Australia Day History

The quest for the celebration of a united Australian Day and the parallel search for a unique sense of 'Australian identity' commenced within a few short years of the First Fleet landing of 1788 and subsequent white settlement of the land.

The following overview gives a chronological account of how settlers and Indigenous Australians have alternatively acknowledged, celebrated and mourned the 26 January and its significance since 1788.

Australia is a natural wonderland of beautiful beaches, crystal blue waters, amazing ancient rock formations and pristine rainforests. Occupying an entire continent of some 7.6 million square kilometres, Australia is the sixth largest country in the world.

Our ocean territory is the world’s third largest, spanning three oceans and covering around 12 million square kilometres.