Frequently Asked Questions about Australia Day 2020 in Parramatta

By Discover Parramatta

How do I register for a hot air balloon ride?

Tickets for hot air balloon rides are by ballot and have already closed for 2020. 

How much does the event cost?

Entry to the event is free. Rides, food and sideshow amusements are at cost.

Are there ATMs on site?

There are two ATMs onsite, one near the Tudor Gatehouse (George St) entry and one at the top of The Crescent, looking over the main stage. See map for location.

How much are rides and food?

They vary between $7 through to a family package. Food costs vary from $5 - $20. You are welcome to bring a picnic with you.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, dogs are welcome in the Park. They must be on a lead and under the control of a responsible adult at all times. Any waste must be collected and disposed of responsibly. Please note there will be fireworks at 9pm, which can scare or startle some dogs.

Can I bring my bike?

You are welcome to ride to the event; however cycling is not permitted within the Park during the event due to safety reasons. Official bike tours are exempt from this restriction. Bikes should be secured safely outside the park, and you can leave your bike at the free bike valet parking service thanks to Camwest. Bike valet is located just inside the park - entry is via the Tudor Gatehouse on O’Connell Street, open 12pm to 9.30pm.

Can I bring alcohol and will there be alcohol for sale?

Alcoholic drinks can be bought and consumed in the licenced bar area near the Crescent Stage. People can also bring their own alcohol for personal consumption however, as Parramatta Park is a glass-free venue, it must not be in a glass container. Responsible service and consumption of alcohol will be enforced. 

Is smoking in the Park allowed?

The Park is a no-smoking zone. Be mindful of the natural environment and the many families in attendance at this event.

Can I bring chairs, tents and drink coolers/Eskies?

Low lying outdoor chairs and portable drink coolers/eskies are permitted. Smaller fold out beach-style tents are permitted in The Crescent area, as long as they can be secured by sandbags or weights (no stakes or divits).

What happens if it rains?

In the event of wet weather, check City of Parramatta's Facebook page (Australia Day) for updates or call the wet weather information line on (02) 9294 8586. Please note the event will go ahead if it rains, and will only be cancelled due to extreme weather conditions.


  • RIDE your bike to the event and receive a free safety check and tune-up
  • REUSE your own water bottle and fill up at the free Sydney Water tap stations
  • REDUCE plastic food packaging with our stall holder's biodegradable alternatives
  • RECYCLE your cans, bottles and plastic container's at our waste stations


  • Stay clear- If a balloon is launching or landing near you, stand well clear and not in front of where the balloon is heading. Stay well clear of all equipment and walk around, not over ropes.
  • No smoking - The Park is a no smoking zone.
  • Drink responsibly - Ensure you have a safe and memorable Australia Day.
  • No glass in the Park - Parramatta Park has a No Glass policy which will be enforced. No glass will be allowed, so please pack your drinks in plastic bottles.
  • Slip, slop, slap - Use sunscreen and wear a hat throughout the day.
  • Drink plenty of water - Keep your fluids up throughout the day, and bring your own bottle to take advantage of the free water tap stations, kindly supplied by Sydney Water.
  • Lost children - All lost children should be reported immediately to security or event staff. They will assist you to locate your missing child. It's a great idea to write your mobile number on your child's arm or wristbands. Wristbands are available for parents at the Council's information stand (Tudor Gatehouse). Alternatively, ensure they have on them a card with your number in case of emergency.