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Australia Day is the official national day of our beloved country, commemorating the British invasion of Sydney on the 26th January. This public holiday is marked with a number of nationwide festivities including parades, competitions and music celebrations!

Australia Day is one of the most colourful events in Australia.

The Jolly Swagman hostel Sydney encourages all backpackers to get into the swing and enjoy the day!

EVERY year, Sydney sets out to out-do itself with the jam-packed schedule of events which grows and grows….

Australia day in Sydney Events include:

Sample Sydney

The very best Cultural Establishments in Sydney are reducing their prices (and some offering free entry!) for this day only. Including the finest Sydney Museums and Art Exhibitions! We recommend visiting the Powerhouse Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art and the Australian National Maritime Museum!

Free Music Concert at Hyde Park Main Stage!

This kicks off at 10 am with countless local talented musicians gracing their stage to exhibit their compositions! The acts will be entertaining the masses from sunrise to sundown so make your way over to the stage sometime throughout the day!

Australia Day Annual Regatta

This is the world’s oldest Regatta event! Taking place on the Sydney Harbour with an enormous variety of sailing vehicles! This includes a popular Tall Ships race and many other harbour side attractions. This is definitely a spectacle not to be missed!

Sydney’s Biggest Backyard

Hyde Park is no doubt one of Australia’s greatest landmarks! This Australia day the park will be attired with hundreds of food stalls so you can enjoy the flavours of the world and more importantly- some traditional Aussie BBQ cuisine!

Later on in the night, the park will be transformed into a large dance floor with some live music guaranteed to make you dance the night away under the stars!

Rocksong at The Rocks

Beginning 10am, Rocksongs at the Rocks will provide you with the biggest range of music entertainment. Bringing forth a fusion of many different genres and giving everyone a chance to get involved in some sing-alongs… the event is sure to blow anyone away!

Sydney Ports Jazz on the Water Concert

Some of the most nationally recognised Jazz performers are taking part in one of the most prestigious Sydney live music events! With refreshments provided and performances on both land and water, this will truly be an intensely enjoyable experience!

Darling Harbour Australia Day Spectacular

7pm onwards Darling Harbour will be transformed into a magical setting for an incredible finale to the day! Expect a spectacular display of fireworks, an amazing music and lighting show and some unexpected surprises!

Make sure you participate in as many events as you can. This is a day you definitely don’t want to miss out on!

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 The best place to base yourself while in Sydney is Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney.