Celebrate Australia Day in Sydney

17 December 2015

Friends enjoying Australia Day at The Rocks, Sydney

Australia Day 2015, Sydney

On January 26 each year, Sydney celebrates Australia’s national day, Australia Day in style, with everything from spectacular firework displays to sporting events to a true blue Aussie BBQ. Here are five great ways to celebrate this important day in Sydney this year.

Celebrate Indigenous Australia

Indigenous Morning Ceremony. Image credit: David Clare - First Light Photography

Indigenous Morning Ceremony. Image credit: David Clare – First Light Photography

 

In Sydney harbour, the WugulOra Indigenous Ceremony marks the start of Australia Day celebrations, with the raising of the Aboriginal and Australian flags on the Sydney Harbour Bridge from 7.30am. From 9.00am, head to the Yabun Festival at Victoria Park in Camperdown. This is the largest one-day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in the country with dance, music, food and talks.

Australia Day on Sydney Harbour

Australia Day Sydney Harbour Credit - David Clare - First Light Photography

Australia Day Sydney Harbour. Image credit – David Clare – First Light Photography

 

Following on from the WugulOra Indigenous Ceremony, more than 1,000 participants are expected to take part in the final of the Great Australian Swim Series, The Great Sydney Swim, which begins at Farm Cove, near the Sydney Opera House.

Don’t miss Darling Harbour’s free Australia Day party, which includes fireworks from Cockle Bay, and The Rocks’ free Australia Day festivities, a day of markets and great live music. There’s also the Cruising Concerts, with two custom-built floating stages dropping into the most popular locations around the harbour from 12.15pm onwards.

Watch the hot air balloons take off from Parramatta Park

Parramatta Park Australia Day Celebrations

Parramatta Park Australia Day Celebrations

 

Parramatta Park hosts a free family-friendly day out, with Aerial kicking off at 6.00am with a magnificent hot air balloon display and a barbecue breakfast. Grab yourself a bite and watch the balloons take flight. Check out CARnivale with more than 600 vintage cars on display for motoring enthusiasts and and families alike. There are kid-friendly activities and entertainment all day at The Crescent including SpongeBob and Dora the Explorer from 12pm. There’s also the 9.00pm Fireworks Spectacular at the end of the show.

Original Source Boardriders Battle at Cronulla Beach

Original Source Boardriders Battle at Cronulla beach

Original Source Boardriders Battle at Cronulla beach

 

More than 100 of Australia’s top surfers converge on the iconic Cronulla Beach for what promises to be a fantastic national final to the Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle. This is Australia’s biggest grassroots boardriders event series with $110,000 in prize money to be won. It’s a fantastic couple of days out at Cronulla over the Australia Day Long Weekend.

 Relax at one of Sydney’s lesser-known (but no less fun) Australia Day parties

Face-painting at Dee Why beach Australia Day

Face-painting at Dee Why beach Australia Day

 

You’ll find some great parties taking place all around Sydney. Head to Sydney Olympic Park for food stalls, rides and free entertainment, all topped off with a spectacular fireworks display. Visit the beautiful Watsons Bay for stand up paddleboarding, an all Australian barbecue, beach volleyball and cricket, and kids activities. And Dee Why on Sydney’s Northern Beaches hosts an Australia Day Big Breakfast, complete with a Car and Bike Show, Thong Throwing Competition, rides and free entertainment.

There’s plenty to see and do in Sydney this Australia Day!

  • Marla

    The lineup listed for Parramatta is the 2015 not 2016 lineup.