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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Urmenyhazi

Holidays and Customs in Australia

Updated: Apr 18


In this question and answer series on Sydney, Australia, I'm here to provide you with all the insights you need to make your visit a true Aussie adventure. So grab your Akubra hats and sunscreen because this video is a light-hearted look at some of the holidays and customs in Australia.


Sydneysiders' Holiday Wisdom: "Up the Coast" or "Down the Coast"?


"Sydneysiders" often joke that there are only two holidays in this bustling metropolis: one involves heading "up the coast," and the other means "going down the coast." But let's peel back the layers and explore the full spectrum of Aussie holiday celebrations.


Christmas and Easter: Sun-Kissed Festivities


Christmas in Sydney is not about snow and mistletoe. Aussies trade in the snow boots for thongs (the ones on your feet), celebrating with beachside picnics and seafood feasts. Easter, on the other hand, brings chocolate eggs galore and beachfront egg hunts - keep an eye out for the elusive Easter Bilby!


Labour Day: A Nationwide Day Off (on Different Dates)


Labour Day is a chance for Aussies to kick back, and they do so in each state and territory. The catch? It's observed on varying dates, but no one's complaining when it means a day off!


National Days: Australia Day and Anzac Day


Two pivotal dates are etched in every Aussie's heart: Australia Day on January 26 and Anzac Day on April 25. Australia Day commemorates the First Fleet's arrival, celebrated with fireworks, barbies, and a chorus of "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi!" Anzac Day is a solemn day of remembrance, where dawn services honor the courageous souls of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.


The Queen's Birthday: A Regal Excuse to Celebrate


Yes, Aussies love a good parade, and the Queen's Birthday provides the perfect excuse. It's a chance to enjoy community events, parades, and maybe even spot a royal enthusiast or two.

Now that the Queen has passed, I'm not sure what's happening to this holiday, there must be a Kings Birthday coming up?


Long Weekends: When Every Day Feels Like Sunday


And here's a little Aussie secret for you: when a public holiday falls on a Friday or Monday, Aussies revel in what's affectionately known as a "long weekend." So, if you're lucky enough to experience one, you're in for an extra day of sun, fun, and relaxation.


So there you have it, a whirlwind tour of Sydney's holiday calendar and some of the customs that make Australia so unique. From beachside Christmas barbies to solemn Anzac Day reflections, each celebration reflects the warm and diverse spirit of the land Down Under. So, as you plan your visit to Sydney, remember to pack your thongs, your sense of adventure, and your eagerness to join in the Aussie holiday spirit. Happy travels!


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