Western Australia Day celebrates day the Day British captain Charles Fremantle claimed Western Australia for the British in 1829, setting up the Swan River Colony. While the day was originally called ‘Foundation Day’, it has since been renamed to include all Western Australians, including aboriginal communities.
Western Australia Day Activities
1. Hit a free festival
WA Day is marked by free festivals across Australia: from Mandurah, Bunbury, Albany, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Geraldton, Onslow, Newman, and Port Hedland.
2. Buy tickets for the Gala dinner
The highlight of WA Day is the Western Australian of the Year Awards. Folks nearby can purchase tickets to the Gala Dinner, while those not co-located can stream the event.
3. Attend SOTA
SOTA is a live music festival, held in Elizabeth Quay to celebrate WA Day—which features everything from alt rock to Aussie hip-hop.
Why We Love Western Australia Day
A. It's all about Western Australian Pride
WA Day, as it's colloquially known, is a public holiday in Western Australia — and also serves as a basis for the Western Australian of the year awards, which celebrate outstanding achievement in the categories: Community, Professions, Sport and Youth, Aboriginal, Community, and Arts & Culture.
B. It's become more inclusive
From a day that celebrated British colonization, WA Day has become a way to celebrate ALL Western Australians, no matter how long they've been in the country.
C. It's got its own playlist!
Apparently WA Day even has its own playlist — which can be found here http://www.celebratewa.com.au/toolbox/ — with plenty of classics all Western Australians are bound to love.