Australia Day is celebrated annually on 26th January marking the anniversary of the arrival of the first British fleet in 1788, into Port Jackson, NSW. Numerous events are set to take place throughout Australia, which will also commemorate the respected Aboriginal indigenous culture. This year, Sydney is jam packed with events throughout the day so check out our guide to the best Australia Day events in Sydney for 2017.
Early Australia Day Morning
WugulOra Ceremony – 8am – 8:30am
Are you an early riser? Begin your day celebrating the world’s oldest surviving culture at the WugulOra (meaning “One-Mob”) Ceremony. Enjoy a special dance performed by NSW Public Schools Aboriginal Dance Company, followed by the choral delights of 250 voices from the Kari Choir singing. Take a moment to acknowledge and respect the traditional custodians of the great Australia.
Walumil Lawns at Barangaroo Reserve
During The Day
“Beach” at the Cutaway – 10am – 5pm
A totally different take on hitting the beach! 1.1 million recyclable polyethylene balls lap a 60-metre wide shoreline making an ocean free of sand and sharks!
Harbour Parade, Tallships Race & Ariel Display – 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Hit the harbour during the middle of the day to be midst the action. Watch the Harbour Boat Parade, Tallships Race and a daring flight display by the Russian Roolettes!
Australia Day at The Rocks – 9am – 6pm
It’s all happening at The Rocks! A giant swing, market stalls, live music, entertainers, larger than life games think marbles, Jenga and Chess, street art and a wheelchair race! Vibrant atmosphere to celebrate this vibrant country we travel.
In The Evening
Australia Day Spectacular Fireworks – 6pm – 9:15pm
No celebration is complete without a spectacle! Dance into the sunset with the Hot Dub Time Machine at the world’s first time-travelling dance party! Culminating in a magical pyrotechnic display of sound and light this is the perfect way to top off your Australia Day experience!
Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour
by Gemma Glover