Australia Day is a celebration of all things Australian and one that is hard to avoid should you be in the land Down Under or within close proximity of most Aussies on January 26. Australia Day marks the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet to Australian shores in 1788. It’s also a day to celebrate Australia’s diversity and to welcome our newest citizens, honour our community heroes and reflect on Australia’s history, including our indigenous ancestors. There are events of all shapes and sizes to mark Australia Day, ranging from citizenship and awards ceremonies to cockroach races, games of Two-Up and what makes many a young Australian’s favourite day of the year with family and friends – sports, barbecues, beaches and listening to Triple J’s Hottest 100 songs of the year. 

Mates before dates

Australia Day is a day of pride for Aussies, best spent with family and friends - old and new! There are plenty of fun events to be a part of and what better way to make new mates than to join in in the celebrations. For example, if you’re in Sydney, there’s an impressive fireworks display at Cockle Bay and, earlier in the day, thousands gather along Sydney Harbour for barbecues, beach parties, corroborees, live music and best-dressed boat comps. If you’re in sunny Queensland’s capital of Brisbane, not only do some pubs offer cockroach races, but there’s also everything from flag-raising ceremonies to street performances, live music and a street party at South Bank Parklands. There are similar celebrations held at Perth’s Langley Park. If you’re in Melbourne, Australia Day sees the city streets come alive with all sorts of weird and wacky performances as well as a brekkie put on at Parliament House

No matter where you go, pubs and entertainment venues are sure to have something special planned to mark one of the busiest daytime celebrations of the year. If you want to lock in something special for Australia Day, Student Flights can help arrange a tour that will see you having an amazing time on this special day. This could be a three-day cruise departing from Sydney Harbour, a trip to one of Australia’s best-loved natural wonders like Uluru or the Great Barrier Reef, or even a tour of our nation’s capital, Canberra. Sports lovers welcome this time of year in Australia; see the action live and be the envy of many and head to a game of world-class cricket or, if you’re lucky enough, score a ticket to the Australian Open to see the best tennis players in the world perform.


When is it?

26th January 2016
26th January 2017

Tips and tricks

  • Australia Day is hugely popular, so make sure you book accommodation and tickets for major events well in advance.

  • Set a good pace; it’s a long day (and night) of celebrations and you want to pace yourself with drinks and energy.

  • It’s summer in Australia so sunscreen, hats, sunnies and water are encouraged.

  • While not mandatory attire, most revellers wear Australian colours – follow the colours of the flag or our sporting teams' green and gold for inspiration. Go all out with flags, temporary tattoos and other Aussie memorabilia.

  • While beach clothes are great for some events, official events and ceremonies (and even some pubs) call for attire other than thongs and singlets!

  • It's a public holiday for the national day and there's always a long weekend involved.

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