It’s Australia Day again! So, putting all politics aside, I think it is the perfect time to Celebrate Australia Day with Travel! One of the best things about travelling in this great country of ours is being able to celebrate and acknowledge all the things that are so great about Australia. Our heritage, our culture, our achievements! When you stop and consider what we as a country have managed to achieve in a little over 220 years it is truly remarkable.
Travel through pretty much any regional area in Australia and you will be bound to find a Museum or gallery honouring the pioneers and early settlers of that area.
Head to our larger regional areas and cities and you will find even more places to visit. Here are my Top 5 places to visit if you want to Celebrate Australia!
AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
The Australian War Memorial in Canberra is one of those places that you must visit at least once in your lifetime. Australian’s have served in many theatres of war over the last 200 odd years and continue to do so now. I believe it is one of the reasons why we enjoy the freedoms that we do. Although it has been a number of years since I have visited, the kids have been there a couple of times in recent years. They were both involved in wreath laying ceremonies there – a proud moment for them. The Memorial is open every day of the year except for Christmas Day and entry is Free. You will need to allow at least a full day to fully appreciate this wonderful place.
QANTAS FOUNDERS MUSEUM, LONGREACH
The QANTAS Founders Museum in outback Queensland celebrates the origins of our very first airline. QANTAS was the vision of two of our greatest pioneers, Paul McGinness and Sir Wilmont Hudson Fysh. It was established in 1920 to provide air services to the people of Western Queensland. The rest, as they say, is history. A highlight of a visit to this museum is the tour of a Boeing 747. You get to see the whole of the plane including the cockpit. You can finish this tour off with an exhilarating ‘Wing Walk’. This is a truly unique experience and one we enjoyed immensely on our trip there in 2011.
STOCKMANS HALL OF FAME
Also in Longreach is the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. The vision of renowned outback stockman, artist and poet Hugh Sawrey, it took 14 years for Sawrey’s vision to become reality. Legendary outback icon R.M Williams was appointed Honorary Secretary in 1979 and later set up camp on the site and started building by hand a Memorial Cottage on the grounds. The building itself is a unique structure and you will be able to spend quite a few hours browsing the many exhibits.
BACK O’ BOURKE EXHIBITION CENTRE
The Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre is located in the outback NSW town of Bourke. Largely dedicated to poet Henry Lawson’s outback adventures and the women pioneers of the area, the exhibition centre is spread out over three pavilions connected by pathways. Surrounded by beautiful gardens that mirror the Australian bush it is a place that gives a nod to our outback heritage.
NATIONAL SPORTS MUSEUM, MELBOURNE
I think it’s fairly safe to say that many of us Aussies are absolutely sports mad so I can’t think of a better spot to visit than the National Sports Museum in Melbourne. Located underneath none other than the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) this sports museum covers every type of sport you can think of from football to the Olympics. Whilst you are there I can highly recommend the MCG guided tour. A fascinating insight into the workings of this huge sports ground. The tours are hosted by volunteers who are incredibly knowledgeable.
Australian War Memorial – https://www.awm.gov.au/
QANTAS Founders Museum – https://qfom.com.au/
Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame – http://outbackheritage.com.au/
Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre – http://www.visitbourke.com.au/back-o-bourke-exhibition-centre
National Sports Museum – http://www.nsm.org.au/
I’ve linked up with Cooker and a Looker’s Australia Day Party!