Live at the Quay!

Live at the Quay! is finished


26 January 2018
6:30pm – 9:30pm


Circular Quay
Sydney NSW

On offer for the first time, Live at the Quay! is a breathtaking maritime, musical and dance extravaganza right in the middle of Circular Quay.

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Accessible event

$Free access

If you’re mad about fireworks, Circular Quay is the place to be this Australia Day.

Harbour parades, jet-ski shows and a series of dazzling fireworks displays will transform the water and skies at Circular Quay.

You’ll also be treated to a classical on-water opera, a performance by KARI Indigenous Youth Choir, and a tribute to Dr G. Yunupingu through a performance of Djapana – Sunset Dreaming.

Live at the Quay! is the perfect way to end your Australia Day. 

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

Viewing will NOT be available from:

  • Circular Quay train station and wharf
  • Circular Quay southern promenade
  • Cahill Expressway Walkway

Download wayfinding map

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

Program guide

  • From 6:30pm – Groove to tunes from the Australian Army Band
  • From 7:00pm
    • Marvel at an amazing fleet of heritage and working boats
    • Watch the ever-inquisitive Sandra Sully interview  the Australians of the Year on board the Morpheus  
  • From 7:30pm
    • Welcome to Country performance with local elders, dancers and singers
    • Cheer on your surf boat favourite in the inaugural Sydney Cove Cup
  • From 8:00pm
    • Check out the new Sydney Ferry Fleet, named after our great Australians
    • Sunset ceremony including a tribute to Dr G. Yunupingu featuring Koomurri Dancers, plus fireworks
  • From 8:30pm
    • Tribute to opera sung by Lorenzo Rositano and choir, accompanied by a yacht ballet, lighting display, jet skis and fireworks
    • Explore the journeys that our newest citizens have taken to become Australians
  • From 9:00pm – Special performance by an Australian music legend, plus drag artists from Broken Heel Festival AND fireworks
  • From 9:15pm – Breathtaking finale, featuring a spectacular live musical medley of Australian classics synchronised with jet skis and fly boards  and culminating in massive fireworks display

Important: The fireworks have moved to Circular Quay. There are no fireworks at Darling Harbour on Australia Day in 2018. 

Disability and mobility support

A designated accessible viewing area is available for guests with disability or mobility requirements at Australia Day 2018 – Live at The Quay!

The accessible viewing area is now at capacity and registrations have closed.


DO NOT BYO. BYO alcohol and glass are not permitted at Circular Quay, including the Overseas Passenger Terminal and Dawes Point.

DO check out the health and safety tips

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. 

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