Salute to Australia
Salute to Australia
A stirring 21-gun military salute from our armed forces and the awe-inspiring HMAS Choules. Hear the NSW Governor’s Address then join a crowd of epic choirs – young and old from across NSW – to sing our national anthem to the sky as RAAF fast jets soar overhead.
This event is part of the Sydney Harbour program brought to you by P&O Cruises.
Key vantage points
Position yourself anywhere in Sydney Cove where you can see the water, including:
- Hickson Road Reserve
- Circular Quay
- Overseas Passenger Terminal
- Sydney Opera House
- Bradfield Park
- From 9:30 AM — Get up close and have a good look at HMAS Choules at the Overseas Passenger Terminal.
- 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM — HMAS Choules will be positioned in Sydney Cove between the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.
- 11:30 AM to 11:45 AM — Smoking ceremony and musical prelude to the salute on the big sound system.
- 11:45AM to 12 PM — A 21-gun salute will fire from Bradfield Park in North Sydney and be received by the Governor of NSW, David Hurley, on board the HMAS Choules. The salute will be accompanied by the Navy Band and an address from the Governor of NSW.
- 12 PM — Join a crowd of epic choirs to sing our national anthem.
- 12:05 PM to 12:15 PM — Watch an eclectic company of yachts, tugboats, jet skis and ferries dance effortlessly across the harbour in a magically choreographed show.
- 12 PM to 2PM — RAAF fast jets, a Navy helicopter and a Qantas aircraft shoot across the sky before Red Berets parachute over Farm Cove.
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 transportnsw.info.
To support the celebrations, road closures will be in place.
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.