5 January 2015
Held on the 26th of January each year, Australia Day is a public holiday dedicated to celebrating Australia’s unique culture and society, and commemorating the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet in Port Jackson.
Join in the celebrations for Australia Day in Sydney with these great events taking place across the city.
The Sydney Opera House forecourt hosts two free Australia Day concerts featuring some of the country’s brightest musical acts. Register to enter the ballot for free tickets to see Australian stars Jessica Mauboy, Sheppard, Justice Crew, Russell Morris and others perform with the spectacular Sydney Harbour as a backdrop from 7pm.
The Wiggles Australia Day Concert at the Sydney Opera House
Take the kids to see the popular children’s entertainment act The Wiggles perform their first concert of 2015 at the Sydney Opera House forecourt. Register to enter the ballot for free tickets to dance and sing with The Wiggles as they are joined by Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, Wags the Dog and Captain Feathersword to perform their beloved hits from 10am.
Celebrate Australia’s ancient Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures at the Yabun Festival in Victoria Park, Camperdown, beside The University of Sydney. Featuring some of the country’s best Indigenous musical talent as well as traditional dances, market stalls, family activities and talks from leading authors, artists and thinkers, the event is one of Australia’s biggest Indigenous festivals and a great way to celebrate Australia Day.
Australia Day celebrations at Darling Harbour
Mark Australia Day with a trip to Darling Harbour with family and friends. With a program of family-friendly performances and activities, there’s plenty to keep kids and adults entertained. Enjoy world music, from Indigenous blues to Assyrian grooves, and sing along to children’s performers on a stage dedicated specifically to kids. Spend the day by the water and witness a spectacular fireworks display in the evening featuring digital effects and multimedia.
The Havaianas Australia Day Challenge
Be a part of history and make your way to Bondi Beach on Australia Day to join thousands of Sydneysiders float on giant inflatable Havaianas thongs. The event attempts to break the world record for the longest line of inflatable Havaianas joined in the water. Enjoy other fun activities throughout the day including paddle races and relays, as well as music entertainment and a beachside BBQ.
Australia Day celebrations at Sydney Olympic Park
Celebrate Australia Day at Sydney Olympic Park and enjoy a wide range of food stalls, rides, craft workshops, live performances and even a community bazaar. The day’s festivities conclude with a dazzling fireworks display at night.
Australia Day Big Breakfast
With a hot breakfast on offer, be a part of the Australia Day Big Breakfast held at Dee Why Beach and Narrabeen Lagoon. Starting at 7am, the event will also serve up plenty of family-friendly entertainment including a car and bike show, a thong throwing competition, rides and live music.