What to do this Australia Day long weekend

Our picks for 2019 in Sydney.

Around the harbour

Head to Barangaroo Reserve at dusk on Friday for the start of an overnight vigil. A fire will be lit and maintained until 7am on 26 January to mark the significance of the day before the First Fleet arrived, and what happened after. Hear musical performances and stories of Country from current and future community Elders.

Start your Saturday on the harbour at Barangaroo. Watch the Aboriginal flag rise alongside the Australian flag on Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of the WugulOra Indigenous morning ceremony from 7.45am on Walumil Lawns.

On your marks… get set… go watch the ferrython! Sydney ferries race from Circular Quay to Shark Island and back. Start time is 10.45am.

At midday, the Tug and Yacht Ballet brings together two unlikely dance partners for an elegant encounter on Sydney Harbour. And if that’s not enough nautical action, stick around for the Tall Ships Race from 1pm to 1.30pm.

Around Circular Quay and The Rocks

In the morning, see the world’s finest wheelchair athletes race through the city in the GIO Oz Day 10k Wheelchair Race. The start and finish line will be outside the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Following the wheelchair race, join a family-friendly street party in The Rocks.

Travel in style on a vintage Sydney bus. The green and yellow double-deckers will run from Sydney Opera House to Wynyard and back.

Welcome our newest Aussies at the Lord Mayor’s Citizenship Ceremony. This year it returns to the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

‘Music to a beat’

As an alternative to Australia Day, join the largest 1-day gathering of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia. Yabun Festival is held on 26 January every year, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People.

Yabun means ‘music to a beat’ in Gadigal language.

The classics

Chuck a snag on the barbie in your local park.

Cool off with a dip in your local pool. The City’s pools remain open on public holidays.

End your day in style

See the Australia Day fireworks at Circular Quay. Entertainment starts at 6.30pm and includes dance, choirs, opera, jet skis and heaps more.

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