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Australia Day

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There are so many ways to be Australian; celebrate them all in Darling Harbour.
Thursday 26 January
Darling Harbour

Children's Festival
Tumbalong Park stage
11am – 6pm

Australia Day Spectacular
Cockle Bay
6pm – 9.15pm

There are so many ways to be Australian—and we love to celebrate them all in Darling Harbour on Australia Day. 

In 2017, festivities will include the family-friendly Australia Day Children’s Festival, featuring the best of kids’ entertainment, including The Wiggles, global rhythms, dancing and true-blue bush challenges. 

Enjoy live entertainment into the evening, when the Australia Day Spectacular will culminate with an astonishing display of light, sound and pyrotechnics over Cockle Bay.

Australia Day in Darling Harbour is brought to you by the Australia Day Council of NSW.

Tumbalong Park Stage 11am – 6pm Tumbalong Park Stage

Head to Darling Harbour on Australia Day to enjoy live music and family-friendly entertainment, including circus stunts and acrobatics, a free Wiggles concert, true blue Aussie bush challenges and much more!

- Hot potato with the kids at The Wiggles Concert.
- Little people can have a play in the Bob the Builder construction zone with diggers, craft stations and building blocks, and even meet Bob too!
- Get competitive with watermelon eating, thong throwing and ‘wife’ carrying contests.
- Watch Circus Trick Tease’s popular show, Children are Stinky, featuring daredevil stunts and high-energy acrobatics.
- Jiggle, wiggle, move and groove to global beats including Gypsy Balkan band Lolo Lovina, eight-piece salsa band Malo Malo and Gervais Koffi and the African Diaspora’s Afro-Caribbean and Latin music.
- Enjoy roving performers including giant, bouncing kangaroos.
- Treat your taste buds at one of the many great restaurants and cafes around Darling Harbour.
- Get into the Aus Day spirit with some true blue Aussie bush challenges.
- Cool off with a splash at the children’s water playground.
- Enjoy live music ahead of the evening concert and fireworks spectacular.

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Cockle Bay 6pm – 9.15pm Cockle Bay

The jubilation and celebration continues on into the evening with the big Australia Day Spectacular.
Live entertainment and music will honour our national identity, kicking off with a stirring Indigenous welcome song performed by the Wuruniri Music and Dance Group.

Admire an impressive working vessels parade in the harbour and cheer on dragon boaters as they race their way to the finish line in the Cockle Bay Cup.

At 8.15pm, work up a sweat with Hot Dub Time Machine— the world's first time-travelling dance party!

Then, be inspired by the stories of this year’s amazing NSW Australian of the Year recipients. You’ll also meet our newest citizens and hear how and why they’ve come to love this country.

At 9pm, the Spectacular will peak in an extraordinary symphony of light, sound and pyrotechnics lighting up Cockle Bay.

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Will there be fireworks?
A fireworks display will take place as part of the Australia Day Spectacular at 9pm on Cockle Bay.

Can I buy food and drinks during the event?
A number of food and beverage venues, including takeaway outlets, cafes and restaurants, throughout Darling Harbour will be open during the event. Find out more about places to eat and drink in Darling Harbour.

Is alcohol permitted at the event?
Darling Harbour is an alcohol-free area and alcoholic beverages can only be purchased and consumed in licensed areas. There are numerous bars at Darling Harbour where you can enjoy the entertainment. Find out more about bars in Darling Harbour.

Can I bring my own alcohol?
No glass or alcohol can be brought into Darling Harbour.

What happens if it rains?
The event will proceed as per the advertised program. There are limited undercover areas within Darling Harbour.

In the unlikely event of a performance being cancelled due to performer or public safety, an announcement will be made at the location of the performance.

What time does the event start?
The entertainment will commence on Thursday 26 January at 11am and will continue until 9.15pm concluding with fireworks.

How do I get to Darling Harbour?
Getting to Darling arbour is easy with a number of transport options available. Find out more about transport options.

View information on Australia Day road closures.

There are many other ways to access the precinct, including:

  • Train to Central Station and light rail to Darling Harbour
  • Train to Town Hall and walk down either Market, Druitt, Bathurst or Goulburn streets
  • Bus to the CBD and walk down either Market, Druitt, Bathurst or Goulburn streets
  • Drive to Darling Harbour and park at Harbourside Car Park (1,400 spaces)
  • Drive to Darling Harbour and park at ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre Car Park and ICC Sydney Theatre Car Park (826 spaces)
  • Drive to Darling Harbour and park at The Star – walk up Pyrmont Street
  • Drive to the city and park at one of a number of CBD car parks located within 250m walking distance of Darling Harbour’s eastern shore
  • Catch a ferry from Circular Quay to King Street Wharf or Pyrmont Bay Wharf.

Other information
Please be advised that there will be no glass or BYO alcohol permitted in managed access areas at Darling Harbour. Please bring sunscreen, plenty of water and a hat. Pyrmont Bridge may be closed to pedestrian traffic at various times between 3pm and 10pm on Australia Day. Pedestrians are advised to take this into account when planning their journey to and from the city around this time.

What else is happening on Australia Day in Sydney?
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