It's a public holiday. A day off. A day to celebrate with your family and enjoy some treasured time together. ☀️
Every January, Australians come together to celebrate national day, as a reflection of what the nation has achieved and a look towards the future.
The date commemorates the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet from Great Britain.
So, as we all know it, us Aussies go out and celebrate like nobody's business.
But if you're reading this, you probably knew all of that already, and you're interested in what's there to do on this day.
Looking for some activities for the family to fill up this day of celebrations...? Read on!
1. Yabun Festival
Where: Victoria Park
The Yabun Festival is a stone throw away from the city centre, with the largest one-day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. In its 15th year, this festival celebrates the original custodians of our great land. Cue dramatic music! Held in Victoria Park, Camperdown, you'll get to enjoy music and dance performances, panel discussions, child-friendly activities and market stalls!
2. Goat Island Sounds
Where: Goat Island, Sydney Harbour National Park
If you were wondering why this was called 'Goat Island Sounds', that's okay, cause so did I. If you're looking for a chill, feelgood vibe, get ferried across to Goat Island for this electronica music festival held in Sydney Harbour National Park. Featuring some of Australia's best and emerging artists, it's a countdown to the triple j Hottest 100 - released on Australia Day annually.
3. The Rocks
Where: The Rocks
The Rocks is another place you'll want to be, to soak in the bustle of Australia Day. Packed with free activities, you'll get to explore the market stalls, the Beach Installation at Barangaroo Reserve, and a Chillout Zone at the Overseas Passenger Terminal. Wander through the markets as live music fills the air, with New Orleans styled-tunes, indie folk and alt-country songs.
2017 marks the 60th anniversary since the closure of the Parramatta Park racing circuit. CARnivale will showcase a nostalgic collection of these classic vehicles including cars, fire engines, trucks, coaches, military vehicles, motorbikes and vintage speedway cars. #vintage #hipster #photoops, anybody?
In addition to CARnival, there will be a wide array of activities, from a hot air balloon display in the morning from 6am to 9am, to a Big BBQ Festival in classic Aussie tradition, workshops for the kids, concert acts, the Hottest 100 Party, and of course the stunning Fireworks show at 9pm.
5. Explore Middle Harbour by Kayak
For something a little different, what better way to celebrate Australia Day than on our beautiful waters? With a balmy 26 degree forecast, grab your family and friends and rent a single or double kayak and explore the Middle Harbour. Whether you've just got an hour or the whole day, you'll be spoilt with our lush mangroves, dense eucalyptus trees and white sandy beaches - perfect to take a break on! Cool down with a dip in the water and bring some beers for the ride. Keep your eyes peeled for our abundant wildlife, with birds soaring above and magical marine life sharing the harbour. There's no better way to celebrate this Australia Day!
Kayak routes to check out:
1 hour, 3.5km - Clontaf Beach - Chinaman's beach
2 hours, 6.5km - Mosman - Balmoral return
3 hours, 10km - Mosman - Sugarloaf Bay and back
All routes departing from Smiths Boat Shed, Mosman 😉