Australia Day Guide – Sydney

The Plus Ones have compiled your personal guide for the truest of bluest of days in the land down under. A day when it is completely acceptable, nay, obligatory to get boozy from dawn till dusk (or later) mid-week, and turn up hung-over to work the day after; that is, if you haven’t “pulled a sickie.”


Get a head start on your day.

Wake Up With The Wildlife Breakfast 

Re-acquaint/acquaint yourself, over breakfast, with the myriad of wildlife, iconic of the land down under. Well, maybe more the cute and cuddly kind, and less the poisonous snake type.

7:00am, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Doonsdale

Australia Day Park Run

Burn off those calories in your Aussie themed apparel before you get started on your lamb, snags, and brewskis, to rein in that guilt factor.

8:00am, St Peters


Soul Of Sydney

Make your way to the open-air funk and soul picnic at the Sydney Festival Village in Hyde Park featuring jump-ropes, soul trains, limbo and more.

12:00pm, Hyde Park

Celebrate at Ivy Pool Club

Celebrate pool-side, in style innercity, at the Pool Club, with half-priced beer and vodka, ft. tunes on point. Because, when in doubt, Ivy.

1:00pm, Ivy Pool Club


[Day] Bondi Sands Harbour Cruise

Cruise along the harbour as you eat, drink, and enjoy the company of Victoria’s Secret models, international DJs, and more.

1:00pm, Circular Quay

[Night] Australia Day Latin Cruise

Salseros y salseras – dance your way through Australia Day, as you cruise along the gorgeous backdrop of the Sydney harbour. Two levels of Salsa, Zouk, and more, plus complimentary classes. Couple that with live shows and fingerfood, and we’ve got a winner.

6:00pm, Darling Harbour

Inner-west / Newtown

Hottest 100 Party at The Newy

Head over to BBQ and pool party in their courtyard with super soakers, lucky dips, cocktails, Fosters tinnies (because Straya), meat raffles, and DJs post countdown.

12:00pm, Newtown Hotel

Triple J at Newtown Social Club

Eat, drink, and join the good vibes all day till late at this Triple J day/night party with hourly draught jug giveaways, ticket prizes and more.

12:00pm, Newtown Social Club

East / Bondi

Start:Cue 028 – ‘Straya Day Party

Make your way to the top deck of this Sydney institution, and party to the city’s finest DJs (incl. from Lost Paradise),

2:00pm, Beach Road Hotel

Bondi Lawn Bowls

Head over for some lawn bowls, meat trays, delectable F&B specials, sweeps, plus the use’.

12:00pm, Bondi Bowling Club

Spring Street Social

Make your way down later for some funky, groovy, night-time grooves, if you’re down for a late one.

Till late, Spring Street Social


– Samantha