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2 years ago in Media release , Festivals and events
Fireworks & festivals - Fremantle kicks off a massive 2015 with biggest ever Australia Day fireworks
t’s a busy start to 2015 for festival and events in Fremantle with the City’s Fremantle Australia Day celebrations taking centre stage first up on Monday 26 January.
The City of Fremantle Australia Day celebrations begin at Esplanade Reserve with family–friendly entertainment from 4.00 pm, followed by the Cities of Fremantle and Cockburn’s Indian Ocean Fireworks at 8.00 pm.
In keeping with the firework’s nautical tradition, the rockets will be launched from a barge located 300m off the coast at Bathers Bay, lighting up the night sky with a rainbow of colours in a song-matched radio broadcast spectacular for more than 20 minutes. This year will see the biggest pyrotechnic display ever seen in Fremantle, with double the amount of fireworks from last year creating an intense viewing experience.
Spectators, who are expected to number over 30 000 this year, are encouraged to choose from a range of vantage points including Bathers Beach foreshore, the Round House, Esplanade Reserve, North Mole, Monument Hill, South Beach and Fishing Boat Harbour itself.
This year’s sponsors include community newspapers - the Fremantle and Cockburn Gazette, Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour; along with radio station 96FM who will be providing the official soundtrack to the event from 8.00 pm. Spectators should consider bringing portable radios to listen to the specially created soundtrack.
Fremantle Deputy Mayor, Josh Wilson said he was excited to see the Australia Day celebrations kick-off a year of unparalleled activity in terms of festivals and events in Fremantle.
“Families from all over Perth have enjoyed Fremantle’s distinctively relaxed Australia Day celebrations since its humble Cracker Night beginnings many years ago and  I know everyone in Freo has taken pride in seeing our celebration blossom into this fantastic one-of-a-kind event in recent times,” Deputy Mayor Wilson said.
“This year the fireworks also mark the start of an incredible period of arts and cultural activity with both the inaugural Freo Royale fringe program and the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival arriving in February.  These major events are part of a massive 2015 arts calendar that delivers on Fremantle Council’s vision for making Freo a world-class festival city.”
Entertainment includes markets, free face painting childrens' rides, Fiddlestix, Welcome to Country, citizenship ceremony, Silva Dee and the Grasshoppers, Little Miss Squeezebox, Dilip n the Davs, Wasamba and Phillip Wally–Stack's performance of Strong. 
The famous Sunset Markets will also operate from the Shipwreck Galley grass on the day plus the Gallery will be open with entry by donation from 9.30 am until 7.00 pm. The Round House guides will be hosting a special tour in the morning.
As per previous years, the City’s Australia Day celebrations will continue its family-friendly reputation with a zero tolerance approach to drinking and anti–social behaviour, which is backed up by local police.
Freo Royale runs from Wednesday 4 to Sunday 15 February at various locations (visit the Freo Royale website for more information). The St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is on Sunday 8 February at Esplanade Reserve and the West End (Visit the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival website).
Australia Day celebrations
Monday 26 January 2015, 4.00 pm at Esplanade Reserve.
Indian Ocean Fireworks
Monday 26 January 2015, 8.00 pm at Bathers Beach.
Vantage points:
  • Esplanade Reserve
  • Bathers Bay
  • Round House
  • Monument Hill
  • Fishing Boat Harbour
  • South Beach
Proudly brought to you by the Cities of Fremantle and Cockburn
Visit Fremantle Story for more information on the Australia Day celebrations.