The Best of Australia Day 2017

Join in the revelry this 26th of January 2017, as Australians celebrate the country’s biggest accomplishments. It’s a day to reflect on the nation’s diversity, its past, present, and future. People all over the nation participate in family events and citizenship ceremonies that are truly worth watching.

If you’re spending the day in Sydney, you must visit the city’s iconic Sydney Harbour. Throngs of people descend upon this lively precinct on Australia Day to enjoy the live shows, ship races, and fireworks.


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Morning Ceremony

If you’re an early riser, catch the mesmerising Indigenous Morning Ceremony at Barangaroo Reserve. It begins at 8 a.m. and celebrates Australia’s oldest surviving culture. You’ll have the opportunity to watch an Aboriginal dance performance and hear the Kari Choir singing the anthem in Dharawal.


Grab a bite to eat at one of many harbourside cafés and get ready to cheer your favourite boat at the Ferrython race. Watch Sydney’s First Fleet Ferries decked in beautiful colours as they race to the finish line. And if you’d like to see more boats ploughing through the water, don’t miss out on the Tall Ships Race that begins at 1 p.m. at Bradley’s Head, Sydney.


If you’d like to keep your little ones busy and entertained, catch the free Wiggles Concert at the Tumbalong Park Stage from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. There are several other children’s shows planned for the rest of the afternoon. And if the kids need a bit of a break, take them to the water play area to cool off.

Cruise Ships


Three majestic P & O cruise ships will grace the harbour this year. Head to the Sydney Harbour East to take a good look at them. And if you’re thinking of taking a cruise yourself, book a Tea at Sea Morning Cruise or a Local Lunch Cruise to soak up some panoramic views and learn more about Australia’s rich history.

As the day comes to a close, the crowds get into the party spirit as they watch Australia’s best artists perform live at the Opera House. Find a spot and watch Australia’s most talented singers on stage. This year’s line-up includes Guy Sebastian, Tina Arena, Human Nature, Russell Morris and many others.


Don’t forget to watch the fireworks at Cockle Bay at 9 p.m. See the fireworks dazzle the night sky in a mind-blowing symphony of light and sound. Raise your flags and join in the celebrations. This is one day of merriment you don’t want to miss.