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About Wattle Day

Why do we celebrate National Wattle Day?

We celebrate National Wattle Day to celebrate Australia and being Australian.

We celebrate National Wattle Day because:

  • National Wattle Day includes everyone
  • Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) is our national floral emblem. It is a symbol that comes directly from our land;
  • Golden Wattle is a unifying symbol of Australia and Australians. There is no other symbol that says so much about us and our land, Australia and
  • Wattles are Australian with great diversity (more than 1,071 species) and resilience like our people;
  • Wattle welcomes the spring, and is among the first plants to regenerate after fire, reminding us of the importance of renewal as it paints our national colours across our landscapes; and
  • All wattles remind us of Australia and Australians.

So join the celebration of National Wattle Day – 1 September

1 September has officially been National Wattle Day since 1992.

Since 1992 National Wattle Day has been 1 September in all of Australia's States and Territories.

Before then, Australians in different States have celebrated wattle day on different days between July and September.


Golden wattle - Closeup
Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) - Australia's national floral emblem



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Golden wattle, South Australia




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.

In 1992, the first day of September each year was officially declared 'National Wattle Day' throughout Australia by the Commonwealth of Australia.

2010 was the centenary of the celebration of wattle day on 1 September 1910 in NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

 For more history of this uniquely Australian day click here


Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha)