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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 honouring the arrival of the first British Fleet on Australian soil.

Australia Day 2024 Sydney Harbour Event Celebrations & Fireworks

Visitors to Sydney often join in the festivities to commemorate the day. Many community events are held nationwide yearly, 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 Australia’s rich history, diverse society and unique heritage. 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.

On 26 January, Sydney comes alive with locals celebrating the Aussie way of life in the middle of summer. With events on the harbour, family festivities, boat races and a generally vibrant party atmosphere, there’s something for everyone.

Join Sydney locals and head to the beach for a barbecue picnic. You could take a hamper full of goodies to a harbour cove or fry up on one of the beautiful eastern beaches like Coogee or Bondi. Alternatively, Government House opens up its staterooms and gardens for the day, making it an excellent place for a long lunch with live music.

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


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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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