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.
Australia Day Weekend in Sydney
This year Australia Day celebrations run over a long weekend from 25-27 January, 2014. While a number of events such as citizenship ceremonies and flying the Australian flag have become important ceremonial activities, it's also a day of fun for all.
Australia Day in Sydney
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 at Farm Cove near the Sydney Opera House, more than 1,000 participants are expected to take part in the final of the Great Australian Swim Series.
Other harbour highlights include the NRMA's BBQ by the Bridge at Dawes Point, the ever-popular Ferrython races, a 21-gun salute followed by an aerial display by FA 18 Hornets from the Royal Australian Air Force. At 1.00pm Sydney's Tall Ships lead a fleet of historic vessels from Bradley's Head to the Harbour Bridge; the 178th Australia Day Regatta turns the harbour into an aquatic spectacle from 1.15pm.
If you're travelling with kids, head to Hyde Park for the Summer Playground. The main stage will feature live entertainment by a host of kids' favourite characters including Peppa Pig, The Octonauts and the Wiggles at 3.00pm.
In the evening, Darling Harbour becomes the site of more Australia Day activities. The Harbour Concert kicks off from 6.00pm with a line-up of great performers followed by the Darling Harbour Australia Day Spectacular with lights, more music and fabulous fireworks.