The Vigil

The Vigil is finished

The Vigil


25 January 2019 — 26 January 2019
08:00 PM - 06:00 AM


Barangaroo Reserve , Barangaroo, NSW, 2000

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Accessible event

$Free access

Gather at dusk for the lighting of a fire. A vigil will be held overnight to reflect on the impact of colonisation in Australia, the significance of the day before the First Fleet arrived, and what happened after.

Hear musical performances and stories of Country from current and future community Elders.

This event is presented by Sydney Festival.


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.


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.

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

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