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The Essential Facts About Skyworks 2018

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The City of Perth are getting fired up for another big Skyworks 2018 show - and have provided a bunch of one liners about the big day, this Friday January 26.

Here they are:

Key Facts

  • On 26 January, the City of Perth is proud to deliver a well-loved tradition for the people of Perth – the Australia Day Skyworks. In its 34th year, and bringing together more than 300,000 people, the City of Perth Skyworks is the largest community event run by the City and the largest Australia Day celebration in the country.
  • The City’s Australia Day celebrations are about providing a safe, family-friendly event for the community.
  • Come along from 3pm and enjoy the free family events at Langley Park Entertainment Zone and the Birak Concert at the Supreme Court Gardens. Full of music, dance, art and food, the Birak Concert celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and communities.
  • As the night closes in, visitors are encouraged to secure a spot in Langley Park, South Perth or Kings Park to get the best view of the spectacular fireworks display at 8pm.
  • The show starts at 8pm sharp - and finishes up around 8.30pm.

Getting there and logistics

  • 63 road closures will be in place through the day so plan ahead. You can do exactly that at
  • Using public transport, walking or cycling is encouraged. From 8.30pm, train services will run from Elizabeth Quay Station, Perth Underground and Perth Station. Bicycle parking is available in South Perth, opposite Forrest Street and Langley Park, near Victoria Avenue.
  • Riverside Drive will be lined with speakers playing mix94.5 throughout the day.
  • Alcohol can only be consumed in the BYO Picnic Zones at Langley Park and Kings Park between 6.30pm and 8.45pm. At all other times it is illegal to consume alcohol in these areas. One bottle of wine OR one 6-pack of beer/pre-mixed drinks per adult in BYO Zones.
  • The City also reminds everyone that under Civil Aviation Safety and Authority regulations, drones are not permitted in most areas of the city due to nearby air traffic routes. With bigger crowds expected this year than previous years, we recognise drones can create major safety issues at this highly visited, family friendly event. Community safety is a key priority and as such, CASA and the City of Perth may issue fines at Skyworks 2018. As beautiful as the show is, we ask people not to film it with a drone. Drones can cause major public safety issues, so leave your drone at home.

Fireworks Facts

  • Skyworks 2018 features a flotilla of fireworks barges with more firing positions than ever before, creating the biggest and widest-spread pyrotechnic spectacle in Skyworks history.
  • For the first time, our fireworks will be fired from a new barge layout with 19 firing points in a row, offering an expanded display of fireworks on the river.
  • The sequences – designed by Howard & Sons Master Pyro-technician Stuart Bensley – promise to deliver the most memorable show yet – with a surprise included.
  • The 30 minute show synchronises to mix94.5's soundtrack, so we encourage people to tune in to fully appreciate the Skyworks experience.
  • Total number of shots: 32,343
  • Individual firing cues: 8,320
  • 19 separate firing locations, using 8 laptops and 8 firing control panels
  • Weight of equipment needed for the display: 45 tonnes
  • Amount of explosive material used in the display: 10 tonnes
  • Shipping containers of fireworks: 3 x 40 foot containers


We have a whole hub of Skyworks information. See it right here.