Opening hours for Woolworths, Coles and bottleshops on Australia Day

Published:18:53 EDT, 25 January 2017 |Updated:21:05 EDT, 25 January 2017

Australia Day celebrations are in full swing with the entire country coming together to acknowledge what makes Australia great - and listen to the triple j hottest 100.

But many people who work in retail will have to work today as this year the national day falls mid-week, major retailers such as Coles and Woolworths will be open. 

Anyone needing to top up on food and beverages before Australia Day events are in luck as bottle shops also appear to be open most of the day like the major supermarket chains.  

Most major retailers are open on Australia Day - with supermarkets operating from 7am and bottle shops ready to serve alcohol from 9am

The long opening hours will help anyone needing to dash to the shops in between events

Service stations such as Caltex and 7-Eleven will remain open for those needing to fuel up between family events or one-day road trips. 

Daily Mail Australia has compiled a list of opening hours at major retailers - as well as events happening around the country.

While each state will celebrate the national day differently the iconic triple j hottest 100 will play Australia wide.

The country's most anticipated countdown will begin at midday NSW time. Listeners in Queensland will have to tune in from 11am, South Australia from 11.30am, 10.30am in the Northern Territory and the countdown starts at 9am in Western Australia.

The majority of the country are about to enjoy a one day off work for Australia Day on Thursday

Australians will be celebrating the public holiday at family barbecues, beaches and parks


More Westfield shopping centres around the country are open on Thursday.

Despite the public holiday falling on a late night shopping day, most Sydney centres will open between 10am to 6pm.

However, hours may differ at some stores at other states, including Melbourne and Brisbane (10am-5pm), Perth (11am-5pm) and Canberra (10am-4pm).

In Adelaide, Westfield will be closed.

Westfield shopping centres around the country are open on Thursday but not for Adelaide


The majority of supermarket giant Woolworths around the country will remain open on Thursday.

More Sydney stores will trade between 7am to 10pm.

But hours may differ at some stores in Melbourne, including Southbank (8am-9pm), Flinders Street (7am-12am), Prahran (7am-11pm) as Bourke Street will be closed.

The majority of Woolworths around the country will remain open for Australia Day on Thursday

Last-minute shoppers in Adelaide will be able to grab their grocery at Rundle Mall between 11am-5pm and Hackney (24 hours), but particular stores will be closed.

Most stores in Brisbane will be open between 9am to 6pm and Perth (8am-9pm) and Canberra's Queanbeyan (7am-10pm) - but hours may differ for the rest of the state.

All stores in Darwin will be open but hours may differ around the state.


Most Coles stores around Sydney will be open - but hours differ at particular locations, including Castle Hill and Chatswood (7am-10pm), George Street (8am-9pm) and North Sydney (8am-8pm).

Most of Melbourne will remain open but hours may differ so contact your local store.

Most Coles stores around the country will remain open - but hours differ at particular locations

The majority of stores in Brisbane will operate between 9am-6pm but hours may differ at particular shops.  

Only a handful of stores in Adelaide will be open, including Grote Street (11am-5pm) and Rundle Place (11am-5pm) - and Victor Harbor and Mount Barker (8am-8pm).

Tasmania's Launceston store at the Racecourse will be open between 6am to 10pm.


There are no changes to trading hours at stores across New South Wales and Victoria.

Aldi stores in NSW and Victoria will operate at the usual times while times differ in other states

All stores in Canberra will operate between 8.30am to 8pm, most shops in Brisbane will open between 9am to 6pm but hours may differ at particular stores.

Majority of South Australia will be closed, apart from Berri (8.30am-9pm) and Mount Barker (8.30am-9pm).

Most of Western Australian will open between 8.30am to 5pm - but hours differ at particular stores, including Mandurah, Halls Head and Australind.

Despite all stores

opened in Sydney on Thursday, Leichhardt will be closed.

Dan Murphy's will remain open for most of Australia Day, including Sydney and Melbourne


Dan Murphy's will remain open for most of Australia on Thursday. 

Sydney stores will operate between 9am to 7pm while Melbourne (9am-9pm), Brisbane (9am-8pm), Adelaide, Canberra and Perth (9am-7pm), Darwin (9am-8pm).

BWS will remain open around the country but hours may differ at particular stores.

All 7-Eleven stores will be open 24 hours in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra

Petrol Stations

The majority of Caltex will remain open for 24 hours in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Darwin.

But for Adelaide, Caltex will operate between 6am to 10pm, and Hobart (7am-7.30pm).

All 7-Eleven stores will be open 24 hours in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra and most BP petrol stations will also remain 24 hours open.

Australians celebrating the public holiday

Sydney: Darling Harbour will host a string of harbourside events for all ages.

Enjoy live music, food and drink and an evening of light, sound and exhilarating fireworks for the Australia Day Spectacular.

The Wiggles will perform at the free Children's Festival in Tumbalong Park, along with many other activities between 11am and 6pm.

Hear some of the hottest tunes and musical tributes at the Australia Day Concert at the Australia Day Concert, featuring Tina Arena and Guy Sebastian.

For more information, visit Destination NSW

Melbourne: The Australia Day Parade will kick off from 11am on Swanston Street, with tens of thousands of people expected to attend.

The RACV Australia Day Festival in Kings Domain Gardens will be held between 11am and 4pm. There will be activities for all ages, free children's concert, vintage car show and a multicultural-themed Food Truck Park.

To end the evening, families and friends can enjoy the spectacular fireworks display at Docklands between 6pm and 10.30pm.

For more information, visit Only Melbourne 

Brisbane:   The famous Story Bridge Hotel will hold their 36th annual cockroach races, with gates opening at 11am and races from midday.

South Bank Parklands will host a fireworks show from 7.30pm, with some companies offering cruises of the Brisbane River during the day and evening. 

For more information, visit Weekend Notes

There's something for everyone to enjoy in Canberra, including a barbecue breakfast (file image)

Adelaide: More than 42,000 people are expected to celebrate Australia Day filled with a parade, concert and fireworks in the heart of Adelaide.

The parade will kick off from 6pm, making its way down King William Road with the procession converging on Elder Park at 7pm for the twilight Australia Day Concert.

The concert will then conclude with a stunning fireworks display.

For more information, visit Adelaide's Australia Day

Canberra:   There's something for everyone to enjoy in the capital, including a barbecue breakfast, kids entertainment, the National Flag Raising, citizenship ceremony.

And there's no better way to end Australia Day with your family and friends than by enjoying the Australia Day Fireworks Spectacular on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.

For more information, go to Visit Canberra

Concerts and family entertainment will take place from 3pm around the Swan River, ending with fireworks at 8pm

Perth: Celebrations begin early with the City of South Perth's Morning Ceremony. The day commences with the Flag Raising Ceremony.

After the formalities, enjoy a barbecue breakfast hosted by the local Rotary Clubs for the small cost of $5 which goes back into the local community.

Free concerts, family entertainment and air and water shows will take place from 3pm around the Swan River, ending with fireworks display at 8pm.

For more information, visit Experience Perth

Hobart:There will be an Australia Day Breakfast on the Bellerive Boardwalk between 8.30am and 12pm.

Thousands of swimmers are expected to flock to Kingston Beach for a day of festivities, including barbecues, sporting activities, live music and many more 

For more information, visit Hobart's Australia Day 

Darwin: Celebrate Australia Day with a free live concert on the lawns, and a motorbike show and Black Dog Ride at the Darwin Waterfront.

From 12:00pm, the 8th/12th Regiment will perform a 21 Gun Salute* at the Cenotaph, including a Royal Australian Air Force Fly Over.

For more information, visit Darwin's Australia Day

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