Australia Day 26.01.18


What is Australia Day?

The marking of 26 January is an important date in Australia’s history and has changed over time: starting as a celebration for emancipated convicts and evolving into what is now a celebration of Australia that reflects the nation’s diverse people.

Australian’s celebrate Australia. They celebrate the land, the freedom, the people. They celebrate how great their country is. However, there is an on-going amount of controversy as:

The date has long been a difficult symbol for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who see it as a day of sorrow and mourning”. (

This Australia day, I was in Brisbane. It’s a national public holiday which meant that my cousins didn’t have to go to work, and their son didn’t have to go to school. Instead we went to Lake Samsonvale (also known as North Pine Dam) for a picnic.

We took the kayak on the roof, and little Ben and I sat in the back. Within 20 minutes he was asleep, and in the brief moments he woke up, the notorious “are we there yet?” started. It was a pleasant drive and in no time at all we had arrived. It was a warm day, but the sparkling water of the Lake was mesmerizing.

Brad and Ben went out on the Kayak, while us girls drank wine and chatted in the shade. We had yummy sandwiches to keep our tummies at bay.

Lake Samsonvale is really beautiful and a perfect place to head out to for a day trip.

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