Cracker Night

FIRE CRACKER NIGHT – Hobart Showground

Thank you to everyone who attended our Cracker Night on Saturday 27th May. Please check out our Facebook page for photos from the night.


Program of Entertainment

5.30pm – Children’s games start up for loads of family fun

5.30pm – Musical Entertainment Begins

6.00pm – Make Believe Farm Show

6.30pm – Taiko Drummers

7.00pm – Party Theme Show

7.30pm – Fireworks Show

8.00pm – Grand Finale – Lighting of the Bonfire

This event has been created for families that wish to enjoy the fireworks without the expense of obtaining a permit.

Cracker Night – a much loved family tradition across Australia – will be celebrated on May 27 with a public bonfire and fireworks at the Hobart Showground.

A fireworks displays, music, and children’s rides will feature during the evening. Young people 12 and under will be able to attend free and adults will pay an entry fee of $10 per person at the Showground gates.

“Cracker night is a great family and community tradition although its days may now be numbered due to safety considerations. So the Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania (RAST) decided to mount an organised cracker night at the Showground for families to enjoy in a safe and secure environment,” said Scott Gadd, CEO of the RAST and Hobart Showground.

“We want to thank Tasmania Police and Glenorchy City Council for their co-operation in the staging of this event, as well as the Wellington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade which has donated its time to stand by while the event is underway. In fact, our efforts to make the evening a reality have been accompanied by a great deal of community cooperation and good will”.

Gates will open at 5.00pm on May 27. Ticket sales will occur at the gates and via our website. Children will be invited to help stuff the scarecrow, and rides for children will also be available. A fireworks display will occur at 7.30pm which allows parents to still have their kids tucked up in bed nice and early.

Music will be the Taiko Drummers, and other acts to be announced. Food will be available for purchase and the Grandstand bar will be open.

Cracker night was part of Empire Day, marking Queen Victoria’s birthday. It became a firm favourite in the Australian calendar bringing communities together around the country to gather round a bonfire, light tom thumbs and Catherine wheels, and set of bungers and skyrockets.

“Recent years have seen authorities clamping down on cracker night because of safety concerns. But the RAST believes it is a great community-building event so long as it is conducted safely. At the Showground we can provide a safe and accessible site for an activity we want youngsters to remember fondly for the rest of their lives, just like generations of past Australians”, said Mr Gadd.