Dig deeper on Australia Day

  • Yabun 2014 promotional poster


    Yabun 2014

  • Sharing traditional skills in the weaving workshop at the Saltwater Freshwater Festival


    Saltwater Freshwater 2014

    Sharing traditional skills in the weaving workshop at the Saltwater Freshwater Festival.

  • Canoe Parade at the Saltwater Freshwater Festival.


    Saltwater Freshwater 2014

    Canoe Parade at the Saltwater Freshwater Festival.

  • Museum of Sydney


    Museum of Sydney

    To celebrate Australia Day Sydney Living Museums is offering concession entry to all its properties.

  • Sydney observatory and Planetarium


    Sydney Observatory

    See the stars as the first fleet saw them from Sydney Harbour in 1788. Tours are held on the hour from 11am until 4pm and last approximately 30 minutes.

This Australia Day long weekend is a chance to visit places and hear stories that contributed to Australia’s multicultural history. 

To find out about regional Australia Day events, check out your local council website or visit the Australia Day website.


Day of Mourning Re-enactment

On Saturday 25 January at 3pm the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC) invites you to join the re-enactment of the original Day of Mourning Protest.  It's a celebration of the 1938 Day of Mourning which was held in Sydney, in the Australian Hall at the Cyprus Hellene Club. 

The Day of Mourning was held during the period when there were significant restrictions on Aboriginal peoples' rights of movement and assembly. Delegates from Aboriginal reserves risked imprisonment, expulsion from their homes and loss of their jobs for participating in the event. 

Pay tribute to this significant day and the movement for Aboriginal civil rights. 

Where: Sydney Town Hall, 438 George Street, Sydney (near Town Hall Station)


Yabun: Survive

Koori Radio Kr00 is proud to present SURVIVE as the theme for the Yabun Festival 2014 at Victoria Park, Camperdown on Sunday 26 January 2014. Australia’s premier one-day Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander festival, Yabun showcases the best of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander arts and culture in the heart of Gadigal country.

Find out more: http://kr00.com.au/2013/12/19/yabun-2014-survive/

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Saltwater Freshwater

The Saltwater Freshwater Festival is a nomadic event that moves to a different location on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales each Australia Day providing a range of family-friendly activities for the community to enjoy.

The 2013 Saltwater Freshwater Festival will be held in Kempsey Showground.

Find out more: www.saltwaterfreshwaterfestival.com.au



Admission to many of Sydney’s big museums and galleries is free or at reduced prices on Australia Day. Many are promoting themed exhibitions for the national day, special tours, talks, and a rare chance to ‘peek behind the scenes’.  

John Pilger’s Utopia at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Join the world premiere of acclaimed journalist and filmmaker John Pilger’s major feature documentary, Utopia. Reaching behind Australia’s tourist postcard image this film tracks political treatment of Indigenous Australians – from land rights to the revisionists – revealing an untold history of Australia. A special post-show conversation featuring John Pilger and a number of Indigenous representatives from the film will follow the screening.

Please note: only a few first come, first served seats are available.

Find out more: www.mca.com.au


Sydney Living Museums properties

In the city, get amongst the bustling Australia Day festivities – visit the Hyde Park Barracks Museum and The Mint, then wander past the annual classic car display along historic Macquarie Street, to rendevous at the delectable exhibition Eat your history: a shared table at the Museum of Sydney.

Find out more: Sydney Living Museums 


Australian National Maritime Museum

Launching on Australia Day and running after dark until mid February, Waves of Migration is a thought-provoking six-minute animated projection on the museum's iconic roof that weaves together Australia's rich tapestry of migration.

The museum's waterfront remain open until 8pm for families to enjoy live entertainment. Yots Café serves an evening menu with drinks – or listen to cover band The Blackbyrds between 4.30 - 7.30 pm.

Find out more: www.anmm.gov.au


Art Gallery of NSW

AGNSW is holding special tours revealing the astonishing diversity of art born from our distinctive Australian culture and landscape. There are two free one-hour tours starting at 11am and 2pm at the information desk.

Find out more: www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au


History House

Drop into History House, the home of the Royal Australian Historical Society for a chance to visit the beautiful heritage building and listen to the historians' interesting and historical talks of ten-minute duration every half hour between noon and 3:00pm.

Find out more: www.rahs.org.au


Australian Museum

Half-price general entry gets you access to Australia's natural world: interact with insects and much more.

Find out more: www.australianmuseum.net.au 


Powerhouse Museum

Discover the ultimate videogame arcade at the Powerhouse Museum this Australia Day.

Step into the world of Zelda, Super Marios Bros, Sonic the Hedgehog and many more much loved characters at the blockbuster exhibition Game Masters.

Find out more: www.powerhousemuseum.com


Sydney Observatory

See the stars as the First Fleet saw them from Sydney Harbour in 1788. Tours are held on the hour from 11am until 4pm and last approximately 30 minutes.

Find out more: www.sydneyobservatory.com


Powerhouse Museum



Elizabeth Bay House



Australian Museum


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