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January 21, 2011

as Australian as …

Celebrate what’s Australian …

3505536291_4f67f2cbdf_b Photo by Christian Haugen
Eat
vegemite sandwiches
pavlova
lamingtons
snags on the barbie


Play
backyard cricket
footy
have a thong throwing competition


Listen
Waltzing Matilda
Home Among the Gumtrees …
I Am Australian
My Island Home, by Christine Anu
Midnight Oil, Kylie Minogue, AC/DC, Slim Dusty, INXS, Paul Kelly

Read
Possum Magic, by Mem Fox
Are We There Yet?, by Alison Lester
Diary of A Wombat, by Jackie French
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, by May Gibbs


Watch
Finding Nemo
Storm Boy
FernGully
The Crocodile Hunter


Learn
the Australian National Anthem
about our national gemstone, opals. [Did you know that Australia produces 95% of the world’s precious opal]
about wattle, our national floral emblem
about the Australian Flag and other flags used in Australia, like the Aboriginal flag


Visit
an Australia Day celebration
an Aboriginal art gallery
an Australian wildlife park
go bushwalking
an Australian icon – the Opera House, Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef

Laugh
What do you call a boomerang that won’t come back?
A stick!
Ginger Meggs

This is a selection clearly influenced by my personal preferences. 
What would you add?  How do you celebrate being Australian?

2 comments:

Emma said...

Great list!
If you're in Melbourne you could also visit:
http://www.littlemelbourne.com.au/to-visit/city-sights/australia-day-2011.html

The Book Chook said...

My personal preference: Find a shady spot and laze in the water! But I have an activity about making and throwing mini boomerangs on The Book Chook that you might like to try. It's such fun as long as your kids are old enough to flick with thumb and finger.