Australia Day Celebrations

Celebrations took place all around Australia on the 26th for Australia Day.  It is a day when citizenship ceremoes take place all over the country.  These children became new Australian citizens in Darwin.  Two-year-old Jombo Hakim, Oliver Lawes and Ferlin Espartinez, both three,  were among 80 people from Europe, North America, Africa and Asia being sworn in as citizens.

Sydney broke the record for the most number of inflatable flip flops or thongs in the ocean.  With 2068 registered thongs in the water at North Bondi beach, Sydneysiders have smashed the former record of 1301 held by Cottesloe beach in Western Australia. Though you can see from this video that the people of Perth didn’t give up the record without a fight.

The thong challenge is an Australia day tradition.

In Queensland celebrations included live entertainment, mud crab racing, citizenship ceremonies and ice-cream eating contests.

In Sydney, an Aboriginal calling began a host of celebratory activities which included live entertainment, free concerts and free sausage sizzles across the harbour city.

In Victoria, special events included a big brekkie, a flag raising ceremony and a people’s march.

In South Australia, highlights included “Barossa under the Stars” and an Australia Day concert starring Jessica Mauboy in Adelaide’s Elder Park.

Tasmanian celebrations included everything from the long-standing Sandy Bay Regatta to A Day on the Beach at Kingston and the annual Australia Day Fun Run at New Norfolk.