The world’s most beautiful harbour city will take centre stage this Australia Day, with the NSW Government set to put on a spectacular show of colour and activity as we celebrate and reflect on our national day.
January 26 is a day that means different things to different people – and that’s part of the rich fabric of the day.
The 2020 program is jam-packed with free and fun events – there is something for everyone, and we encourage everyone to experience what’s on offer around the state.
As the sun rises, connect with the world’s oldest living culture. Begin your Australia Day at Sydney’s Barangaroo Reserve by experiencing the WugulOra Morning Ceremony that includes a traditional smoking ritual, reflections from community leaders, together with dances and songs performed by renowned Indigenous talent. The ceremony features the National Anthem sung in both English and Eora, the local Sydney Aboriginal language.
Then it’s on to cheer the incredible competitors in the Oz Day 10K Wheelchair Race as they speed through The Rocks and Circular Quay. Throughout the day, soak up the festival atmosphere at the various outdoor entertainment precincts throughout the city where there’s live music and food to taste from around the world.
Sydney’s dazzling harbour is at is busiest on Australia Day with so many vantage points to see all the action including the Australia Day Harbour Parade and the impressive 21-gun ‘Salute to Australia’ performed by the Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force.
As the sun sets, the unforgettable Australia Day Live kicks into action across Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House forecourt. The tantalising spectacle of entertainment includes musical performances by top Aussie talent choreographed to sensational pyrotechnics, a flotilla of yachts, jet-ski displays, the Tug and Yacht Ballet and a tribute to opera. Free tickets for Australia Day Live at Sydney Opera House will be released on 15 January 2020 at www.australiaday.com.au.
To celebrate our diversity and inclusion, the state-wide program is brimming with events for people of all ages, backgrounds and areas of interest. No matter where you celebrate Australia Day, we encourage everyone to explore what’s happening in their community and take part in the special activities on offer.
To view the events on offer, visit www.australiaday.com.au