Happy Australia Day

5/01/2010

On Australia Day, over half of the nation’s population of 21 million throw themselves into an organised event or just enjoy a get-together with family and friends for a barbeque or a picnic to celebrate our national day. Check out our great ideas for marking 26 January in style.

 

Australian thongsAustralia Day is the ideal time to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. Of course, 26 January 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. But today Australia Day celebrations are all about Australia today - and in the future – and there are many fun ways to celebrate.

As well as the barbecues and fireworks, why not organise some events for your family and friends to join in? Competitions are always a good way to bring people together, so how about a pavlova-making competition, or perhaps lamington-making or even throwing? If your acquaintances prefer to eat, how about a meat pie-eating competition? But if you’re looking for something a little healthier, try kite-flying or perhaps a quiz.

Whatever you do, have a happy Australia Day!


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