Sydney Harbour took centre stage this Australia Day, making the most of the amazing and iconic Australian landscape. Proudly supported by P&O, the Harbour Program consisted of the iconic Tug and Yacht Ballet, the Tall Ships Race, the Harbour Parade, and the Great Sydney Swim.
The day began with the WugulOra Indigenous Ceremony, with the traditional raising of the Australian and Indigenous flags atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Celebrating the nation’s first peoples and welcoming a new year for Australia.
Unfortunately due to wet weather a few events were cancelled including, the Red Berets Australian Army Parachute Display, the 179th Annual Australia Day Regatta and Qantas Flyover.Athol Bay became the place to be for a relaxing day with an inflatable playground set up, even the Cruising Concert stoping stopped past and chilled out for a while.The program’s newest additions, the Cruising Concert, hosted by Darren Percival, was a hit with audiences of all ages gathering to watch it float by popular picnic locations, the P&O Cruise Ships the Pacific Pearl, Pacific Dawn and Pacific Jewel anchored in the Harbour were a great sight to see. With the HMAS Canberra a commanding presence in the harbour, brought in for the Salute to Australia, where at 12pm the nation sung the Australian national anthem in unison with choirs around the harbour.