The Australian National Day is on the 26th of January. It is a public holiday that is meant to celebrate the anniversary of the First Fleet's arrival in Sydney in 1788. A wide range of concerts, beach parties, and parades are held around the country bringing together various cultures and communities. If you missed the fireworks display in the New Year, then this is your chance to witness a huge unforgettable one. In Brisbane, the fireworks take place by the South Bank Parklands where you can also eat, listen to music, and watch the city skyline. If you are in Melbourne, head to the inner-city precinct of Docklands to enjoy the fireworks display and relax at a waterfront bar. Darling Harbour is your ultimate destination if you are in Sydney and planning on watching fireworks and participating in entertainment activities.
One of the traditions of Australia Day in Sydney is the Ferrython that starts at 11 am. The race starts when the specially-adorned ferries take off from the Circular Quay to Shark Island in the inner harbour and back to the finishing point under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Circular Quay, the Sydney Opera House, or the Sydney Harbour Bridge offer a really good view of the race.
Sydney Festival is on from January the 6th until the 28th with 150 events 46 venues filling the city with festive vibes. The festival highlights include art, music, theatre, dance, circus, talks, workshops and other events. Although the festival comes with a different theme every year, it still schedules diverse events from Russian ballet and circus performances to Detroit rap. Some of them are ticketed and some are for free. During the festival, temporary venues are all set up in the famous Sydney's Hyde Park named after its original in London.
January in Australia is full of events. The one-day Crush Festival is also taking place this January on the 26th in Adelaide Hills where you can enjoy wine tastings, music, arts, and markets. This is a themed festival that spices up your January with surprises. Previous themes presented golf challenge and Parisian picnics.
MONA art gallery The Mona Foma festival is taking place from the 12th of January till the 22nd revealing and presenting innovative and experimental music and art festivities. It is held in collaborations with MONA art gallery. It will include classical chamber music played alongside progressive punk or cabaret mixed with bluegrass.
In the Southern Hemisphere, one of the largest cycling races will take place for 9 days, from the 13th till the 21 of January. The Santos Tour Down Under takes the participants to enviable countryside areas, so get yourself ready and join the joy-ride. The registration fees are AUD$85 and it takes place in Adelaide. This year the tour hosts Peter Sagan, the Slovak cycling's rock star. You can ride out of passion or out of wanting to help and support some globally important causes like the Australian Cancer Council. Don't miss out on visiting the largest market in the Southern Hemisphere at the Adelaide Central Market.
Last, but not least, the Festival of Sail permits vigorously hitting the ocean considering that it is the largest annual keelboat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere. If you are not a big fan of water or water sports, there will be plenty of off-water activities. Attracting around 100,000 people, the Shoreside Festival comes with food, wine stalls, and live music.