Hancock Prospecting City of Light Show

The Hancock Prospecting City of Light show is returning to the City of Perth Australia Day 2024 celebrations with a more spectacular dazzling spectacle of fireworks and drones.

Numerous events will be held during this special day, including the Australia Day Citizenship and Awards Ceremony, which saw Perth City welcoming new Australian citizens across the world.

From 3 pm, Langley Park is the host of an array of vibrant entertainment, with fun for all ages and a huge range of free activities, including water slides in Supreme Court Gardens. From 8.15 pm, crowds will be wowed by the sparkling light show above the Swan River featuring drones, fireworks and a specially curated soundtrack featuring some classic Aussie favourites.

From the Executive Chairman, Mrs. Gina Rinehart, and from all of us, we wish you a very happy Australia Day.

A special Australia Day edition of the City of Light Shows will be held at Langley Park thanks to Hancock Prospecting. There will be plenty of family entertainment and food trucks from 3pm and a combined drone and fireworks display after 8pm over the Swan River.

Event Showings

Friday 26 January 2024
3pm to 9pm


Free event, costs apply for amusement rides and games. (tickets ranging from $6 to $12)


Langley Park
Riverside Drive, Perth WA 6000


Wheelchair access

Light Show

8:15pm – 8.45pm* | Swan River
Showcasing a combination of fireworks and drone formations, see the sky above the Swan River explode with colour and dazzling lights at 8.15pm for a spectacular 30-minute show!

Viewing Location
Compared to previous Australia Day Skyworks events, the light show will be positioned closer to the Perth foreshore (Langley Park) and less central over the Swan River. For the best experience, the City of Perth encourages viewing the light show from Langley Park. The drone element of the light show has not been designed to be viewed from other locations such as South Perth or Kings Park. If viewed from areas outside of Langley Park the audience will be unable to hear the narrated soundtrack or have access to event facilities.

*Light Show timings can be affected by wind levels and are subject to change.

Entertainment Program

Langley Park is the place to be this Australia Day with an array of free and ticketed family fun, plus Perth’s best views of the spectacular light show. Here’s what you can find from 3pm.

3pm to 9pm | Tickets ranging from $6 to $12
Located on the west end of Langley Park, there is fun for all ages and adrenaline levels with a huge range of amusements, food, and games! For the brave of heart, brace yourself and experience the Dominator and Wave Swinger; for something low key, check out the Dodgem Cars and Samba Balloon.

3pm to 6:45pm* | Free
The best of Australia’s extreme action talent perform amazing backflips, mind blowing stunts and crazy tricks.
Check out these jaw-dropping 15-minute displays:

  • BMX: 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm
  • Trials: 3.15pm 4.15pm 5.15pm 6.15pm
  • FMX: 3.30pm 4.30pm 5.30pm 6.30pm

*Times listed are correct at the time of promotion and are subject to change.

3pm – 8pm | Free
Featuring a number of informative, educational and entertaining short films and animations including a new video titled Koora, Koora: A Long Long Time Ago plus Six Noongar Seasons, Shining the Light*, and The Story of Us. The films will be showing on rotation with giveaways and other entertainment throughout the afternoon. 


*Shining the Light features vision and voices of First Nations’ peoples who have since passed away. Permission to display the content has been provided by the Elders and their families. Please also note that some of the content in the films may be confronting to younger viewers and parental guidance is recommended for children under 12.

3pm to 9pm | Free
Visit the Channel 7 activation for a chance to meet and greet your favourite Channel 7 news reporters and capture a photo at the news desk! Join in on games and activities for your chance to win exciting prizes. Be sure to pick up a Fat Cat doll, and remember, all proceeds will be donated to Telethon. See you there!

3pm to 9pm | Free
St John’s will be spreading First Aid Awareness through a fun and interactive activation; providing the opportunity to learn various first aid skills and activities.

3pm to 9pm | Cost to purchase
Celebrate Australia’s diverse culture and enjoy dishes from around the globe with a variety of food vendors at the giant food hall. Plenty of shade and furniture, so grab a meal, sit down and enjoy. Bring your reusable cutlery and serving ware as these will be accepted by food vendors.

