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.
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 are 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 including:
- Sydney Harbour Bridge: Flag Raising Ceremony;
- The Rocks: Live music and local market stalls followed by a street party;
- Sydney Opera House: World-class musical acts performing live;
- Lord Mayor’s Citizenship Ceremony
- Salute to Australia and Flyover: The Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force pay tribute to our nation with a 21-gun salute, the national anthem, and a Red Beret, Qantas and Russian
- Roulette fly over Sydney Harbour.
- Australia Day Harbour Parade and Regatta on Sydney Harbour.
- Circular Quay fireworks at 9pm
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 SEA Life Sydney Aquarium, Taronga Zoo and the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.