Australia Day: 26th January

Where in the World?

Why is the Australian flag the way it is?

  • Union Jack – historical links with Great Britain
  • Southern Cross – 5 stars represent Australia’s location in the Southern Hemisphere
  • The Commonwealth Star

Why have a national day?
  • Celebrate being Australian
  • Encourage participation of all Australians
  • 1788 - Australia first colonised by Captain Arthur Phillip

What do people do?
  • National holiday - biggest holiday of the year
  • Play sports
  • Remember Captain Arthur Phillips
  • Drink and be merry

Ayres Rock

Great Barrier Reef