I'd love you to waltzing matilda over to my post from last year to look at a more humorless look at what Australianism is - Celebrating Australia and Waltzing Matilda
Why do we celebrate Australia Day on 26 January? This is the day in 1788 that Captain Arthur Phillip landed in Sydney Cove with the First Fleet (eleven convict ships) from Great Britain. They raised the Union Jack to symbolise British occupation of the eastern half of the continent claimed by Captain James Cook on 22 August in 1770. We should also remember on this day that Australia's first inhabitants, the traditional indigenous owners, have a slightly different view of this event. You can learn more by clicking here - Australia Day History
As well as the presentation of the Australian of the Year awards, Australia Day is celebrated around Australia with citizenship ceremonies, parades, concerts, sporting events, community festivals and barbecues, and in more major centres there are fireworks.
And of course there is the beach and many Australian's flock there on Australia Day. Australia is an island and so it is no wonder that we love the beach. And with impossibly blue water like this can you blame us? This pic was taken down around Meelup south of Dunsborough in south west of Western Australia - a very popular area during the summer holidays.
It's only about an hour south of our home, so today we went down there for the day. But before the beach we stopped off for a fantastic take-away coffee at "Hot Chocolatte" in Dunsborough. Honestly they have the best ever take-away coffee and hot chocolate, and chocolates of course. You can check them out on their face book page here - Hot Chocolatte, Dunsborough.
I loved this sign in their window - so I've posted it for my chocolate loving friends. We all knew that chocolate was good for us!
Then on to the beach. Ok.... Busselton, Dunsborough and Meelup beachers are not for surfers. It is more for families. Surfers go a bit further south to Yallingup and Margaret River.
We sat under the trees to eat our lunch at Meelup
There are lots of little coves like this one along this stretch. Make sure you pack a sun shade and sunscreen - slip, slop slap, wrap - as they say here in Australia. Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat and wrap on sunglasses.
On the way home we stopped at the Busselton Jetty to buy an icecream at Simmos. We tried to stop at their main shop just out of Dunsborough, but people were queued out the door! You can see my Mango icecream in the collage up above here. Check out the yummy flavours you can get - Simmos Icecream on Facebook
Extending 1.8 kilometres into Geographe Bay, the heritage listed Busselton Jetty is the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. You can read more about it here - Busselton Jetty. It has always been a popular spot for locals and tourists.
Ah..... life is a beach in Australia on Australia Day..... and don't forget the bronze Aussie bloke
Happy Australian Day to all my Aussie readers. What are you doing on Australia Day?
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