Important Information

To help you celebrate Australia Day, Transperth will be putting on additional services to get you into the city and back.

This event falls within the cost-of-living relief initiative period (24 December 2023 to 28 January 2024) therefore all public transport will be free for SmartRider users.

For the latest information before you travel, plan your journey on the Transperth website.

Important: Buses and trains will be busy after the show. Delays are expected, so your patience is appreciated.

For further information, call 13 62 13 (TIS: 13 14 50). Hearing or speech impaired? Call via NRS 133 677 and ask for 13 62 13.

Download a copy of the Event Map

In the interest of public safety, road closures are required for this event. Download the Road Closure Map to plan your journey. 

Due to the Light Show occurring above the Swan River, river closures will also be in effect. Download the River Closures and Restrictions Map to plan ahead. More information about river closures, exclusion zones, spectator areas or vessel safety requirements including vessel navigation lights, will be released on the Department of Transport website.

The City of Perth celebrates inclusion and operates within our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion framework. Refer to the Accessibility and Sensory Event Guide for full details on the services on offer at the Hancock Prospecting City of Light Show, including the Accessible Viewing Areas, Quite Area, Auslan Interpreting and more.

There will be two Lost Child Points within the event site, staffed by the Constable Care Foundation. The Lost Child Points will be located at Langley Park West and Supreme Court Gardens. If you are accompanying children to event, please make a Lost Child Point your first stop to ensure a safe and fun day for the whole family by grabbing a free wristband. 

If you lose a child
Please alert security, police or event staff near you and check in with the Lost Child Point closest to you. If your child is not there, Constable Care Foundation staff will work with event security to assist in locating your child. 

If you find a lost child
Accompany the lost child to the nearest Lost Child Point. Alternatively, a Police Officer or Security Guide will accompany children to the nearest Lost Child Point. 

Parents can collect a Constable Care Safety Band from one of the Lost Child Points upon arrival, write their contact details on it and attach it to their child’s wrist. 

Take note of what your child is wearing or take a photo on your mobile device in case it is needed.

Two First Aid stations will be located at the event, one at Langley Park West and one at Supreme Court Gardens. Please make note of the nearest First Aid Station; locations are pictured on the Event Map.

Free sunscreen can be obtained by visiting the First Aid Posts at Langley Park West and Supreme Court Gardens.

When enjoying the outdoors, it is also important to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and heat stroke.

The City of Perth is aiming for an event that is ‘single-use plastic free’ and encourages all patrons to bring their water bottles and refill them at the cool and free drinking water locations throughout the event area.

There’ll be a focus on waste management at the Food Hall area on Langley Park – be sure to dispose your waste responsibly at Waste Warrior stations and nearby bins.

And there’ll be plenty of bins located around the event, meaning there will be one close to where you are sitting, walking, playing, or celebrating! Don’t forget to pay attention to the signs on the bins and put your rubbish or recycling in the correct bin.

There are many services and amenities available at the event, that can be located on the event map. These include:

  • ACROD toilets
  • All gender toilets
  • Baby-change facilities and parent’s room
  • Audio describing & Auslan interpreting
  • Bicycle parking facilities
  • Free drinking water
  • Food trucks
  • Information points
  • Waste bins and recycling points
  • Waste Warrior Stations
  • First Aid
  • Lost Child Point
  • Police
  • Assistant Animal Relief Area
  • Quiet Zone

What to Bring:

  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen)
  • Water bottle to refill at the free drinking water locations (refer to Event Map for locations)
  • A waste-free picnic
  • Chairs, eskies and shade structures that can be folded down and carried are all permitted*

    Please bring items that can be transported by foot and taken away after the event. 
    *Any shade equipment is to be dismantled at dusk for optimal light show viewing for all.

Attendees CANNOT bring these items:

  • Drones – Drones can cause major public safety issues, so leave your drone at home.
  • Large stereos, spas, fridges or other large objects
  • Sparklers, BBQ’s and open flames
  • Bringing glass objects (glass cups, wine flutes, bottles) are discouraged where possible.
  • Please do not bring your pets to this event for the safety of the animal and all those attending the event.