Australia Day 2017

Highlights

Every January Australians come together to celebrate their national day, reflecting on the nation's diversity and achievements, as well as its past and future. And, true to tradition, Australia Day 2017 will deliver plenty of lively events and great activities to participate in and enjoy.

  • Darling Harbour Fireworks on Australia Day
  • Wiggles in concert, Australia Day

About Australia Day 2017

Enjoy exciting spectacle and events around beautiful Sydney Harbour for Australia Day.  Visit the lovely Barangaroo Reserve at 8am to see indigenous performers celebrate the world’s oldest living culture at the captivating Wugulora Morning Ceremony. 

Hear some of the hottest tunes and musical tributes at the Australia Day Concert at the Sydney Opera House, featuring the top talent of Tina Arena, Guy Sebastian and Nat Conway. See Sydney’s First Fleet ferries, decked in colour, as they plough across the Harbour in the iconic Ferrython race, as well as the Tall Ships race at 1pm. You can also Head to The Rocks for markets and great live music, including New Orleans styled-tunes, indie folk and alt-country songs.

Australia Day 2016

Darling Harbour also hosts an incredible harbourside party. Enjoy live music, food and drink and an evening of light, sound and exhilarating fireworks for the Australia Day Spectacular. Kids will love seeing the world-famous Wiggles, as they perform at the free Children’s Festival in Darling Harbour’s Tumbalong Park, along with many other children's activities to enjoy between 11am and 6pm.

There are many exciting events happening around Sydney. Experience Australia Day in Parramatta with the spectacular Aerial hot air balloon display from 6am, and enjoy the Big Barbecue and popular Carnivale vintage car display. There are also plenty of kids’ activities and amusement rides, as well as a massive fireworks finale.

The gorgeous Northern Beaches hosts the hugely popular Dee Why Australia Day Big Breakfast. Commencing at 7am, it include a hot breakfast, Car and Bike Show, Thong Throwing Competition, rides and entertainment.

  1. GIO Oz Day 10K Wheelchair Road Race

    Thursday 26 January 2017, The Rocks

    Wheelchair athletes from across the globe will descend upon Sydney for the annual GIO Summer Down Under Series, with the highlight event, the GIO Oz Day 10K, taking place on Australia Day in The Rocks. Watch...

    26 Jan
  2. Ferrython

    Thursday 26 January 2017, City Centre

    Sydney Harbour turns spectacular with Ferrython, one of Australia’s most popular and iconic free events. See the beloved ferries in this hugely popular Australia Day tradition, as they venture from Circular Quay to...

    26 Jan
  3. The Great Sydney Swim

    Thursday 26 January 2017, City Centre

    Take the plunge in the final ocean swim of the Great Australian Swim Series and compete for your chance to take out the Series Champion honours. The Great Australian Swim Series involves three ocean swims along the...

    26 Jan
  4. Wugulora Indigenous Morning Ceremony

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Barangaroo

    Begin your Australia Day by celebrating the world’s oldest surviving culture. Watch a special performance by Indigenous dancers and singers at Barangaroo.Listen and sing along with the choral performance of...

    26 Jan
  5. Darling Harbour Australia Day

    Thursday 26 January 2017, City Centre

    Every year on 26 January, Darling Harbour hosts the nation's biggest harbourside party, when FREE Australia Day festivities see Aussies of all backgrounds celebrate together at one of Sydney's most lively and iconic...

    26 Jan
  6. Australia Day Sydney

    Thursday 26 January 2017, City Centre

    On 26 January each year, Australians come together to celebrate their national day. The date commemorates the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet from Great Britain, reflecting the nation's diversity and...

    26 Jan

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