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Australia Day

Australia Day

Australia Day is upon us so I think its important any future traveler knows what to expect on this great day of days. Held on the 26th of January each year, the day commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788. Basically the day the British landed and claimed the country as their own.

We Australian’s are rather proud of our little country so you will find that we celebrate rather enthusiastically. You can expect to notice/partake in the following if you happen to find yourself in Australia on this day of days:

  • Copious amounts of beer will be consumed from as early as breakfast

  • As beer intake grows singing of nation anthem and all other Australian related songs will occur

  • You will see people wearing the Aussie flag as a cape, dress, shirt etc

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  • There will be fireworks

  • You will be required to only consume food cooked on the BBQ, lamb being the preferred meat

  • You can also expect to find parties in every backyard or park BBQ area.

This is just a beginners guide to celebrating Australia Day. Once you find yourself surrounded by proud Aussies anything is likely to happen and probably will. My advice is to go with it. Grab yourself a beer, sing along to the tunes and celebrate the fact you have found yourself in Australia during the summer.

If you find yourself in Sydney for Australia Day you could try some of these Sydney Hotels on LateRooms if your budget is more than a hostel.


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20 Responses to Australia Day

  1. JANE January 25, 2010 at 10:30 PM #

    I like you photo’s. Really reminds me of my first backpacking adventure in Oz. Will need to make a trip back sometime soon. Australia Day rocks 🙂
    http://www.runawayjane.com

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 26, 2010 at 12:21 AM #

      Hey Jane, Thanks for the comment. When did you visit Australia? and where are you from?

  2. SUZI January 26, 2010 at 5:37 AM #

    Celebrating enthusiastically, copious amounts of beer, singing of songs from Oz . . . sounds like “any day” in Australia from my experience! Luvin’ it – wanna come back! 🙂

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 26, 2010 at 12:54 PM #

      Hey Suzi, yeah but today we just do it all with even more gusto that other days 🙂

      • SUZI January 27, 2010 at 6:34 AM #

        LOL! Have a mucho gusto-filled Australia Day!

  3. KMO January 26, 2010 at 1:00 PM #

    Sounds like a blast! Happy Australia Day!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 26, 2010 at 3:14 PM #

      Hey Kmo, thanks. I’ve just been out around town and there are people with Aussie flags in their car windows and others wearing the flags as cape’s. Looking forward to BBQ tonight and some fireworks.

  4. STEPHANIE January 26, 2010 at 3:12 PM #

    Sigh. Is it possible to be home sick for a place you’ve never been? I’m sure that Australia day in London pales in comparison to the real thing.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 26, 2010 at 3:18 PM #

      haha living with those Aussie boys really did convert you huh 🙂 I’ll miss not being in Australia for it next year but I think it will be fun to celebrate in another country. I’m sure there won’t be a shortage of Aussies to celebrate with.

  5. CANDICE January 26, 2010 at 3:25 PM #

    No wonder Newfies and Aussies get along so well! I need to be there!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 26, 2010 at 3:34 PM #

      haha that and apparently there is a lot of Canadian’s tuned into the Triple J Hottest 100 music poll online they got a shout out earlier on the radio.

  6. NOMADIC CHICK January 28, 2010 at 10:56 AM #

    Where’s my vegemite and toast? I’m waiting by the mailbox!

    • SUZI January 28, 2010 at 11:57 AM #

      You really are a glutton for punishment, Girl! 🙂

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 28, 2010 at 4:46 PM #

      You come to Australia and get it. You have to eat vegemite toast hot from the toaster.

  7. RACHEL January 29, 2010 at 12:18 PM #

    Ha, I came across your site via StumbleUpon and am AMAZED that I had never heard of Australia Day before. Probably because I’ve never been to Australia, but I celebrate everything (as long as it involves drinking). Nice pics 🙂

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 29, 2010 at 1:43 PM #

      Hey Rachel, your missing out if you haven’t celebrated an Australia Day. Being Aussies there is always drinking involved so you would fit right in. You might have to excuse the singing and the flag waving though.

  8. ADVENTUREROB January 31, 2010 at 4:51 PM #

    I celebrated my first Australia day in Sydney this year, it was good fun 🙂

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 31, 2010 at 9:47 PM #

      Hey Rob, nice work mate would have been awesome up there.

  9. HEATHER January 13, 2011 at 5:10 AM #

    Can’t wait for Australia Day 2011!

  10. JACK February 14, 2011 at 10:07 AM #

    this should be a national day of celebration for the survival of the Australian Indigenous people and not Australia Day the fact that this article so unapologetically outlines that we celebrate the invasion day by the original boat people is a terrible terrible shame and shows how out of touch most people are

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