Australia Day
January 26

Australia Day

Australia Day is a time to reflect, respect and celebrate the Australian spirit and the best of this country. Learn how you can spend the day in Darling Harbour.
26 Jan 2024

Australia Day is on Friday January 26. No matter how you wish to acknowledge this day, it offers an opportunity to pause and reflect, to honour the multifaceted history of our nation and to celebrate Australia's achievements and its people. For some, it is an extra day off to relax and unwind, connecting with family and friends.

Enjoy a long summer's day out in Darling Harbour, where you can learn something new by embarking on our free public art trail, or an revel in an evening at Blak Powerhouse, filled with live music, workshops, art, food and more. Take a tour of delicious multicultural cuisine with over 150 places to eat and drink and don't forget a pedal boat ride on the harbour, and round of Pixar Putt. We're also adding a splash of entertainment to the water playground and Darling Quarter Village Green with roving performers and live acoustic music.

Please note there are no fireworks on Australia Day. See the fireworks schedule here.

Reflect. Respect. Celebrate.

Blak Powerhouse

Blak Powerhouse is back, and it's bigger, bolder and blaker than ever. On 26 January Indigenous social enterprise We Are Warriors will take over Powerhouse Ultimo, turning a day of sorrow into one of power and positivity.

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Migration Stories

Discover some fascinating personal stories of convicts, migrants and refugees in this digital collection.

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New Beginnings

Join Sydney Festival and Maritime Museum on Sat Jan 27, in a family-friendly creative festival, New Beginnings. 

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The Great Street Art Trail

Pop on your walking shoes and see stunning public art in Darling Harbour, including The Canopy by Jacob Nash, Harbour Veins by Yukupin and Portrait of Jenny Munro in Darling Square. 

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More to see and do

Summer Splash

Take the kids for a splash in the water play area or picnic on Darling Quarter Village Green South, where you can snap a pic with our fun roving performers and enjoy live summer tunes! 

Pedal Boats

Explore the harbour from a new perspective on board a pedal boat! 

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Pixar Putt

Round up your crew for a game of Pixar Putt. Step into your favourite films like The Incredibles, Up, Toy Story and more. 

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Embrace First Nation's Culture

Deepen your understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture this Australia Day, by learning about the Boora Boora Dirra Dreamtime story, or get to know the Gadigal Language through our online tools.