In Australia, January 26 has very different meanings for different people. For First Nations people, the day marks the beginning of colonisation and is sometimes called Invasion Day or Survival Day. For recent migrants, January 26 is the day of many citizenship ceremonies across the country. However you choose to spend it, we've picked out the main events taking place on the public holiday.
Things will look a little different under current restrictions this year. Some events are pivoting online, and others will require pre-bookings to secure your spot. In the city, the Circular Quay foreshore will be closed to the general public from 5pm. Anyone wanting to enter the area will need to be able to provide a confirmed booking for a restaurant or venue or a ticket for the Sydney Opera House’s Australia Day Live event.
If you've scored extra time off, spend it seaching for the best public art in the city, hit a less-travelled road on one of Sydney's best walks, or go bush with the best bushland swimming holes near Sydney.
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