Australia is one of the world’s most beautiful nations, and that deserves to be celebrated. This long-weekend will begin on Friday 26th with the Harbour City sure to spoil us with spectacular celebrations including Live at the Quay!, Ferrython and more. While you can discover the best Australia Day events here, we think the whole weekend should be a celebration of Australia’s treasures. Enjoy our guide to what’s happening this weekend in Sydney.
Barangaroo Reserve’s large-scale installation serves to commemorate the 1790 event in which British colonists hauled in an excessive four thousand fish in one day, disrupting the delicate ecosystem in Sydney Harbour. To demonstrate the magnitude of this event, you can create frozen fish sculptures from the water surrounding Barangaroo Reserve which an artist will later return to its liquid state via a Sunset Ceremony. Profound and deeply moving, this is a great way to honour Australia’s world-renowned Harbour this weekend.
Insider Tip: If you choose to visit this exhibit on Friday 26th, Barangaroo Reserve is holding a family-friendly Australia Day festival, This is Australia, with live Australian music and an all-day brunch.
Take the ferry from Circular Quay over to Watson’s Bay to see Every Man and His Dog, returning for its fifth year at the seaside location, this Australia Day tradition is a fun competition welcoming contestants and their dogs to participate in a number of stand-up paddleboard races. While you’re there, you must make a booking for Doyles on the Wharf. The family owned seafood restaurant has survived 5 generations, and is an Australian legend in every sense of the word.
Take in Aboriginal Artwork in Art Gallery of NSW
Celebrate the history and culture of Australia by taking in the broad collection of Aboriginal artwork in Art Gallery of NSW, just across the road from InterContinental Sydney. Peruse artwork from key contemporary artists including Vernon Ah Kee and Daniel Boyd – the best part? You can access these works for free.
Rock on with Australia Day Rock Music Climb
What could be more patriotic than climbing the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge while blasting out Australia’s biggest rock tunes on Australia Day? From AC/DC to INXS, listen to Australia’s icons while enjoying 360 degree views across Sydney Harbour while Live at the Quay! is in full throttle: a once-in-a-lifetime experience!