Your guide to what’s happening on Australia Day in New South Wales

Outdoor concerts, barbecues and fireworks are just some of the many events that take place in the state on Australia Day.

Sydneysiders are encouraged to come together to respect, reflect and unite with renewed passion and optimism on Australia Day.

The 2022 program will be rich in culture and heritage, with the NSW Government and the Australia Day Council of NSW committed to having a Covid-safe day for everyone.

New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet said Australia Day was a time to celebrate the resilience, strength and compassion of all Australians.

“Australia Day is a time of inclusion, understanding and reconciliation,” he said.

“We respect the contributions of all Australians and celebrate our combined achievements by coming together and reconnecting with family, friends and community.”

As the sun rises and morning swimmers splash, the sails of the Sydney Opera House will be illuminated by First Nations artwork by Pitjantjatjara artist David Miller.

Recognize the world’s oldest living culture, WugulOra, in the Barangaroo Reservation and witness this timeless morning ceremony of purification, reflection and connection with First Nations people.

The annual GIO Oz Day 10K race will see some of the best wheelchair athletes in the world race around The Rocks with incredible strength and endurance.

Around the corner, sit down for lunch with the tantalizing flavors of the open-air food trucks while relaxing at the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

The much-loved Ferrython will see ferries dressed and decorated in honor of their namesakes – May Gibbs, Catherine Hamlin, Victor Chang and Pemulwuy – as they make waves before racing towards the finish line under the Harbor Bridge.

As the Ferrython draws to a close, it will then be time for the Australian Defense Force to play its part with a tri-service salute from Army, Navy and Air Force.

This includes an address from the Governor of NSW, a 21-gun salute and an aerial flyover and maneuvering demonstration by an RAAF Fast Jet.

In the afternoon, the Tall Ships Race will see majestic boats battle it out from Bradleys Head to Harbor Bridge, followed by the world’s oldest annual sailing event, the 186th Australia Day Regatta.

The Opera House will once again host some of Australia’s most talented performers on the forecourt, combined with a spectacular land and water show covering Circular Quay and the harbour.

An all-star lineup includes Delta Goodrem, Casey Donovan, Isaiah Firebrace, country singers Amber Lawrence and Kirsty Lee Akers and more.

“It is wonderful that the Australia Day program is returning across the state, as we look forward to a positive and optimistic future,” said Australia Day Council Chairman Andrew Parker. of New South Wales.

“This year we want to bring people together to celebrate the Australian spirit and support those who are facing hardship.”

Sydneysiders are encouraged to arrive early, physically distance and plan ahead.

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Get ready for a bonanza of fireworks, dazzling acrobatics from jet skiers and a line-up of the country’s top talent at the 2022 Australia Day Live concert.

Presented at the Sydney Opera House by John Foreman, Jeremy Fernandez, Casey Donovan and Delta Goodrem, the two-hour show features up to 150 artists and 17 different acts showcasing First Nations diversity, storytelling and culture.

“We bring together some of our best and most successful artists, each with their own story and experience to share with the nation,” said John Foreman OAM, Creative Director of Australia Day Council of NSW.

“I am delighted that William Barton, Australia’s top didgeridoo player and a big name in the world of classical music, is performing again as part of the lineup.”

Incredible artists including Delta Goodrem, William Barton, Shane Howard, Casey Donovan, Isaiah Firebrace, INXS founding member Andrew Farriss, country singers Amber Lawrence, Hayley Jensen, Kirsty Lee Akers and Aleyce Simmonds, tenor Mark Vincent and opera artist Josh Piterman will unite in this uplifting show celebrating the Australian spirit.

“I’ll be performing and presenting, which is always a treat,” said Casey Donovan, who will sing “In The Summertime.” “When times are tough, we come together and celebrate — and we celebrate with the one thing we know how to do… through music and the arts.

“We lift people up when they’re feeling down, we embrace joy when people are happy, and we can do that by doing the one thing we love. We sing and create our hearts so that our country can come together and celebrate a little happiness.

Isaiah Firebrace and Djakapurra Munyarryun will perform ‘Djapana – Sunset Dreaming’ backed by William Barton and the Koomurri dancers with a dazzling jet ski eel circling Circular Quay.

“We’ve had such tough years that it’s important to celebrate all we can and support the community,” said Isaiah Firebrace.

“I represent my people, my family and the incredible story behind me. I get up and play with this behind me to showcase my culture and show Australia that we are still here and we can do great things no matter what has happened in the past.

For Shane Howard, this year marks 40 years since his Australian rock band Goanna released their hit, Solid Rock, in 1982, with its powerful lyrics just as meaningful and meaningful today.

It will come to life in a multi-artist collaboration, including soul singer Emma Donovan, to connect today’s generation with our past.

