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Australia Day

Kingston Beach

sunny 21 °C

January 26th is not only my brother's birthday, but also... Australia Day!

Australia Day is the official national day of Australia, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and raising of the Flag of Great Britain at that site by Governor Arthur Phillip.
In present-day Australia, celebrations reflect the diverse society and landscape of the nation, and are marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards, and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new immigrants into the Australian community.
We headed down to a local event at Kingston Beach, south Hobart, where the day started with a Triathlon and in between sailing events and other beach activities, we watched the childrens' 'Thong Race' - I should point out that in Australia, 'flip-flops' are called 'thongs'! Obviously you can't really stay afloat on a fli-flop, but there were inflatable ones sold for $10!
There was a good selection of food stalls, but we chose to try the Tornado Potato... a twist-cut potato fried and coated in a flavouring of your choice!

The day was topped off by chilling out in the sun at a local pub listening to live music

Posted by charlystyles 12:21 Archived in Australia Tagged australia_day kingston_beach

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