Wattle by numbers & colours

Primary Concert Choir conducted by Katharine Finlayson
Canberra Legislative Assembly 2014. Photo: ©S.D. Searle

Quick Q & A
Script ‘Wattle by numbers and colours’

So lets talk about Wattle.
Well what I am going to talk about with you is Numbers and Colours.

Lets start with a big number. (Ask kids to call out big numbers)
What at about 30 million+.
That’s big isn’t it! Well that is how long Wattle has been growing in the Australian bush.
A long, long time.

What about a smaller number.
Let’s say 1000. That, plus few more, is how many different types of Wattle there are that grow only in Australia.

Now lets think about a very small number.
One is about as small as you can get.
Well, of those 1000+ wattles, only One is the type that has been chosen as our National Floral Emblem. Acacia pycnantha – the Golden Wattle

Now what about colours?
Well two colours, the green and the gold are Australia’s national colours.
And these are the colours of the Wattle when it blooms.
The green leaves and the golden blossoms.

So the Wattle is very special. Remember the numbers: 30 million+, 1000+ and One. And the Green and Gold of Australia. Australia is the Land of the Wattle!

Terry Fewtrell 7uly 2021

Celebrate National Wattle Day

Friday 1 September 2017

WEAR a sprig of wattle or Australia’s colours of green and gold

GREET each other with ‘Happy Wattle Day’


PLANT a wattle

ORGANISE a picnic, lunch, morning/afternoon tea, BBQ or dinner for your family & friends



Here are some more ideas about how you might like to celebrate Australia’s special national day:

  • Sing a wattle song
  • Read or write a poem about wattle
  • Make your own wattle badge
  • Colour in a picture wattle blossoms
  • Plant a wattle in your garden with your family or at school with your classmates
  • Give a basket of wattle to someone special



Golden Wattle basket ready for a friend
Photo: ©S.D. Searle