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Embassy English 25 January 2016 - by Laina Gardiner MacRae, Global Marketing Manager

Celebrating Australia Day with Embassy English

Australia Day is a time for Australians to come together to celebrate their history and rich cultural traditions. Although Australia has been an independent nation since 1901, Australians didn’t begin officially celebrating Australia Day as a national holiday until 1994. Australia Day does not mark an independence day, but rather honors First Landing Day or Foundation Day, referring to the date when Captain Arthur Phillip and his fleet of British ships first landed in Sydney Cove in 1788.


According to Wikipedia, “In present-day Australia, celebrations reflect the diverse society and landscape of the nation, and are marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards, and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new immigrants into the Australian community.” On this day, ceremonies are held to award Australian of the Year and the Australia Day Honors.


Australia Day celebrations generally honor the diversity the country on a broad scale, but the holiday does face criticism and backlash for celebrating the colonists who conquered and oppressed Australia’s indigenous people. Australia Day is also know as “Invasion Day” or “Survival Day,” and is marked with protests and demonstrations from Aboriginal people to bring awareness to their history and cultural presence in Australia.

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Why learn English in Australia?

Whether you feel happiest in the big city or love life by the beach, you’ll find Embassy English schools in some of the best locations in Australia. We have four diverse campuses in Australia: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Gold Coast. 



Our modern school in Darlinghurst is minutes from public transport, shops, nightclubs, museums and Hyde Park (a popular spot for parties and picnics). Take part in regular activities and excursions: visit the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Sydney Tower, and the Botanic Gardens.


Sydney Insider’s Tip: Take a train to the Blue Mountains.

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Speak, listen and learn as you explore the amazing restaurants, fashionable shops, stunning architecture, national parks, beaches and mountains of Melbourne.  Take part in sports, cultural events and exciting excursions.

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Melbourne Insider’s Tip: Take a trip along the Great Ocean Road to see the natural beauty of the Twelve Apostles.

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Our location in the city-centre, close to public transport, makes it easy to explore. Try and master the different English accents you’ll hear every day in this outdoorsy city on the Brisbane River.  Learning continues outside the classroom with our exciting social programme.

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Brisbane Insider’s Tip: Visit Streets Beach – a man-made beach in the middle of the city.

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Gold Coast

Brush the sand from your feet, and head straight to our modern campus with bright, spacious classrooms. It’s minutes from one of the best beaches in the world (just park your bike or surfboard outside).

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Gold Coast Insider’s Tip: Learn how to catch a wave with our English + Surfing lessons. Top Gold Coast surfing spots include: Burleigh Heads, Byron Bay & Coolangatta.

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See what your fellow countrymen and women are up to this #AustraliaDay and don’t forget to enter our Embassy English #EmbassyAustralia Instagram contest for the chance to win an iPad mini!


If you’d like to find out more how to improve your spoken English in Australia, check out the full range of English courses available.  We offer courses suitable for all levels and abilities.

And follow us on Facebook & Instagram to discover how our students are celebrating Australia Day and living their Embassy Life “down under.”

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  2. […] the staff organise activities to create integration between students. For example, the last one was Australia Day. Everybody tasted lamingtons; got an Australian flag tattoo and each course recorded a video about […]

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