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Paint your palette gold and green
The Australian Flag should be raised at Picnic Point.
Australia Day is approaching on 26 January; that respite from plunging into the new year. Here are ten ideas for your celebration.
Picnic Point Celebrations
This year, the Toowoomba Regional Council has been on the lookout for new ways to celebrate the annual festival at Picnic Point. Raising the Aussie flag and speeches should be happening. Arrive around 8:30am to honour Australian residents for their outstanding achievements. Many awards will be presented including Citizen of the Year, Cultural Award, Sports Award and Community Group/Event of the Year. The Council will be monitoring state and federal health advice in relation to the pandemic to determine the nature and extent of the functions. Celebrations will be held if at all possible.
Top of Tourist Road, Toowoomba. Plenty of parking. Beautiful natural surrounds and bushwalking.
Australian Traditional Feast
It's not all lamingtons, meat pies and damper. Traditional Aussie tucker has more to offer, such as roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, Irish stew, roast turkey with stuffing and even Russian beef stroganoff, also an old favourite. Try cooking up a feast for your friends this Australia Day as you commemorate your national history.
Traditional Aussie lamington, eat in or have a picnic.
Spinning a yarn might be becoming a thing of the past, so have a go at making up a fantastic story or repeating an old one. 'Kangaroo feathers' was one told in WWI by Aussie diggers, when asked what the emu plumes on their slouch hats were. Teach your children about 'ocker' culture, mateship and tell stories of heroism or the community pulling together in a crisis.
Charge of the Light Horse
Australia Day may not be about the war, but the story of the charge of the Light Horse is an exciting story to tell the family.
Wearing plumed slouch hats and riding walers, the 4th Light Horse Brigade made the last important cavalry charge in history. Their victory over Beersheba altered the course of the war. The Light Horse's motto was 'you never leave a mate behind'.
Light Horsemen in authentic gear, Jondaryan Woolshed..
Aboriginal culture has changed over the years and varies throughout the nation, with different languages, weaponry, arts, crafts, traditional dress and spiritual beliefs. Find out more about Aboriginal art and culture to teach the family. If painting a boomerang is old hat, the family could work on one big mural. Remember National Sorry Day.
Wombats, snakes, birds, dingoes, crocs and more awaits the visitor to Australia Zoo. They are open daily from 9am - 5pm, including Australia Day, the last day of their Summer Holiday program. Appreciate Australia's unique fauna and flora. Remember the first time you held a koala or saw a wild platypus.
Hold a barbecue for your friends and family. Make it themed to things Australian. Dress as cricketers. Wear the national colours, gold and green. Don't forget to decorate with the Australian flag or perhaps cuddly plush koalas.
Breathe in the aromatic gasses from the eucalyptus trees. See the beauty of the blue haze it creates over the distant ranges. There are many varieties including Rainbow Gum, Mountain Gum and Candlebark. Take a leisurely stroll through Peace Haven Botanic Gardens to admire all the Australian native trees, Kuhls Rd, Highfields.
Take in several Australian movies themed to the nation. Breaker Morant, Mad Max, Crocodile Dundee or The Nightingale for example.
Last but not least, learn what Australia Day is all about. It's the official national day of Australia. It commemorates the day the First Fleet landed in 1788 at Port Jackson, New South Wales. The flag of Great Britain was raised at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip.
At the beginning of 1901, the British colonies formed a federation, marking the birth of Australia. A national day of unity was decided on in 1935. In 1994, 26 January was confirmed as Australia Day.