Australia Day 2012

Australia Day is celebrated on 26 January 2012, and is a public holiday for all Australian’s.

Darling Harbour, Sydney

There are plenty of ways to join in the celebrations in true Aussie style around Sydney.  Some of the highlights are:

  • The Rocks – 11.30am – 8.30pm
    The Rocks will come alive on Australia Day, with 3 open air stages, showcasing singers and songwriters from all over the country.
  • Darling Harbour Australia Day Fireworks – 7pm
    Breathtaking symphony of light, sound, music and fireworks.
  • 176th Australia Day Regatta –  Eastern end of Sydney Harbour – 1.15pm – 6pm
    The annual sailing regatta has events for all classes of yachts and 18 foot skiffs.
  • Ferrython – 11am – 12pm
    Pack a picnic and line the harbour foreshore to barrack for those ferries, as they race from Circular Quay to Shark Island, crossing the finish line at the Harbour Bridge.
  • Haviana’s 2012 Australia Day Thong Challenge – Campbell Parade (Cnr Ramsgate Avenue) – 8am – 2pm
    NSW prepares to defend their 2011 World Record – 2068 giant Havaianas inflatables on the water!
  • Big Day Out 2012 – Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park
    THE festival is back for the 20th time!

Australia Day, Sydney, Australia

But, perhaps the most traditional way to celebrate Australia Day, is to host your own barbie, fill your esky, play a game of backyard cricket, cover yourself in Aussie flag (temporary) tattoos, don your bucket hat and try not to get sunburnt, for once.

For those of you who need a recap – here is our National Anthem:

Australia’s National Anthem:

Australians all let us rejoice, For we are young and free, We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil; Our home is girt by sea; Our land abounds in nature’s gifts Of beauty rich and rare, In history’s page, let every stage Advance Australia Fair. In joyful strains then let us sing, Advance Australia Fair.

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross We’ll toil with hearts and hands; To make this Commonwealth of ours Renowned of all the lands; For those who’ve come across the seas We’ve boundless plains to share: With courage let us all combine To Advance Australia Fair. In joyful strains then let us sing, Advance Australia Fair.

How will you be celebrating this Australia Day?

Check out the Australia Day website for more info:



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