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2017 is bringing out more than just hot dogs and boat races
Get excited because this year Australia DayThursday 26 January 2017 is bigger and better.
This list is not exhaustive but features the best of free and cheap events happening in Sydney.
There is something for absolutely everyone so whilst you do not have the superpowers to be in two places at once, you could certainly try and fit as much into your day by planning ahead.
What: Wugulora Indigenous Ceremony Where: Walumil Lawns, Barangaroo Reserve When: 8:00am - 8:30am About: Start your Australia Day by listening and singing along to the choral performance of the song 'Budjari Gunyalungalung Baraya-la' which translates as 'Let's Sing Good Dreaming'
What: Yabun Festival Where: Victoria Park Pool, Camperdown When: 10:00am - 7:00pm About: Yabun Festival is the largest one day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait slander cultures in Australia and is a free event that features live music, a bustling stalls market, panel discussions and community forums on Aboriginal issues, children's activities, and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural performances.
What: GIO Oz Day Wheelchair Road Race Where: The Rocks When: From 9:00am About: Cheer and celebrate many amazing international athletes at this fast and furious road race.
Get into some competitive road race action. Photo courtesy sydney.com
What: Music in the Rocks Where: The Rocks precinct When: 10:00am - 6:00pm About: Free live home-grown music, outdoor markets, food trucks, stalls, giant games such as oversized Jenga, Chess, Lego, Connect 4, Checkers, Snakes and Ladders, Marbles, a giant swing, giant bubbles and more
Try out some oversized chess with friends and family
What: Australia Day Sydney Fish Market Where: Sydney Fish Market, Pyrmont When: 12:00pm - 3:00pm About: Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch in the sunshine while rocking out to a live band playing all your Aussie favourites.
What: Barbecue by the Bridge Where: Bradfield Park, Milsons Point When: 10:00am - 4:00pm About: Watch the Australia Day Habour Parade, Ferrython, Salute to Australia, Tug and Yacht Ballet, Tall Ships Race and 181st Australia Day Regatta along with circus and live music performances and encounters with native animals while you enjoy a selection of barbecue cuisine from around the world.
This is making me hungry.Although I will be bringing my vegan sausages if that's okay? Photo courtesy australiaday.org.au
What: Ferrython Where: Sydney Harbour & Circular Quay When: Ticket holders at 9:30am for spectators 10:45am About: Pick your favourite ferry and watch as it competes from Shark Island to Circular Quay. For the first time ever you can also book a place on one of the competing ferries. Tickets include food and wine and can be purchased here.
This year you can buy a seat on one of the competing ferries
What: Australia Day Regatta Where: Bradley's Head, Shark Point, Shark Island, Clark Island When: 1:30pm About: Come and watch beautiful vintage yachts and other sea vessels compete in the world's oldest continuously conducted sailing regatta.
What: Australia Day in Parramatta Where: Parramatta Park When: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm About: Parramatta Park will turn into a huge festival with the main attractions being a hot air balloon sky display, The Big BBQ, Hottest 100 live music and DJ party, kid's wonderland, free heritage bike rides, lots of live performances on-stage and off-stage and fireworks to end the night.
What: Australia Day at Featherdale Wildlife Park and The Rooty Hill Where: Featherdale Wildlife Park Blacktown & The Rooty Hill When: 7:00am at Featherdale, midday for Citizenship Ceremony and 4:00pm at The Rooty Hills About: Have breakfast with some cute animals at Featherdale's 'Wake up with the Wildlife' Breakfast (Bookings will open from 8.00am, Tuesday, 12 January, 2016 by calling 9839 6000). Then be apart of the Citizenship Ceremony and prestiguous Australia Day Awards. Finish off the day with a family fun evening at The Rooty Hill and fireworks.
Wake up with Wildlife at Featherdale. Photo courtesy: blacktownaustralia.com.au
What: Australia Day at Sydney Olympic Park Where: Cathy Freeman Park, Sydney Olympic Park When: 4:00pm - 10:30pm About: An excellent family fun day out with gourmet food, live entertainment, rides, Citizenship Ceremony and Citizenship of the Year Awards, kid's entertainment, community bazaar, free movie screenings, fireworks display (at 8:50pm) and much more.
What: Australia Day at Jamison Park Where: Jamison Park, South Penrith When: 3:00pm - 8:00pm About: Pavlova decorating, games, face painting and bubble soccer, interactive displays and shows, including cow milking and whip cracking. Shaun the Sheep will also be performing. There'll be plenty of food including burgers by Outback Steakhouse, a traditional aussie BBQ, ice cream and fairy floss.
What: Australia Day at The Farm Where: Corner Norwest Boulevard and Elizabeth MacArthur Drive, Bella Vista When: All day About: This will be one of the largest Australia Day celebrations in North-West Sydney with everything from sheep shearing, black smithing, whip cracking and working dog demonstrations to food stalls,face-painting, balloon twisting, pop-up library and live entertainment.
What: Australia Day Concert and Fireworks at Ryde Where: North Ryde Common When: 5:00pm - 9:00pm About: Rides, sports, food trucks and a great line up of entertainment (including a Powderfinger Tribute Band), ending with a firework display at 9.00pm
Fireworks are always a great way to end a day of festivity
What: Australia Day Big Breakfast at Dee Why Where: Dee Why Beach When: 7:00am - 11:00am About: This popular and iconic tradition is still running strong. Come in early for hot breakfast, car and bike Show, Thong Throwing Competition, rides, entertainment and flag raising.
The Big Breakfast at Dee Why Beach
What: Australia Day at Bicentennial Park Where: Bicentennial Park, West Pymble When: 10:30am - 1:30pm About: This Australia Day celebration features various performances representative of a proudly diverse community. The event will feature live stage shows by bush band, Reel Matilda, Wunriniri Music & Dance Group, Falun Dafa Chinese dance group, Lucky African Dance and an Australian reptile show.