The Explorer’s Top Ten: Ways to celebrate Australia Day in Tasmania. University of Tasmania January 22, 2017 Featured, Off Campus, UTAS Australia Day on the 22nd January, marks the day in 1788 the Royal Navy arrived in Botany Bay, Sydney with the First Fleet of British settlers (and convicts). Australia Day is intended to be a celebration in true Australian style of who we are as a country in all our various forms. Here is the Explorer’s Top Ten ways you can celebrate Australia Day in Tasmania (or wherever you are)! 1. Listening to Triple J’s Hottest 100 and Host a Party If you haven’t heard about the hottest 100, you soon will. A uniquely Australian institution, Triple J has been a staple of youth radio for over 40 years. Every Australia day Triple J asks the Australian public to vote for the Hottest 100 songs released in the previous year. The competition is always passionately contested and attracts more than a million votes, with the excitement building during the day as the count gets lower. It’s an Australia day tradition not worth missing. 2. Ferret Racing The ‘Henley–on–Mersey’ regatta at Latrobe in Tasmania’s north is famous for its annual Australia Day ferret race. Ferret racing is steeped in tradition when ferrets were used to farm rabbits.What is ferret racing? Well, at Henley-on-Mersey, ferrets are placed in a specially constructed course in which the ferret has the ability to see daylight in sections, manoeuvre over different surfaces and even turn around, with the first ferret to fully emerge from the course at the other end being the winner! 3. Get a tattoo Just a temporary one! ‘Australia’ temporary tattoos are available for free at the ‘A Day on the Beach’ event which takes place at Kingston Beach – about 20 minutes away from the capital city of Hobart.Even better – the event is attended by the local Sailing Club, who are available to take people out for a sail. There isn’t a more perfect day to give sailing a try, than Australia Day! 4. Boot Throwing The Sandy Bay Regatta features loads of activities on Australia Day. Not least of which is Blundstone Boot Throwing, a proud Australian tradition. 5. Aboriginal Recognition Australia is an ancient land and has a rich culture and history dating over 40,000 years before western colonisation and continuing strong today. It is important for us to recognise the richness of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and acknowledge that Australia Day is viewed in different ways by various groups in our diverse community.Please contact UTAS’s Riuwanna Centre on +61 3 6226 2772 or the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre on +61 3 6234 0700 to find out how different Tasmanian Aboriginal groups may recognise Australia Day and how you can participate. 6. Inflatable Thong Racing Gather some friends and get down to the Kingston Beach Regatta, with activities like beach cricket, sandcastle competitions, inflatable thong race, beach volleyball, giant slide, and much more. (‘Thongs’ in Australia are what may be referred to elsewhere in the world as ‘flip flops’!!!). 7. Beach Cricket An Australia Day staple whenever you find yourself on a beach, you can take spectacular diving catches without suffering the pain associated with landing on a hard surface. Whoever hits it in the water has to get it. More Beach Cricket rules here 8. Aussie BBQ Gather some friends for a traditional Australian sausage sizzle. Throw a shrimp on the barbie. 9. Local Council Celebrations Join in the local council events across Tasmania. Featuring local bands, food and beverages, Citizenship ceremonies and Australia Day awards, there’s fun for the whole family. Launceston City, Clarence, Hobart City and Kingborough are just some of the local councils getting involved in the festivities. 10. Finish off the day with a nice Triathlon Part of the Henley-on-Mersey festival at Bells Parade Latrobe. The event will consist of an adult race, together with a race for kids aged between 7 and 10 years and a race for kids aged 11-13 years.The events will also be a selection race for the Tasmanian Junior Triathlon team and will consist of an event for competitors aged 14 years and above. Thinking about joining us in Tasmania for some of these awesome Australia Day experiences? Learn more about Life in Tasmania on our website, or apply now to study with us! Already got an offer? Accept it today.