Australia Day is a national public holiday which commemorates the founding of New South Wales on January 26th, 1788. It marks the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove NSW. Records indicate that people have celebrated this day as far back as 1808 however the first official celebration was held in 1808. However, it was more than 100 years later, in 1935, that Australians adopted the term 'Australia Day' to mark the date.
Australia Day is on Sunday 26th January, 2014. As Australia Day falls on the weekend, Australians are given Monday 27th of January as a holiday in lieu of the Sunday.
Darling Harbour Australia Day
A harbour side party around Cockle Bay which include live music, children's entertainment and the Australia Day Spectacular which starts at 8.45pm. The Spectacular is a stunning fireworks display over Cockle Bay.
The Rocks Australia Day
Sydney's most historic precinct is a favourite destination for family fun on Australia Day. Enjoy live performances from bands and quirky performers. This year, The Rocks will even have a karaoke stage at Rocks Square.
Byron Bay Breakfast in the Park
A family fun day including a celebration of the survival of indigenous culture. The event is pet-friendly and suitable for all ages. There will be music, food and entertainment for the whole family.
Australia Day Aquathon
This year there will be three Aquathon events plus a 3km walk for charity. The swim and run events are open to athletes of all ages and abilities. Plus there will be plenty of stalls, kids rides, activities, exhibitions and concerts for those not taking part to help you make the most of you Australia Day celebrations.
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Country Music Awards of Australia
Not technically an Australia Day event, the Country Music Awards of Australia (CMAAs) take place on the Saturday of Australia Day weekend and celebrate the best of Australia's country music scene. The Tamworth Country Music Festival is consistently voted one of the best music festivals in the world, why not find out why.
Australia Day @ Bowl
Head to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Australia Day. Melbourne's favourite outdoor music venue will be hosting an afternoon of free entertainment entitled 'From Ocean and Islands' sure to please the whole family. The concert will include music and dance and promises to be a celebration of our nation's culture and landscapes.
Australia Day March
Participants from over 80 organisations take part in this march through Melbourne CBD to celebrate the lively and diverse cultural heritage of Australia. The march commences at the corner of Swanston St and Bourke St and concludes at Kings Domain Gardens.
Sounds of Australia Day
Plenty of music-oriented events at the Queen Victoria Gardens near St Kilda Road to celebrate Australia Day. The festival will include choir performances, concerts and family events to watch or take part in, plus food and beverage stalls.
Warrnambool's Australia Day @ The Gardens
Enjoy an Aussie BBQ, free music entertainment, children's activities at Warrnambool Botanic Gardens. The day includes celebrating new Australian citizens plus the Warrnambool citizen and young citizen of the year announcements.
Australia Day Breakfast on the Boardwalk
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at Bellerive Boardwalk. This free event includes live music entertainment plus a craft tent for the kiddies. The Citizen Award Ceremony begins at 11am and also includes a raising of the flag and singing of the anthem.
A Day on the Beach
Australia is known internationally for its love of the great outdoor so why not spend this Australia Day at the beach! Expect loads of free activities and music at Kingston Beach. Plus, a sandcastle competition and two Big Aussie BBQs.
2014 Lord Mayor's Australia Day Awards
Australia Day awards are common in most major capital cities. The Brisbane awards recognised individuals who have significantly improved the lives of others and the community and contribute to the city's vision for a diverse, friendly and strong community.
Australia Day at Aussie World
Plenty of fun for the whole family at Aussie World. Each Australia Day the place attracts thousands of people with its annual Dunny Race. The winner of the race is presented with a toilet seat to commemorate their, ahem, achievement. Plus, there is plenty of classic cars and vintage vehicles for the motor enthusiasts. And of course Aussie World and its assortment of thrill rides are open for business.
Australia Day Parade
A free community event takes over the city of Adelaide to celebrate Australia Day. Colourful floats and street performers parade through the streets of the CBD, followed by a concert and fireworks in Elder Park in the evening.
Australia Day Skyworks
Pack a picnic this Australia Day and enjoy a day of free activities along the Perth foreshore. In the evening, be amazed as the sky illuminates with the annual fireworks display accompanied by music.
Australia Day Awards Ceremony
The city of Darwin stages a major awards ceremony to recognise the achievements of outstanding Darwin citizens. The awards presented include Darwin Citizen of the Year, Young Darwin Citizen of the Year and Darwin Community Event of the Year. The awards ceremony takes place during the Flag Raising and Citizenship Ceremony.