January 26th is the official national day of Australia and marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales (otherwise known as Sydney Harbor).
It’s the Aussie’s version of 4th of July even though we still haven’t been granted our independence from the British monarchy. It’s a public holiday and, of course, it is the middle of summer in the southern hemisphere and they have been sweltering in the heat. Australia Day is generally spent relaxing at the beach, at picnics in the many beautiful parks or at backyard BBQs, trying to be by water if possible just to cool down!
I always feel a little nostalgic on Australia Day. I keep promising myself to throw an Australia Day party here in L.A. and serve Vegemite, prawns and cold Australian beer and wine, but being so soon after the holidays I never quite get my act together. Maybe next year…
It has been more than 12 months since my last visit to Sydney and I’ve become an American citizen in that time. So I’m sharing my photos from that last trip to see my family back home. Happy Birthday Australia!