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Chinese New Year Celebrations across Australia

Capital cities across Australia come alive for Chinese New Year. Find out where you can celebrate Lunar New Year for 2017. Don’t miss out on the dazzling fireworks which is a sight to behold.


Take your pick of more than 80 events across Sydney, as the New South Wales capital celebrates Lunar New Year with a bang. One of the largest celebrations outside China, the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival draws a whopping 1 million visitors to its street parades, cultural performances and lantern displays. The Harbour Bridge, Opera House and other Sydney landmarks will be bathed in red to bring luck and prosperity to the city.

sydney haymarket chinese new year


From Chinatown to Box Hill, Southbank to Springvale, Melbourne’s multicultural suburbs come alive for Chinese New Year. Watch lion dances weave their way along Little Bourke Street in Chinatown, catch cultural performances in Box Hill, and spy rainbow-hued lanterns around town. The Queen Vic Market will come alive with Asian cooking demonstrations, a Summer Night Market with arts and shows, and a two-day Lantern Festival (February 11-12) to conclude the festivities. At Crown Melbourne, enjoy fireworks, the annual Hawker’s Bazaar on the Crown Riverwalk, and dazzling lantern displays in the Atrium.

cooking demonstartion at Crown Plaza Melbourne


On Saturday January 28, Chinatown Mall in Fortitude Valley is the place to be in Queensland. A feast for all the senses, Brisbane’s Chinese New Year Festival will include lion dances, fire shows, cultural performances, Asian food stalls, and roving artists. Throughout the festival, The Pod in the Brunswick Street Mall will play host to art installations, paper-cutting workshops and pop-up exhibitions.


The city of Adelaide will be celebrating on February 4, with a massive street party in Chinatown. More than 20,000 people will descend on Moonta and Gouger Street for a festival of performances, street food stalls, exhibitions and arts and crafts.


Get along to Northbridge on January 28 to celebrate Chinese New Year in Perth. This vibrant affair converges on James Street, Lake Street, Northbridge Piazza and Chinatown, with lion and dragon dancers, and more than 100 food and drink stalls. There’ll even be a God of Fortunes handing out red envelopes to children.

Create your own Chinese New Year tradition by cooking an original recipe for our Chinese New Year Cooking Contest. Cook, Snap & Win for your chance to win a $30,000 trip for four to Thailand!

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