Australia Day is the nation's day to celebrate what's great about living in Australia and being Australian. The Gunnedah Shire celebrates the national day with a variety of free community activities for all residents and visitors to share. Celebrations begin in the lead up to Australia Day with the Australia Day Awards Dinner being held the night before, so all the community have an opportunity to attend the many planned activities on the program. Weather permitting, the day starts early with triathlon events, combined church service, free family breakfast sausage sizzle, raft and craft race, PCYC duck race, people and pets parade, cake bake off, chess game, dash for cash and athletic events. Gunnedah's Australia Day program varies annually, with the program released early January each year.