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Christmas and New Year's have been and gone and the holidays seem all but over. If you're anything like me you will be keenly awaiting the next public holiday to spend at the beach, in the park or in my case doing the Australia Day fun run.
Australia Day presents a fantastic opportunity to don a pair of aussie thongs and hat to join in community celebrations, have a BBQ with friends, join in or watch Australia Day parades and the ever popular fire works display.
The great thing about living in the lucky country is that we have such a laid back lifestyle and we certainly put this on display for Australia Day, but which town/region represents it best?
Being from the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, I am biased as to where I think the best celebrations are. The Peninsula hosts free breakfasts or BBQ lunches in 6 towns, has an Australia Day fun run from Safety Beach to Rosebud, a street parade in Mornington, a swim event in Mt Martha, fireworks in Rye and Mornington, live entertainment in most of the towns, free children's activities, sailing experience, farmers market, teddy bears picnic, Globe international skate board team, vintage car display and so much more. To see all events in each town click here. As you can see, the locals on the Peninsula love Australia Day.
I have never been anywhere else on Australia Day except for the Peninsula (sad but true), but I would love to visit a tiny town somewhere that has the biggest community spirit and celebrates in true Aussie fashion.
We would love to know which town celebrates Australia best?
In the Blue Mountains of NSW, there are two Australia Day events I know of. The first and by far the largest in the mountains is Gnome Convention at Glenbrook. Organised by Rotary, the Gnome Convention features a stunning display of Garden Gnomes, dress up competitions and free music. In the past there have been dog training displays, show jumping and there is always a great market. The second one is just in it's second year of operation and is the Australia Day Fair at Springwood Public School. Two stages of music, great water fun for kids, circus acts and markets. Both events are very exposed so remember to wear protective clothing and sunscreen.
Head to the beautiful bayside Suttons Beach at Redcliffe. Some really fun stuff for kids including Boomerang painting, Didgeridoo making and a local chef teaches you how to cook fish properly. Fireworks are always great over the sea. This event is such a great community event encouraging people to meet eachother over a game of cricket on the beach, or cooee calling. This is always a free event.
Anywhere is Bonza, just remember to sit back at some point in the day to remember what this day represents: a celebration of all the things that make our nation and people unique, and gratitude for all the rights & prosperity we do have.
have a picnic with your family & friends ... show the spirit of multi-culturalism in a wonderful land of opportunity - celebrate peace & harmony & the uniqueness of all people - Give thanks to our sacred land that we are truly fortunate to live in - respect, compassion & friendship for all - smile & make a difference to someone's day!