Australia Day

Next date: Thursday, 26 January 2023 | 09:00 AM to 11:30 AM


Join us for our Official Australia Day Morning Tea and Award Ceremony as we celebrate Australia Day award nominees and recipients. Held at the Oberon Showground annually, this is a chance for family and friends to gather and celebrate Australia Day with the greater community. 

Each year, Oberon hosts a different Australia Day Ambassador. From Olympians and Paralympians, environmentalists and foodies, to humanitarians and local heroes. These high achieving individuals will head to all corners of NSW on 26 January, volunteering their time and energy to contribute to local festivities, with communities encouraged to come together to Reflect, Respect and Celebrate the Australian spirit and our diversity. 

Australia Day Award Categories

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Sportsperson of the Year
  • Sports Team of the Year
  • Community Event of the Year
  • Volunteer or Volunteer Group of the Year
  • Environmental Champion of the Year

The history behind Australia Day

Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and raising of the Flag of Great Britain at that site by Governor Arthur Phillip. In contemporary Australia, celebrations reflect the diverse society and landscape of the nation, and are marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards, and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new immigrants into the Australian community.

The meaning and significance of Australia Day have evolved over time. Unofficially, or historically, the date has also been variously named "Anniversary Day", "Invasion Day", "Foundation Day", and "ANA Day".[3] 26 January 1788 marked the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia (then known as New Holland). Although it was not known as Australia Day until over a century later, records of celebrations on 26 January date back to 1808, with the first official celebration of the formation of New South Wales held in 1818. On New Years Day 1901, the British colonies of Australia formed a Federation, marking the birth of modern Australia. A national day of unity and celebration was looked for. It was not until 1935 that all Australian states and territories had adopted use of the term "Australia Day" to mark the date, and not until 1994 that the date was consistently marked by a public holiday on that day by all states and territories.

In contemporary Australia, the holiday is marked by the presentation of the Australian of the Year Awards on Australia Day Eve, announcement of the Australia Day Honours list and addresses from the Governor-Generaland Prime Minister. It is an official public holiday in every state and territory of Australia, unless it falls on a weekend in which case the following Monday is a public holiday instead. With community festivals, concerts and citizenship ceremonies, the day is celebrated in large and small communities and cities around the nation. Australia Day has become the biggest annual civic event in Australia

Source: OpenCities




For more information about Australia Day, please visit the official Australia Day in New South Wales website.





  • Tuesday, 26 January 2021 | 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Wednesday, 26 January 2022 | 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Thursday, 26 January 2023 | 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM


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