‘Australia Day In Sydney’: 2017 Wrap-Up & Race Results

Free entertainment, cultural performances & Harbour races enticed crowds today as Sydney put on a variety of activities.

The Australia Day In Sydney 2017 program paid tribute across Sydney to the country’s traditional land owners & the many cultures that make up the nation, beginning the day with the WugulOra Indigenous Morning Ceremony at Barangaroo & the raising of the Aboriginal and Australian flags on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The annual Ferrython again made a splash with Sydney’s First Fleet ferries decorated & raced towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Close by, audiences were treated to the Tall Ships Race, a Tug & Yacht Ballet, a RegattaHarbour Parade as well as an aerial program including a parachute display by the Australian Army’s Red Berets.

The Salute To Australia, conducted by the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Navy & the Royal Australian Air Force, stopped spectators in their tracks, culminating at noon with the singing of the national anthem by much-loved artist, Tina Arena.

The Rocks played host to crowds cheering for some of the best wheelchair competitors around the globe in the 28th #OzDay10K Wheelchair Race.

Thousands of Australia Day revellers & children enjoyed the entertainment on offer at the Children’s Festival at Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour with a free public concert by music group, The Wiggles.

Australia Day 2017 plans finished with a bang, with an exhilarating symphony of fireworks in the Australia Day Spectacular at Darling Harbour while across the harbour at Circular Quay, more than 5000 revellers flocked to the free public concert Australia Day 2017 – Live At Sydney Opera House featuring Tina Arena, Guy Sebastian, Human Nature, Dami Im, The Wiggles & more. Jump onto TenPlay before the 26th of February 2017 to watch the concert & sing along to all the best moments.



Men’s Open

  • 1st – Kurt Fearnley, New South Wales (NSW), Australia, 19.36
  • 2nd – Sho Watanabe, Japan, 20.34
  • 3rd – Jake Lappin, Australia, 20.56

Women’s Open

  • 1st – Madison De Rozario, NSW, Australia, 23.03
  • 2nd – Jemima Moore, Australia, 23.11
  • 3rd – Christie Dawes, Australia, 23.12


  • 1st – Kota Hokinoue, Japan, 20.57
  • 2nd – Jun Hiromichi, Japan, 21.47
  • 3rd – Sukman Hong, South Korea, 22.50


  • 1st – Sam Rizzo, Australia, 23.11
  • 2nd –Brad Temberton, Australia, 25.50
  • 3rd – Gregory Luff, Australia, 29.20


  • The Fred Hollows Foundation


  • James Craig


  • 1st Place – Buccaneer
  • 2nd Place – Norsman
  • 3rd Place – Polpete

Media Release: Australia Day In Sydney

Chinese New Year To Feature Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Projections For The 1st Time

This year’s Sydney Chinese New Year Festival will add pylon projections to the Sydney Harbour Bridge for the 1st time in the event’s history while there is also the possibility that Australia Day will have similar treatment but also with the Sydney Opera House!

For the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival, the pylon projections will, other than the colour red, feature the Festival’s branding images such as an artist-inspired festival logo & an image of a rooster symbolising the Lunar New Year Of The Rooster.

In Chinese culture, the colour red symbolises good fortune & joy. Red is found everywhere during Chinese New Year & other holidays and family gatherings.

The Sydney Opera House in recent years has also been lit up red while last year, the Sydney Harbour Bridge featured red light-emitting diode lighting (similar to Vivid Sydney’s Dress Circle) for the 1st time along it’s catwalk & arches during the event.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge pylon projections would form part of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival’s Painting The Town Red.

Also, the City Of Sydney is in talks with the New South Wales Government’s Department Of Premier & Cabinet to light up the Sydney Opera House & the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylons in the national colours of green & gold for Australia Day. Their inclusion is not confirmed at this stage.

Australia Day is on the 26th of January 2017 while the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival runs from the 27th of January to the 12th of February 2017 with the Painting The Town Red part of the latter event running until the 29th of January 2017 inclusive.

Sydney Spectaculars will be publishing it’s Season 2017 guide in the next week.


Australia Day In Sydney 2017 Program & Free Concert Announced

Australia Day In Sydney 2017 highlights will include the WugulOra Indigenous Morning Ceremony at Barangaroo followed by the raising of the Aboriginal & Australian Flags on the Sydney Harbour Bridge & a Children’s Festival at Darling Harbour.

Sydney Harbour will host the Sydney Festival Ferrython, a ‘Tug & Yacht Ballet’, the Tall Ships Race, 2 cruising concerts & the Australia Day Regatta. Australia Day marks a new beginning for some, with citizenship ceremonies taking place throughout the day.

That night, the sky will come alive with fireworks & a sound and light show at the Darling Harbour Spectacular, while some of the biggest names in Australian entertainment unite for the concert Australia Day 2017 – Live At Sydney Opera House.

Australia Day creative director, John Foreman, said the free annual concert was a celebration of Australia’s unique musical & entertainment talent.

“We have brought together some of the biggest names in Australian music to celebrate what makes this country great. The concert promises to be a great spectacle in one of the country’s most impressive locations”

Among the stars performing this January are Tina Arena, Human Nature, Guy Sebastian, Dami Im, James Morrison & The Wiggles, who will swap their skivvies for civvies while performing classic rock. They will be joined by Tony Dee, whose voice inspired the world ahead of the 15th Paralympic Summer Games – Rio de Janeiro 2016, Australian musical legend Russell Morris & up-and-coming singing sensation Natalie Conway.

Tickets for the free event are available via australiaday.com.au/concert from 12pm AEDT today. Availability is on a strict 1st-come-1st-served basis.

Australia Day 2017 – Live At Sydney Opera House is brought to you by the NSW Government through its tourism & major events agency, Destination NSW.

Australia Day 2017 – Live At Sydney Opera House will air on Thursday the 26th of January at 7:30pm on the TEN & WIN Networks.

For more information on Australia Day & Australia Day 2017 – Live At Sydney Opera House, visit australiaday.com.au.

Media Release: Australia Day In Sydney