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8 Things to Do in Australia in 2014

1. Australia Day

Celebrating the anniversary of the day that Captain Arthur Phillip first claimed the land at Sydney Cove, Australia day is a national holiday, a lot like the USA’s Independence Day and crowds gather in major cities like Sydney to celebrate and party.

2. Formula One

In March the Grand Prix comes to Melbourne, with the Australian Grand Prix the opening race of the Formula 1 season.

3. Sydney Harbour Opera

During March and April, the harbour at Sydney is the backdrop for a series of outdoor opera performances which are put on by Opera Australia.

4. Vivid Sydney

Every year Sydney is transformed by an array of vivid light shows which illuminate the Opera House and features talks, musical performances and more from leading creative thinkers.

5. Floriade

During September and October, the capital of Canberra is peppered with thousands of spring flowers in Australia’s biggest flower festival.

6. Australian Football League finals

The Australian Rules football tournament is perhaps the most exciting sport they play down under and the final is the highlight of the calendar!

7. Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

Starting on Boxing Day the yacht race is a tradition that sees competitors racing from Nielsen Park in Sydney to Hobart in Tasmania, over 1,100 km away.

8. New Year’s Eve

Australia certainly knows how to celebrate in style and Sydney is usually at the heart of it all with a flotilla taking place on the harbour each year.

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