Cultural Experience | Australia

Aussies Do It Downunder on Australia Day

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Australia day is the official national day of Australia.  The 26th of January is celebrated annually to commemorate the arrival of the first fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788.  The fleet comprised of 11 ships that set sail from England on May 13 1787, under the good command of Captain Arthur Phillip to settle a penal colony.  That penal colony has morphed into the beautiful nation of Australia.

So what’s so great about Australia?  For a start, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranks 4 of Australia’s cities in the top ten most livable cities in the world.  That sounds like something to celebrate to us, so here are a few things to do this Australia Day.

Havaianas Australia Day Thong Challenge

Despite what you might think, a thong in Australia is something you wear on your feet; it’s a flip-flop in American terminology.  In this case, participants blow up large inflatable thongs in order to break the world record of the biggest chain of inflatable airbeds.  You can take part in this beach day all around Australia in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.  For more information click here.

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Havaiana’s Thong Challenge

Tall Ships

Five spectacular tall ships will sail from Bradley’s Head to Harbour Bridge.  Arrive early to get a great vantage point.

Sample a Beer

If all that fun in the sun is too much, you can pop into the iconic Melbourne pub Young and Jackson on the corner of Flinders Street and Swanston Street to sample their limited edition craft beer “The Convict” while you nod your head along with the live music.

Harveydale Rodeo in Westbury Tasmania

A big bush celebration in the isle state of Tasmania.  Watch as contestants try to stay on their bulls in the saddle bronc comp for 8 seconds or more.

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Photo courtesy ABC Australia

Whatever you do for Australia Day, take a moment to soak up some sun, enjoy the friends and family surrounding you and be thankful for being a part of such a great nation.


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