Photo gallery: Australia Day fun

Australia Day happens every year on January 26 and is celebrated with flag raising, citizenship oaths, barbecues, back yard cricket and get togethers with family and friends (read our blog here about some of the options). But there’s also a slight madness to the day as well in some parts of the country with cane toad racing, belly flop competitions and even cockroach racing – yes we kid you not.

This year I got back down to Brisbane’s Story Bridge hotel to witness the madness that is Australia Day in the Queensland capital. I’m a bit late posting these photos, but if you’re in Brisbane ever around Australia Day, you might like to head to the merriment that takes place down at the Story Bridge hotel when cockroaches are raced across the hallowed turf outside the pub.

Here are some scenes from the 2012 event:

The MC warms the crowd up prior to the race on the hallowed racing turf.

Some blokes getting into the Australia Day spirit.

On comes the marching band to start the races.

The steward brings out the racing contestants.

And they're off and scuttling!

The excitable crowd on race day - they're actually reaching up for free VB coolers and hats!

The one that got away...

A happy winner.

After the race spare roaches are thrown into the crowd - it wasn't a good idea to sit in the front row. Eeek!!

The dunking game was also going on at the pub.

Revellers dancing in the crowd.

All images are by Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

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