Place. 

Naarm/Melbourne

Invasion Day rally 

In Naarm, you can join a dawn service at 5.00am followed by the annual Invasion Day rally, which will see protesters march from Victorian Parliament House to Flinders St Station. 

Time: Dawn Service—5.00am, March—10.00 AM 

Location: Dawn Service—Kings Domain Resting Place, Linlithgow Avenue, March—Victorian Parliament House 

Share The Spirit 

Share the Spirit is a celebration of First Nations music, art, craft and culture. 

Time: 11.00 AM 

Location: Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Kings Domain Gardens.

Pilk Purriyn Truth Telling

 Surf Coast Shire Council is hosting a truth telling and smoking ceremony. 

Time: From 5:30am to 7am

Location: Cosy Corner Beach 

Boorloo/Perth 

Invasion Day Rally 

Boorloo’s annual Invasion Day rally will begin at Forest Chase in the CBD. The march will feature speakers and entertainment. 

Time: 12.00 PM – 2.00 PM 

Location: Forest Chase, Boorloo CBD. 

Birak Concert 

You can experience First Nations music, art and culture at Boorloo’s Birak Concert. The event will feature a traditional Welcome to Country and headline acts by Kingbrown Bartlett, Miss Genius, Billy Narrier and the Band, and Aliwah Dancers.

Time: 3.00 PM – 7.30 PM 

Where: Supreme Court Gardens, Boorloo. 

Meanjin/Brisbane

Invasion Day March 

Meanjin’s Invasion Day march is happening at Queens Gardens on George Street.

Time: 8.00 AM 

Location: Queens Gardens, Meanjin. 

Garramilla/Darwin

Smoking Ceremony 

A traditional smoking ceremony will be held at Darwin Waterfront with accompanying local Indigenous performers and storytelling. 

Time: 7.45 AM 

Location: Darwin Waterfront, Garramilla. 

Tarndanya/Adelaide

Survival Day March 

Tarndanya’s Survival Day march will begin in Victoria Square, where there will also be speakers and live performers. 

Time: 12.00 PM – 4.30 PM. 

Location: Victoria Square, Tarndanya. 

Nipaluna/Hobart

Invasion Day March And Rally

Nipaluna’s Invasion Day march will depart from the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre at 10.45am.

Time: 10.45am 

Location: Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre. 

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