Barraba Celebrates Australia Day

18th January 2023

Reflect, respect and celebrate Australia Day 2023

Residents and visitors alike are being called on to come together across this region this Australia Day to reflect, respect and celebrate the strength and spirit of our local communities. Wherever you will be spending Australia Day this year, Tamworth Regional Council has made sure there is a community event nearby for you to take part in.

Council’s Manager Events, Barry Harley, said he is excited to be providing more opportunities for people to get involved in. “This Australia Day will be one of the biggest we have seen with events in seven locations across the region”, Mr. Harley said. “Thanks to funding from the NSW Government and the National Australia Day Council, plus support from local community groups, there will be something for everyone”. Celebration highlights will include Australia Day Awards ceremonies at Barraba, Manilla, Nundle and Tamworth, a best Aussie hat competition at Bendemeer, fireworks at Kootingal and Tamworth, and a classic Australia Day cricket match at Woolomin.

Barraba – Celebrate your local heroes with the Barraba Australia Day Awards from 6pm at the Barraba Golf Club with Australia Day Ambassador Dr. Tanya Silveira-Price. Then round out the night with music from 7pm until 9:30pm including Brothers Hollow (7pm) and Al Buchan and The Buccaneers (8:15pm).


Manilla – Manilla residents and visitors will be kicking off celebrations with an event on Australia Day Eve (25 January) at the Manilla Showgrounds. The event, hosted by the Manilla Matters Committee, will be attended by Australia Day Ambassador and homelessness advocate Suzanne Hopman. The program includes the Manilla Australia Day Awards starting at 6pm, followed by entertainment from 7pm including Sally-Anne Whitten & The Rumour Mill from 8pm and Al Buchan and The Buccaneers from 9pm. Celebrations will finish at 10pm.

The events in Barraba, Bendemeer, Kootingal, Manilla, and Nundle, plus the events held in Woolomin and at the Tamworth War Memorial Town Hall, have received $10,000 funding from the Australian Government through the National Australia Day Council. For more details about Australia Day events across the region visit