Australia Day is a national holiday that means different things to different people. For some, it marks Invasion or Survival Day. For others, it’s a day to celebrate what they love about Australia. Wherever you sit on the day itself, we’ve gathered a list of things to see and do, and places eat and drink this long weekend.
Events to see and do:
Invasion Day Rally
Organised by Fighting in Resistance Equally (FIRE), this rally marks 230 years since British military forces invaded Gadigal land and declared British rule. The protest is open to all and protestors with gather at The Block in Redfern, before marching towards Victoria Park.
Australia Day at Bella Vista Farm
Rides, street-food stalls, roving performers and Australian displays (including sheep shearing, blacksmithing, whipcracking and working-dog demonstrations from Tobruk Sheep Station) will take over Bella Vista farm. A fireworks display will also commence at 9pm sharp.
Bella Vista Farm, Bella Vista
No tickets needed but register for updates here.
Australia Day at Parramatta Park
Australian singers Daryl Braithwaite and Kate Ceberano will headline an evening concert on the main stage at this 15-hour Parramatta Park celebration. There will be an array of entertainment, live music, food and drink, fireworks, hot-air-balloon displays and plenty of kids’ activities.
Australia Day at Circular Quay
While previouly Australia Day fireworks and events tended to happen around Darling Harbour, this year the festivities have moved to Circular Quay. The day of event starts at 7.45am with the WugulOra (meaning “one mob” Indigenous morning ceremony at Barangaroo Reserve. Towards midday there will be the Lord Mayor’s citizenship ceremony, the Salute to Australia, Australia Day flyover, a harbour parade and regatta. There’ll be live entertainment and chill-out zones available, too.
Events to drink and dine:
Sausage-sizzle pizza at Salt Meats Cheese
Salt Meats Cheese is serving two Aussie-inspired limited-edition pizzas for Australia Day: one channelling the classic sausage sizzle, and another with ham and grilled pineapple. The sausage pizza has a sausage-filled crust and is topped with tomato, onion, mozzarella and even more sausage. Both go for $20.
Available at all of Salt Meats Cheese’s Sydney locations.
Lamb Bonanza at 3 Weeds
This recently refurbished Rozelle pub will be plating up boards of cutlets, ribs, sausages, salads and traditional damper for $60, alongside Aussie trivia and classic Aussie rock tunes. Eskies will be stocked with craft beer and the first 100 guests to buy a tinnie will receive a free 3 Weeds stubby holder. The regular pub menu will also be available.
Manly Wharf Hotel
Manly Wharf Hotel will be firing up the pizza oven to serve cheese-and-vegemite pizzas (the combination surprisingly works) and barbequed-sausage sangas. Irish-Australian DJs, the Potbelleez, will play at 7pm. And local talents Alex Mac, Ben Morris and Murray Lake will keep the party going into the early morning. This event is ticketed.
Tickets here. From 11.30am.
The Australian Heritage Hotel
This establishment’s Friday plans include live music, barbeques and around 100 different Australian brews. Pop by on Saturday for the Aussie’s 4 Pines Beer garden party, while counting down Triple J’s Hottest 100.
The Glenmore Hotel
Head to the Glenmore for a backyard-themed party on the rooftop, overlooking Sydney Harbour. Chill on the turf, toast your stubby, and return on Saturday when they’ll be counting down Triple J’s Hottest 100.
Black Bar & Grill
The classic lamington has been reimagined at this steak house with chocolate, cherry, vanilla and coconut sorbet. Book a table just for the dessert alone.