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2018 Wattle Day events around Australia

National Wattle Day events around Australia
in the Week of the Wattle
(Mon 27 August to Sunday 3 September 2018)

There is no one way to celebrate National Wattle Day - there are many - as you will see from the list of activities such as wattle walks, wattle festivals, wattle parades and wattle history exhibitions on this page. Create your own. As the 1 September falls on a Saturday this year there is every opportunity to:

  • WEAR a sprig of wattle or Australia's national 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

 

This year drought relief for our farmers and their animals is very much on everyone's minds and Wattle Day has a great tradition of raising funds for community causes across Australia. It is a great opportunity to unite the country to help support Australian farmers during this terrible drought.

Why not sell sprigs of wattle to fund drought relief for our farmers?

Where do you get fresh wattle sprigs you ask? From places where you have permission is the answer.
Please don't destroy flowering wattles in public areas and on private land for this purpose - it is against the law.

Also make sure you have permission if you set up a stall or sell in public places.

You can donate what you raise to these reputable organisations:

Since at least 1916, Wattle Day has been used as an opportunity to raise awareness and funds through the sale of fresh wattle sprigs and wattle badges for good Australian community causes... from buying ambulances for the Western Front and raising funds for injured soldiers, and womens' and childrens' charities and hospital wings (SA) during World War One, and for a tuberculosis sanatorium (Tas), to World War Two. More recently wattle badges have been sold to raise money for worthy charities such as the Australian Red Cross, Open Minds (Qld) and the ACT Rural Fire Service and the Rural Fire Brigades (NSW).
More wattle day history can be found on our webpage:
and here is some info. about the fund raising that we have done in the past for the rural fire brigades:

 ACT

Canberra

 Saturday 25 August

Calthorpes' House Walk: A home among the wattle trees

Join Michael Mulvaney, Senior Environment Planner at ACT Parks, as he leads a tour of the lower slope of Red Hill to Canberra’s iconic wattle – a true favourite of the Calthorpe family’s youngest daughter Dawn.

Calthorpes' House exterior

Photo: Courtesy of VisitCanberra

Then take a tour of the house to discover the story of the Calthorpe family including their interests, work, leisure and how their lifestyle was connected closely to the bushland of Red Hill and warm up with a cup of tea.Dawn Waterhouse will be displaying some of her wattle collection at Calthorpe's for your enjoyment too.

Please wear long pants and sturdy closed-toe shoes.

$10 (Members and eligible concession card holders $5)

Bookings by Thursday 23 August

Click here to register

 

Australian National Arboretum

Saturday 1 September - National Wattle Day

Wattle Wonder Walks at STEP

11 am and 2 pm departing the Village Centre

Join Dr Suzette Searle, an expert in the uses of Australian acacias, for an hour-long wander to enjoy and talk about the wattles in flower in the Southern Tablelands Environmental Park (STEP) and the many uses of wattles in Australia and overseas.

 

Albert Hall on Commonwealth Avenue

 Tuesday 4 September

ACT Government Citizenship Ceremonies with a Wattle Welcome to Australia's new citizens

Guest speaker: Mr Terry Fewtrell - President of the Wattle Day Association Inc.

Further information will be posted here


Australian National Botanic Gardens

Julie Ryder ‘Nature as muse: the interaction between art and botany'

Thursday, 30 August 2018 - 12:30pm

Julie will talk on the profound influences botany has had on her work; her residencies within Canberra's cultural institutions, such as the ANBG, CSIRO and the NMA, and their artistic outcomes. Julie uses natural dyeing, mordant printing, screen-printing and embroidery as a language on cloth to tell narratives about place and people. Arts residencies have enabled her to research and develop exhibitions that use textiles and other media to deliver unconventional insights into historical and contemporary issues.

