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Australia Day 2023 Sydney: Events, fireworks, opening times, weather


Yabun Festival – 10am, Victoria Park
Yabun means ‘tailor-made music’ and features live music, a bustling market with stalls, panel discussions and community forums on Aboriginal issues, children’s activities and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural performances.

A dancer at the Yabun Festival in Victoria Park on Australia Day last year.Credit:Cole Bennetts

Mega Kidz Zone – 10:30am, Overseas Passenger Terminal
Grab a bite from the various food trucks and an excellent vantage point for many harborside activities, while keeping you entertained with an inflatable obstacle course and massive maze sure to satisfy the kid in all of us.

Family fun with Surf Life Saving NSW – 10.30am, Circular Quay
Have your picture taken dressed as a life saver, enjoy arts, crafts and other family-friendly activities while learning about the work Surf Life Saving NSW and the Little Nippers are doing to educate families about beach and sun safety.

Vintage Bus Ride – 10:30am, Sydney Harbour
Step back in time and pretend it’s 1949 as you cross the Sydney Harbor Bridge in a vintage double-decker bus. Next stop? Nostalgia.

Australia Day Ferrython – 10.45am, Sydney Harbour
A favorite since 1977, the Ferrython has Sydney’s green and yellow Emerald-class ferries dressed in honor of their namesakes as they race across the water in this popular Australia Day tradition. Grab a vantage point along the harbor and cheer on your favorite ferry. The four contestants who will compete this year are Catherine Hamlin, May Gibbs, Fred Hollows and Bungaree.

Australia Day at The Rocks – 11am, Sydney Harbour
Watch as The Rocks transform into a day-long market with stalls, live music and delicious street food.

Greetings to Australia – 11.30am, Hickson Road Reserve
The Army, Navy and Air Force will work together to deliver a tri-forces salute to Sydney Harbour, with a Navy flagship stationed at Circular Quay giving a rousing 21-gun salute. The event concludes with the singing of the Australian national anthem in both the English and Eora languages ​​and a fly-over by two F-35 Lightning II jets.

Navy Helicopter Flag Display – afternoon, Sydney Harbour
In keeping with the military theme, a naval helicopter will tow a giant Australian flag over Sydney Harbour. Look at the sky and think about the country’s past, present and future.

Australia Day in Darling Harbor – afternoon, Darling Harbour
Organizers say Darling Harbor “will be bursting with sights, sounds and activity this Australia Day” with events including a noon smoking ceremony, live music, touring entertainment, miniature golf and all-day paddle boating.


Food and Drink – all day, Circular Quay
Exhausted after a long day of sights and sounds? Sit down and relax in one of the many hangouts where you might even get a top spot to see the fireworks at the end of the day.

Australia Day 2021 celebrations on the steps of the Opera House forecourt.

Australia Day 2021 celebrations on the steps of the Opera House forecourt.Credit:James Brickwood

Maritime Chaos – 12.15pm, Circular Quay
Described as a monster truck show on the water, this event is back by popular demand. Think jet ski stunts and tricks accompanied by commentary and a roaring soundtrack. Get ready for an action-packed, high-voltage display.

Australia Day Harbor Parade – 12.45pm, Sydney Harbour
The parade lets owners show off their boats in a dazzling display of national spirit. Ships of all shapes and sizes are invited to dress up their decks and show off their wacky, patriotic, fancy-dressed or elegantly decorated boats.

Tall Ships Race – 1pm, Sydney Harbour
Get a vantage point to watch the action as the old tall ships race to line from Bradleys Head to Sydney Harbor Bridge. Boats of all shapes and sizes will compete in five categories.

Tall ships race to the Harbor Bridge on Australia Day 2020.

Tall ships race to the Harbor Bridge on Australia Day 2020.Credit:Isabella Porras

187th Australia Day Regatta – 1.30pm, Sydney Harbour
Sailors young and old take part in the world’s oldest annual sailing event, which begins and ends in Point Piper. “The regatta is an event for people of all ages and abilities – anyone from all walks of life can participate,” said regatta president Noel Cornish.

Working Harbor Festival – 2pm, Campbells Cove
This year’s free festival is dedicated to the environment, with spectators getting to see one of the cleaning vessels that have the important job of removing floating litter and waste from our waterways.

Australia Day Live at the Sydney Opera House – 7.30pm, Circular Quay
Some of the country’s top performers, including Casey Donovan, Dami Im, Christine Anu, William Barton and Isaiah Firebrace will take part in a show, both on land and water, that celebrates the Australian spirit.

Australia Day Fireworks Cruises – 7:30pm, Sydney Harbour
There are few places to see Sydney better than the beautiful harbor and many cruise operators run special cruises to catch the evening show.

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