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Slip down a giant waterslide, paddleboard with a pooch or watch local bands take to the stage in a free festival in The Rocks. However you like to celebrate, here’s our guide to getting the most out of Sydney’s Australia Day festivities


Slip down a 315-metre-long inflatable waterslide – that’s as long as two AFL ovals – in Centennial Park on January 26. Centennial Park.

Australia Day at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Paddleboard races, all-you-can-eat brunch and a sizzling beach barbecue make for one picture-perfect Australia Day. Watsons Bay.

Ferrython - Sydney Festival 2015

Pack a picnic and gather on the foreshore to cheer on the ferries as they race from Circular Quay to Shark Island and back again. Sydney.

Australia Day in the Rocks

The annual Australia Day festivities attract some of the most loved music acts in the country (last year’s headliners were Cloud Control). Linger in the lanes or watch local musicians take to the stage. The Rocks.

Australia Day at First Fleet Park

Head to First Fleet Park for free live music, a gourmet sausage sizzle and and chance to try a new brew specially made for Australia Day by Andrew O’Keefe and Bottled Lightning Co. The Rocks.

Australia Day at Sydney Olympic Park

Cathy Freeman Park will be packed with food stalls, performance area and fairground rides. There’ll be a community bazaar, face painting and craft workshops too. Sydney Olympic Park.

Australia Day at Enmore Park

Marrickville Council’s Australia Day celebrations include a spectacular fireworks display, free activities for kids and entertainment from local bands and performers. Marrickville.

Yabun Festival 2015

Yabun Festival is the largest one-day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in the country. Camperdown.

Darling Harbour Australia Day

As many as 180,000 people attend the official Australia Day Spectacular each year, which celebrates our nation’s day with free live music and roving entertainment in and around Cockle Bay. Sydney.

Australia Day Summer Playground

Nickelodeon presents a full day of family entertainment on Australia Day, including appearances from SpongeBob, Dora, Hi-5 and Luke and Wyatt. Sydney.

Fat Freddy's Drop

Soul maestros Fat Freddy’s Drop will bring their big horn blasts, booty-shaking bass lines and uptempo dance rhythms to the Opera House's Concert Hall. Sydney.

Havaianas Australia Day Thong Challenge

Join thousands who'll ride the surf aboard giant inflatable Havaianas thongs in an attempt to set a world record. Bondi.

I Remember House: Australia Day

The Australia Day edition of the super-popular dance party will be taking place at the Ivy – and not just in the atrium this time. Nope. They're taking over the entire complex. Sydney.

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Australia Day details

Sydney, Sydney 2000

Price FREE
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Date Mon 26 Jan 2015

Open Various times

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