McKenzie and Abbie Williams (right) on the first official train ride at the Gold Mining Museum last year.
McKenzie and Abbie Williams (right) on the first official train ride at the Gold Mining Museum last year. Craig Warhurst

Nation to swell with pride on Australia Day

AUSTRALIA Day is more than just a public holiday. It is a day to celebrate everything that's great about being Australian. It's a time to come together and remember what Australia can be proud of.

This year Australia Day falls on Saturday, making it one of the lucky Australia Day Long weekends with the public holiday on Monday, January 28.

You can celebrate the day at different events around the Gympie region from great Aussie breakfasts, community barbecues, live entertainment, activities and by welcoming new citizens into our country.

As part of the Australia Day celebrations, 40 people from eight countries will officially join the Australian family in a special citizenship ceremony at the Gympie Civic Centre from 4pm. All are welcome to attend.

The presentation of the regional Australia Day Awards will follow with entertainment by the Cooloola Community Orchestra.

Gympie Regional Council Mayor Ron Dyne said Australia Day was a day of real significance.

"Australia Day is a special day for all Australians to come together and celebrate our community and what we love about the country we call home."

"The day will be particularly significant for those who have chosen to become Australian citizens and will pledge their commitment to our great nation," he said.

Community based activities

  • 7am Lake Alford Duck Ponds - Aussie breakfast, entertainment, displays, rides, Gympie and District Historical Society
  • 7.30am Tin Can Bay Marina - Tin Can Bay Yacht Club
  • 8am Worbington's Gardens, Kybong - Aussie breakfast in aid of Little Haven Palliative Care
  • 11am Tin Can Bay Country Club - BBQ, golf, bowls competitions, live music
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