Australia Day in Sydney

We’ve picked out the main events on the day, plus ideas for ways to spend your day off

Aboriginal performers at Yabun
Photograph: Michelle Lake

January 26 is the Australia Day public holiday, which falls on a Thursday this year. It’s a controversial date in Australia’s history – one that marks the beginning of colonisation – and in recent months there have been calls to change the date, including campaigns to move events like Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown. January 26 is also called Invasion Day or Survival Day. At Time Out, we’ve listed the best public Invasion Day, Survival Day and Australia Day events

Things to do on January 26
Things to do

Things to do on January 26

We've picked out the main events taking place on the day, including ongoing performances and exhibitions.

A.B. Original talks Laneway and January 26
News

A.B. Original talks Laneway and January 26

Friend and fan Nick Bryant-Smith, aka Solo from hip hop outfit Horrorshow, sits down for a drink with A.B. Original.

Ways to spend the public holiday

The best museums in Sydney
Museums

The best museums in Sydney

Beachside pubs in Sydney
Bars

Beachside pubs in Sydney

The best walks in Sydney
Sport and fitness

The best walks in Sydney

The best waterfalls in NSW
Attractions

The best waterfalls in NSW

A guide to the Royal National Park
Things to do

A guide to the Royal National Park

Where to see Aboriginal art in Sydney
Art

Where to see Aboriginal art in Sydney

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