The Best Australia Day Events in Sydney 2022

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After the tumultuous year that was 2021, it's time to let down our hair, celebrate what being Australian is all about and come together with the community on Australia Day 2022.

This year, some of our favourite venues are offering a program of events that are built on the values that define us as Australians: diversity, inclusion, respect, and a whole lot of fun!

We've wrapped up the best Australia Day events in Sydney come Wednesday 26 January 2022 - Happy Straya Day!

The Best Australia Day Events in Sydney

1. Throw A Shrimp On The Barbie

Barbeques Galore Australia Day
Don't miss Australia's Legendary BBQ Sale at Barbeques Galore!

One of the most fun and quintessentially true-blue things you can do on Australia Day is gather your nearest and dearest and host your own backyard barbeque. Stock up on snags and shrimp and check out Australia's Legendary BBQ Sale at Barbeques Galore to snap up a flamin' good deal.

When:   Tuesday 18 - Monday 31 January 2022
Where:  In-store and online at Barbeques Galore

2. Dawn Reflection at Circular Quay

First Nations Sydney Opera House
First Nations artwork on the Sydney Opera House.

For all you early birds, head down to Circular Quay to celebrate our nation at the Dawn Reflection. As the sun rises, connect with the world’s oldest living culture as First Nations artwork is projected on the Sydney Opera House and flags raised on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This is a memorable Australia Day event for the whole family to commemorate Australia. 

When:   From 5.30 am to 6 am
Where:  Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay
Cost:     FREE

3. Australia Day Live at the Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House fireworks
One of the most iconic events on the Sydney calendar is back for 2022!

The Sydney Opera House will come to life to reflect, respect and celebrate Australia Day 2022. From 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm, Australia Day Live at the Sydney Opera House will host a colourful array of musical performances by top Aussie talent choreographed to spectacular fireworks displays, a flotilla of yachts and jet-skis. If you can't make it into the city this year, the concert will be broadcast live on ABC TV and ABC iView. 

When:   From 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Where:  Sydney Opera House
Cost:     FREE

4. Yabun Festival

Yabun Festival Australia Day
A celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture at the Yabun Festival.


Yabun Festival is the largest one-day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in Australia and it's back for Australia Day 2022! Yabun is a fantastic way to engage kids in the First Nations history and the 2022 celebration marks 20 years since the festival's inception, so you better believe this year the event is going to be bigger than ever! Bring the family along to a stellar lineup of music acts, food stalls, roving entertainment and more. 

When:   26 January 2022
Where:  Location still to come
Cost:     TBA

5. Australia's Biggest BBQ

Darling Harbour Australia Day
Darling Harbour is the place to be for family-friendly celebrations on Aus Day.

Australia's biggest bbq is coming to Darling Harbour for Australia Day 2022! This epic family-friendly day out is not-to-be-missed and will include cooling misting tents, ice-cold drinks alongside hot sunshine, outdoor games and live entertainment on the Stage. And as for that GIANT bbq - Darling Harbour's biggest ever barbeque will feature street food stalls serving delicious, multi-cultural cuisine to celebrate our nation’s diversity.

When:   From 12 pm to 6 pm
Where:  Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour
Cost:     FREE

6. Wake up With Wildlife at Featherdale 

Featherdale Australia Day
Furry favourites and family fun are awaiting on 26 January at Featherdale!

Experience Australia Day in Sydney at Featherdale alongside iconic Australian wildlife and enjoy an Aussie bbq and activities to celebrate Aus Day. This event will be hosted in partnership with Blacktown City Council and there will be no shortage of fun for the whole family. Five, two-hour sessions are available to book and Aussie day food deals are available to pre-order online. The cost is just $10 per person for the whole session! 

When:   From 7 am on 26 January 2022
Where:  Featherdale Wildlife Park
Cost:     $10 pp. Tickets on sale from 17 January 2022

7. Australia Day at Parramatta Park

Summer Sessions Parramatta
Summer Sessions is presented by the City of Parramatta. Image: supplied.

Australia Day in the Crescent is the biggest celebration happening in Parramatta this January! The City of Parramatta presents one of the biggest line-ups of stars to ring in 26 January, including Jon Stevens, Baby Animals, Kingswood, the Australian Rock Collective (ARC) with Darren Middleton from Powderfinger, Mark Wilson from Jet, Kram from Spiderbait and Davey Lane from You Am I. A smorgasbord of food and drinks plus an epic fireworks display will complete the evening with a bang!

When:   From 4 pm to 10 pm
Where:  The Crescent, Parramatta Park
Cost:     This is a FREE event but you must book a ticket to enter. 

8. Australia Day at The Rocks

The Rocks
Enjoy views across The Rocks right up to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

Free live music, roving entertainers, games, chill-out zones, and international eats will be happening at The Rocks on 26 January. While the full program is yet to be announced, if there's one thing we know about The Rocks, it's that they sure know how to celebrate major events on the Sydney calendar!

When:   26 January 2022
Where:  The Rocks precinct
Cost:     FREE

9. Watch the Ferrython

An aerial view of the iconic Sydney Ferrython.

There are few Australia Day events as iconic as the Ferrython! This epic salute to Aus Day and Sydney's ferries has been running since 1977 and sees thousands of spectators take to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay to catch ferries race from Fort Denison to the Harbour Bridge.

This year, you can catch the 2022 Ferrython from vantage points around the Harbour and the bridge (the finish line) or you can choose to hop aboard a vessel yourself and watch the action from the water. Emerald Class will be in the race this year and invites spectators along for the ride. 

When:   From 1 pm 
Where:  You can catch the race around the Harbour
Cost:     FREE and ticketed event.

Further Afield...

10. Go for a Splash at Jamberoo Action Park

Jamberoo Action Park Australia Day
Head to Jamberoo for all the usual fun and some cool added extras this January!


NSW's largest family-owned and operated water theme park will be open on Australia Day, and it’s the ultimate destination for family fun in the South Coast region! Situated just an hour out of Sydney, Jamberoo is the perfect opportunity to get out of the city and explore somewhere new this Aus Day. 

When:   Open from 10 am to 5 pm daily
Where:  1215 Jamberoo Road, Jamberoo
Cost:     $50 per child over four; $60 per adult when you book online.

11. Huskisson's Great Inflatable Race

Inflatable boat race Huskisson
Huskisson's Great Inflatable Race is on again in 2022.

If you're on holiday in Huskisson and keen to get amongst the Australia Day action, don't miss the annual Great Inflatable Race. Blow up your inflatable and get dressed in your wackiest to take part in an epic race across Shark Net Beach. There will be loads of other free activities for the family, including live music, food trucks, face painting, a surfboard simulator, a giant inflatable water slide and more. Early-bird tickets on sale now.

Where:     White Sand Park, Huskisson
When:      26 January
Cost:        FREE entry, $20 to compete in the race.

Want More of Sydney? These Venues Will be Open on Aus Day: 

The Chinese Garden of Friendship
Museum Of Contemporary Art Australia
Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden 

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