Adventuring Sydneyside: Happy Australia Day 2012

Happy Australia Day, everyone! It’s the 26th of January, which means that we all have the day off to celebrate Australia’s official national day. Sadly, its pretty gloomy and rainy here today, but that’s not stoping the hearty Aussies from celebrating.

Dark Clouds loom over The Opera House

I asked my new Australian friends what they do to celebrate Australian Day, and they all told me the same thing: BBQ and fireworks. Sounds quite a bit like our 4th of July celebrations, but with Ferry Races instead of parades if you happen to be in Sydney.

The Ferries race through Sydney Harbour

Australia Day celebrates the arrival of the First Fleet to Sydney Cove in 1788. It’s a pretty patriotic affair with lots of flags and Aussie pride, though it’s not without controversy. I was told that some of the Indigenous people use other names to describe this day, such as ‘Invasion Day’.

Aussies 'make their mark' on Australia with hand written messages.

Controversial or not, Australia Day is a fine time to celebrate a pretty unique place. In typical Sydney style, there are tons of activities happening all over the city, ending with a fireworks display in Darling Harbour tonight. For now, here are a few more shots of the morning festivities, with more to come over the next few days. Enjoy!

The Rocks is filled with food and music today.

The fantastic Sam Buckingham performs in Circular Quay.

Miffy entertains the kids in Hyde Park

Ferries race towards the Harbour Bridge.

Aussie patriotism on display!

For more Australia Day, head over to Flickr!

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