Sydney Harbour and Aerial Daytime program

On Australia Day, Sydney Harbour transforms from a bustling working port to a stage full of fun and inspirational programming which can be enjoyed from numerous vantage points around the foreshore and on water. Many iconic favourites returning in 2022, including the Harbour Parade, Ferrython, Tall Ships Race, salute to Australia and Defence Force aerial displays.

When

All Day

26 January 2022

Where

Circular Quay

1B Harbour Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

Important Information

Free access

The colourful aquatic spectacle of the Australia Day Sydney Harbour Program is back in 2022.

The world’s most beautiful harbour city will mark Australia Day in style. The day to day working harbour is transformed and takes centre stage for a host of activities on the water and in the sky, with the Australia Day activities all starting and finishing on or around this spectacular stage.   

Returning to the harbour are some of the day’s most symbolic and historic events, as well as some new and exciting activities perfect for boaties and those enjoying summer outdoors along the foreshore.

A new-look crowd favourite – the Ferrython – plus the always spectacular Tall Ships Race, Harbour Parade, Australia Day Regatta and Defence aerial displays over one of the world’s most recognised and beautiful deep-water harbours are key highlights.

The Sydney Harbour program is proudly supported by The Port Authority New South Wales and P&O Cruises.

The Sydney Harbour program is proudly supported by The Port Authority New South Wales and P&O Cruises.

Don’t have your own boat but still want to join in all the fun of the Harbour Parade? For the best seats in and amongst all the Sydney Harbour action, book a cruise on board one of the charter boats taking part.

Visit to book:

Captain Cook Cruises

My Fast Ferry

Australian Cruise Group

Sydney Tall Ships

Barefoot Charters

Luxury Sydney Harbour Cruises

Are you a commercial vessel operator running an Australia Day cruise? Contact us to have your link included in our listings.

 

Please note the cruise operators above are participating in the official program. Cruise operators are responsible for adhering to any relevant public health orders. Inclusion on this website is not an endorsement of the cruise operator.

Accessible Viewing Areas

Accessible Viewing Areas for Day Program and Concert:

  1. Hickson Road Reserve Accessible Viewing Area
  2. Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT)
  3. SOH – Western Broadwalk
  4. SOH Forecourt – Concert
  5. SOH Podium – Concert

Terms and Conditions of Entry

  • All patrons are required to present their ticket at the security entry point and will receive a wristband to wear during the night
  • Access to the Circular Quay precinct will be via security check points where 100% visual bag inspections will be carried out for the safety and security of all visitors and patrons. This may include electronic screening so please be patient and allow extra time.
  • This is an outdoor event and there will be no shelter available. The performance will proceed in all-weather so we encourage patrons to come prepared with protective clothing and sunscreen.

 

Prohibited items

  • Alcohol
  • Flammable devices (flares, fireworks and smoke bombs)
  • Glass
  • Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
  • Umbrella
  • Illegal substances
  • Laser pointers
  • Sharp items including knives

Site Entry

Entry Points:

  • OPT Guests – West of Wharf 6 Circular Quay
  • SOH Guests – East of Wharf 2, Circular Quay
  • Arrival time: from 6pm
  • OPT viewing area is 500 metres (6 min walk) from the entry point
  • SOH viewing areas are 600 metres (8 min walk) from the entry point

Getting there

Public transport

Public transport is the best way to get around on Australia Day. Extra public transport services are running to help you travel to and from Australia Day celebrations.

For more information, please see www.australiaday.com.au/information/public-transport/

Road closures
Road closures will be place in the city on Australia Day. For more information, please see www.australiaday.com.au/information/road-closures/.

‘On the Day’ Contact

For more information, please contact Karen Wade, Accessibility and Inclusion Officer, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, on 9228 4613 or email on [email protected]

Being COVID Safe is a responsibility we all share

With the evolving COVID-19 situation, Australia Day may be subject to change. Our priority is to keep the community COVID Safe. Practice safe behaviour wherever you go. Check nsw.gov.au/covid-19 for health and wellbeing advice, case locations, symptoms, testing clinics and what you can and can't do under the rules.

Important information

Being COVID Safe is a responsibility we all share

Practice safe behaviour wherever you go. Check nsw.gov.au/covid-19 for health and wellbeing advice, case locations, symptoms, testing clinics and what you can and can't do under the rules.

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