We don’t usually do anything for Australia Day. It’s a national holiday here in Australia, as it rightly should be, but usually we use it for day of doing nothing at home.
This year we decided to head out with our friend Kathryn to Geelong. The original intention being to finally take some photos of fireworks, which strangely is something I have only ever done once and not very well. So I was kind of excited when plans were first made a couple of weeks back.
Then looking into it the day before heading down, Geelong doesn’t have fireworks on Australia day, they instead have them a few days earlier for Geelong Day, the celebration of the settlement of Geelong. So there was going to be no fireworks and this was a little disappointing but we were still going to go for the day anyway, our plans didn’t change.
We had a fun day of it, took Bill along for the day. Ended up spending 5 hours walking around in the overcast day which became increasingly sunny. And we got burnt to a crisp which we didn’t kind of notice until way later in the afternoon. Turns out the UV Index for the day was right at the tip-top of the range and even with the overcast day we were guaranteed to get “sun” damage. Stupid part of it was we had sunscreen in the car. It was silly.
But as we wandered we got some good photos of the day’s activities.
- The swearing in of the new Australians by the Lord Mayor of Geelong. He welcomed 30+ new citizens in the day’s public ceremony.
- The sea plane and helicopter
- Some of the art of Geelong
- Beach Volleyball
- Camel rides
- The markets
- Diving and other crazy activities at the Beach House and the diving areas
- The punk pop band “Prefect Fit” playing at the skate park
- The Roulette’s aerial display, which we almost missed as we were leaving
We ended our Geelong adventure with a crape and lots of liquid before the drive back to home.
Completely buggered by the end of the day and with our sunburn quickly on the rise and becoming more evident and more painful by the second we had an early night to bed.
It was a great day out. We got a bunch of great photos and had a fun Australia Day with our fellow Australians.
Below is only a few of the photos taken, for a view of all the photos I uploaded the Flickr, visit my Flickr gallery Australia Day 2011. All the photos were taken using just manual focus. I’ve come to not trust the auto focus on my camera and think it needs a service, which I will have to organise soon.