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Australia Day 2015

  • Surf Lifesavers at Cronulla Beach on Australia Day
  • Young girl enjoying Sydney Harbour on Australia Day


Australia Day in Sydney

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

Must Do

Australia Day 2015 in Sydney

WugulOra dancers, Australia Day

Much of the action takes place on and around Sydney Harbour. WugulOra marks the start of Australia Day celebrations with the raising of the Aboriginal and Australian flags on the Sydney Harbour Bridge from 7.30am. A short while later more than 1,000 participants are expected to take part in the final of the Great Australian Swim Series at Farm Cove near the Sydney Opera House.

Enjoy free Australia Day Concerts at the Sydney Opera House forecourt with two all-ages events. See The Wiggles on stage singing alongside Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, Wags the Dog and Captain Feathersword from 10am. In the evening, Australian favourites Jessica Mauboy, Justice Crew, Sheppard, Russell Morris and others will light up the stage from 7pm.

Other harbour highlights include the NRMA's BBQ by the Bridge at Dawes Point, the ever-popular Ferrython races, and a 21-gun salute followed by an aerial display by F/A-18 Hornets from the Royal Australian Air Force. At 1pm Sydney's Tall Ships lead a fleet of historic vessels from Bradley's Head to the Harbour Bridge, and the 179th Australia Day Regatta turns the harbour into an aquatic spectacle from 1.15pm.

If you are travelling with kids head to Hyde Park for the Summer Playground. The main stage will feature live entertainment by a host of popular children's characters as well as great activities including face painting, balloon sculptures and story reading.

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