From the South­ern Cross to the Green and Gold, there is plenty to cel­e­brate this Aus­tralia Day

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On Satur­day, Jan­uary 26, slap on the zinc sun­screen and cel­e­brate all that’s good about liv­ing Down Un­der.

En­joy de­li­cious food at count­less cafes, restau­rants, pubs and other eater­ies in Toowoomba and the sur­round­ing re­gion.

Par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties like a flag–rais­ing cer­e­mony, whip crack­ing demon­stra­tions, horse and cart rides, bil­ly­cart races, cross–cut saw com­pe­ti­tions, face paint­ing, and more.

Join any of the free coun­cil–run Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions in the re­gion, in­clud­ing the ones at Pic­nic Point, Cam­booya, Clifton, and Pittsworth, and ap­plaud the Aus­tralians of the Year and other awards re­cip­i­ents.

Light the bar­be­cue and spend the day with fam­ily, or go pub–hop­ping and let your­self cut loose.

For many, Aus­tralia Day is a con­tentious sub­ject and not all Aus­tralians cel­e­brate the day.

Whether you do or don’t, we can all agree there is much to love about Aus­tralia.

With pink lakes, a hu­man pop­u­la­tion out­num­bered by kan­ga­roos, pre­his­toric birds and rep­tiles, poi­sonous plants, a cat­tle ranch larger than Is­rael, a city founded by Bat­man, and the world’s sec­ond long­est high­way, Aus­tralia is cer­tainly a unique place to call home.

The peo­ple here have a love for sport, chicken salt, pokie ma­chines, sports bet­ting, and the Sun­day ses­sion, ri­valled only by their love for a sausage siz­zle and ‘chuck­ing a sickie’.

Words are short­ened — Mac­cas, brekkie, arvo and rego, to name a few. Beet­root fea­tures heav­ily on ev­ery­thing. Boast­ing one of the long­est coast­lines in the world, the red in­te­rior, trop­i­cal rain­forests, pas­tures, and rolling hills, Aus­tralia’s nat­u­ral beauty will leave you breath­less.

All this makes Aus­tralia worth cel­e­brat­ing it for what it is: home.


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