What to do on Australia Day

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Pic: StoryBridgeHotel

Australia’s Day is held annually on January 26. It’s a fun day where anything from barbecues to fireworks, flag raising, smoke ceremonies and cockroach races are held to celebrate living in such a fantastic country. There are plenty of things to do on Australia Day. Here are some ideas so you too can join in the fun. In 2014 the Australia Day public holiday will be on January 27.

* The World Championship Cockroach Races are held every year on January 26 at the Story Bridge Hotel in Brisbane. Gates open at 11am. This is one crazy day where “pain is everything and victory is eternal”! Continue reading

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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.

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Best ways to spend Australia Day

The land of beaches, barbecues and great summers is celebrating its National Day next week on Tuesday January 26. If you’re down under in Australia there are plenty of ways you can join in the celebrations that range anything from racing cockroaches to flag raising and fireworks. If you want to join in the fun here’s somethings you could do:

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