Invasion Day Events 2023

January 26 is a day of mourning for First Nations people, also known as Invasion Day, or Survival Day. 

Here are some events across the continent where First Nations people and allies are invited to participate in an act of resistance against continuing systemic racism, deaths in custody and the colonial project. 

This Invasion Day marks 235 years since British military forces invaded Gadigal land and declared British rule over this continent, along with Aotearoa and other Pacific Islands. 

We acknowledge the legacy of racism that plays out in Australian society, the land that is destroyed, the families that are ripped apart by the judicial system and health inequalities that continue to effect First Nations communities.

We acknowledge that we organise across stolen land, where the sovereign peoples of these lands have survived many apocalypses, and continue to do so with creativity, strength and power. We pay respect to all Elders.

Invasion Day events across the continent

*Please check the event itself for updates in the lead up to the date*

We also ask that you remain diligent in staying home if you are showing symptoms to Covid, are a close contact or think you may have been exposed to Covid-19. True solidarity includes looking out for one another on the ground.


Wurundjeri Country / Narrm / Melbourne

Invasion Day Protest

26 JANUARY 11am - Victorian Parliament House

Details Here

At the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, First Nations artists will be performing at 
From 12pm onwards, Our Survival Day is taking place at The Briars, Mt Martha.


Survival Day Dawn Ceremony will commence at 5.30am at Viewpoint, Lake Wendouree.


Wadawurrung Traditional Owners are presenting the Pilk Purriyn event at Cosy Corner, 5.30a


Gadigal Country / Warrang / Sydney

Starting off the day is the Dawn Reflection

From 5:20am onwards, First Nations artwork will be projected onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Invasion Day Protest 

26 JANUARY 9.30am - Belmore Park

Details Here

Yabun Festival

JANUARY 26 - 12pm - Victoria Park, Broadway

Yabun has been celebrating the survival of Aboriginal cultures and identity on 26 January for over 20 years. A live stream will be available at or you can listen on Koori Radio 93.7FM.

Awabakal and Woirimi Country / Newcastle

Day Of Mourning 

26 JANUARY 10am - Customs House

Details Here


Survival Day 2023

26 JANUARY 11am - Dickinson Oval

Details Here


Lutruwita Country / Tasmania

Putiya Kanaplila / Don't Celebrate Invasion Day!

26 JANUARY 10:45am 

STREET MARCH - 10.45am at 198 Elizabeth Street 

RALLY - 11.45am gather at Parliament Lawns 

Details Here

Lutruwita Country / Limilinaturi / Devonport

26 JANUARY 11.30am

STREET MARCH - 11.30 am gather at Tulaminakali Health Service, 106 Best Street, Devonport

RALLY - 11.50 am gather in Market Square (behind Paranaple Centre) for a 12pm start.

Details Here


Yuggera Country / Meanjin / Brisbane

Invasion Day Protest

26 JANUARY - 10:00am - Queens Gardens

Details Here

Sunshine Coast

Invasion Day - We Have Survived!

26 JANUARY 9am - Foundation Square - Maroochydore

Details Here

Bindal and Wulgurukaba Country / Townsville

Dawn Service and Survival Day

JANUARY 26 - 6:00am - Strand Park Beach, Townsville

Details Here


Dawn Service and Survival Day

JANUARY 26 - 5.00am - Tobruk Memorial Drive Park

Details Here


Whadjuk Noongar Country / Boorloo / Perth

Invasion Day Gathering and March

26 JANUARY 2023 - 12pm - Forrest Chase, Perth City

Details Here


Kaurna Country / Adelaide

Smoking Ceremony 

JANUARY 26 - 8am - Elder Park 

The ceremony will feature a speech by Kaurna Elder Rosemary Kudnarto Wanganeen, a performance by renowned singer and musician Nancy Bates and the unveiling of a stunning Sand Painting created by First Nations artist Derik Lynch in collaboration with Kaurna elder Frank Wanganeen.

Survival Day March

JANUARY 26 - 12.30pm - Tarndanyangga, Victoria Square 

A great lineup of powerful speakers and beautiful performers. Standing in solidarity with the Aboriginal Tent Embassy 50th Anniversary.


Ngunnawal country / Canberra

The Aboriginal Tent Embassy has organised the Sovereignty Day-Isabell Coe Memorial Lecture, which begins at 9:30am.

Since 2012, the event has been held annually at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy on the lawns of Old Parliament House.


Victorian NAIDOC Invasion Day Dawn Service 

26 JANUARY 6.15am AEDT - Online

Link via: Our Survival Day 

Self Study

Frontier Wars Stories Podcast, Hosted by Boe Spearim

The Koori History Project Website, Created by Prof Gary Foley

The Killing Times: a massacre map of Australia's frontier wars, The Guardian

History of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy

Timeline - Aboriginal Tent Embassy

Decolonising Solidarity - What can I do?

Some advice for white activists in Australia

Everyone calls themselves an ally until it is time to do some real ally shit

'Heartbreaking' report shows more Indigenous people died in custody than previous year

7 more things you should know about Invasion Day

Know Better, Do Better: The Best Aussie Podcasts to Educate Yourself on Indigenous History

We look forward to seeing a powerful day of resistance and solidarity!

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