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26 January at the Sydney Opera House

There are a range of events available across the city to mark Australia Day on 26 January including the Australia Day Live concert at the Sydney Opera House, a maritime show and spectacular fireworks display across Circular Quay and Sydney Harbour.

As the sun rises, the Opera House sails will be lit up with a special First Nations artwork – Dawn Reflection. The work represents and celebrates First Nations history, culture and people and invites everyone to pause, reflect and remember as the artwork is revealed on the nation’s most iconic canvas. The best location to enjoy the sails lighting will be at the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

As the sun sets, the Opera House Forecourt will host the Australia Day Live concert with performances from some of our nation’s most celebrated talent, including William Barton, Dami Im, Katie Millier-Heidke, Ganggajang and the Aussie Pops Orchestra.

Accompanying the musical performances will be a show on Sydney harbour featuring a flotilla of yachts, light displays on the Opera House sails and Harbour Bridge, plus a dazzling fireworks show.

The two-hour Australia Day Live concert is produced by the Australia Day Council of NSW and NSW Government. It is supported by the state government’s tourism and event agency, Destination NSW and the National Australia Day Council. 

More information about Australia Day events taking place across Sydney

What’s on

26 Jan 2024 Contemporary Music

Australia Day Live 2024

A spectacular concert staged on land and water, featuring live musical performances from top Aussie acts and dazzling fireworks displays.

26 Jan 2024 Experience

26 January at Opera Bar

Watch all the action on the harbour and the dazzling fireworks display from Opera Bar this 26 January. Purchase your ticket to gain access to Opera Bar's exclusive waterfront viewing area and outdoor bar, and experience all of the festivities in style. 

26 Jan 2024 Experience

26 January at House Canteen

For just $35 per person you will have access to the water's edge at House Canteen as well as your choice of a pint of Sydney Brewery lager, house wine, or soft drink. Tickets can be purchased both prior to the event and on the day.

Attending the Opera House on 26 January