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Australia Day (26th January) happens to coincide with Chinese New Year this year. That means that we will all be enjoying a long weekend at the same time. I have just come back from 4 weeks visiting family and friends in NSW, so I really can't (shan't) say I'm homesick, but it does start me wondering what everyone will be doing in Australia for the long weekend.
I know some friends are going camping in the hinterlands behind Port Macquarie where they live. Another friend is having her cousin to stay and they're going for Yum Cha and movies. Others will be BBQ-ing, beaching, lazing, and spending time with loved ones.
Sydney events this Australia Day include the annual Great Australian Barbecue in Hyde Park where there will be loads of variations of the traditional Aussie BBQ to taste. Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe and Geoffrey Rush were in Darling Harbour today for the 25th Australia Day Lunch, and a spectacular fireworks, sound and light display will close the celebrations.
The Sydney Harbour is the place to be, with more than 2,500 vessels expected on the harbour this weekend, which will stage a number of events including Monday's ferrython and tall ships race.
The world’s oldest continuously-conducted sailing regatta, the 173rd Australia Day Regatta, will also be held on Sydney Harbour on Monday. Included will be keel yachts, old and new, including classic gaff-riggers, and Sydney’s famous 18-footers, both the carbon fibre, state-of-the-art modern skiffs and wooden replicas of the gaff-rigged skiffs that raced a century ago. What a spectacle!
So now that I have said I am not home sick, I won't harp on any more about what is going on in Sydney. This is Singapore and I must be able to find something interesting to do this weekend...lanterns, lion dances, firecrackers...that will do. Gong Xi Fa Cai