Australia Day Fireworks, Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC
Australians celebrate their national day – Australia Day – with fun in the sun. It is a designated public holiday with hundreds of small and large events taking place across the nation. In Sydney, thousands of people gather along Sydney Harbour foreshore for the celebrations on the water. In towns and cities there are community breakfasts, beach parties, corroborees and concerts, parades and pageants, sporting events, cultural and historic exhibitions and fireworks displays. Citizenship ceremonies are held to welcome new residents. It’s a day for Australians to celebrate everything that’s great about being Australian. There’s no better time to visit to meet Australians and see the country at its most relaxed.
Reasons to attend
1. See Australia at its best on its national day. Australia Day marks the anniversary of the First Fleet’s arrival at Port Jackson (which includes Sydney Harbour) in 1788. In 2015, the holiday falls on a Monday, creating a long weekend at the peak of the Australian summer, guaranteeing locals will celebrate with gusto.