When we’re blessed with a public holiday in summer that also delivers a long-weekend, Aussies are hard-wired to celebrate. That’s why Australia Day 2015 should be big.

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Australia Day at the beach (photo by Dan Fellow)

How Will You Celebrate Australia Day?

It’s just around the corner now… so how will you be spending your Australia Day? Feel free to leave a comment below with a huge plug for your local event. There’ll be community celebrations across the whole country, a way to join with neighbours and fellow residents on our national day.

Maybe your annual tradition involves a day on the beach, complete with thongs, sunscreen and surf board? Do you prefer a backyard barbecue with sausages, white-sliced and tomato sauce? Or perhaps you’ll go all upmarket on us, dining on crayfish with strawberries and champagne to follow. We’d love to hear about any private parties too!

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Celebration on Australia Day: Tassie crayfish

BBQ Breakfast and a Spot of Tennis

There’s a chance our January 26 will involve a family visit to Cygnet, a beautiful town in the Huon Valley south of Hobart. Another long-held Australian tradition involves sporting carnivals; for us, think tennis tournament. If time allows, we’ll also be joining the crowd at the annual boardwalk breakfast at 32 Cambridge Road, Bellerive.

Tasmanian Government House - Tennis Courts

Tennis courts: Tasmania’s Government House

Clarence City Council host the Australia Day celebrations in Bellerive, with a Big Aussie Breakfast dished up by the Lions Club. If you’re still peckish afterwards, or bacon and eggs don’t take your fancy, there’ll be various food stalls to choose from. Entertainment kicks off from 8.30am and includes live music by the Tasmanian Heritage Fiddle Ensemble and the Clarence City Band.

Bellerive Walk - Boardwalk

Bellerive Boardwalk: Australia Day host venue

The formal part of the day addressed by Ambassador Leigh Carmichael includes a citizenship and award ceremony presented by Mayor Doug Chipman and will begin at 11.00am. For further information about the Bellerive Australia Day event, call 6245 8638 to contact Dane Hunnerup, Program Officer Arts & Events for Clarence City Council.

Australia Day Preparation

Of course, if you’re celebrating at home with family and friends, you may want to buy specific Australia Day merchandise. Luckily for you, eBay Australia has designed a dedicated collections page to help you make the most of your event.

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Celebrate Straya Day with eBay Australia (poster supplied)

No matter where or how you’re celebrating Australia Day, Think Tasmania is wishing you a safe and happy long weekend. Enjoy! And to get involved in the national snapshot by sharing your special tradition or community event, #AustraliaDay via social media.

This Australia Day article was sponsored by eBay Australia.