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Australia Day – it's the day when the First Fleet arrived in Port Jackson in 1788.
It's also a public holiday and in 2022 it falls on a Wednesday. The perfect excuse to take Thursday and Friday off and have a 5-day long weekend? We think so.
If you're searching for ideas and activities to fill up this no-work, all-play day, we know a few.
Ahead of the pyrotechnics display fill the day with some of the many events listed below.
The fireworks fill the sky from 9pm in a 15-minute demonstration of pyrotechnics, a flotilla of yachts, and jet ski and flyboard prowess.
Vantage points include First Fleet Park, Hickson Road Reserve, Circular Quay East, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Sydney Opera House and from on the water.
Most events are free.
|Fireworks vantage points||What's happening?||Food and drink|
|Hickson Road Reserve||From 9am-6pm, The Rocks plays host to an international food fair along George Street.|
Catch the Salute to Australia between 11:30am and 12:05pm.
|Food and drink available in The Rocks.|
No alcohol or glass.
|Overseas Passenger Terminal||Australia Day Family Fun zone is available from 10:30am-4pm.||Food and drink available in The Rocks.|
No alcohol or glass.
|Sydney Opera House||Australia Day Live concert at the Opera House ticketed event from 7:30pm-9:30pm.||Food and drink for sale.|
|WugulOra Indigenous Morning Ceremony||WugulOra means "One Mob", after the smoking ceremony clears the way for new beginnings song and dance celebrates the original custodians of the land and over 65,000 years of history. You can watch the ceremony for free on ABC TV or iView.||Walumil Lawns Barangaroo Reserve||7:30 AM||Free|
|20th Yabun Festival||Yabun Festival is the largest one-day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in all of Australia. This year is its 20th anniversary.|
Attend in person or see what's happening at the Yabun Stage, Corroboree and Speak Out via Yabun.org.au.
You can listen at Koori Radio 93.7fm or via the Koori Radio app.
|Victoria Park, Broadway||12 PM - 10 PM||Free|
|Australia Day Live at the Sydney Opera House||Each Australia Day, the Opera House hosts an Australia Day concert in its forecourt.|
This year, performers will include William Barton, Casey Donovan, Shane Howard and Isaiah Firebrace just to name a few.
Limited tickets are available here from 10am 18 January 2022.
|Sydney Opera House||7:30 PM –9:30 PM||Free (ticketed)|
|GIO Oz Day 10K Wheelchair Road Race||This is a ripping race on wheels through The Rocks and is the fastest street circuit race in the nation.|
All are welcome to attend, though social distancing may be in place, with the best vantage points being George Street in The Rocks and Hickson Road. The race starts and ends at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
|Museum of Contemporary Art||8:00 AM warmup|
9:00 AM race starts
|186th Australia Day Regatta||Now in its 186th year, this regatta sees over 100 boats race around the harbour to compete for the gold.|
We're talking big, small, new and old vessels, and you don't have to be a professional to participate.
If you've got a boat you can sign up to participate in the race on the Regatta website.
|Sydney Harbour||1:30 PM - 4:00 PM||Free|
|Salute to Australia||The Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force pay tribute to our nation with a 21-gun salute, the national anthem and a handling display.|
You can watch the salute from on ABC TV or iView or watch live.
|Hickson Road Reserve||11:30 PM - 12:05 PM||Free|
|Dawn Reflection||This year the dawn projection on the Sydney Opera House will feature art by Central Desert artist David Miller, a senior Pitjantjatjara man. Both the Australian and Aboriginal flags will be raised on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.||Circular Quay||5:30 AM - 6:00 AM||Free|
|Sydney Harbour Splash||Back for its 6th year the harbour swim starts at Rose Bay and follows the coastline giving swimmers great views of the Harbour Bridge as they compete.|
Compete in either 1, 2.5 or 5km events. Enter at www.splashseries.events.
