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.
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.
Sydney Festival Ferrython
Tall Ships Race
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|
|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|