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Golden Wattle (A. pycnantha) SD SearleCelebrate Australia's National Wattle Day on 1 September 

National Wattle Day has been officially celebrated on 1 September in all of Australia's States and Territories since 1992.
Before then, Australians in different States celebrated wattle day on different days In July, August and September whenever the wattles were at their blooming best locally.

Wattles have long had special meanings for Australians and in 1988 the Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) was officially gazetted as Australia's national floral emblem.

Want to know more about why we celebrate National Wattle Day?


How can you celebrate National Wattle Day in 2018?

  • WEAR a sprig of wattle or Australia's colours of green and gold
  • GREET each other with 'Happy Wattle Day'
  • Go for a walk to enjoy wattles in flower around your suburb or nearby bush
  • ORGANISE a picnic, lunch, morning/afternoon tea, BBQ or dinner for your family & friends

Click here to see the grassroots celebration around Australia for National Wattle Day on Saturday 1 September 2018

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Australian underwater rescuers
are joint winners of the 2018 Golden Wattle Award

Craig Challen and Richard Harris, underwater rescuers of the young Thai soccer team, are joint winners of the 2018 Golden Wattle Award.

The contributions of each to the safe rescue of the boys, against all the odds and in the face of great danger, were outstanding examples of Australian skill, commitment and sheer bravery. As the whole world watched and hoped, Richard Harris and Craig Challen went about their task with a cool professionalism that won admiration and appreciation of people around the world. In doing so they brought enormous credit on themselves and Australia.

They brought Gold to Australia, the key criteria for the Golden Wattle Award. Click here for more

Previous recipients of this award have included Samuel Johnson and his sister, Connie (2017), Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne and her champion strapper brother, Steve (2016), surfers Julian Wilson & Mick Fanning (2015), VC winner Ben Roberts-Smith (2014), Mel Irons a Tasmanian student and community activist (2013), Nobel Prize winner Professor Brian Schmidt (2012) and Tour De France Winner Cadel Evans (2011).


Our Wattle helps again

Wattle, our national floral emblem, is helping to raise funds for drought-affected farmers.
On National Wattle Day, Saturday 1 September, many Australians will continue a century-old tradition of selling sprigs of wattle to help fellow Australians.


Wattle and wattle days - Share your memories and opinions

Please take this short (10 minute), easy-to-fill-out, anonymous survey. Just click here

A summary of Australians' memories, experiences and opinions of wattle days and wattle will be made available in December 2018 for you to enjoy on the Wattle Day Association webpage.


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2015 Citizenship ceremony

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Edwin Ride

Edwin Ride wears wattle with style

Information about the Wattle Day Association and wattle day activities around Australia