WHetheEveryone loves a day off work and there is, as always, plenty to keep you busy both morning, noon and night on this upcoming Thursday. While 26th January is increasingly recognised as an unsuitable date on which to celebrate ‘Australia Day‘ and will always be ‘Invasion Day‘ to many, there are plenty of opportunities to express that as well as simply have some fun this year.
Ferrython is the annual Australia Day celebration which sees Sydney’s beloved ferries go head-to-head, racing from Circular Quay to Shark Island and back to the finishing post under Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Four ferries will be taking part in the race – Meriton and The Fred Hollows Foundation will each be taking over a ferry. Spectators are encouraged to gather on the foreshore and barrack for their favourite ferry as part of the free event which starts at 10.45am. For more info click here.
INVASION DAY MARCH
In Sydney, many people will be attending the Invasion Day rally organised by Indigenous coalition, Fighting In Resistance Equally (FIRE), a new coalition that organised a successful march on human rights day, December 10 last year. The rally starts at 11am at The Block, Meet at The Block, Cnr Caroline and Louis Streets, Redfern. For more info click here.
WATSSUP’s EVERY MAN AND HIS DOG
Watson’s Bay is going all out for a full day of fun starting with the WATSSUP’s Every Man & His Dog Paddling Event at 7am! Go along and cheer on the teams of hounds and their humans on SUP boards racing it out in the bay!
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WATSON’S BAY BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Nothing says Straya’ like a free Australian music session from some of Triple J’s hottest talent! So after watching the SUP race, pop into the hotel to enjoy their Aussie BBQ + Green & Gold slushie cocktails in Beach Club then dance the afternoon away.
Headlining is LA-based Australian electronic pop duo Bag Raiders (DJ set) who will be playing a few cheeky songs from their soon to be released album. Then as the sun drops down, multi-talented Triple J icon, Shantan Wantan Ichiban, will join the line-up, bringing his energetic sets and music to the Beach Club stage.
Party well into the night as indie inspired Purple Sneakers DJ’s play their newly released tracks.
Best of all, thanks to Summer Bright Lager, the whole gig is FREE FREE FREE!
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The Star Sydney is the ultimate destination to catch up with mates this Australia Day with a stellar line up of entertainment, sizzling barbecue eats, live sport and unmatched views of Sydney Harbour.
The After-dark Party at the stunning Sky Terrace offers the chance to bask in the warm summer evening with one of the best barbecues in town matched with an unbelievable DJ line up, cold drinks and a spot of badminton and totem tennis. Alternatively have your face painted before hitting Glitterbox – a colourful glowing cube on the terrace that you can dance in. Entry to Sky Terrace is free from 5:00pm.
Rock Lily welcomes a live performance from lead singer of Southern Sons, Jack Jones, who will hit the stage after up-and-coming artist, Gemma Stone warms up the crowd. Doors open from 5.00pm and entry is free..
Catch all the sporting action from around the country live and loud at the 24/7 Sports Bar tfrom 2.15pm. You won’t miss a minute of the action with six mega-screens, more than 50 LCD TVs and the massive 34-square metre LED screen.
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If you haven’t been on the BEST floating party on the Harbour yet, now is the time to experience all this majestic vessel has to offer. Measuring 42 meters, Seadeck has 3 vast open decks from which to enjoy unrestricted 360-degree views of some of Sydney’s iconic harbour. Celebrate one of the biggest day’s of the year on the harbour aboard Seadeck, with luxe surroundings, delicious drinks and to DJs and dancing, culminating with an astonishing display of light, sound and pyrotechnics over Cockle Bay at 9pm. The cruise departs King St Wharf at 4.115pm, returning 9.15pm and booking is essential. For more info click here.