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Fun and festivities in Australia - celebrations, festivals and cultural events

View of Hobart from Mt Wellington Australians know how to enjoy life and celebrate like no one else. There are few holidays in the country, but they are always marked in an atmosphere of fun, and freedom of morals. A distinctive feature of festive celebrations is the custom of Australians to spend them in the fresh air with carnivals, parades, traditional barbecue, and fireworks. The main national holiday of the country is Australia Day, which is celebrated at the end of January. This occasion symbolizes a landmark event, when the first fleet arrived in Sydney Harbor, and independence was proclaimed. In large cities, concerts, festivals, sports competitions, charity events, and light shows are held. Residents of the country wear clothes with state symbols, and decorate their houses with flags and balloons.
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Another patriotic feast is the ANZAC Day celebrated in late April. Its abbreviation stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, a symbol of national self-determination. The main event of the holiday is a parade in which veterans of past wars and modern soldiers participate. On this day, in Melbourne a traditional football match is held, which annually gathers tens of thousands of spectators. In the state of Western Australia on the 26th of January, is celebrated the Australia Day. It is associated with the landing on the west coast of the first settlers who later founded the largest city of the state – Perth. On the day of the holiday, the “Australian of the Year” honorary award takes place, and a state ball is held in the state government building. The holiday is not without concerts, cannon salutes, and exhibitions.
One of the favorite holidays of Australians is Christmas. Colorful November parade in Canberra marks the beginning of the celebration. The procession ends with the solemn departure of Santa Claus. In Australia, there is a local equivalent of Santa – Swag Man, or Man with a bag. He lives all year on the island of Urulu, and on the Eve of Christmas, he carries gifts to different homes with his dingo dog assistant. Before the holiday begins, there are carols performances which are Christmas songs and concerts. The next day is called Boxing Day. Christmas is celebrated in the family circle, while in the New Year everyone takes to the streets to celebrate the holiday in a big and noisy company with a picnic or barbecue. In honor of the arrival of the New Year, a grandiose display of fireworks is conducted. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Every year in February, is held the Royal Regatta, which has become popular among many Australians. It was organized in Tasmania for the first time in the early 19th century. Today this three-day event includes sailboat races, boating, water skiing competitions, the crowning of Miss Regatta, aviation show, refreshments, and firework displays. The religious holidays – Easter and Good Friday, are honored in Australia. They fall in April, when it is autumn in the continent. Despite the cool weather, fairs are held in the cities, and locals make barbecues outdoors. In Sydney, the “Royal Easter show” is held annually. Festive events during this time last for four days. Symbols of Australian Easter are eggs made of chocolate, and bilbies (Marsupial badger).
In Australia, there are many cheerful and unusual festivals every year. One of the most original events is the Watermelon Festival in Chinchilla, the watermelon center of the country. On the day of the holiday, competitions are held on eating, throwing, breaking, and rolling of watermelons. There is even a contest of spitting watermelon seeds from a distance. In January, there is another gastronomic event – the Ginger Festival, organized by the owners of ginger and heliconia plantations. At the feast, you can enjoy the spicy taste of ginger in a variety of dishes, and learn a lot about it. In April, Melbourne hosts the Tasting Australia festival, which is literally translated as “tasting Australia”. For a fee of twenty dollars, you can try typical Australian food, eat chocolate, taste local wines, and take part in the longest lunch.
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For more than a decade in a row, the popular Soundwave music festival has been held in Australia. It usually features world-famous music bands and performers. Another striking event is the Vivid Sydney (festival of lights in Sydney). It embodies a whole palette of art events, art installations, and performances. The conclusion of the festival is an impressive light show at the Sydney Opera House. Noteworthy and significant for motorists is the Festival of the end of the year, or the car festival EOYF. It is held in January, annually gathering on its sites the best drifters of the country. Under the roar of engines at festival expositions, you can see chic cars, and more than 1,500 other interesting exhibits of the car industry.
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Lord Howe Island Group

From the series “Famous Unesco Sites in Australia”
The archipelago of Lord Howe is the Australian landmark that is amazing in all respects. Its largest island of the same name occupies an area of ​​14.5 square km. This island is self-managed. A little more than 340 people live there continuously. The Lord Howe Island Group gained a status of world-important landmark due to its unique nature. There you can meet a lot of endemic plants, which can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

Islands were formed about 20 million years ago as a result of volcanic activity. Today, while walking on the main island of the archipelago, you can see rare species of palm trees, take a stroll along the fabulously beautiful beaches, and observe exotic birds. The main island is surrounded by small coral islets that also attract a great interest of … Read all

Kakadu National Park

From the series “Famous Unesco Sites in Australia”
Kakadu National Park also has its own unique characteristics that allow it to be considered a landmark of world importance. The reserve was named after the eponymous tribe that lived on its territory. Today, the park has great etiologic, archaeological, and natural value. During the study of the local caves, scientists have found traces of the so-called rock art in X-ray style. The age of the oldest drawings is 18 000 years.

