Australia Day

Australia Day

What is Australia Day

Before researching the land down under I wasn’t even aware of Australia day. Its been celebrated since 1994 on 26th January every year. It is the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip, in 1788 (

It is a national holiday and if the Auzzies are not attending community events they are relaxing with friends and family.

How is Australia Day celebrated

I would love to be in Australia at this time to see what goes on. In Sydney they have various events if you happen to be there check out the official website for some more information. below is an example of what they had on offer in 2019.

  • The WugulOra Indigenous Morning Ceremony marks the official start and honours the traditional land owners with the raising of the Aboriginal and Australian flags on the Sydney Harbour Bridge from 8.00am.
  • Another Sydney harbour highlight is the Ferrython race, one of Australia’s most famous free Australia Day events. Watch as the ferries venture from Circular Quay to Shark Island and then back to finish under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • The Salute to Australia ceremony is a 21-gun salute fired from Bradfield Park and received by the Governor of New South Wales on board HMAS Canberra. Tina Arena will then sing the national anthem at 12.00pm. Everyone is asked to join in no matter where they are in Sydney.
  • Sydney’s Tall Ships will lead a fleet of historic vessels in a race from Bradleys Head to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. After the race, the ships will be on display at the Overseas Passenger Terminal.
  • Two free Australia Day Concerts.
  • Cruising Concerts feature a custom-built floating stage dropping into popular locations around the harbour from 12.15pm onwards. Stops include Hickson Road Reserve, Bradfield Park and the
  • Parramatta has an action-packed Australia Day line-up starting with hot-air balloons from 6.00am. Throughout the day, visitors can get up close to restored classic vintage vehicles at the CARnivale vintage car display, feast at the Big BBQ, enjoy amusements rides and entertainment in the Kids Crescent, listen to triple j’s iconic Hottest 100 Countdown and finish with a spectacular fireworks finale at 9.00pm.
  • Cockle Bay firework display as part of the Darling Harbour Spectacular.

Do they celebrate Australia Day in the UK

I live in the UK and I am British and as I mentioned I wasn’t even aware of Australia day until I started researching for my trip to Oz. However I know they is a large community of Aussies in London and they have a few events on each year you can check out their Facebook page for more information.

What do Australians think of Australia Day

I caught up with Travel blogger Marianne Rogerson from Mumonthemove to find out what she loves about Australia

“We love taking family vacations in Australia and try to visit at least once a year. Australia has some of the best beaches in the world, is extremely family friendly and also has an amazing culinary scene, with fabulous fresh produce. And did I mention the wineries!?”

If you want to see more about Marianne’s adventures check out her blog section on Australia she makes makes it all look amazing I really cant wait to go now. Also see her wonderful pictures on Instagram

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  • Article updated January 2019

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