Australia Day Live Daytime Program
11.00am – 11.30am Ferrython
The beloved ferries will race from Circular Quay to Shark Island and back to finish at Sydney Harbour Bridge.
11:30am ‐ 12.15pm Salute to Australia
A stirring 21 gun military salute from our Armed Forces and an armada of vessels will be transformed into a show of colour and flags as they parade around the harbour.
12:05pm – 12.15pm Tug and Yacht Ballet
It’s the waltz to watch from the water’s edge. An electric company of yachts, tugboats, jet skis and ferries dance across the harbour in a magically choreographed show.
1.00pm ‐ 1.30pm Tall Ship Race
A fleet of historic ships will race to secure the Tall Ship Trophy, culminating in the vessels firing pyrotechnics from their cannons.
2.00pm ‐ 4.00pm Tall Ship Festival
Come aboard and explore the Young Endeavour and James Craig tall ships.
Australia Day Live Evening Program
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM — Pre-concert entertainment
Heritage and Working Boats Parade of vessels that call Sydney home
NSW Australians of the Year do a loop of Circular Quay by boat
Aussie classic hits sing along
7:30 PM — Welcome to Country performance with local Aboriginal elders, dancers and singer
8:00 PM — Tug and Yacht Ballet performed by a flotilla of maritime vessels
8:20 PM — Sunset Ceremony featuring performances by special guests and a dazzling lighting and fireworks spectacle
8:45 PM — Tribute to Opera sung by special guest and choir, accompanied by a stunning yacht ballet and lighting display, jet skis and fireworks
9:00 PM — Quay-wide party with an exciting on-water show and fireworks
9:15 PM — Spectacular finale with live musical medley of Australian classics synchronised with jet skis, flyboards and a breathtaking lighting and fireworks display.