The Duke and Duchess have now retired for the night as a guest of Governor-General Peter Cosgrove at Admiralty House.
Here's what they'll be getting up to over the next couple of days down under (apologies in advance Melbourne and Perth).
The Blue Mountains beckon, where they will visit the fire affected areas and meet locals.
They will embark on every parent's nightmare and join the crowds at Sydney's Royal Easter Show before popping out to Manly.
The couple will head to Brisbane to tour the RAAF Base Amberley and probably plant a tree.
They'll be up early for Church and attend Easter Sunday Mass before heading to Taronga Zoo.
Sees them off to Uluru, just like William did with his parents 31 years ago.
The Duke and Duchess will head to what Lonely Planet calls one of the top 10 cities to visit, Adelaide.
Thursday & Friday
Canberra will host the royals for two days where they will attend an ANZAC Day service at the Australian War Memorial, rub shoulders with the Prime Minister, and probably plant another tree.
http://t.co/ZFt9dgqdsP. Footage of the Duke and Duchess at Sydney Opera House today— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) April 16, 2014
A few excitable members of the crowd were denied their wish of getting a selfie with the royal couple. Particularly one woman wearing gold who asked the question, which was left unanswered.
Despite the unofficial selfie ban, the Duke and Duchess were happy to pose for photos, as long as they were taken by a third party.
As choppers buzzed overhead, the Duke and Duchess emerging from the Sydney Opera House to loud cheers before greeting many who had been gathered at the steps since 10am.
They received arm fulls of bouquets, handmade cards and even a cricket bat decorated with Aboriginal artwork from small children in wheelchairs, the elderly and little girls wearing plastic tiaras.
They are now boarding their private police launch which will take them to Admiralty House, where they will retire for the evening.Back to top
Flower girl Joscleyn Sweeney, 22, from Vincentia, not only presented the Duchess with a bouquet bursting with native flora, including banskia and blue gum leaves, she also gifted Prince George with a copy of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie: My First Book.
The little monarch was thrilled...
The royal couple are now having a chat to cricket legend Glenn McGrath.
Both he and our champion female cricket champ, Ellyse Perry will pose for an official photo with Prince William and Catherine to after having a chat about the upcoming ICC World Cup.
While his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth is renowned for her handbag collection, I'm going to call it, Prince George wins in the accessories department.
Check out his kangaroo backpack, which his nanny Maria Borrallo, was spotted holding.
Nice to see some people are keeping it classy.
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Love Aussue humour! a bevy of bikini clad teenage girls are bobbing up and down on a boat near Opera House with a Prince Harry lookalike!— phil dampier (@phildampier) April 16, 2014
Our amazing Fairfax photographers have captured some beautiful shots of the royal arrival.
The Duke, aka Prince William, has just delivered a speech at the Opera House.
If you weren't among the 400 who heard it, here it is, especially for you, you loyal subjects you...
"Thank you for your warm welcome.
Your Excellency, Sir Nicholas, Mr President, thank you for inviting me and Catherine this afternoon. There cannot be a more impressive place than the iconic Sydney Opera House to begin our first visit together to Australia. I know that New South Wales is a very special place, and Catherine and I are looking forward to seeing that for ourselves over the coming days.
My last visit to Australia – in 2011 – was at a sad and testing time for the nation. A cyclone followed by flooding had devastated lives and property in Queensland, and bush fires had ravaged the State of Victoria. I am sorry to return to find that, yet again, fellow Australians in north Queensland are coping with the aftermath of another destructive cyclone.
Australia has much to contend with at the moment: your contribution to the ongoing search for MH370 has earned respect in every quarter of the globe. Australia’s determined and leading role in the search is at the very edge of technological ability and human endurance.
You have also responded with great generosity in the past few days to the natural disaster afflicting the Solomon Islands, which is suffering dreadfully from floods and successive earthquakes. Australia has led the international response in a way that is testament to the strength of your partnerships with your neighbours, and the important role that Australia plays both regionally and globally.
This visit to Australia has been one that Catherine and I have been looking forward to for a long time. On my first visit here as an adult in 2010, I remember just how bowled over I was by Sydney: seeing the energy and diversity of this beautiful city, and understanding just how much Australia is the home of innovation, opportunity and possibility.
I was well prepared: the affection that my grandmother The Queen has for this nation is infectious.
Her Majesty spoke recently of how, since her first visit here sixty years ago, she has been privileged to witness Australia’s growing economy and flowering self-confidence.
For Catherine, Harry and me, born in the early 80s, we’ve never known anything else – Australia and Australians have always been for us a beacon of confidence, creativity in the arts and sporting ability.
Harry felt very honoured to be invited to the centenary Fleet Review in Sydney harbour last year; and I know how much my father enjoyed his visit here in honour of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. My mother’s deep affection for Australia – which you were so kind to reciprocate – needs no reminder.
I don’t think I could finish these brief words to you without mentioning one other family member, George, who is now busy forging his own link with Australia. Catherine and I were very grateful for the many kind messages and gifts from across the country that we received when George was born. I suspect George’s first word might be ‘bilby’ – only because ‘koala’ is harder to say. We really look forward to our time here together as a family.
Australia is an inspiring place, as this amazing Opera House shows so vividly, and I know that a truly unforgettable few days lie ahead.
To recap, or in case you missed it, the royals have arrived in Australia.
Royals touch down in Sydney
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with Prince George arrive in Sydney to kick off their 10-day Australian tour.
Before she became a Duchess, Kate Middleton loved gold.
Here she is rocking our official colours at a Hen's Night in 2008.
Fashion commentator Paula Joye is hoping to see the Duchess in something similar when she hits Manly Beach on Friday.Back to top
While Catherine's yellow frock has received the tick of approval, some are critical of George's look.
Now would be a good time to remind everyone that he's 8-months-old.
Gorgeous George - but I hate to say it, isn't that outfit, well, rather girly? pic.twitter.com/ldtkKlE0Z9— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) April 16, 2014
The huge crowds, numbering in their thousands, erupted into rapturous applause and screams as the Duke and Duchess arrived at the Opera House.
The Duchess, wearing canary yellow sheath dress and the Duke, in a conservative blue suit, looked relaxed and happy while waving to the crowds.
NSW Governor Marie Bashir greeted them before escorting the couple up the staircase to the northern forecourt where an official reception is currently taking place.
BOF (Barry O'Farrell) is MIA.
The royal tour has officially started as the couple arrive at the Opera House.
George in shorts again— Victoria Murphy (@QueenVicMirror) April 16, 2014
The calm before the storm...Back to top