Beach celebrations packed with fun

Big celebrations are planned for Australia Day this year in Port Pirie, with the co-founder of a dragon boat racing group for survivors of breast cancer, Lynn Hill, being the guest-of-honour in a packed morning of fun.

Saturday’s festivities start solemnly with an 8am flag-raising ceremony at Solomontown Beach, but breakfast cooked by the Lions Club of Port Pirie is served soon after.  Italian is also available. 

One of the highlights of the day will be the landmark Jim Mortlock Memorial Raft Race which is always a spectacle to watch as teams frantically try to paddle around the Port Pirie River and back to the beach.

The beach activities organised by the Y’s Men Club will see cash prizes in the watermelon-eating competition, the drink-a-thon, the bucket relay and thong-throwing.

The sandcastle competition often features Australia Day products collected over the year by kids to put on their creations. It’s a must-see down on the beach, near the jetty. 

While all of these activities are happening on the beach, the lawn nearby will play host to a jumping castle, Animals Anonymous and face painting.  

“Just come along and enjoy our nation’s birthday, Pirie-style, like we always do,” said Tricia Cable, chairperson of the Port Pirie Australia Day Committee.


8am – Flag raising followed by thanksgiving

8.15am – Breakfast

9am – Beach activities start

11am – Jim Mortlock Memorial Raft Race

11.45am – Australia Day Awards presented