Australians have always celebrated their nation with good humour, fairness, generosity, familiarity and equality. With spring right around the corner, its associated values of optimism, reliability, abundance and richness reflect Australia’s national pride and its love for new life.
The age-old tradition of welcoming the new season is celebrated with Australia’s national floral emblem, the golden wattle, formally known as Acacia pycnantha, and its representation of Australia’s national colours, green and gold.
Wattle Day falls on the first day of spring, 1 September, each year and is a celebration of Australia’s unique land, people and institutions. It was in 1992 that the Commonwealth of Australia officially declared the first day of September as ‘National Wattle Day’.
Australia’s national floral emblem is a plant that grows in south-eastern Australia. It is variable in size and takes the form of large shrubs or small trees depending on its location. Its large golden ball-shaped flowers that bloom in spring emanate a delicate, sweet scent and are a characteristic of all wattle species.
The wattle has called Australia home since the land was split from the Gondwana mainland which was once made up of Australia, Antarctica, India, Africa, South America and Arabia. It has had a strong relationship with the land’s people since the Aboriginal people used the Acacia plant for food, fuel, medicine and various woodcrafts.
Sydney Olympic Park proudly calls itself home to a number of wattle species such as the Green Wattle, Sally Wattle and Prickly Moses, and the more common being the Sydney Golden Wattle and Fringed Wattle. The wattles that are present in the Nature Reserve are a good representation of what would have existed in the Park more than 200 years ago.
Celebrate National Wattle Day this year by exploring our Parklands and finding all our wattle species while spending the day with family and friends to celebrate Australia and its native beauty.
More ways to celebrate Wattle Day:
• WEAR a sprig of wattle or Australia’s colours of green and gold
• GREET each other with ‘Happy Wattle Day’
• ORGANISE a picnic, lunch, morning/afternoon tea, BBQ or dinner for your family & friends