Holidays in Australia are different than the United States, in that the seasons of the year are reversed! Christmas is in the summer time, instead of the winter. We had the privilege of living in Canberra, Australia for four years growing up, while our Dad was in the U.S. Army. It is a fantastic country, and we got to do quite a bit of traveling around Australia while we lived there. We pretty much toured every State except for Tasmania.
Watching the New Years Eve firework show in Sydney Harbor is one of the best firework shows around the World!
All the Holidays in Australia information below, will give the 2014 Date, Holiday Name, and Holiday Type. Ultimately, we will have a Daily Holidays Page for each of the Days of the Year, and a devoted page for each of the Holidays and Observances. Pages completed will be linked up below once they are done.
If a Holiday does not have 2014 after it below, that means that it is observed annually on the same day. Those with 2014 listed after the date, are movable holidays that are observed on different days each year.
This video below...Australia: A Snap Shot was done by the Australia Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, who says, "This video provides a snap-shot of Australia in the new millennium; our
role in international relations, our vibrant economy and trade, and our
unique places and people."
Fun Facts About Australia
As of October 2012, Australia's population is approximately 22.7 million people
The most populous states are New South Wales and Victoria, with their capitals, Sydney and Melbourne, being the largest cities in
The center of Australia is sparsely populated. Most of the population is concentrated along the coastal region of Australia from Adelaide to
Cairns, with a small concentration around Perth, Western Australia.
Australia is an island continent and the world's sixth largest country.
Canberra is Australia's capital city, and has a population of approximately
320,000 people. It is located in the Australian Capital Territory, midway between Melbourne and Sydney.
Captain James Cook is credited with Australia's European discovery in 1770.
Waltzing Matilda is as the best-known, best-loved and most iconic national song.
Australia's National Gemstone is the opal, a rare and beautiful precious stone.
Australia’s best-known animals are the kangaroo, koala, echidna, dingo, platypus, wallaby and wombat. There are more than 378 species of mammals, with almost half being marsupials. (those born under developed and continue to grow in a pouch)
Uluru (Ayer's Rock) is one of Australia's most recognizable natural landmarks in the outback near Alice Springs, in the southern area of the Northern Territory. It is a large sandstone rock formation that is 1,142 ft high and has a total circumference 5.8 miles. (We climbed to the top of it during our travels around the Country - I'm terribly afraid of heights, so this was a big accomplishment for me!)
The earliest known people in Australia were the Aborigines.
Many people travel during the longer holidays for vacations, or to spend time with family living in a different area. I highly recommend visiting Australia, and I am hoping that one day, I am able to go back to visit. It is an awesome Country with so many unique, and fun things to do.
To book hotels, I love to use Hotels Combined which is a world leading hotel comparison site. You can enter the City that you are traveling to below in the Search box, and you can find availability and the best hotel prices by comparing all the major travel sites with just the one search! Find the Hotel and Price that works best for your budget, and book your room!
Top 10 Things to Do in Australia
Info Coming Soon - because we spent four years in Australia, and traveled to all of the States, except for Tasmania, I may do a detailed page for this with lots of pictures and videos!
This is an Australian band called, Empire of the Sun, that my daughter Brie listens to. The song is We Are the People, and the video was shot in Mexico. I've heard her playing this song before, and had really liked it, but I wasn't aware that they were from Australia.