Adventuring Sydneyside: Happy Australia Day 2012 Part II

Though much of Australia Day was spent dodging sporadic bouts of rain, there was still plenty to do and see. For those wishing to stay dry, many of Sydney’s cultural institutions opened their doors to the public for free, including many museums, Parliament of NSW, and the Reserve Bank of Australia.

The Harbour Bridge during a downpour

I took my chances on the weather and headed back to Circular Quay to see a bit of the airshow, and arrived just in time to see these guys do a few flyovers near the Opera House.

A trio of 1930s Tiger Moth biplanes

As the air show was going on overhead, a few of the Tall Ships were making their way to Sydney Harbour. The skies opened up again just as the ships were passing the Opera House, but I did manage to catch a shot of them before running for cover!

The Tall Ships making their way towards the bridge

After seeing the Tall Ships, Alex and I heading over to Darling Harbour for the ‘Official NSW Australia Day Spectacular’ just as the skies were starting to clear.

Crowds pack into Darling Harbour for fireworks. Notice the blue skies peeking through... 🙂 .

The Spectacular included an address from New South Wales Governor, Professor Marie Bashir and a special guest you may recognize:

Australian of the year, Geoffrey Rush, was on hand as well

After a bit of pomp and circumstance, the boats rolled in for their moment in the spotlight. The boat parade featured many different boats that spend their days around the Harbour from police craft to utility boats, ferries and more.

Can't remember the name of this boat, but I do love the flags!

The Waratah, with more flags.

The Tall Ships waiting for their spin through Cockle Bay Wharf

After the boat parade and NSW Police display, it was time for, you guessed it, fireworks. I have to say, Sydney does fireworks like nobody else. And as if the fireworks alone weren’t enough, they also throw in a lightshow, music and huge columns of fire. It was a great close to the Australia Day festivities, and a great way to close this entry as well. Enjoy!

For more Australia Day fun, check out Flickr!


2 thoughts on “Adventuring Sydneyside: Happy Australia Day 2012 Part II

    • Thanks for reading! As such a newbie to Australia, I was trying to focus on the positives – but the protest and the now infamous shoe was all I kept hearing about on the news. I really liked your post on the subject though, and I think you’re totally right – we should be celebrating what makes this place great now. There may be some ugliness in Australia’s past (what country doesn’t have some of that!), but that shouldn’t overshadow the strides we are making to make the future better for everyone who lives here.

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