Dragon boats competition in Cockle Bay…

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Chinese lanterns in Martin Place…

Step into another world beneath a ceiling of glowing lanterns as Martin Place is transformed into the Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub.

Enjoy a lineup of DJs, including Tikki Tembo, Beth Yen, Sasha Moon and CMAN.

Grab a cocktail from the Taylor’s pop-up bar, indulge in Bao Stop’s famous Peking duck fries and catch up with friends this summer under a 50-metre canopy of auspicious red lanterns.

Vintage buses ride in Australia Day…

Drop back into the past as you ride the buses from the late 1940s as they swing around the city.

For a gold coin donation in support of the Sydney Bus Museum, you can ride the green and yellow double-deckers as they make their way from the Sydney Opera House to Wynyard and back, with stops at Macquarie Street, Market Street, Clarence Street, York Street and Elizabeth Street.

Australia day coming in Darling Harbour

6:00pm: Enjoy live music and entertainment around Cockle Bay, starting with a parade of working boat vessels.

6:40pm: Hear from eminent NSW Australian of the Year recipients who will inspire you with their achievements and challenge you to make your own contribution to creating a better Australia.

7pm: Watch the heart-pumping action of dragon boaters as they race their way to the finish line to the beats of the drum in the Cockle Bay Cup.

7:30pm: Watch the broadcast of Australia Day 2017 – Live at the Sydney Opera House on the big screen.

8:15pm: Break the dance floor as Hot Dub Time Machine presents the world’s first time-travelling dance party.

8:45pm: Welcome our newest citizens and hear their stories. They’ll be talking about the things they love about Australia including our people, our sense of a fair go and the freedoms we all enjoy.

8:50pm: Listen to a powerful, spine tingling Indigenous welcome song, performed by the Wuruniri Music and Dance Group.

The night will culminate in an exhilarating symphony of light, sound and pyrotechnics at 9:00pm.

Cockle bay preparation for Australia Day

Australia Day is the official National Day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip. In present-day Australia, celebrations reflect the diverse society and landscape of the nation, and are marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards, and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new members of the Australian community.