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Australia Day – Yes, and on Sydney harbour please!

Australia Day has to be our favourite day of the year: less hectic than NYE and a true celebration for all Australians, Australia Day is our chance to truly appreciate how blessed we are to be living in our part of the world. It’s a day of tolerance and respect for all of us Australian, regardless of our background and differences and it’s a day of FUN with a wide range of activities around the country.

If you are based in Sydney, this is your time to jump on a boat and cruise around the harbour with your best friends and family, enjoying what marks for a lot of us the end of the holidays; there is plenty of thing to do, so time for laughter, time to “play” and relax before we all go back to work again.

The program isn’t confirmed yet at the time of this article, but here is our recommendation of “things to do” for a memorable Australia Day in Sydney:

– The Great Sydney swim:

That’s right, get up early and jump in the harbour for the last race of the Australian Swim Series and compete for your chance to take out the Series Champion honours. This is your chance to swim alongside professional swimmers in a casual environment PLUS every participant receive a race pack and great prizes up for grabs.

– SUP event at Watson’s Bay:

It might be a little bit much if you went swimming earlier, but here is a fun activity to join, or to watch. The event is called “Every Man and His Dog Stand Up Paddle competition”, and will see paddlers hit the harbour with (or without) a four-legged friend. A great family activity.

– Tall Ship race:

For those who don’t know, Australia Day commerates the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet from Great Britain. Come and watch a thrilling race, with many Tall Ships participating, including the Soren Larsen was the flagship of the first fleet re-enactment. Why not book a ticket and be part of the race – no sailing skills required, fun day guarantee!

– Ferrythons:

A free activity to watch from the foreshore, or get a ticket and jump on a ferry for this unusual event on the harbour. Why not get a ticket and enjoy a few drinks while you ride proudly your ferry from the city to Shark island and back!

– Harbour Cruise:

Literally hundreds of boats will be on the harbour on the day, so get out there. Expect a 20% surcharge on the day for exclusive hire + limited availability if you leave it too late, but there are still lots of affordable options. A catamaran for example can be as little as $75/pers for a 4H charter with BYO food and drinks, so there is no excuse. A couple of drinks, a delicious BBQ, a nice swim in a sheltered bay, as well as all the fun and excitement from other boats around will make it very hard for you not to have the time of your life.
– Darling Harbour Fireworks:

Darling Harbour will be busy, but definitely the place to be; again, we recommend to get on a boat, just make sure to ask where the boat will be for the fireworks, as Darling Harbour isn’t large enough to let all boats in + there will be an exclusion zone. A last champagne under the stars, to finish what can truly be the best day of the year!

All of us, Sydney-siders tend to take our city for granted; we are so lucky to live here and Australia Day is the time to get together and throw a huge party, all of us, united!