Saturday, 21 January 2017
SYDNEY TO SPARKLE ON AUSTRALIA DAY
Tens of thousands of people will converge in Sydney to see the glistening harbour come to life from dawn, with three P&O ships kicking off a program of 11 on-water events and many more land based parties and activities.
Sydney will warm up at 8am with the WUGUL-ORA Indigenous Morning Ceremony at Barangaroo followed by the raising of the Aboriginal and Australian flags on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and a Children's Festival at Darling Harbour.
Sydney Harbour will host the Sydney Festival Ferrython, a 'Tug & Yacht Ballet', the Tall Ships Race, two cruising concerts and the Australia Day Regatta. Free concerts and live entertainment kick off from 10am including an Australia Day Chill Out Zone at the Overseas Passenger Terminal with food trucks and live performers.
From 10am there will be music and entertainment celebrating an iconic Aussie summer at The Rocks. Jack Mundey Place will feature market stalls with locally-designed fashion, jewellery and original art. Iconic Government House will be open from 10am-5pm with hosted tours on the hour.
At night, the sky will come alive with fireworks and a sound and light show at the Darling Harbour Spectacular, while some of the biggest names in Australian entertainment unite for the concert Australia Day 2017- Live at Sydney Opera House.
The concert promises to be one of the day's highlights, with a range of local legends performing in a free event on the steps of one of our most famous landmarks. Among the stars performing are Tina Arena, Human Nature, Guy Sebastian, Dami Im, James Morrison and The Wiggles.
The free event is presented by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.
Every Australian at least once in their lifetime should experience Australia Day in Sydney. To plan your visit, go to www.australiaday.com.au.