Australia Day
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Australia Day

Watch as The Rocks transforms into a day-long market with free music to delicious street food, wheelchair races and superb views.
26 Jan 2024

Head down to The Rocks to commemorate Australia Day under the summer sun. From free live music to delicious street, wheelchair races and superb views, there are plenty of ways to make the most of your day off. There's also lots on offer nearby at the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay and Overseas Passenger Terminal. 

Dawn Reflection

Let the first kiss of sunlight on Sydney Harbour guide you to a moment of reflection on Gadigal land. As dawn breaks, witness the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House transformed into a breathtaking canvas of respect and remembrance, honoring the ancient stories and enduring spirit of Aboriginal Australia. Gather on the shores, be moved by the powerful artwork, and join us in celebrating Aboriginal history, culture, and people.

During the Dawn Reflection, the Australian National Flag and Australian Aboriginal Flag will be raised in unison on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a powerful symbol of unity, recognition, and inclusion.

Oz Day 10K Wheelchair Race

The annual GIO Oz Day 10k race at The Rocks is one of the greatest wheelchair road races in the world. See over 30 local and international athletes from Paralympians to juniors battling it out on a super tight and technical course that will push them to their limits! Cheer on the athletes in prime position along George St and Hickson Road.

The Rocks Markets - Australian Edition

In the heart of The Rocks, you'll find an open air market brimming with local fashion, jewellery and crafts; and tasty eats celebrating Australia's diversity with food.

Visit and you’ll discover dishes from all over the planet - all prepared by local chefs right in front of you.

Expect authentic pizzas, handmade chocolate, sweet crepes and more all within arm’s reach, and while you’re there, enjoy free live music.

Australia Day Harbourfest

Feel the pulse of Sydney Harbour on Australia Day as Harbourfest explodes with free fun for all! Dive into the heart of Aussie celebration with thrilling races on the water, dazzling performances on land, and jaw-dropping aerial displays in the sky. Watch family bonds tighten during the annual Harbour Parade, childhood joys erupt in the Mega Kidz Zone's inflatable wonderland, and community pride swell under the vibrant fireworks finale. Street performers will dazzle, food trucks will delight, and the Aussie spirit will contagiously bloom throughout the day. Join us! Immerse yourself in the Harbourfest magic, create lasting memories, and discover something new under the sun.

The Great Aussie BBQ

Aussies love nothing better than a cracking good barbie, and let’s face it, there is no better day to grab the snags, slice up the onions and get out the tongs than Australia Day.

Head down to The Great Aussie BBQ at Hickson Road Reserve, one of the most picturesque Sydney Harbour spots, where multicultural foodies will show off their interpretation of the ‘best sausage sanga’ alongside the ‘classic’ version for a small donation.

Surf Life Saving NSW will be on deck, serving up the timeless sausage sandwich. Lambda Sydney will present a Greek gyros-style sandwich, Mr & Mrs Pho will craft an authentic Vietnamese rendition, and the team from Turbans 4 Australia will be offering a Tandoori-inspired vegan option.

Your appetite isn't the only thing to be satisfied, with barbecue proceeds going to the legends at Rural Aid, you'll be supporting our farmers and contributing to a great cause.

Air Force Roulettes flying display over Sydney Harbour

Hold onto your hats, Sydney – this Australia Day, get ready for an electrifying aerial extravaganza as the renowned Royal Australian Air Force Roulettes soar back into the skies above the iconic harbour! After a breathtaking, eleven-year hiatus, these elite aerobatic masters are ready to paint the air with their unparalleled flying artistry.

Australia Day Ferrython

An annual crowd favourite, Ferrython sees thousands of spectators line the shores of Sydney Harbour to cheer on four of the city’s iconic Emerald Class ferries as they compete for honours in a race across the waves.

For 2024, the excitement has been dialled up even more with an all-new race route! The ferries will complete two laps from Fort Denison to the finish line beside the Sydney Harbour Bridge, allowing the vessels to reach speeds unparalleled since the inception of Ferrython on Australia Day in 1977.

The ferries taking part in 2024 are May GibbsCatherine HamlinBungaree and Fred Hollows. Each boat will be brightly dressed in honour of their namesake.

Looking for more fun things to do this Australia Day? Check out the Wugulora Morning Ceremony at Barangaroo or see what's on at Darling Harbour.