Australia Day in Sydney - Events & Fireworks 2018

What to do Australia Day Sydney?

Sydney / March 16, 2019

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A free concert at the iconic Sydney Opera House will cap off a full day of Australia Day festivities in the Harbour City that organisers hope will rival the grandeur of New Year's Eve.

Both the Australian and Aboriginal flags will be raised on the Sydney Harbour Bridge to mark tomorrow's national holiday.

The concert will feature performances by some of Australia's best-known artists, including Tina Arena, Guy Sebastian, Human Nature and James Morrison.

The city's spectacular harbour is also set to be showcased with a "Tug and Yacht ballet", tall ships race and the annual Australia Day regatta.

Australia Day creative director John Foreman said months of preparation were set to pay off with one of the Sydney's biggest celebrations.

"We have a fantastic program of family entertainment, a lot of fun activities that are happening right throughout the day, " he said.

Focus on water safety

Police will be step up their presence at public events across New South Wales.

Detective Superintendent Gavin Dengate said waterways would be a major focus after a spike in drownings in the state over the Christmas period.

"We certainly will make sure that our police are out on the ground, working with communities, to make sure this event is as safe as possible for all, " he said.

"It's about drinking responsibly, looking after your mates and enjoying the day for what it is."

What's on in Sydney this Australia Day?

8:00am — WugulOra Indigenous Morning Ceremony at Barangaroo, followed by flags being raised on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

10.00am — Sausage sizzle at Government House

11.00am — Ferry race on Sydney Harbour

11.00am — The Wiggles will headline a free children's festival at Darling Harbour

11.45am — Australia's armed forces will pay tribute to the nation with a 'Salute to Australia' at Bradfield Park and on Sydney Harbour

1:30pm — Australia Day Regatta on eastern side of Sydney Harbour.

6:00pm — Live entertainment, including Indigenous music, at Cockle Bay