The streets of Redfern have been transformed by a sea of red, black and yellow flags with thousands gathering in Sydney to march for indigenous rights.
Organiser Ken Canning from Fighting In Resistance Equally said he hoped the Invasion Day rally would draw attention to Aboriginal deaths in custody and that he was grateful for the support of non-Aboriginal Australians.
"The idea here is to engage the general public because our political spectrum around the country, except for maybe the Greens party ... they ignore the calls of Aboriginal people," he told AAP ahead of the Friday's event.
The march, which included many non-indigenous Australians, began at The Block in Redfern and wound through the streets to Victoria Park, where attendees dispersed into the Yabun indigenous culture festival.
Among the crowd were ex-AFL players Adam Goodes and Michael O'Loughlin wearing Aboriginal flag t-shirts and snapping photos with fans.
Mr Canning said January 26 marked when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were invaded by the British, which was the reason for ongoing issues in communities.
"We have the highest deaths in custody rates in the world per head of population, the highest imprisonment rates," he said.
"The only difference between Turnbull and Arthur Phillip is their dress sense and Turnbull's got a better dental plan.
"The mentality is exactly the same."
Scores of police escorted the march through closed-off streets as onlookers and tourists stopped to film the event.
"Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land" was chanted by the crowd, with Aboriginal flags flying high and not an Australian flag in sight.
The march was one of many across the country, as tensions again flared over the date to celebrate Australia Day.
NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge was adamant the campaign to change it would be successful, despite Indigenous Affairs minister Nigel Scullion recently saying indigenous people had not raised the issue with him.
"Aboriginal people that I meet with - in Redfern, Moree, Tamworth, around this state - say January 26 is deeply disrespectful," Mr Shoebridge told AAP.