Happy Australia Day to our Aussie friends

January 26 marks the national holiday, Australia Day. Yep, pretty much the same as Canada Day—but Australian. Instead of our red and white, they use green and gold.

Australian universities in Australia
Happy Australia Day, mate!

The date commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788 and the proclamation at that time of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of New Holland.

The holiday is marked by the presentation of the Australian of the Year Awards on Australia Day Eve, announcement of the Australia Day Honours list and addresses from the Governor-General and Prime Minister. As we noted in our previous blog, JCU professor honoured with Australia Day Ambassador role, they also appoint ambassadors for Australia day. Ambassadors are high-achieving, inspirational Australians from diverse fields and backgrounds, who travel throughout the state to attend local council celebrations on Australia Day.

Included in the celebrations held across the country  are community and family events, Australian history commemorations, official community awards, and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new immigrants into the Australian community. Think concerts, a flag raising ceremonies, and Aussie barbecues.

OzTREKK wishes all of our Australian universities a very

Happy Australia Day!

  • Bond University
  • James Cook University
  • Macquarie University
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney


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