Croquet on George
Get your mallets and scoring cards ready because Croquet NSW is inviting everyone to challenge their friends to a free game of croquet on George Street at The Rocks this Australia Day.

12.30pm–6.30pm
therocks.com/whats-on/the-rocks-australia-day

Waterslides at Coogee Beach
Slide your way into Australia Day on free waterslides at Goldstien Reserve at Coogee Beach. A family affair, there will be a number of waterslides and inflatable amusements.

10am–2pm
randwick.nsw.gov.au/community

Yabun Festival
Held on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people, Yabun Festival is a free one-day celebration of Indigenous culture in Victoria Park, Camperdown. A line-up of Aboriginal musicians and artists will play throughout the day, headlined by Bart Willoughby, the musical activist whose songs include "Black Man's Rights" and "We Have Survived." A collection of stalls, food, and craft will be on display, so bring your picnic blanket for a day in the sun.

10am-7pm
facebook.com/YabunFestival

Demolition of The Ephemeral City
After weeks of construction on Olivier Grossete’s The Ephemeral City, Sydneysiders are invited to watch the demolition of this cardboard-box-and-sticky-tape city. It has been under construction since the beginning of Sydney Festival. Help construct the temporary city before witnessing its destruction on Australia Day.

1pm–8pm
sydneyfestival.org.au/2016/the-ephemeral-city

Every Man and His Dog Stand up Paddle
If your pooch is chill and loves the water, head to Watsons Bay this Australia Day to take part in stand-up paddle board fun. Attempt the Dash for Cash race or the iconic Man and Dog race with you and your pup, on the board, together (you’re paddling though). The event is open to everyone of all ages and experience levels.

From 7am
everymanandhisdog.com.au

Loud Weird Load
Immerse yourself in this unique interactive music machine made from recycled parts, including old thongs and swimming-pool filters, at the Sound Playground at Palm Grove, Darling Harbour. Each 45-minute session will begin with a performance, then you can jump in and make your own music.

12pm–4pm
darlingharbour.com/whats-on/australia-day

Daniel San Australia Day
A classic Australia Day barbeque and Japanese cuisine will combine at Daniel San’s Australia Day event. The Okinawa barbeque will be fired up and local DJs will be spinning Aussie rock’n’roll hits after the Triple J Hottest 100 until late.

12pm until late

Keg and Brew Hoppiest 100 Burger Bash
It’s the other Hottest 100. Celebrate Australia Day at Keg and Brew by dressing up in your favourite Australiana gear and counting down the Hottest 100 beers of 2015 as voted by the people. There will be giveaways, a prize for best-dressed and drinks will be served with a special Aussie barbeque menu.

From 10am
kegandbrew.com.au/australiaday

Smoking Ceremony
Overseen by Indigenous elders, 500 local school children will perform a traditional smoking ceremony at seven different locations throughout Sydney Harbour. Smoking ceremonies are cleansing rituals, used to acknowledge ancestors while paying respects to Australia's land and the sea. Children from a variety of cultural heritages will place leaves into the fire as an ode to how Indigenous and multicultural culture are integral to Australian identity.

11.45am-12pm.
whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events

Great Sydney Swim
More than 1000 participants will take part in the final part of the swim series along Australia’s east cost, finishing in Sydney Harbour on Australia Day. Take the plunge and swim two kilometres around Farm Cove from the Sydney Opera House; try the 750-metre Ky Hurst; or the Junior Kids 300-metre event. Walk away with a race pack or a prize.

8.30am–10.30am
greataustralianswimseries.com.au

The Norfolk Australia Day
Celebrate Australia Day at the Norfolk Hotel in Redfern with kangaroo tacos and $4 tinnies. Or take the lamington challenge and eat four in one minute to win a schooner.

From 12pm
facebook.com/thenorfolk

Saigon Summer Australia Day
Saigon Summer in Summer Hill will offer a new take on the classic Australia Day BBQ with a Vietnamese BBQ feast. Cooking out of the kitchen at Temperance Society Bar, Saigon Summer will serve up nem nuong jaffles, a Vietnamese pork sausage sizzle banh mi roll and a mixed meat platter, and of course, Aussie beer.

12pm until late
facebook.com/Saigonsummer