Will there be fireworks?
A fireworks display will take place as part of the Australia Day Spectacular at 8.45pm on Cockle Bay, from new positions in Tumbalong Park and on rooftops around Darling Harbour.
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 Monday 26 January at 12 noon and will continue until 9.15pm concluding with fireworks.
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Where are the stages located?
There are five locations for the event:
- Culture Beats World Music Stage at Darling Quarter – located at Darling Quarter, adjacent to the playground with entertainment from 1pm to 6pm, and from 8.15pm to 8.45pm.
- Circus Playground at Palm Grove – located at the south end of Cockle Bay (opposite IMAX) with entertainment from 12 noon to 4.30pm.
- Street Performers’ Pitch located at Harbourside Amphitheatre – located along the promenade outside Harbourside Shopping Centre (near Pyrmont Bridge) from 12 noon to 5pm.
- Pier 26 – located opposite SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium from 12.30pm to 4.10pm.
- Twilight Concert and Australia Day Spectacular Floating Stage at Cockle Bay from 6pm to 9.15pm.
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In addition, there will be a live video link to screens around the precinct, so you don’t miss out on all the action at the Twilight Concert and the Australia Day Spectacular. Plus, grab a spot at a number of additional fireworks vantage points at Cockle Bay, Tumbalong Park and Darling Quarter.
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.
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre Car Park closure
As part of the development of the $1 billion Darling Harbour Live facilities, the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre Car Park and the Sydney Entertainment Centre Car Park are closed.
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 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.
Where can I get more information on the day?
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.
Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority wishes you a happy and safe Australia Day!