Australia Day Chill Out Zone at OPT

Australia Day Chill Out Zone at OPT is finished


26 January 2018
10:00am – 6:00pm


Overseas Passenger Terminal
The Rocks NSW

What better place to position yourself for all the Sydney Harbour action than the Overseas Passengers Terminal?

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Accessible event

$Free access

Not only can you take advantage of the finest views but you’ll be surrounded by top-class entertainment, live music, roving street performers and gourmet food vendors. It’s the perfect place to sit back, chill out and enjoy the day.

Australia Day Chill Out Zone at OPT is part of the Sydney Harbour program brought to you by P&O Cruises

Watch the harbour celebrations (10:45am to 4:00pm)

With entertainment, food and the waterside location, the Overseas Passenger Terminal will allow you to experience the best of Sydney Harbour while paying homage to our cruising past and its bright future.

The Overseas Passenger Terminal is the perfect vantage point to see the Sydney Harbour program:

Please be advised the Level 4 balcony of Overseas Passenger Terminal will be closed to the public from 4pm Thursday 25 January until 4am Saturday 27 January due to the Live at the Quay! event.

Music (11:15am to 6:00pm)

Head to the Overseas Passenger Terminal’s South Stage for live music.


Try wheelchair basketball (12:30pm to 2:00pm)

Jump in a wheelchair and try your hand at wheelchair basketball at the Cargo Hall. Learn skills, do drills, shoot some hoops and play a game or three. 

The game is similar to the stand-up version except competitors must throw or bounce the ball after every two pushes of the wheels on the chair, otherwise you will be penalised for travelling.

Wheelchair basketball is brought to you by the Invictus Games Sydney (20 to 27 October 2018), an international sporting event for wounded, injured and ill veteran and active service personnel.

Turban twisting workshop (2pm to 4pm)

Get wrapped up in swathes of silk! Let Turbans 4 Australia share the significance of the turban for Sikh communities at the Cargo Hall of the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

Origami workshops (10:00am to 4:00pm)

Fold your way to zen and take your masterpiece with you!

Head to the Arrivals Hall of the Overseas Passenger Terminal to get out of the sun and join the free origami workshops.

Workshops will run continuously so no bookings required just grab a seat when the next session starts.

Aussie temporary tattoos & selfies (10:00am to 4:00pm)

Show off your guns and get a free Australian tattoo (temporary transfer) at the Tattoo Stall inside the Arrivals Hall at the Overseas Passenger Terminal.  

Go all Hollywood and get your photo taken with the giant ‘A-U-S-T-R-A-L-I-A’ letters.

Gourmet food (10:00am to 9:00pm)

Download the Sydney Food Trucks app to track where your favourite food truck is throughout the day.

Return and Earn Education Hub (10:00am to 4:00pm)

Every year, more than 160 million drink containers end up as litter in NSW. Return and Earn is the NSW Government’s container deposit scheme to reduce litter in the state by 40% by 2020.

Find out why recycling is so important to preserving natural resources and protecting our environment, as well as how you can receive a 10-cent refund on eligible drink containers, and where your closest collection point is. The education hub will be run by TOMRA-Cleanaway, the Return and Earn network operator.

Dos and don'ts

DO NOT BYO. BYO alcohol and glass are not permitted in Bradfield Park in North Sydney, Darling Harbour, The Rocks, Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay, including the Overseas Passenger Terminal and Dawes Point.

DO check out the health and safety tips


Designated accessible viewing areas are available to the public at the Overseas Passenger Terminal and Sydney Opera House western boardwalk until 5pm.

From 5pm, these areas will be for pre-registered accessibility guests only. The accessible viewing areas are at capacity. 

Public transport

Plan ahead and leave the car at home. The best way to get around on Australia Day is by public transport using an Opal Card.

If travelling by train, please allow some extra travel time. 

Visit for details on train, bus, light rail and ferry services. 

Road closures

Road closures and special event clearways will be in place for Australia Day.

For real-time information about road closures and traffic conditions:

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