“Solid Rock was inspired by Shane Howard visiting our Sacred Rock, Uluru, and resonates like a modern canvas, painting a picture of what happened when the first European settlers arrived in the land,” said William Barton.

“I have known Shane since I was 11 years old when he came to my country (Kalkadungu) to Mt Isa. He asked me to get up and play Solid Rock when I was young.

For those enjoying the waterfront festivities, screens will be set up around the foreshore.

Many restaurants and venues take reservations, so make it a night.

Spectators are encouraged to arrive early, physically distance and plan ahead, noting that there will be entry checkpoints around the Circular Quay foreshore enclosure.

Tune in at 7:30 p.m. on ABC TV and ABC iview.

7:30 p.m. – Opening segment Solid Rock with Shane Howard and Welcome to Country – with William Barton, Emma Donovan and singers KARI

7:45 p.m. – ‘Run to Paradise’ by Delta Goodrem

7:52 p.m. – Casey Donovan ‘In The Summertime’ accompanied by jet skis and flyboards, and parachutes from the sky descending into the dock

8:10 p.m. – Tug & Yacht Ballet featuring seagoing vessels including jet skis and fly-boarders

8:30 p.m. – ‘Djapana – Sunset Dreaming’ by William Barton and Isaiah Firebrace and Djakapurra Munyarryun supported by Koomurri dancers

8:36 p.m. – ‘The Power’ by Delta Goodrem

8:44pm – ‘Nessun Dorma’ tribute to opera sung by Mark Vincent and Josh Piterman accompanied by stunning lighted vessels and an aerial kite ballet

8:49 p.m. – ‘Take me Back’ by Jon Stevens

9:02 p.m. – INXS Medley by Jon Stevens and Andrew Farriss

9:14pm – Live musical medley featuring Advance Australia Fair sung in English and Eora, with jet skis, flyboards and fireworks

9:30 p.m. – End of the show


Whether you are in town, on the coast or in the region, there is no shortage of events. Check your local council’s website for updates. Here is what is on offer.



The procession begins at 11 a.m. from the corner of Bridge and Park streets and heads towards Alma Park, followed by a citizenship ceremony, awards and a speech from the ambassador.



Start your day with the Citizenship and Award Ceremony at 9:30 am at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre. Enjoy free admission to the Manning Aquatic Center between 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.


January 26 & 27, 5-10 p.m.

Taking place over two days, the event will feature Liverpool’s favorite restaurants and food stalls, an outdoor cinema, plenty of free family entertainment (below) and a pop-up bar selling exclusive cocktail and drink creations. non-alcoholic cocktails.


7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Community breakfast and entertainment including the official ceremony where the Mayor will present the Australia Day Awards cities and preside over the citizenship ceremony.


7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Community breakfast and entertainment including the official ceremony where the Deputy Mayor will present the Australia Day Awards cities and preside over the citizenship ceremony.


Here are some of the ambassadors participating in local events on January 26.

Narelle Campbell

Antarctic Station Chief, Australian Finalist of the Year 2015 NSW

Armidale Regional Council

What are you going to do on this Australia Day?

I was invited to participate in parties in Guyra and Armidale. Several years have passed since my last visit to both communities, so I decided to make the most of my free time and take a little road trip. I will be participating in a full day of celebrations at Armidale beginning with a picnic in the park, followed by a citizenship ceremony.

What does Reflect, Respect, Celebrate Australia Day mean to you?

When I think about what Australia Day means, I think of our history, our beautiful country and all of our communities (large and small) across our country. I am also thinking of our defense teams and those who support humanitarian and environmental projects.

Tiffany Thomas Kane OAM

Paralympic Medalist – Swimming

Bathurst Regional Council

What are you going to do on this Australia Day?

I will be traveling to the Bathurst region to be the ambassador and to welcome new citizens to our country. I take it to tell my story, but to tell people what Australia means to us and why this day is so special.

What does Reflect, Respect, Celebrate Australia Day mean to you?

To reflect is to take the time to look at our country and see what it means to be Australian. It is important to recognize and respect our history and celebrate our great country and what we have.

Keith Potger AO

Founding member of The Seekers

Uralla County Council

What are you going to do on this Australia Day?

I will be in the wonderful city of Uralla as an ambassador. Over the past few years I have been fortunate enough to be invited to attend these events around Australia Day. Each location was memorable and I made some great friendships, so I’m looking forward to this one.

What does Reflect, Respect, Celebrate Australia Day mean to you?

Every Australian day brings us all closer to the reality that there was significant culture here for several millennia before British colonization. It is incumbent on everyone to reflect on this with a desire to recognize the wrongs of the past and to recognize the unique value that Aboriginal culture brings to the nation.

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