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Celebrate Australia Day with the Australians

The Australian summer celebrations peak on Australian Day, 26 January, with the traditions of free barbeque breakfasts, beach parties, corroborees and festivals.
14 January 2010
Australia Day marks the anniversary of the day Captain Arthur Phillip first raised the British flag at Sydney Cove, and commemorates the arrival of Europeans to Australia on 26 January 1788.

Hundreds of Australia Day events take place across the nation, and the day is a public holiday. Many people spend Australia Day enjoying the outdoors, playing sport, spending time over a barbeque and a beer with mates, and listening to an iconic radio program The Triple J Hottest 100: a countdown of the most popular 100 songs of the previous year.

In Sydney, thousands of people gather along Sydney Harbour foreshore to watch the Australia Day parade on the water. In towns across the nation, people gather for bushmen’s and poets’ breakfasts, concerts, sporting events, and fireworks displays.

The day also acknowledges the place of Indigenous Australians in the nation’s history, and to promote understanding, respect and reconciliation.

To celebrate Australia Day you only need a friendly, open spirit.

To visit Australia, unless you have an Australia or New Zealand passport, you do need to have an Australian Travel Visa. The most popular of these is the ETA Visa, as it can be quickly applied for and approved online, and as it is an electronic authority it requires no further paperwork or stamps.