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