Neighbour day

Neighbour Day is Australia's annual celebration of community, bringing together the people next door, across the street or in your neighbourhood.

Since 2011 residents living in the city and North Adelaide have held street parties, movie nights, community barbecues, group bike rides and more, often with support from City of Adelaide to make it happen.

Bringing your neighbourhood together

Do you have an idea to strengthen connections in your neighbourhood? The City of Adelaide has encouraged and supported the community to deliver Neighbour Day activities since 2011.

If you have a great idea for making your local neighbourhood more welcoming, connected and inclusive, talk to community connections staff.

We can provide:

  • advice and support to get you started.
  • printing of invitations and materials.
  • information on permissions, insurance or permits if required.
  • guidance and assistance with small incidental costs.

In 2021 alone, there were 16 Council supported Neighbour Day events held across the city and North Adelaide with over 400 residents in attendance at these events. Activities included picnics in the park, partnerships with local cafes for coffee mornings, BBQ’s on the street and community garden parties.

Why have Neighbour day?

Neighbour Day has five main aims:

  1. Strengthen communities and build better relationships with the people who live around us
  2. Create safer, healthier and more vibrant suburbs and towns
  3. Promote tolerance, respect and understanding
  4. Break down community barriers
  5. Protect the elderly, the vulnerable and the disadvantaged.

Make every day Neighbour Day

While Neighbour Day is celebrated annually on the last Sunday in March, there is no need to wait until then to experience the feel good feeling and the many other benefits of being neighbourly. 

Here are 10 ways that you can be neighbourly and build local community connections any time:

  • Smile, wave and say hello to people in your neighbourhood or introduce yourself in the lift.
  • Celebrate special event days with your neighbours and organise an event like an Easter egg hunt, carols by candlelight or a visit from Santa.
  • Offer to look after your neighbour’s pets or pick up their mail while they are away.
  • Share cuttings or excess produce from your garden.
  • Spend more time in your front yard or shared common areas in your apartment complex as a simple way to connect with neighbours and those passing by.
  • Take in your neighbour’s rubbish bin or deliver their newspaper to their front door.
  • Sweep the footpath in front of their house whilst you are doing your own.
  • Drop a Christmas card in your neighbour’s letterbox.
  • If there is a blackout or heatwave, check in on your neighbours who may be more vulnerable and see that they are ok.
  • Share some home cooking as a welcome to a new neighbour or a friendly gesture to neighbours you already know.

Need more information?

Jane Laws, Project Lead, Community Connections: