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Ways to Celebrate Australia Day

By Viator, December 2017

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Australia’s national day—Jan. 26—is one of the country’s most popular public holidays and a nationwide celebration of all things Australian. Barbecues, parades, fireworks, and music concerts add to the festive mood. It’s also a memorable time to visit iconic Australia attractions. Here are some ideas for celebrating Australia Day. 

  • Attend the official Australia day celebrations in Canberra, including an Australian flag raising ceremony, citizenship ceremonies, and a huge fireworks display.
  • Watch the Australia Day Parade in Melbourne, and then dine aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. 
  • Join the crowds for the gigantic Australia Day Party in Sydney’s Darling Harbour. Afterwards, cool off with a swim at Bondi Beach.
  • Tuck into Aussie treats like pavlova, chocolate tim tams, and meat pies at the Great Australian Bites festival on Brisbane’s Southbank.
  • Admire the Australia Day Skyworks in Perth from the water on a Swan River cruise.
  • Make like a local and enjoy an Aussie barbecue or “sausage sizzle,” attend a beach or pool party, or watch a cricket match.
  • Celebrate Australia Day by checking off some of Australia’s bucket list wonders—climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, snorkeling or scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef, or driving along the famous Great Ocean Road.

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Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns, Cairns & the Tropical North, null
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Great Barrier Reef Diving and Snorkeling Cruise from Cairns

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Make the most of your visit to the Great Barrier Reef on a full-day tour by fast boat, with five hours to enjoy two premium spots on the reef with snorkeling ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Sydney BridgeClimb, Sydney, Day Cruises
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Sydney BridgeClimb

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Swan Valley Wine Gourmet Wine Cruise from Perth, Perth, Climbing
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Swan Valley Wine Gourmet Wine Cruise from Perth

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Location: Perth, Australia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns, Cairns & the Tropical North, Lunch Cruises
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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns

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Location: Cairns, Australia
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Colonial Tramcar Restaurant Tour of Melbourne, Melbourne, Day Cruises
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Colonial Tramcar Restaurant Tour of Melbourne

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Enjoying a meal on the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is guaranteed to be a highlight of your visit to Melbourne. The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is one of ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne, Melbourne, Dining Experiences
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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne

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Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 14 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Sydney Tower Restaurant Buffet, Sydney, Day Trips
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Perth Swan River Dinner Cruise, Perth, Dining Experiences
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Perth Swan River Dinner Cruise

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Location: Perth, Australia
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Australia Day Tall Ship Cruises on Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Dinner Cruises
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