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What's happening around you and the rest of Australia?

National Wattle Day events around Australia
in the Weeks of the Wattle
(Sat. 24 August to Sun. 8 September 2019)

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 talks, wattle wood displays, wattle festivals and wattle parades on this page. Create your own. As the 1 September falls on a Sunday 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

 

Let us know about your Wattle day activities and events for listing if you would like the public to come along.

Just email our with the details is a simple format for this page.

 

The following listing is by State/Territory in alphabetical order and then by date

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Queensland

Tasmania

Victoria

Western Australia

Australian Capital Territory
Canberra

Albert Hall on Commonwealth Avenue

 Monday 26 August 2019

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

10 am and 1.30 pm

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

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

 

Terry Fewtrell speaking at Albert Hall

Terry Fewtrell speaking at a citizenship ceremony in Canberra (Albert Hall)

 

National Arboretum Canberra

Springtime Wattle Walks (90 minutes each)


Date and Time:
Saturday, 31st August at 11.00 am (led by Jennie Widdowson)
and
Sunday, 1st September at 11.00 am and 2.00 pm (both led by Suzette Searle)

Meet at the Village Centre

This is a free activity but you will need to register on the Arboretum's website. Click here

 

NAC Wattle banner



Details: Celebrate springtime in Canberra with guided walks through the 25 different wattle varieties in the Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park (STEP) at the National Arboretum Canberra.

Australia’s floral emblem - the Golden Wattle - will be in bloom to welcome you!

The walk will last around 90 minutes and will need moderate fitness. Please wear sturdy footwear, bring water and dress for the weather conditions.


Wattle Corner - Village Centre

Date and time: Sunday, 1st September at 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

The Wattle Day Association is hosting a 'wattle corner' to give out fresh sprigs of wattle and talk about wattle woods such as the world famous Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon).

On display (only) will be turned and other hand-crafted wattle woods from the Wood Works Gallery Bungendore NSW

 

Wattle stall 2018 Village Centre NAC Arboretum


Australian National Botanic Gardens

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

'Acacia'

Date and time: Thursday, 5 September 2019 - 12:30pm
http://www.friendsanbg.org.au/Kodela_5_Sept_2019_Calendar

Dr Phillip Kodela: Flora botanist and scientific editor, Australian Biological Resources Study, Parks Australia Division, Department of the Environment and Energy, will discuss interesting facts and figures about this genus and related taxa, including recent taxonomic debates and developments in the Flora of Australia and the plant identification tool WATTLE.

 

National Arboretum Canberra

Acacias in Watercolour - with Cheryl Hodges

 Date and time: Friday , 6 September 9.20am-4.30pm
in the Terrace Room at the Village Centre, National Arboretum Canberra

 Note: Book and pay through Nature Art Lab as this is not an arboretum workshop.

To book, go to: https://natureartlab.com.au/collections/workshops/products/spring-flowering-acacias-with-cheryl-hodges

Acacia pycnantha Cheryl Hodges 2019

 

 

NSW

Bungendore

Wood Works Gallery

Date and time: Sunday, 1st September at 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

Wood Works Gallery - Bungendore NSW

 

Hand-crafted wattle woods turned or cut into unique Australian gifts and world class blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon) furniture will be featured at this award-winning gallery on National Wattle Day.

Click here to check out these beautiful blackwood pieces - from benches, chairs, coffee tables to mirrors, bowls, chef platters, serving trays, chopping boards, trinket boxes and coasters http://bungendorewoodworks.com.au/timbers/blackwood

Blackwood bowl - Courtesy of Bungendore Wood Works Gallery

Blackwood bowl
Photo Courtesy of the Wood Works Gallery Bungendore NSW

 

 

Cootamundra

Cootamundra Wattle Time Fair and Street Parade

Location:Fisher Park, 68-70 Murray Street, Cootamundra NSW 2590
Open: 31 Aug 2018 - 9 am - 4 pm  (Street Parade 12 NOON)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Community/Cootamundra-Wattle-Time-Fair-and-Street-Parade-1416314105295301/

 

Genfell (Weddin Shire central NSW)

'Less than half a days drive from Sydney and approximately two hours drive from Canberra, Dubbo, Bathurst and Wagga. 
Grenfell is the birthplace of Henry Lawson and steeped in history with much of its old world character maintained.'(http://www.grenfell.org.au/)


Seminar - 'Our national floral emblem' Mikla Lewis

Mikla providing a comprehensive exploration of the many varieties of wattle, and its significance for Indigenous Australians, the early settlers and for contemporary Australia.

Date and time: Wed. 14 August commencing at 7.00pm.