The reserve is famous for its fabulously beautiful landscape. About 1 700 species of plants are growing there; 280 species of birds, more than 110 species of reptiles, and 60 species of mammals live on the territory of the reserve. Another important feature of the park is a number of natural rocky ledges, which actually turned the site into a real natural … Read all
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Sustainable tourism has been a hot trend in recent years. More and more travelers want to not only explore new places and get in touch with local communities but also to have a positive impact on the environment of the places that they visit. As of 2021, 66.4% of global consumers think that staying environment-friendly while traveling is important. During the ITB Berlin NOW show, Euromonitor International (a global research company) presented its rank of the world’s sustainable destinations. Read this

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Attractions and entertainment in top cities of Australia

Sydney
Travelers wishing to appreciate the diversity of terrestrial fauna are recommended to visit the Taronga Zoo located in the northern part of the city. Great zoo is located in the Symbio nature reserve. These places are very popular among fans of eco-tourism. It should be noted that a usual walk through the picturesque parks of Sydney can also turn a stroll into an unforgettable adventure. City parks are inhabited by many animals, including opossums and bats; in some parks you can see colorful … Read more
Melbourne
Melbourne will be a real discovery for open air recreation fans. The city features countless numbers of parks and gardens and its suburbs host famous wildlife reservations. The most scenic and popular among tourists is still the Royal Botanic Gardens. It features unique atmosphere of serenity and harmony being favorable for viewing and relishing the beauty of exotic plants. In a half an hour trip from the city tourists will discover the Sherbrooke Forest. Nature enthusiasts will eagerly walk … Read more
Gold Coast
An excellent way to diversify your leisure is the local zoo Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. You can see there only Australian animals that live in a natural reserve. It is possible to move around its territory on a small train. Everyone can get acquainted with any creatures they like and even feed them. In the reserve there is a great leisure area with interesting rides in the "national style". There is entertainment not only for travelers with children, but also for gambling tourists, who … Read more
Brisbane
Alma Park Zoo features full diversity of Australian animals. Here you will see platypus, marsupials, rodents, koalas, and, of course, kangaroos. Visitors, who are fond of romantic cruises, should definitely make a ride on SityCat ferry, which has already become one of the main symbols of Brisbane. The berths, to which the ferry arrives, are located near the city’s major attractions. Brisbane will be surely liked by people who adore shopping. Without a doubt, not many cities in Australia can … Read more
Perth
Perth Zoo introduces visitors to representatives of the local fauna. Besides the variety of animal species, it also features an incredibly beautiful design. Here, kangaroos and koalas, meerkats and lions live among exotic plants and landscape structures. There are also "foreign" guests in the zoo. A beautiful enclosure with a swimming pool is built for elephants; several more great aviaries contain penguins and exotic parrots. One of the most visited places in the city is Kings Park & … Read more
Adelaide
Of course, there are excellent nightlife destinations in the city. For example, night club Cargo is known far beyond the country. Every day the club hosts entertaining performances. Each themed party is devoted to a particular musical direction. Thus, the fans of jazz should visit the club on Monday. Fans of pop music will simply fall in love with the parties that take place on Wednesdays and Fridays. The remaining days are the time for various themed nights that are usually dedicated to such … Read more
Canberra
Fans of natural attractions traditionally enjoy visiting Tidbinbilla Reserve as it offers very interesting excursions that usually leave tourists very excited. According to a version of archaeologists, who managed to find prehistoric structures in the territory of the resort, several thousand years ago local residents used this place to carry out religious rituals. Vacationers are welcome to walk along the most beautiful places of the reserve, enjoy the beauty of desert landscapes and mountain … Read more
Tasmania
Those who like to spend a lot of time outdoors should definitely take a trip to Flinders Island. Semi-precious stones have being mined there for many years. The island features scenic granite cliffs of grayish pink color. Everyone is welcome to watch the process of mining and even take part in it; there you can buy the most beautiful product in one of the many souvenir shops. A decent selection of entertainment options is available to sports fans. Coastal areas have attractive places for … Read more

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