Australia Day, Sydney
Australia Day, January 26th, to welcome the day local aboriginals perform the ceremony of Woggan Ma Gule. The guvorner of NSW attanded and afterwards there was a Q&A session. The perfect way to start a great day.
Aussies celebrate our day in a variety of ways. A multitude of events are held all over Sydney on the 26 January, the anniversary of the beginning of British settlement. On this day in 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip became Governor of the Colony of New South Wales.
There are many events held on Sydney Harbour, around Darling Harbour, out in the suburbs and also all over the state and the rest of Australia. The events include ferry races, hot air balloons, citizenship ceremonies, food festivals, fireworks, BBQs and concerts to name but a few.
One of the major events for 2006 was at Coogee Beach where 863 very excited people took part in the Great Thong Challenge in an attempt to break the Guinness Book of Records world record for the longest line of people on air beds in the water. The record, previously held by the Germans, was broken on hot pink thongs!
This is an annual event that has been the centrepiece of my family's Australia Day events for many years. Basically the inner-harbour ferries get decorated with their sponsors logos and balloons etc and have a small race up the harbour with a huge flotilla of little spectators vessels, harbour-cruise boats, mulit-million dollar yachts, kayaks and family dinghys. Living in the inner suburbs of Sydney, the harbour holds a special place in my heart and the ferry race captures the fun and life of the harbour!
Good vantage points are along the harbour beaches between the Harbour Bridge and Bradley's Head (where the ferrys turn aorund and return down the harbour) - bring a picnic rug some cold meats and a bottle of champagne and make it a real Australia Day on the harbour!!
Well, its a custom in my family! We always find a spt along the harbour to celebrate Australia's National Day on January 26th. There is always things to watch on the water and the harbour ferries get decorated up and have a 'ferry-race' up the harbour.
this photo is taken from Bradley's Head - accessible by ferry from Circular Quay across to Taronga Zoo and then walking around the track until you reach the parkland.