Children’s Festival is finished
- 26 January 2020
- 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
WhereTumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, NSW, 2000
Roll up for a day of family fun!
Throw a thong or chomp a watermelon in the True Blue Bush Games. Run away to the Circus Playground and test your skills. Jump around with the giant bouncing kangaroos.
After all the fun and games, indulge yourself with the great food and activities on offer at Darling Harbour.
11.00am – 3.00pm
Who hasn’t dreamed of running away and joining the circus? Well, here’s your big chance! A fun and interactive program of circus workshops and games for the whole family will have kids and adults alike living out their circus dreams. Pedal your heart out on a unicycle, try your hand at juggling, learn how to spin plates, test your balance on sky-high stilts, and get your hula hoop twirling.
True Blue Bush Games
Village Green South
11.00am – 3.00pm
Take on true blue bush challenges and get into the Australia Day spirit. A hilarious line-up of fun and games will let the whole family show off their uniquely Aussie skills. Munch your way to victory in a watermelon-eating competition or see who can throw their thongs the farthest. Grab your family and friends and hurl, heave and hoist the rope to win the Tug-o-War Competition.
10.00am – 3.00pm
After competing in the True Blue Bush Games, get yourself a fun temporary tattoo of the Australian flag to commemorate the day.
12.00pm – 8.00pm
Stake out a prime spot at the Harbourside Amphitheatre Stage, located next to the Ferris Wheel, to enjoy a fantastic line-up of multicultural live entertainment programmed by Settlement Services International (SSI).
SSI’s vibrant and innovative arts and cultural program celebrates the creative work of artists and makers from refugee and migrant backgrounds. What better time to celebrate our nation’s unique multicultural make-up than Australia Day?
Live entertainment and roving performers
3.00pm – 6.00pm
Australia Day Live screening
6.30pm – 9.30pm
Settle in for a fun-packed afternoon and evening of entertainment by the harbour. Tumbalong Park’s main stage will feature acoustic musicians and DJs, while roving performers – including giant bouncing kangaroos – will entertain the crowds. Come evening there’ll be a live broadcast of Australia Day Live.
On the Line at Cockle Bay
Town Square, Cockle Bay Wharf
Join us this Australia Day weekend to thank the volunteers and emergency service personnel who have put themselves on the line during the devastating NSW bushfires. Hang your messages of thanks on our iconic Hills Hoist.
Plan your trip
With road closures in place, the best way to get around is by public transport. Visit transportnsw.info for more details and the most up-to-date information. For real-time info on transport services and disruptions follow @TrainsInfo, @SydneyMetro, @BusesInfo and @FerriesInfo.
Some buses, ferries and light rail services will be affected by road closures and events. Find out more about services affected.
Be sun-smart, eat well, drink plenty of water and make sure you wear appropriate clothing for summer weather conditions.
BYO-alcohol and glass restrictions apply to some Australia Day event sites. If you do drink, do it responsibly and look after yourself, your mates and your environment.
Remember, Australia Day is for everyone. Ensure you are respectful of other people at all times.
Return and earn
Don’t be a tosser! It it’s not in the bin, it’s on you. Take your eligible bottles and cans to a NSW Return and Earn collection point.
Bring your water bottles to refill at the water stations around Circular Quay.