Held each year on 26 January, Australia Day is the country’s official national day. It’s a time to celebrate the Australian way of life and reflect on what it means to be Australian. In 2021, the Australia Day festivities will be different, but there are still ways to mark the day. You can find the latest information on the official Australia Day website.
The WugulOra Morning Ceremony will be held at 7.30am. In 2021, this will be a ticketed event and only ticket holders will be admitted to Barangaroo. You can register your interest for tickets or watch the ceremony live on the ABC. The Salute to Australia will take place at 2pm but will be a private event. You can also watch it live on the ABC.
The main program on Sydney Harbour and around Circular Quay has been cancelled for 2021. There are still a number of things you can do. Swimmers can join in the Sydney Harbour Splash, a 1km or 2.5km swim from Rose Bay. Over 100 boats will be participating in the Australia Day Regatta – you can sign up to sail with your own boat or watch the spectacle from a harbour cruise.
Australia Day Live at the Sydney Opera House will go ahead, however it will also be a ticketed event. Some frontline workers will be given tickets to thank them for their efforts in 2020 and the general public can register their interest for tickets. Circular Quay will be closed to the public from 5pm unless you have a ticket to Australia Day Live or a confirmed booking at a restaurant or venue.
If you are planning to celebrate the day at home, please remember to abide by the current restrictions, maintain physical distancing and practice good hygiene.