Australia Day Live 2019

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Australia Day Live 2019


26 January 2019
06:30 PM - 09:30 PM


Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW, 2000

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Accessible event

$Free access

It’s the whole shebang! Watch Australia’s biggest music stars rock out on the big screens around Circular Quay as everything else hits the water – a flotilla of yachts, jet skis, flyboarders and much more. Get to Circular Quay with time to spare and don’t miss the spectacular fireworks throughout the show.

The line-up of Aussie artists includes the soulful Kate Ceberano, the renowned Sydney Symphony Orchestra, rocker Jon Stevens, funk instrumentalist and vocalist Harts, tenor Josh Piterman, a revitalised Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project, along with hitmakers Ricki-Lee, Anthony Callea, Karise Eden and Conrad Sewell.

Musical director and composer John Foreman OAM, singer Kate Ceberano, journalist Jeremy Fernandez and TV actor Luke Carroll will host Australia's best talent on our biggest day of the year. 

Vantage points

Position yourself where you can see the water at:

  • First Fleet Park
  • Hickson Road Reserve
  • Circular Quay (western or eastern promenades only)
  • Overseas Passenger Terminal
  • Sydney Opera House western boardwalk.

Please note that you, your bags and other items may be searched or screened for safety and security purposes.

Viewing will NOT be available from:

  • level 4 balcony of the Overseas Passenger Terminal
  • Circular Quay train station and wharf
  • Circular Quay southern promenade
  • Cahill Expressway Walkway.

There are no fireworks on the Sydney Harbour Bridge or outside Circular Quay. 

Program guide

  • 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM Pre-concert entertainment
    • Heritage and working boats parade
    • NSW Australians of the Year do a loop of Circular Quay by boat
    • Aussie classic hits singalong
  • 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM Concert live and televised around the country
    • Highlights include:  
      • 7:30 PM — Welcome to Country performance with local Aboriginal elders, dancers and singer
      • 8:00 PM Tug and Yacht Ballet performed by a flotilla of maritime vessels
      • 8:20 PM Sunset Ceremony with Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project, featuring the Koomurri Aboriginal Dance Troupe and a dazzling lighting and fireworks spectacle
      • 8:45 PM Tribute to Opera sung by tenor Josh Piterman and choir, accompanied by a stunning yacht ballet and lighting display, jet skis and fireworks
      • 9:00 PM Quay-wide party with an exciting on-water show and fireworks
      • 9:15 PM Spectacular finale with live musical medley of Australian classics synchronised with jet skis, flyboards and a breathtaking lighting and fireworks display.

Watch live on TV

Tune in to ABC TV at 7:30 PM AEDT to watch the Australia Day Live 2019 from the comfort of your couch.

Listen live on the radio

Tune into 89.3 FM radio for the full soundtrack and a live audio description of Australia Day Live 2019.

Alternatively, listen via the live stream on the 'Disability and mobility support' page on this website

Please note that listening via FM radio is recommended. Listeners may experience several seconds delay with the live stream. Also, due to heavy mobile phone usage around the Harbour on Australia Day, a reliable internet connection may not be possible.

Ticketed zone - Booked out

Free tickets to experience Australia Day Live from the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House went fast.

The rest of Circular Quay is first in, best dressed. Get there early to get the best position — entertainment starts at 6:30 PM. Watch the concert on the big screens and be front row for the choreographed maritime extravaganza on the water and the spectacular fireworks. See map of vantage points below.

Australia Day Live at Sydney Opera House is brought to you by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW and proudly supported by Big PictureSofitel Wentworth, an AccorHotel, is proud to provide accommodation for the Australia Day Live team. 

Disability and mobility support

The designated accessible viewing areas for guests with disability or mobility requirements are at capacity. 

Plan ahead

Leave the car at home. Extra public transport services are running to help you travel to and from Australia Day celebrations. Plan your trip at

To support the celebrations, road closures will be in place. 

Visit for details and real-time traffic conditions. For Sydney Harbour special event and safe boating information, visit or call 131 236.

Stay safe

Heatwave conditions are peaking across the Australia Day 2019 long weekend. Check for total fire bans and the fire danger rating in your area.

Be sun safe, eat well, drink plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing for summer weather conditions.

There is no BYO alcohol and no glass allowed at the Rocks, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay, Hickson Road Reserve, Circular Quay East, Darling Harbour, and Bradfield Park in North Sydney. 

Remember, Australia Day is for everyone. Be respectful of people at all times.

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