Sydney is always an exciting city to be in, there’s no doubt about that. But the start of the new year is a particularly amazing time as the city is jam-packed with cool events and activities. Today, however, we’ll be talking about one holiday that all Australians hold near and dear to their hearts – Australia Day!
Mark your calendars for Thursday, January 26, 2017 – this is when the celebrations go down! It’s one of our favourite holidays here at The Macleay Hotel, so we want to share some of our excitement with you. First, we’ll delve into a bit of history on how the holiday came to be, and then we’ll get into the good stuff – celebrating!
History of Australian Day
January 26 marks the day that the First Fleet of 11 ships carry convicts arrived from Great Britain in 1788 – because, yes, Australia had a bit of a rough start. While the day marks the technical birth of Australia, today, celebrations revolve around modern Australia. The diverse communities, breathtaking landscapes and amazing achievements. It’s a public holiday, so Australians can enjoy the day off barbecuing and spending time with friends and family.
Communities throughout Australia hold their own events to recognise the holiday, but almost all of Australia will be lit up in fireworks, that’s for sure! If you’re a tourist, don’t worry, you can still partake in festivities!
How should you celebrate?
Do all the most Australian activities you can think of! But just in case you can’t think of any, we’re here to help. Check out some of these quintessential Aussie activities that you have to do to celebrate Australia Day:
Now that’s how you make the most out of a public holiday here in Sydney! Stay with us here at The Macleay Hotel. We have a room waiting for you that has beautiful views of the harbour and city skyline.