Well folks, it’s time to break out your straw and cork hat, light the Bar-be and open up a few tinnies for Australia Day! Despite being 9,441 miles away, this fantastically patriotic nation and its inhabitants are a little closer to us than you might think!
On 26th January 1788, 11 ships containing British convicts docked in Port Jackson, New South Wales, after an 8 month voyage from Great Britain and the Union Jack was raised at Sydney Cove by Captain Arthur Phillip to signify their arrival and possession of the land. Every year on the 26th January since 1808, Australia Day has been a national celebration honouring the foundation of modern Australia!
Much more than a mere musing of the country’s creation, Australia Day is a national holiday and a time for countrywide (and beyond) celebration, with fireworks, concerts, parties, community festivals, the odd BBQ and even an Australian of the Year award! In fact, Australia Day is one of the biggest celebrations of the year, right up there with New Years Eve! Despite originally celebrating the arrival of British convicts, Australia Day has become a more modern reflection on all that’s great about Australia, what the 23 million inhabitants have achieved and looking forward to what’s yet to come.
So whether you’re heading out to witness the awesome celebrations or you’ve got friends and family who will be enjoying it on your behalf, remember you can make super cheap calls to Australia with Cherry Call using the international dialling code 0061.