Celebrate this Australia Day!
Australia Day is all about celebrating what makes this country great, our diversity, cultural roots and getting together with mates, friends and family. Take advantage of the public holiday and long weekend with our recommendations for what’s on around Sydney and in the Southern Highlands.
Ku-ring-gai Council is putting on a celebration at Bicentennial Park, Prince of Wales Drive, West Pymble to mark our national day. There’s a packed program of live entertainment including the Wild Aussie Kids Show, Australian Reptile Show, cultural performances, rides and arts and crafts. Food and drink stalls will also be available, so bring your picnic blanket and join in on the fun.
Our tip: There’s limited parking so take advantage of the free shuttle bus between Gordon Station and the park.
It’s not very far for our Northern Suburbs residents to get down to Parramatta Park for CARnivale this Australia Day, showcasing a nostalgic collection of classic vehicles including cars, fire engines, trucks, coaches, military vehicles, motorbikes and vintage speedway cars. There also will be a hot-air balloon display from 6am – 9am, workshops and rides at The Kids Crescent, the Big BBQ Festival and competition, celebrating a much loved Aussie Day tradition and the annual Parravision talent competition. The day is capped off with a 15 minute fireworks display at 9pm.
Our tip: Sing along with old mate Daryl Braithwaite when he performs on The Crescent main stage, along with many other Aussie legends.
Say wassup this Australia Day at the 5th Annual Every Man & His Dog SUP event in Watsons Bay. It is a fun day filled with stand up paddleboard races for various skill levels including the iconic (and extremely cute) man and dog race. With great prizes to be won and one of the most gorgeous backdrops, the first race kicks off at 8am with the pups and their humans due to cast off around 10.30 am.
Our tip: Don’t forget to couples dress with your pooch for a chance to win the coveted Best Dressed competition!
Berrima is the place to be this Australia Day, so head on down to the Historic Berrima Courthouse for a day of fun with the whole family. The day kicks off with a Citizenship ceremony, welcoming new citizens who are joining the local community. The Wingecarribee Shire’s Citizen and Young Citizen of year winner’s will also be announced, recognising those who have made a significant impact in the community. Continuing with the Grand Parade at noon, the day continues with market stalls, rides and entertainment for the rest of the day.
Our tip: There’s also a free bus servicing Bundanoon, Mittagong, Bowral and Moss Vale for those who want to leave the car at home.
Afternoon Summer Sessions – Darling Harbour
If you’re up for a party, head down to the Tumbalong Park stage in Darling Harbour for the Afternoon Summer Sessions from 4pm – 8pm. It’s a free event with pop up bar and plenty of room to dance into the evening with DJs and bands guaranteed to get the whole family in a party mood.
Our tip: Don’t miss Furnace and the Fundamentals at 6pm, we have personal experience singing and dancing along to this amazing high energy cover band.
Live at the Quay!
Sydney’s festivities close out in serious style with harbour parades, jet-ski shows and a series of dazzling fireworks displays that will transform our world famous harbour and skies with Live at the Quay. There will also be a classical on-water opera, a performance by KARI Indigenous Youth Choir, and a tribute to Dr G. Yunupingu through a performance of Djapana – Sunset Dreaming.
Position yourself where you can see the water at:
First Fleet Park
Hickson Road Reserve
Circular Quay (western or eastern promenades only)
Overseas Passenger Terminal
Sydney Opera House western boardwalk
Our tip: Make sure you’re there at 9pm for a special performance by a mystery Australian music legend followed by a huge finale and massive fireworks display.
AND if you’re still on the hunt for your next home, don’t forget about Open for Inspections on Saturday!