The Best of Oz

The Australia Day Council of NSW is proud to present a packed calendar of entertainment for Australia Day 2017!  

Highlights include:

  • The WugulOra Indigenous Morning Ceremony
  • Australia Day Live – Concert at the Sydney Opera House
  • The Wiggles Australia Day Concert
  • Australia Day Harbour Parade

Please see event listings guide attached and below and let us know if you need any further event information or images.

The Australia Day on Sydney Harbour Program is brought to you by P&O Cruises
 unnamed P&O Cruise Ships and P&O Cruises Fireworks

Time: All day, from 6:30am

Location: Sydney Harbour

P&O Cruises will bring three impressive cruise ships, the Pacific Dawn, Pacific Eden and Pacific Pearl, to Sydney to join the celebrations on Australia Day.
 2 Ferrython

Time: 11:00am-11:30am

Location: Sydney Harbour

Dressed and decorated to the nines, Sydney’s beloved First Fleet ferries line up for one of Australia’s most popular and iconic free events, the Sydney Festival Ferrython. Come on down to Sydney Harbour with your picnic basket and cheer on your favourite ferry as they carve up the harbour and make their final dash to the finishing line under the Harbour Bridge.

Ferrython is presented by Sydney Festival.

 3 Tug and Yacht Ballet

Time: 12:05pm

Location: Sydney Harbour between the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Tug & Yacht Ballet is a spectacular display of nautical precision as a fleet of 10 yachts and two powerful tugboats tack in unison to music. For the best views of this captivating show of colour, sound and movement, position yourself at Bradfield Park, Sydney Opera House or Dawes Point.
 4 Cruising Concerts

Time: 12:15pm-5:00pm

Location:  Sydney Harbour

The Cruising Concerts bring the entertainment to you, as custom-built floating stages make their way around Sydney Harbour.

The floating stages visit all the best spots to watch the Harbour program: Hickson Road Reserve, Bradfield Park, Sydney Opera House and more.

No matter where you are on the harbour, you’re sure to catch the festivities.

5  In the Sky – Red Berets, Qantas and Russian Roolettes

Time: From 12:30pm

Location: Over Sydney Harbour

The skies over the harbour will be a hive of activity with a squadron of Russian Roolettes, followed by a Qantas flyover and finishing with the Red Berets’ parachute display by the Australia Army.
 6 Australia Day Harbour Parade

Time: 12:45pm – 2:15pm

Location:  Sydney Harbour

Celebrate with some of Sydney’s most iconic vessels parading around the harbour in a dazzling display of national spirit.

Vessels of all shapes and sizes are welcome to join the flotilla and encouraged to dress their decks with colour and flags.

Visit for the route and further information.

7 Tall Ships Race

Time: 1:00pm-1:45pm

Location: Starts at Bradley’s Head, finishes under the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Starting at Bradleys Head, this impressive fleet of historic vessels will cut their way through the waves across our glorious harbour in a race to finish first under the Sydney Harbour Bridge
 8 181st Australia Day Regatta

Time: From 1:30pm

Location: Eastern part of Sydney Harbour

The Australia Day Regatta is the world’s oldest continuously conducted annual sailing event. More than 100 vessels will be racing in Sydney Harbour in events for all classes of yachts and 18ft skiffs.  
9 Athol Bay

Time: Afternoon

Location: Athol Bay

Hoist your sails and swing your compass towards Athol Bay, the place for boaties to be this Australia Day.  Athol Bay is the perfect place to anchor after the parade and chill out whilst waiting for a special visit from the Cruising Concert.
10 WugulOra Indigenous Morning Ceremony

Time: 7:30am – 8:00am

Location: Walumil Lawns at Barangaroo Reserve,
and Sydney Harbour Bridge

A symbolic moment to commence Australia Day and celebrate Australia’s traditional landowners. Following a special performance by Indigenous Dancers at Barangaroo, the Aboriginal flag and Australian flag will be raised on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
 11 Australia Day Chill out Zone at OPT

Time: 10:00am – 7:00pm

Location: Overseas Passenger Terminal

Take advantage of one of the best views of the action on Sydney Harbour and stop past the Overseas Passenger Terminal this Australia Day.

With entertainment, roving performers, food trucks and the waterside location, the Overseas Passenger Terminal and surrounding wharf will allow you to experience the best of Sydney Harbour while paying homage to our cruising past.

 12 Lord Mayor’s Citizenship Ceremony

Time: 11:00am – 11:40am

Location: Overseas Passenger Terminal

With the backdrop of Sydney Harbour, the Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony welcomes our newest Australians whose personal journeys remind us of the values and beliefs that underpin Australia Day.

The Ceremony will conclude with the singing of the national anthem which coincides with the Salute to Australia.

The Citizenship Ceremony is brought to you by City of Sydney.

