January 26 is the day when we get to celebrate what makes Australia great.
Our country’s national holiday marks the arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at New Holland (Australia before it was so named) all the way back in 1788.
‘Australia Day’ wasn’t recognised until many years later, with records of celebrations taking place in 1808.
It took more than another 100 years in 1935 until all Australian states and territories used the term and astonishingly, it was not until 1994 that Jan 26 was universally accepted as a public holiday by all states and territories.
As a wholly Australian owned and operated business, we feel a little warm and fuzzy on Australia’s big day, and proud to be a part of what we think is the best country in the world.
This year, Australia Day falls on a Tuesday, if you’re stuck for suggestions, here’s our list of favourite things to do:
1. Get in touch with the country
What better day to explore the country’s outdoor delights than on Australia Day? Pack your car, fire up your bike, prep your boat or lace up your walking shoes and get out there.
2. Get environmental
Show your country some love by doing something that will ensure it stays around for years to come. You could plant some trees in your garden, or think about contributing to initiatives like Clean Up Australia. If you’ve got solar panels, take the time to go outside and inspect them. Are they still completely unobstructed and clean? If not, consider booking a service.
3. Throw a party
There’s nothing like a good Australia Day party. We like ours outside, around the BBQ and with plenty of tacky souvenirs and face paint to keep everyone amused – but only in Aussie colours of course.
4. Jump on the official Australia Day website
The official Australia Day website, www.australiaday.org.au has plenty of great information and resources about January 26, including all you need to know about the annual Australian of the Year Awards and Concert.
So on behalf of all the team at Solargain, have a ripper Australia Day mate – we hope it’s your best one yet!