It’s always good to be prepared! We’ve got the low-down on Aussie Day 2014 here so you’ll know all about it before you get to Oz. It’s our favourite time of year to be in Australia
, and for any of you who are already there, we envy you. The weather is great, spirits are up and there’s a real sense of community and pride. It’s a country that welcomes visitors with open arms and if you decide to stay, even better — Aussie Day is the day that a lot of Irish people gain Australian citizenship.
So if you’re thinking about moving there to live, to visit loved ones or just to go on a short holiday to check the place out (sure it seems to be the fashionable thing to do!), you will need to be clued up about the Aussies’ favourite day of the year.
History of Australia Day
Since 1994, Australians in every part of the continent have been celebrating this day on January 26th. The day commemorates the first landing in Australia of a fleet of 11 ships commanded by British Captain Arthur Philip in 1788. Captain Philip first arrived at Botany Bay but the bay seemed to be unsuitable to set up a Penal colony. He then went to Sydney Cove where he raised the Union Jack flag, thus establishing the British colony.
On the 30th anniversary of the colonisation in 1818, General Macquarie formally acknowledged the day as a public holiday in New South Wales. It was known as Anniversary or Foundation Day. By 1935, this NSW celebration had become an Australia-wide event.
In 1960 the first annual Australian of the Year awards took place. This award has now become the main focus of Australia Day with a host of other awards given out including Young Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero Award.
While Australia is no longer part of the British Empire, Aussies are still very proud of their roots and use this day to celebrate everything that is good about being Australian: from the beautiful sandy beaches to the diverse cultures living harmoniously in a growing economy—what’s not to love?
Australia Day 2014
Australia day 2014 will be officially celebrated on Sunday January 26th. This year they are making a whole weekend of it including a public holiday on Monday January 27th. Usually Australians celebrate by going to the beach for a picnic or a “barbie” with family and friends, watching fireworks, listening to live music and participating in sport or community events. It’s a brilliant day out for all the family, especially for the kids who get to dress up in fancy dress and play in the specially organised play areas in parks all around cities and the country.
The other great thing is that Australia Day has become a major fundraising opportunity and many events take place to raise money for a multitude of charities. One such event is the MS Colour Dash that takes place in Sydney’s Darling Harbour. Participants run, walk or hop for 5km while getting pelted with rainbow dust along the way. By the time they are finished the whole harbour is awash with colour. It is one of the many fun charity events that Australians are so good at organising.
Here’s what else is happening around Oz:
A world music stage, a football festival, a CARnivale (for motor enthusiasts) and magnificent fireworks over Cockle Bay.
A cider festival, a technology market, a parade and world-famous music acts will play over the weekend.
There are free activities and entertainment for the whole family at the “Entertainment Zone”, an outdoor cinema, a regatta and one of the best fireworks displays in Oz.
Great Australian Bites—showcasing the best of Aussie food, an Aussie Day pub crawl, a flag-raising ceremony and a cruise with fireworks to finish off the night.
The Australian capital city and the home of Aussie Day. Events include a citizenship ceremony and lots of fun and games in Commonwealth Park.
Travel to Australia
If you would like to experience Australia for yourself, you can get in touch with one of our Australia Travel Experts on 01 804 7188 or save €45per person by booking your flights to Australia online
today. You never know, you could be there for Australia Day 2015!
You can also read more about visiting Australia’s East
with loads of helpful information and tips about what to do in each of the cities.