TOP 10 things to do in Sydney on Australia Day: Thursday 26 January 2012

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    Beach it up on Australia Day by Renate Ruge
    It’s the biggest day of the year and firmly fixed in the Aussie calendar for community festivals, concerts and citizenship ceremonies. Australia Day is a national celebration of the landing of the first fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788. On this day each year Aussies sport clothes in the national colours of green and gold, wave flags and come together to celebrate under the blazing January sun and blue skies.
    Here are ten of the best things to do to ‘get amongst it’.
    By Renate Ruge​
    1, Watch the ferries race at Ferrython

    Head to Circular Quay and find a spot on the Harbour foreshore to watch the annual ferrython where the iconic Sydney ferries are all dressed up, ready to do their dash and race to the finish line under the Harbour Bridge. Pack a picnic and pick a spot to watch the big boats race to line honours. Open 11am, free.
    2, Play ‘two up’ at the pub

    Have a spin at the typically Aussie game ‘two up’, which involves throwing two or three coins into the air. Players gamble on whether the coins will fall with both heads up, both (reverse) tails up, or with one coin a head, and one a tail (known as ‘odds’). A schooner of the amber nectar completes this Aussie pub experience.
    3, Hit the beach for the Havaianas Thong Challenge

    Australia’s most iconic beaches will become a sea of giant inflatable thongs as beachgoers attempt to set a new Guinness World Record to create the longest line of inflatable airbeds afloat. Last year 2068 giant Havaianas floated out on the water.
    4, Rock out at Big Day Out
    Shake your groove thing with Noel Gallagher, Kanye West and My Chemical Romance as well as heaps of other gigs to celebrate the 20th year of The Big Day Out concert in Sydney.
    5, Tune into Festival of the Voice at The Rocks
    Aussie singers and songwriters from all over the country play and sing across multiple stages in the Rocks. The theme: the Australian voice. Hear jazz, soul and groovy tunes as well as operatic sounds in this celebration of home grown talent.
    6, Celebrate at the Darling Harbour Spectacular
    Tall ship displays, water and firework shows and six hours of free music are all part of the official Australia Day celebrations at Sydney’s famous inner harbour.
    Fireworks for Australia Day

    7, Green Beats and Lawn Bowls
    Head to Coogee Beach for celebrations, stalls and a dip in the sea before spending a relaxing afternoon barefoot lawn bowling while grooving away to the Green Beats dance music line up. or
    8, Star of The Show
    Sydney’s super casino has ‘heaps’ on offer on Australia Day. Water views, live bands including Ian Moss from Cold Chisel, beats and bubbles at cocktail bar Cherry Jam and beers and bangers (or snags and schooners) at Fuel’s Aussie sports bar.
    9, BBQ on the Beach
    Most Sydney beaches have bar-be-cue areas with coin-operated grills, where you can fire up your own sausage sizzle right by the sea. You will need to score a spot early and byo (bring your own) tomato sauce.
    10, Hitch A Ride

    Hop onto a vintage bus for a trip back in time. A fleet of vintage buses from the Sydney Bus Museum will operate a circular route through the City at specially marked bus stops.​
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