Australia Day Australia Day 2014 : Sunday 26th January On 26 January Australia celebrates its national day which has been recognised as an official public holiday since 1994. Australia Day marks the arrival of Captain Arthur Phillip and the unfurling of the British flag at Sydney Cove in 1788, as well as the declaration of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia. Not only does this day make Australians proud of their country and nationality, but it also makes them think about the future and what they can do to improve their country. Some of the celebrations which take place on this day are the Order of Australia awards and there are also parades held all over Australia. On Australia Day, citizens which have shown excellence in their dedication and work in both government and non-government organisations are also awarded the Australia Day Achievement Medallion. Various other awards are also presented on Australia Day and the Prime Minister also makes a speech. Families normally spend the day together by going out to watch the fireworks display, have something to eat at one of the barbecues or hear the live concerts. Compare airfares and find cheap flights to Sydney with Dreamguides. Australia Day Calendar Australia Day 2015 : Monday Australia Day 2016 : Tuesday Australia Day 2017 : Thursday Australia Day 2018 : Friday Sydney Travel Guide | Family Activities in Sydney Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.