|Woollahra Sailing Club||8:00 AM - 10:45 AM||Tickets from $45|
|Australia Day @ theHouse||Pack a picnic lunch and take in the views of the Government House gardens.||Government House||9:00 AM - 4:00 PM||Free|
|Family Fun @ the Overseas Passenger Terminal||Grab some tucker from the food trucks and grab yourself a vantage point to watch the harbour activities.||Overseas Passenger Terminal||10:30 AM - 4:00 PM||Free|
|Vintage Bus Ride||Ride a 1949 Vintage double-decker over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and back. Bus rides start at Macquarie Street and head to North Sydney and back with no stops.||Macquarie Street||10:30 AM - 4:30 PM||Donation to ride|
|Australia Day Ferrython||Watch the harbour's Emerald-class ferries race across the harbour. Cheer your favourite from the foreshore or join the action on the water on a charter.||Sydney Harbour||10:45 AM - 11:20 PM||Free|
|Australia Day at The Rocks||Head down to the Rocks Markets which feature everything from Middle Eastern cuisine to Nepalese dishes. Head to First Fleet park to enjoy prosecco and free live music.||The Rocks||11:00 AM - 6:30 PM||Free|
|Navy Helicopter flag display||Taking off from Middle Head, and flying to the Northern Beaches and back south to Nowra the Navy Helicopter will be towing a giant Australian flag overhead.||Sydney Harbour||11:30 AM - 1:30 PM||Free|
|RAAF Fast Jet Flypast and Handling Display||This 10-minute display features F-35 Lightning II fast jets which will fly past the city on the last notes of the National Anthem as part of the Salute to Australia at Hickson Road Reserve.||Sydney Harbour||12:00 PM - 12:10 PM||Free|
|Australia Day at Darling Harbour||Head to Darling Harbour for its biggest ever BBQ featuring food stalls, multicultural cuisine and ice-cold drinks. Complete with live entertainment.||Darling Harbour||12:00 PM - 6:00 PM||Free|
|Maritime Mayhem||Described as a monster truck race on water; watch jet skis perform stunts and tricks, a tug handling display and finally an all-out showcase of manoeuvrability performed to a soundtrack.||Circular Quay||12:15 PM - 12:30 PM||Free|
|Australia Day Harbour Parade||Crews compete for prizes in the annual harbour parade. With boats and crews decked out in wacky fancy dress they aim to win awards such as the "Going Overboard Award" and the "Budgie Smuggler Award". Register to enter by 20 January 2022 at |
You can join the fun by cruising on one of the charter vessels.
|Sydney Harbour||12:45 PM - 2:00 PM||Free to spectate|
|Tall Ships Race||A fleet of historic and charter ships will race from Bradley's Head to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It's a sight to see.||Sydney Harbour||1:00 PM - 1:30PM||Free|
|Working Harbour Festival||Celebrate the heroes of the working harbour who keep things running year-round.||Overseas Passenger Terminal||2:00 PM - 4:00 PM||Free|
|Sydney Lord Mayor's Citizenship Ceremony||Join Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore as new citizens pledge their allegiance to Australia and celebrate the values that underpin our nation.||Online||4:30 PM - 5:15 PM||Free|
The best seat in the house is on the water. Lucky for you, there are stacks of cruises throughout the day as well as at night to catch the fireworks from this prime position.
The most Aussie thing you can do on Australia Day is hit the sand and the surf. When you do, social distancing may be in place, so you may have to hone in on quieter beaches if you wish to lay down your towel safely.
Otherwise, why not get on the water? Watersports such as stand up paddleboarding and kayaking are well distanced and heaps of fun.
Fire up that barbie at your local park or pack a gourmet meal for you and your loved ones on the green today. It's super relaxing and a great way to catch up with mates or pop the question, if that's your game.
Summer and movies go hand-in-hand. For something extra special, why not check out an outdoor cinema or drive-in? Westpac Open Air and Moonlight Cinemas both run over the summer period.
This year's Westpac showcase is Matrix Resurrections, while Moonlight Cinema is showing West Side Story.
Alternatively, why not try something a little different and visit the opera? The Sydney Opera House's shows are back up and running and from its doorstep, it offers fantastic views of the harbour. This year SIX the Musical is showing at 7:30pm.
Festival season is here and with it are stacks of arts and cultural events that you can tuck into. Our picks include Yabun Festival, which is the largest one-day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and Sydney Festival, which is an arts festival filled with themed events and productions.
|Attraction||Australia Day trading hours||Where to book advance tickets|
|SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium||10am-4pm||Adrenaline|
|Jet Boat Tours||10am-3pm||Adrenaline|
|Tandem Skydiving||All day||Adrenaline|
|Virtual Room Sydney||10am-9pm||Adrenaline|
|TreeTop Adventure Park||7am-7pm||Adrenaline|
|WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo||10am-4pm||RedBalloon|
|Sydney Opera House – guided tours||10:30am, 12pm and 2pm||Viator|
|Calmsley Hill City Farm||9am-4pm||Scoopon|
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