07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
26 January 2021
Watch on ABC TV or iview
Unforgettable musical performances by top Aussie talent choreographed with a spectacular fireworks display, a flotilla of yachts and jet-skis.
Aussie music icons Delta Goodrem, Casey Donovan, Dami Im, Mitch Tambo, Todd McKenney, tenor Lorenzo Rositano, along with world-renowned didgeridoo player William Barton will entertain the nation with their epic performances. Plus, in a ground-breaking opening segment, Iva Davies will look at Circular Quay when it was known as Warrane.
Rounding out the talent is Indigenous vocal group KARI, the renowned Koomurri Aboriginal Dance Troupe, and VOX Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. Aussie Pops Orchestra will back up the artists, with Australia Day Creative Director and music maestro John Foreman as host alongside Jeremy Fernandez and Casey Donovan.
Note: The photos above were taken before physical distancing was a health requirement. COVID Safe measures are in place for 2021.
Experience Australia Day fireworks on the water
Watch the fireworks on board a cruise boat on Sydney Harbour. Bookings essential. Cost of tickets varies. Learn more.
Free tickets are booked out
A limited number of free tickets to Circular Quay were released on a first come, first serve basis. Tickets booked out fast.
Free tickets to the Sydney Opera House forecourt have been offered only to frontline workers in public agencies via key NSW Government agencies and departments.
Crowd numbers are limited in keeping with COVID Safe guidelines.
Circular Quay foreshore will be closed to the general public from 5pm
Only ticket holders will be allowed into Circular Quay foreshore after 5pm.
You will NOT be admitted into the Circular Quay foreshore area after 5pm unless you have one of the following:
- a confirmed booking for a restaurant or venue
- a confirmed booking to board a commercial charter vessel
- a ticket for Australia Day Live.
For private boat owners and commercial operators
As usual, boats will be permitted on Sydney Harbour on Australia Day.
Be aware of the 6 Knots No Wash Zone and Exclusion Zones that will affect the Sydney Harbour Bridge transit zone.
Australia Day 2021 is a time to reflect, respect and celebrate. We reflect on our nation’s past and the impact of European settlement on the First Nations Australians. We respect the contributions of all Australians, as well as pay tribute to our heroic frontline workers. We celebrate our cultural diversity, the Australian spirit, our mateship and our sense of community. We find optimism and hope as we look to the future.
Australia Day Live has been held at the Sydney Opera House forecourt since 2016. This year, this event brought to you by the NSW Government, Destination NSW and the National Australia Day Council, which is assisted by the Australian Government.