Australia Day – Icons, Flags and BBQs

Australia Day commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Port Jackson, New South Wales in 1788, commandeered by Captain Arthur Phillip. Our country only may be 222 years young but come January 26, we know how celebrate our heritage in true Aussie style.

Australia Day

On this national public holiday, it’s our chance to fly the flag over our iconic beaches, beautiful bays and stunning harbour.

Australia Day

Sydney put on a hot one with temperatures in the 30s, packing our beaches with revellers getting down to business. We admire the generation that eats too much chicken.

Australia Day

We slap fake tattoos on our golden skin and slip on our thongs (flip flops) with pride.

Australia Day

We proudly wear our Aussie flag gear, be it as a cossie, on our bodies or over our beach tents.

Australia Day

We also sport our green and gold colours and smile for the camera.

Australia Day

Our flag is everywhere to be admired, from deep blue skies to plastic hats and Angus beef burgers.

Australia Day

With alcohol banned on the beach and nearby parks, watering holes like the Coogee Palace Hotel encourage singlets, bikinis and thongs. Oh and legal drinking.

Australia Day

We display our Australian icons for all to see. Our backyard culture speaks of many tales through clothes hoist, BBQs, lawn mowers and Australiana insignia.

Australia Day

We crank up the barbie and pop a few beers. We cook some prawns, throw on a few tasty snags, eat lamb on Australia Day while we down as much alcohol to the cheer of Aussie Aussie Aussie.


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues. She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List.


  1. Happy Australia Day! Belated!!

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