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Celebrate Australia's National Wattle Day on 1 September 

In 1992 the first day of spring - 1 September - was proclaimed by the Governor-General, Sir Ninian Stephen, to be Australia's National Wattle Day for everyone across Australia to celebrate at the same time. This was a unifying gesture as wattle days had been previously celebrated on many different dates in different states and territories from July to October.

National Wattle Day has yet to be declared a national holiday.

The first celebration of wattle day in more than one state on the same day took place, on 1 September in 1910 in NSW, Victoria and South Australia. And then with the First World War (1914-1918) and the desire to sell wattle sprigs to raise money for the troops overseas and later for maimed soldiers and women and children's charities, the date was changed to 1 August in NSW and other dates elsewhere to co-incide with the best flowering of their local wattles from July (Qld) to late September (South Australia).

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

Australia's lighting up for National Wattle Day 2021

 From north to south and west to east, Australia's cities and towns are lighting up for National Wattle Day.

Is your local council lighting up its local bridges, monuments, fountains, and sculptures for Wednesday 1 September this year?  

Already Townsville, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra are joining in.


Matagarup Bridge Perth Main Roads WA

Matagarup bridge Perth Photo: Courtesy Main Roads WA

How you can celebrate National Wattle Day

There is no one way to celebrate National Wattle Day and you are only limited by your imagination.

You might like to:

  • WEAR a sprig of wattle or the uplifting colour of yellow
  • ORGANISE a picnic, lunch, morning/afternoon tea, BBQ or dinner for your family & friends
  • PLANT a wattle in your garden or wattles in a grove or revegetate a landscape
  • GO FOR A WALK to enjoy wattles in flower around your garden, suburb, nearby bush or arboretum
  • REQUEST your local council to light up landmarks in yellow and green on 1 September. (and then send us your  photos to display on this website)
  • ENCOURAGE your local markets to have a wattle theme in the lead-up to National Wattle Day - 1 September
  • SUPPORT your local primary school to celebrate the day.
  • CHECK OUT our 'For Schools' for ideas
  • SING a wattle song with the children in your life or recite a wattle poem
    'The Wattle Blooms' was composed and performed for the celebration of National Wattle Day by Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley (pictured below). 


The lyrics, recording and melody score for 'The Wattle Blooms' and other wattle songs can be found on our 'For Schools' pages.


Golden Wattle Planting at the Australian National Botanic Gardens

Wattle Day association members (of all ages) and staff of the Australian National Botanic Gardens dug in together to plant 40 Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) seedlings in the Acacia Garden on 6 April. This Autumn planting of 40 Golden Wattles are part of the gift of 100 seedlings to the Gardens for their 50th (Golden) Anniversary in 2020.


Matilda Rose Levier and her father Troy gave a helping hand at the largest planting of Australia’s floral emblem at the Australian National Botanic Gardens on 6 April.
Photos: Kerrie Brewer Courtesy of CanberraWeekly


 ANBG staff and Wattle Day Association volunteers amongst the happy many at the Golden Wattle planting at the Acacia Garden ANBG Canberra

Front L to R: Sally Ingham, Janine Baines, Mya Anlezark, Andy Gellie,
Middle L to R: Surekha Wickramasingha. Peter Feilen, Suzette Searle, David Taylor, Florence Fahy, Dawn Searle
Back L to R: Lee Madden, Anthony Hourigan, Peter Evans, Blake Kuiper

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