An Australia Day for Everyone

    A fun line-up of entertainment and cultural performances, including a strong focus on Indigenous content, will set the stage for inclusive and enjoyable Australia Day celebrations in 2018. Australia Day Council of NSW Creative Director John Foreman said that Australia Day 2018, themed Everyone, every story, would provide an exciting program full of carnival and colour.

    Australia Day Concert 2017 at the Sydney Opera House. Picture by Salty Dingo 2016 © SALTY DINGO
    Australia Day celebrations on board the HMAS Canberra on Sydney Harbour. Picture © Salty Dingo 2017

    “Wherever you spend your Australia Day, there will be something for everyone with fantastic performances and visually spectacular events,” said Mr Foreman. “We’re delivering a packed program guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained, whether you’re exploring our ‘Quayside’ precinct at Circular Quay, Overseas Passenger Terminal and the Sydney Opera House, or venturing down to the ‘Summer Playground’ at Darling Harbour and Tumbalong Park.”


    Australia Day in Sydney will begin with the WugulOra Indigenous Morning Ceremony at Barangaroo, a symbolic smoking ceremony and dance performance followed by the singing of the National Anthem in English and Dharawal, an Aboriginal language. Sydney Harbour will feature highlights including a Ferrython, for which ferries will be dressed in their festival best, and a 21-gun ‘Salute to Australia’ by the Australian Army, Australian Navy and Royal Australian Airforce.

    The Rocks will host the Sydney Street Party, including the exhilarating GIO Oz Day 10K Wheelchair Race, with plenty of entertainment on offer as Jack Mundey Place transforms into a sea of stalls, performers and gourmet treats. The Summer Playground at Darling Harbour has a program overflowing with fun and frolics, with everyone’s favourite entertainers, The Wiggles, headlining festivities with two concerts to take place in the morning and afternoon.


    “The day will culminate at Circular Quay in the all-star concert Australia Day 2018 – Live at Sydney Opera House, broadcast live on Channel 10, and Live at the Quay!, a fantastic harbour show and fireworks display,” said Mr Foreman. “It’s not too early to start planning your Australia Day and with such an outstanding program of events, we’re excited about what 2018 has in store.”