Sydney celebrates Australia Day 2018

Top musical talent, cultural ceremonies and harbour races today thrilled spectators at a wide range of Australia Day events across the city.

Australia Day Council of NSW Chairman Angelos Frangopoulos AM said that crowds came in their tens of thousands to more than 25 unforgettable Australia Day events, from Indigenous choir performances to maritime displays and local council events.

“We’ve had an extraordinary day today, beginning with the evocative WugulOra Morning Ceremony at Barangaroo and the raising of the Aboriginal and Australian flags on the Sydney Harbour Bridge,” Mr Frangopoulos said.

“It was great to see so many people getting out there with friends and family to experience everything that modern Australia is about.”

Sydney Harbour saw action-packed activity with the Sydney Festival Ferrython across Sydney Cove, a Tall Ships Race under the Bridge, the much-loved Tug & Yacht ballet and an Australia Day Harbour Parade showcasing best-dressed boats.

Overhead, three Hornet F18s and a Qantas A380 conducted an awe-inspiring fly-over, followed by a parachute display from the Australian Army’s Red Berets.

The Rocks hosted the 29th GIO Oz Day Wheelchair Race and, from midday, the Sydney Street Party, featuring treats for all of the senses with food from around the world and roving entertainment.

Darling Harbour’s Summer Playground saw two performances from The Wiggles and children’s performers Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band before making way for the True Blue Bush Games and an afternoon of laidback DJ sessions on the lawns.

Mr Frangopoulos said the fun is set to continue this evening across Sydney’s three new entertainment precincts, concluding with brand-new event Live at the Quay! and the annual Australia Day 2018 – Live at Sydney Opera House concert.

“We’re going to see Circular Quay come alive with four rounds of fireworks, jet-ski shows and legendary musical acts,” Mr Frangopoulos said.

“It’s been a tremendous day already and we encourage people to stick around to enjoy the evening’s magnificent entertainment ahead.”

Australia Day 2018 – Live at Sydney Opera House and The Wiggles at Darling Harbour are supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.

Tonight’s concert features entertainers Christine Anu, Anthony Callea, Casey Donovan, Marcia Hines, Dami Im, Lorenzo Rositano, Guy Sebastian and John Paul Young and is part of the Network Ten live broadcast of Australia Day 2018, hosted by Grant Denyer with special guest hosts Sandra Sully and Luke Carroll.

Australia Day 2018 – Live at Sydney Opera House will air tonight, Friday 26 January at 7.30pm AEDT on TEN and WIN Network.

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Race results

Sydney Festival Ferrython


Tall Ships Race

Young Endeavour

Australia Day Harbour Parade

1st Place – Buccanneer
2nd Place – Sydney Sundancer
3rd Place – Norman
“Special mention to ‘Lil Toot’ the cutest little boat on the Harbour” (Judge)

29th GIO Oz Day Wheelchair Race

Men’s Open   1st Tomaki Suzuki Japan 21 minutes 50 seconds 
2nd Kurt Fearnley Australia 22 minutes 18 seconds
3rd  Daniel Romanchuk United States of Ameria 22 minutes 21 seconds
Women’s Open    

Madison De Rozario Australia 25 minutes 38 seconds
2nd Jemima Moore Australia 27 minutes 11 seconds
3rd  Jessica Frotten Canada 28 minutes 33 seconds
Masters   1st Kota Hokinoue Japan 22 minutes 39 seconds
2nd Pierre Fairbank France 23 minutes 15 seconds
3rd  Hitoshi Matsunaga Japan 23 minutes 36 seconds
Juniors  1st Sam Rizzo   23 minutes 38 seconds
2nd Gregory Luff   31 minutes 27 seconds

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