The Best Ways To Spend Australia Day Long Weekend

What to do on Australia Day 2018 in Sydney
The Sydney Life
The Eventful Life

From Australia Day’s iconic Ferrython to weekend-long markets sweeping The Rocks’ cobblestone lanes, live performances from family-friendly music legends, The Wiggles, to traditional aboriginal ceremonies taking place in nearby Barangaroo. Immerse yourself in Australia Day magic through the eyes of InterContinental Sydney – one of the Harbour City’s most treasured icons. 

Take the ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo

Great news – all public attractions including Taronga Zoo and Luna Park will remain open despite the public holiday. Get up close and personal with Australia’s iconic koalas, booking in your own private encounter in which you can take photos and ask the keeper any questions you may have about this furry creature.

Indulge in a luxury vacation – or staycation

As an InterContinental Sydney guest, you are placed in the heart of Sydney’s Australia Day celebration. Find yourself located only footsteps away from Circular Quay’s iconic Harbour setting as it takes centre stage on this national day of celebration with live music events on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour parades, gourmet food trucks and awe-inspiring fireworks lighting up Sydney's Circular Quay.

Live at the Quay! makes its’ 2018 debut

Promising to be a ‘breathtaking maritime, musical and dance extravaganza’, Live at the Quay! takes centre-stage in Sydney’s celebration of Australia Day 2018. The event will see the nation's musical legends take the stage including Jessica Mauboy, Thirsty Merc and Kate Ceberano, along with dazzling firework displays, jet-ski shows, on-water classical opera and a moving performance by Indigenous children’s choir.

Head to The Rocks

The Rocks is the ultimate Australia Day destination this year: begin your day watching The GIO Oz Day 10k race from George Street or Hickson Road, and finish your day with a carnival of colour in Circular Quay as 8.15pm fireworks ignite the harbour, only a short stroll away. Sydney Street Party transforms The Rocks with interactive games, market stalls and roving performers, so there will be plenty to keep the whole family entertained in between events.

Wugulora Indigenous Morning Ceremony in Circular Quay

Wugulora Indigenous Morning Ceremony will commence at 7:45am beside Sydney Harbour. Rise early to witness this fitting ode to the original custodians of our land, taking in Australia’s rich heritage with traditional performances of song and dance.


Sydney Festival's annual Australia Day Ferrython is one of Australia’s most popular events turning our stunning Harbour setting into a playground as ferries race from Circular Quay to Shark Island and finish beneath Sydney Harbour Bridge. While this event is free of charge to watch from the shore, you can splash out by securing a seat on one of the competing boats for $220 – talk about thrilling! 

January 17, 2018