On January 26, 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip raised the British flag at Sydney Cove, establishing the first colony in Australia, after the First Fleet of 11 convict ships had arrived. A public holiday and community day, Australia Day celebrates the anniversary of this event as well as Australia’s diverse society and landscape, history and achievements and commitment to continuing to make Australia a better place.
When is Australia Day?
Australia day falls on January 26 each year.
How do Australians celebrate Australia Day?
Community celebrations on Australia Day include flag raisings, presentation of community awards, barbecues and fireworks and other fun events and activities. Citizenship ceremonies are also held for new citizens.
Source: australiaday.org, australiaday.vic.gov.au