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WugulOra Indigenous Morning Ceremony


26 January 2017
8:00am – 8:30am


Walumil Lawns at Barangaroo Reserve
Barangaroo Reserve NSW

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Begin your Australia Day by celebrating the world’s oldest surviving culture.

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WugulOra, meaning ‘One Mob’ in the Sydney area Aboriginal language, is a special moment to begin Australia Day by acknowledging our shared history and Traditional Custodians. 

Watch a special dance performance by NSW Public Schools Aboriginal Dance Company, followed by Kari Choir singing the National Anthem in Dharawal and English. 

Listen and sing along with the choral performance by 250 voices of the Budjari Gunyalungalung Baraya-la, which translates as ‘Let’s Sing Good Dreaming’ taught and is part of the Sydney Festival’s Bayala program

During the performance, Aboriginal and Australian flags will be raised on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.


To prepare for the Morning Ceremony, winners of the 2016 National Aboriginal Dance Rites contest Koomurri Aboriginal Dance Troupe will hold a Smoking Ceremony. 

Native leaves will be lit on Me-mel (Goat Island) and the fire will be transported to Marrinawi Cove. A procession will escort the fire from Marrinawi Cove to Walumil lawns at Barangaroo at 7:30am.  

The Smoking Ceremony will ward off bad spirits from people and the land, cleansing the way for new beginnings. 

After 8:30am, the Smoking Ceremony will sail to Campbells Cove in the Rocks. Then the Smoking Ceremony travels to the Sydney Opera House for the concert at 7:30pm. 

Barangaroo schedule

  • 7:30am: Fire arrives at Marrinawi Cove, transported from Me-mel (Goat Island). A procession will escort the fire from Marrinawi Cove to Walumil lawns. 
  • 7:45am: Smoking Ceremony on Walumil Lawns.
  • 8:00am to 8:30am: WugulOra Ceremony as above. 
  • 9:00am to 10:00am: Catch the finest wheelchair athletes from across the globeas they pass Barangaroo Reserve in the GIO OZ Day 10k wheelchair race.
  • 9:00am to 5:00pm: Take a peek at the future Metro with Sydney Metro’s life-size train carriage, complete with a 3D-vitual reality experience.
  • 10:00am to 5:00pm: Discover the spectacular free Sydney Festival installation, The Beach – a monochromatic ocean of 1.1 million recyclable polyethylene balls filling the Cutaway.
  • 11:30am: See the finish of the Ferrython as they come under the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • 10:00am to 4:00pm: Get hands-on at the Edible Kids' Gardens nature play stations along the foreshore for a unique sensory experience for the whole family.
  • 1:30pm: See the finish of the Tall Ships race as they come under the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • 3:15 to 3:35pm: Be entertained by multi-award winning Jazz virtuoso James Morrison and his band on the Cruising Concert as it rounds the headland and moors in Nawi Cove.
  • 11:00am to 4:00pm: Enjoy roving performances and live acoustic music at Duke’s Pier and Walumil Lawns.


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