Australia Day 2018

Australia day is celebrated in every state of Australia.

26 January 2018

Australia Day

Its great to be Australian and on this public holiday there are plenty of events held around the country to celebrate. Australia Day is an official public holiday in every state of Australia with Australians attending citizenship ceremonies, music festivals, the Cricket or BBQs with family and friends.

If you are planning a get together on Australia Day some old Aussie favorites to include on your menu could be … a roasted leg of lamb, meat pies and Sausage rolls – home made or bought ( party pies for nibbles), damper, Prawns on the BBQ, T-Bone Steak, lamb chops and Sausages on the BBQ, Beef burgers with the lot, and for desserts a pavlova, lamingtons, or vanilla slice.
With so many public holidays in the first 6 months of the year, it’s the perfect opportunity to go on another holiday or get away for a few nights and remove yourself from the daily grind.

Australia Day Events

On Australia Day, 26 January, we come together as a nation to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian. On Australia Day, over half of the nation’s population of 21 million attend either an organised community event, or get together with family and friends with the intention of celebrating our national day. Get out and celebrate being Australian today!

Australia Day Events in Melbourne


Date Event
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Official Australia Day Luncheon
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Southbank Vic
10:30 am – 11:00 am
Official Flag Raising Ceremony
Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne VIC
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Australia Day Parade
Swanston Street Melbourne, Melbourne VIC
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
RACV Australia Day Festival in Kings Domain Gardens
Kings Domain Gardens, Melbourne VIC
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Flag Lowering Ceremony
Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne VIC
6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Australia Day at Docklands
Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, Docklands VIC



Advance Australia Fair

Verse 1
Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil;
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in nature’s gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history’s page, let every stage
Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.
Verse 2
Beneath our radiant Southern Cross
We’ll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who’ve come across the seas
We’ve boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.

Australian national Anthem – choir, Australian imagery, no lyrics, two verses

Sam Kekovich Australia Day 2016 | Australia Day Lamb 2016 | Commence Operation Boomerang

Aussie Pavlova Recipe

Australia Day PavlovaThe pavlova is a simple easy to make dessert that Australians love. Decorate with whipped cream and your favorite topping.

8 egg whites
3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons vinegar
2 rounded dessertspoons cornflour

1) Line a baking tray with baking paper.
2) Place egg whites (dont let ANY egg yolk get in your whites – use 2 teacups and separate eggs one at a time then add the egg whites to the bowl !) in a warm DRY basin and beat until they stand in peaks.
3) Gradually add half the sugar adding it to the mixture a dessertspoonful at a time.
4) Sift the remainder of the sugar into the mixture and fold in lightly , then quickly add the cornflour, vinegar and vanilla.
5) Spread in an even circle on the tray and bake in a slow oven for about 1 ½ hours. If you want a crispier crust on the pavlova you can increase the oven temperature and cook it for less time. When you do this the outside is crisp and the middle of the pavlova takes on a “marshmallow” consistancy.
6) Decorate with whipped cream and strawberries/cherries/blueberries OR Grated Peppermint Crisp Chocolate bar/ peppermint sprinkle topping

Australia Day Scones

Scones with Jam and Cream
3 cups self-raising flour
1 egg
1 cup lemonade
1 cup cream

1) Preheat oven to 220 degrees.
2) Add lemonade and cream to flour and mix to form a soft dough.
3) Place dough on a floured surface.
4) Knead dough to 2cm thickness and cut with a floured cutter.
5) Place close together on tray, brush with beaten egg and bake for 10-15 minutes.
6) Serve warm Serve with Raspberry or Strawberry Jam & Freshly Whipped Cream