Australia Day hailed as huge success


People who were on tours across Australia got to witness a whole host of great events on 26th January that were put on by the country’s towns and cities.

Here we take you through some of the places that put on the best events to celebrate this momentous day.

Sydney

As you might expect Sydney pulled out all the stops in its celebration of Australia Day as visitors got to witness over 14 hours of entertainment.

This included Aboriginal celebrants lighting a fire at the Sydney Opera House which was then carried on a boat and a traditional smoking ceremony took place under Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The rest of the day incorporated concerts, the annual harbour ferry boat race and an impressive fireworks display.

Redland Bay

Redland Bay in Queensland saw hundreds of visitors turn out to see over 100 bull-riding cowboys come to town to take part in the Grass Roots Bull Riding show.

Alongside the bull riding show locals and travellers were able to enjoy a rock concert, fair rides and a show from a professional comedian.

Perth

Perth once again put on the country’s biggest firework display, which this year marked its 30th anniversary.

Alongside the hundreds of fireworks that were let off, crowds also enjoyed a water park, a circus and a freestyle motor cross show.

Early estimations state that several thousands of people flocked to the event over the weekend and it is felt that this year’s Australia Day in Perth is set to break its previous visitor record.

Sunshine Coast

On Australia’s Sunshine Coast in Queensland a world record attempt was the highlight of Australia Day celebrations.

The world record attempt was for the longest line of giant inflatable flip flops (known as thongs in Australia).

Hundreds of people took part in the event and it will be revealed in the coming days whether the world record attempt was successful.

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