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Wattle blooms on Australia's Parliament House

Wattle blooms  on New Parliament House during Canberra's Enlighten Festival (8-11 March 2019)


This illumination of the fabulous painting by Stephen Trebilcock (born 1952), called Golden Wattle, 2016 (part of the Parliament House Art Collection, Department of Parliamentary Services, Canberra, ACT) glows on Australia's Parliament House 1-11 March 2019 during Canberra's Enlighten Festival.

Photo by © Rohan Newton


Let's make Australia Day Gold!

Just as we have celebrated the New Year and enjoy the summer holidays, people start writing newspaper articles and Letters to the Editor about Australia Day.


Yes, let’s celebrate Australia Day – but on which day? Read more here...



 WDA President Terry Fetwrell (left) and below
addressing an Australian Citizenship Ceremony
about the significance of National Wattle Day for all Australians

Celebrate Australia's National Wattle Day on 1 September 

Golden Wattle (A. pycnantha) SD Searle


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 2019?

  • 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 how Australians celebrated National Wattle Day last year on Saturday 1 September 2018

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2019 Australians of the Year
Craig Challen and Richard Harris
were also 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 2018, many Australians continued 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 March 2019 for you to enjoy on the Wattle Day Association webpage.


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