Julie made beautiful wattle-dyed silk scarves with wattle designs for the centenary of Wattle Day in 2010

For more: click here

Thursday Talks at the ANBG theatrette (opposite the Visitors Centre)

'The Genus Acacia at Home and Abroad'

Thursday 6 September 12.30 pm

Dr Richard Groves

On this week's anniversary of the 108th Wattle Day, formerly from CSIRO Plant Industry, Richard, will briefly summarise the biological significance of the genus Acacia in Australia - it is the most species-rich of any Australian genus. Web link here

 

NSW

Castle Hill (Sydney) Wattle Walk

Saturday, 1 September 2018 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

"This is the day we celebrate our national floral emblem, the wattle. Acacias occur in every part of Australia.

On this walk we will see some of the species which are native to The Hills District.

Distance: 3km

Grade: Easy

These FREE walks are suitable for all ages.
They require participants to be able to walk for two hours and negotiate uneven bush tracks.
There are usually no toilet facilities on the walks.

Bookings Essential for all walks.

Meeting - The exact meeting place will be advised at the time of booking.

What to Wear - Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. For night time walks wear warm clothes and mosquito repellent.

What to Bring - Bring a drink. For night time walks bring a torch and for bird watching walks bring binoculars. Always bring your camera.

Location

Fred Caterson Reserve, Exact meeting place will be advised at the time of booking, Castle Hill 2154  View Map

Cessnock

 1-20 September
'Wonderful Wattle' history exhibition
at the Cessnock Library Foyer

65/67 Vincent St, Cessnock NSW 2325

 

Contact:

Kimberly O’Sullivan  | Local Studies Librarian
65-67 Vincent Street, Cessnock, NSW 2325 |
P:  4993 4383

E: kimberly.osullivan@cessnock.nsw.gov.au

 

 

Wattle Ball Cessnock NSW poster

Cootamundra

Cootamundra Wattle Time fair and Parade

Location:Fisher Park, 68-70 Murray Street, Cootamundra NSW 2590
Open:25 Aug 2018 - 9AM TO 4PM (STREET PARADE 12NOON)
Phone: 

 

Tasmania

Hobart

'The Bee Book' Launch
for a fact book about bees, by children, for children.'

For more info: see Wattle Day - Tasmania's Facebook

and the article in the Genorchy Gazette

 

Victoria

Melbourne
Hurstbridge Wattle Festival
Sunday 26 August 2018 

"The Hurstbridge Wattle Festival, is a significant cultural event for Melbournians that has its roots firmly planted in our early rail history.  

It’s a joyous celebration of our heritage, environment and community.   Festival goers view the wattles in a blaze of glory along the Diamond Creek as they approach the township of Hurstbridge. As visitors stroll the main street and the various Festival precincts, they enjoy a fabulous and extensive array of entertainment, events and activities for all the family, many of them free."
For more info:  See http://wattlefestival.org.au/

 

Wattle Day 2018 at Ferntree Gully

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Saturday 1 September 2018

Join us on the first day of Spring for a planting activity to celebrate National Wattle Day.

Connect with nature, learn about some of the local Wattle species, enjoy a guided nature walk and discover how
Knox City Council is improving water quality and protecting our local waterways.

Location: Fairpark Reserve Cnr Scoresby Rd and Manuka Dr Ferntree Gully VIC 3156 

More info - click here

 

Colac

Friends of Colac Botanic Gardens - Wattle Day

Guided walk to enjoy and learn more about acacias

When
  • Saturday, 1 September 2018 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location

Colac Botanic Gardens, Fyans Street, Colac 3250  View Map

Saturday, 01 September 2018 | 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Wattle

Western Australia

Dalwallinu

24th Annual Wattle Week 1-8 September 2018
Across Australia

Australia All Over

Save the Date - Wattle Day 2018

To celebrate Wattle Day, and the beginning of Spring, republic supporters around the country will be gathering to promote the campaign! Whether it's a BBQ or meeting in the pub, RSVP below if you're able to attend or host your own event and we'll get back to you with the details.

To register click here