Australia Day

The Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Australia Day on Sydney Harbour 2022

Is there anything more iconically Australian than celebrating Australia Day on Sydney Harbour with a group of friends or family?  

We don’t think so.

On January 26th, 2022, the world’s most beautiful harbour city will mark Australia Day in style. Transforming from a bustling working arena to a stage full of fun and inspirational programming, Sydney Harbour will host a range of activities on the water and from the sky that can be enjoyed from numerous vantage points.  

So imagine for a moment, that you already had your boat, via one of our boat syndicates and that it was your turn to embrace the colourful aquatic spectacle that is Australia Day in Sydney. 

Here are some of the amazing things you could enjoy from your boat this coming Wednesday (if you already were a boat owner!)

Salute to Australia 

In a grand ceremonial display, the Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force combine to give a tri-forces salute spanning Sydney Harbour. 

Celebrating the contributions of many Australians, the display consists of the HMAS Adelaide stationed between the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, a stirring 21-gun salute from Bradfield Park at North Sydney and a fast jest tribute overhead. 

A highlight from the Australia Day proceedings, make sure you’re out on the water in good time as this event begins at 11:30am. 

Where: Hickson Road Reserve 

Photo: Australia Day in NSW

Sydney Harbour Splash

Back for the 6th time, the Sydney Harbour Splash swimmers start their iconic swim at Rose Bay and follow the coastline in a loop. 

Not only are they provided with great views of the Harbour Bridge as they compete, this event provides participants with a fresh and healthy start to their day,  encapsulating everything we love about Australia – sun and the ocean. 

Show your Aussie spirit and cheer them on by mooring nice and early, anywhere between Rose Bay and Hermit point for a start time of 8am. 

Photo: Swimming Australia

186th Australia Day Regatta

As the oldest continuously-conducted annual sailing regatta in the world, the Australia Day Regatta has been taking place since 1837.  

Australia Day is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate what being Australian means to them. It’s a day of inclusion and acceptance, and the Australia Day Regatta is no different. An event for all ages and abilities, anyone from any walk of life can get involved. 

So why not take advantage of the spectacular boat you are on, embrace the spirit of Australia and get the family involved in a piece of history. 

Where: Sydney Harbour

When:1:30pm – 4:00 pm

Maritime Mayhem

Described as a monster truck race on water, this high-voltage, action-packed display accompanied by fun commentary, sees jet skis perform stunts and tricks and a tug hanging display.

At the end you will be graced with a combined performance of the two in an all-out exhibition of mayhem and manoeuvrability choreographed to a rockin’ soundtrack.

If it’s fun and adrenaline that gets you going, be sure you’re stationed near Circular Quay by 12:15 so you don’t miss an ounce of the action. 

Australia Day Harbour Parade

All set to make waves, the Australia Day Harbour Parade will celebrate some of Sydney’s most iconic vessels parading around the harbour in a dazzling display of fun and national spirit. Vessels of all shapes and sizes dress their decks, showing off their wacky, patriotic, fancy dressed decorated boats. 

Get creative and let your imagination go wild with this fun, family friendly event. 

Vantage points: Blues Point, Milsons Point, Kirribilli, Cremorne Point, Hickson Road Reserve, Northern end of Sydney Opera House, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, Bradley’s Head

When: 12:45pm – 2:00 pm 

Photo: Australia Day in NSW

Australia Day Live at Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay

Listen to the unforgettable musical performances by top Aussie talent choreographed with a spectacular fireworks display. 

If you missed the New Years Eve firework display on Sydney Harbour, then Australia Day Fireworks will make up for it. 

There’s no better place to experience this final event than from the comfort of your boat. Watch the sky light up with vibrant colours and listen to the sounds of classic Aussie hits – trust us you won’t be disappointed. 

Where: Sydney Opera House/ Circular Quay

When: 7:30pm – 9:30pm 

Photo: Australia Day in NSW

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