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Australia Day

One of the largest celebrations held throughout the country year after year is Australia Day.

Celebrated on January 26th, Australia day is a public holiday that honours the arrival of the first British Fleet on Australian soil.

Australia Day 2023 Sydney Harbour Event Celebrations & Fireworks

Visitors to Sydney often join in the festivities to commemorate the day, with many community events held around the nation each year including barbecues, ceremonies, parades, live entertainment and fireworks.

Australia Day recognises that on 26th January 1788, the first British fleet arrived at Port Jackson in Australia. The event is celebrated to reflect the rich history, diverse society and the unique heritage of Australia. In Sydney, Australia Day is celebrated by all residents and visitors. The Australian of the Year awards is also held on this day where people who have made outstanding contributions to Australia are recognised on this special day.

The Australia Day celebrations in Sydney feature formal processions as well as family-friendly entertainment. There are a number of scheduled events for Sydney’s celebration of Australia Day, which will be announced closer to the 2022 event.

Head over to Bondi Beach or the Northern Beaches where you will find thousands of locals and visitors enjoying the hot summer day in the water.

Even though Australia Day is a public holiday, you will still find there are plenty of attractions that remain open including the SEA Life Sydney Aquarium, Taronga Zoo and the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.

Please find above and below a details list of event times and locations, as well as details on Australia Day Live and the different Sydney Harbour Events.


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    • Hi Clem,

      According to the official event website, the fireworks and a concert will be held at Circular Quay from 7:25pm – 9:45pm. Im guessing the fireworks will be held towards the end of the event.

      It mentions “Australia Day Live is a two-hour concert based at the Sydney Opera House Forecourt and broadcast live nationally on ABC TV and iview. At key moments of the concert, Circular Quay stages activations synchronised to live musical performances that incorporate a flotilla of yachts, tugs, jet skis, fly-boarders, lit vessels and the grand finale, a spectacular choreographed fireworks and light show.”


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