 13 The Beach at the Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve

Time: 10:00am5.00pm

Location: The Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve

For a cool change, hit The Beach at the Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve – a joyous installation of 1.1 million balls making an ocean without sharks and guaranteed to put a smile on your dial. No sunscreen required, come and take a dip.

Presented by the Sydney Festival.

 14 Salute to Australia

Time: 11:45am

Location: Sydney Harbour between the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Salute to Australia is the ceremonial moment of the Sydney Harbour program, with the Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air force conducting a tri-service Salute from Bradfield Park and HMAS Canberra positioned in Sydney Cove between the icons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.

The Salute to Australia ceremony features massed choirs at key vantage points around the inner harbour.  Join them in the singing of the national anthem at noon. The Salute will be received by the Governor of New South Wales on HMAS Canberra, as our armed forces combine their efforts to pay tribute to our great southern land.














Australia Day in Darling Harbour

Time:  11.00am-9:15pm

Location:  Darling Harbour

Children’s Festival

Time: 11.00am – 4.00pm

Location: Tumbalong Park, Darling Quarter and surrounds, Darling Harbour

Head to Darling Harbour early for the Australia Day daytime programme, which features the best in children’s entertainment on Tumbalong Park; cultural music and global rhythms to get you dancing at the Darling Quarter stage; and true blue bush challenges to get into the Australia Day spirit. Watch as young DJs compete with their best beats for a chance to play at the Spectacular. The fun continues at the wonderful water play kids playground, and you can satisfy your taste buds at one of the many restaurants and outdoor dining venues nearby.

Australia Day Ceremony and Spectacular Fireworks

Time:  6:00pm – 9:15pm

Location: Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour

As the sun goes down, join thousands of people around Cockle Bay for a celebration of our national identity culminating with an exhilarating symphony of light, sound and pyrotechnics.

The Darling Harbour Spectacular will be focused around Cockle Bay with activation, live performance and viewing screens.

·         6:00pm8.15pm: Entertainment around Cockle Bay

·         8.15pm – 8.45pm: Hot Dub Time Machine

·         8:45pm to 9:15pm: Australia Day Spectacular, fireworks from Cockle Bay

Australia Day Concerts brought to you by Destination NSW

 16 The Wiggles Australia Day Concert

Time: 11:00am – 12:00am

Location: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour

Get wiggly this Australia Day as Australia’s biggest, brightest and wiggliest entertainment group, The Wiggles, perform their first show of the year.

The Wiggles Australia Day Concert is brought to you by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.

 17 Australia Day 2017 – Live at Sydney Opera House

Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Location: Sydney Opera House Forecourt

This Australia Day, creative director John Foreman brings  a collection of Australia’s best talent together for the Australia Day concert at the Sydney Opera House.

With a trailblazing cast packed full of Australian musical legends and stars on the rise, this is one concert you won’t want to miss.

For more information regarding ticketing, in late 2016.

The Australia Day Concert at the Sydney Opera House is brought to you by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.

Australia Day in the CBD is brought to you by the City of Sydney
 18 GIO Oz Day 10K Wheelchair Race

Time: 9:00am-10:30am

Location: The Rocks

2017 marks the 28th year of the GIO Oz Day 10K Wheelchair Race! Come and see some of the world’s finest wheelchair athletes race around the city’s historic quarter at exhilarating speeds. The best vantage points are George Street in The Rocks and Hickson Road.

Get in early to enjoy a free breakfast from 8am!





 Australia Day in the Rocks

Time:  10:00am-6:00pm

Location:  The Rocks

Slow down, kick back, and savour all the sounds and sensations of an iconic Aussie summer at The Rocks Australia Day. Visit for full details.

The Rocks Markets

Jack Mundey Place


Check out stalls for locally-designed fashion, jewellery and original art. Feast on mouth-watering flavours from around the world while enjoying the fresh ocean breeze.

Warrane Stage

First Fleet Park, The Rocks


Bare your soles on the green and your soul to the music for a sensational home-grown crop of up and coming artists

George Street


Everyone’s favourite George Street becomes alive with interactive games and activities while being entertained by roving entertainers.

 20 Festival Village

Time: 10.00am – late

Location: Hyde Park North

Celebrate Australia Day at the Festival Village in Hyde Park, where everyone is welcome. Enjoy the chance to recharge with eats, beats and other treats. While there, why not bumble your way around thousands of disorientating optical effects and lose yourself in some bewildering reflections. The House of Mirrors is a fascinating labyrinth of endless mirrors, magnified to incredible dimensions. Spiegeltent performances are paid ticketed events.

Festival Village is a licensed venue.

Festival Village is presented by Sydney Festival.

 21  Vintage Buses

Time:  10:30am – 5:00pm

Location:  Selected Sydney Streets

For a gold coin donation in support of the Sydney Bus Museum, experience a mode of transport from our city’s past. The green and yellow double deckers will make their way from Sydney Opera House to Barangaroo and back, with stops at Macquarie St, Market St, Clarence St, Sussex St, Hickson Rd and Elizabeth St.