Some 40,000 people visited Barangaroo Reserve on Australia Day 2016, the first commemoration since the reserve opened last August.
The day's events commenced at 7.30am with the WugulOra Morning Ceremony, attended by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd) Governor of New South Wales and the CEO of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Craig van der Laan. The ceremony also featured a link to Jessica Mauboy singing the national anthem on the Harbour Bridge as the Australian and Aboriginal flags were raised.
The day concluded at 8pm with a traditional Aboriginal Sunset Ceremony to farewell Grandfather Sun.
Visitors were able to watch a day of celebrations on Sydney Harbour including the Ferrython, the Tall Ships and the specular flyover of air force jets, helicopters, stunt planes and the Qantas A380 flyby.
Another highlight of the day was the final viewing and demolition of the Sydney Festival’s Ephemeral City. Live music was available throughout the afternoon before finishing with the amazing Nawi Sunset Sounds, a series of performances on Dukes Pier from some of Australia’s favourite young entertainers including Ellie Drennan, the winner of The Voice Australia 2015.
Australia Day 2016 at Barangaroo Reserve came to a close with a performance of Djapana, a traditional sunset dreaming song made famous by Yothu Yindi. The performance featured Djakapurra Munyarryun, Jessica Mauboy, dancers from the Janawi Dance Clan and creative director Clarence Slockee.