Happy Australia Day!
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Its a public holiday today to celebrate Australia Day. We left the hostel late morning and wandered through the city to the river to see what was going on, passing lots of people wearing the Australian flag around them. It seems like a very patriotic day although we're not sure how much the indigenous aboriginals join in these celebrations. It was very busy when we got down to Federation Square with a few street entertainers around. We crossed the river and walked down past the boat sheds, also passing a big family event that was going on. The Australian equivalent of the Red Arrows were doing a fly over. We also walked past the biggest skate park we have ever seen, it was almost the size of a football field - definitely put those in Oldham to shame.
We walked back towards Federation square and called for a drink, soaking up the atmosphere.
We jumped on one of the free city trams, to get up to the other end of the city. These regular trams, do circuits of the city and give an informative guided tour on board. We jumped off at Flagstaff Gardens and wandered back to the hostel, we stayed in for the evening, having soup for tea and watching the second mens semi final match.