Salute to Australia


26 January 2017
11:45am – 12:01pm


Around Sydney Harbour
Sydney NSW

Watch our armed forces pay tribute to our great southern land and join choirs in the singing of the national anthem.

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The Salute to Australia is the ceremonial moment of the Sydney Harbour program, with the Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) conducting a tri-service Salute.

The ceremony also features mass choirs at key vantage points around the inner harbour. 

The salute will be received by the Governor of New South Wales on HMAS Canberra, as our armed forces combine their efforts to pay tribute to our great southern land.


  • From 10:45am until 12:15pm – HMAS Canberra positioned in Sydney Cove between the icons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.
  • 11:45am  Prelude to Salute from the big sound system includes:
    • Welcome to Country
    • video screens with comments from Governor of NSW General David Hurley  and Indigenous Elder Uncle Allen Madden
    • Smoking Ceremony at Campbells Cove, performed by the Koomurri Aboriginal Dance Troupe
    • choirs around the Harbour to perform the songs including “Waratah” and “I am Australian”
    • affirmation video to welcome and celebrate the newest Australians who are receiving citizenship in 2017.
  • 11:57am  21 Gun Salute at Bradfield Park.
  • 12 noon  Join Tina Arena and choirs in the singing of the national anthem at Hickson Road Reserve, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Sydney Opera House, Bradfield Park or from your vantage point.
  • 12:01pm  RAAF flypast in the FA-18.
  • 12:05pm  Tug & Yacht Ballet.



DO NOT BYO. BYO alcohol and glass are not permitted in 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


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