Where: Grenfell Community Hub Conference Room

There will be a wattle seed-based supper and free wattle plants to take home.

 

Mikla Lewis Photo Courtesy of blog

'Blooming Wattles' walking tour will be held at 'Rosemont'

Date and time: Friday 23 August from 9.30am -3.00pm
Mikla Lewis will also be hosting a 'Blooming Wattles Tour' at 'Rosemont' located on Holy Camp Road.

287 Holy Camp Road, Grenfell
9.30am to 3.00pm

Bookings required. To RSVP please contact Mikla Lewis on miklalewis@bigpond.com.

Great article in the Forbes Advocate about Mikla's upcoming tour and seminar - Click here

 

Queanbeyan

Wattle Day Walk

Date and time: Sunday 1 September from 10.00 am -1.00 pm
Googong Landcare  invites you to join us on a walk on the Eastern Escarpment
Meeting at Wright Park, on Old Sydney Road past the Council Pound in East Queanbeyan.
Bill Willis will lead the day, advising on flora and fauna.
This is a slow to moderate paced walk with grades, with regular stops, usually following tracks.
Walkers should have fair fitness, wear hat and closed shoes, (QLC to provide sunscreen), and bring your own food and water.

Queensland

Mt Morgan

Date and time: 8.30 am Saturday 7 September 2019

Mt Morgan Wattle Fun Day
Mount Morgan Rail Complex, 1 Railway Pde, Mount Morgan.

Market stalls, children's amusement rides, face painting, Live performances by talented local artists, Performances by local childcare group Red Frog, food vendors, information displays and demonstrations, Wattle Day Award.

 

Mt Morgan Wattle Festival

Photo courtesy of MMPAD

For more information, contact MMPAD on 4938 2312.

More information: https://www.queensland.com/en-au/event/mount-morgan-wattle-fun-day-and-village-markets

 

Tasmania

Hobart

Date and time: 10.30 am Tuesday 27th August
Morning tea at Karadi Aboriginal Corporation
4 Rothesay Circle Goodwood,N Hobart

Date and time: 5.00 - 7.00 pm Friday 30 August 2019
Wattle Day information stall
Goodwood Wake-Up Spring Festival

Claremont

Date and time:
1pm -  5pm on the Saturday 7 September
10 am - 4 pm on the Sunday 8 September
Claremont Daffodil and Camella Show
Corner of Main road and Bilton Street Claremont (nw Hobart) 7011

 

Jenni M and the Shredding Betties crew will be doing a wattle day ride wearing yellow

Victoria

Melbourne

Hurstbridge Wattle Festival
Sunday 25 August 2019

"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."

 

Wattle Day at Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve, Mitcham, Melbourne

Date and time:  Saturday 31 August 2019 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

What: Celebrate Wattles in this informative session led by Mart Hagel and then join a guided walk around Yarran Dheran in Mitcham to identify some of our wattles.
Where: Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve, 1 Ashburton Drive, Mitcham, Victoria

For further information and RSVP click here.

The Wurundjeeri people named Yarran Dheran, meaning 'wattle gully'.
Later settlers also noted the proliferation of wattles in the area, naming Wattle Valley Road.
Come and celebrate these much loved plants at Yarran Dheran win this informative session led by Mart Hagel. Learn about Australian wattles and their uses; focus on identifying features of indigenous and weedy wattles in Yarran Dheran and join him in a guided walk aroung Yarran Dheran to Identify some of our wattles

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/celebrate-australian-wattle-day-at-yarran-dheran-nature-reserve-tickets-65163856850

 

Date and time: Saturday 7th September 11 am - 10.30 pm

Wattle Day Celebration at Ringwood Melbourne

Date and time: Saturday 7th September

Organised by Victorian Folk Music Club and the Traditional Social Dance Association of Victoria

A day to celebrate all things Australian from verse, singing, dancing and music workshops to a family Bush Dance at night.

Where: Senior Citizen’s Hall, Laurence Grv. Ringwood East Melbourne

Traditional 'folk' actvities from  verse, singing, dancing and music workshops to a family Bush Dance at night.

 

Western Australia

Dalwallinu

25th Annual Wattle Week Festival

Sat 7th Sep 2019 to Fri 13th Sep 2019

"The very popular annual Wattle Week festival is back for 2019!
Visit the Dalwallinu shire for a fabulous week of assorted activities.
Enjoy wonderful country hospitality and join in one of the many events ranging from a unique bush breakfast, kids fun in the park, half/full day tours, sundowners, live entertainment and more.
See the program for further details and contact information.