Let the festivities begin! Make your Australia Day one to remember by heading to Sydney to join in the fun. From boat races and barbeques to the annual flag raising ceremony, this city knows how to celebrate. The kids will love a visit to Hyde Park to see their favourite friends including Peppa Pig and Blinky Bill, while everyone will be thrilled by the incredible fireworks spectacular at Cockle Bay.
Here are five Australia Day events not to be missed in Sydney.
WugolOra Indigenous Ceremony, Sydney Harbour
Kick off Australia Day by attending the annual WugolOra Indigenous Ceremony. From 7.30am, crowds will gather at the Sydney Opera House to watch the raising of the Aboriginal and Australian flags on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. A fire will be lit and carried by the Tribal Warrior to meet with four bark canoes under the bridge. Commemorating our past and celebrating the future, the fire from the tribes will be used to smoke the bridge as the flags are raised.
Summer Playground, Hyde Park
Families will be spoilt by the array of spectacular entertainment at the Summer Playground in Hyde Park. Enjoy creative Australia Day performances with extra special guests including Peppa Pig, Fireman Sam, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina and Blinky Bill. Kids can enjoy fantastic activities all day long with face painting, story time, a colouring corner and even an animal farm. Hang around in the afternoon to see The Wiggle’s take to the stage for their first show of the year.
Ferrython, Sydney Harbour
Celebrate our beloved Australian shores at the iconic Ferrython. Grab a picnic basket and head down to the Sydney Harbour at 11am to watch Sydney’s First Fleet ferries parade their colourful decorations. The ships will line up at the Sydney Opera House with hopes of winning the big race. Soak up the lively atmosphere and cheer your favourite ferry on as they dash around Shark Island to cross the finish line under the Harbour Bridge.
NRMA BBQ by the Bridge, Dawes Point Park
Continue the festivities with an authentic Aussie barbeque lunch at the picturesque Dawes Point Park on Sydney Harbour’s foreshore. Bring your picnic blanket and find a prime position to watch all the Australia Day harbour traditions including the aerial displays, 21 Gun Salute, the Tall Ships Races and a new addition to the program, the Tug and Yacht Ballet. Enjoy a sumptuous barbeque feast and light entertainment from 11am until 3pm.
Australia Day Spectacular, Cockle Bay
To top off a magnificent day, stick around in the evening for the much anticipated Australia Day Spectacular at Darling Harbour. The pinnacle of the Australia Day celebrations, the ceremony will be a heart warming event with breathtaking special effects as we honour our wonderful nation and acknowledge the significance of the Anzac Centenary. Watch in awe as an incredible multimedia, light, music and fireworks extravaganza erupts over Cockle Bay.