Got an idea for a new holiday? Let us know!
Submit Holiday

Western Australia Day

Experience the spirit of Western Australia Day! Celebrate the rich culture, diverse history, and breathtaking landscapes of this stunning state.
Growth - Techcloud X Webflow Template
Category
Cultural
Weekly And Monthly Reports - Techcloud X Webflow Template
When it is?
June 3
Location Icon
Country
Australia
Introduction

Get ready to revel in regional camaraderie on Western Australia Day, celebrated each year on the first Monday in June! This year, we come together on June 3rd to honor not just the magnificent landscapes but also the rich culture and longstanding history of the Western Australian community. Emerging from its humble beginnings as Foundation Day, Western Australia Day has evolved to become a celebration of all people who call this state home, recognizing the early Aboriginal inhabitants as well as the many waves of migrants and settlers. So, let's come together to appreciate and honor the vibrant tapestry that makes Western Australia a fetching mosaic of cultures, history, and natural beauty. Let the celebrations begin!

History of Western Australia Day

Western Australia Day Dates

Western Australia Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1829</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Swan River Colony Founded</div><div class='timeline-text'>Captain James Stirling founded the Swan River Colony, which is now known as the city of Perth.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1832</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Foundation Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first commemoration of the colony's establishment known as Foundation Day was celebrated.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1911</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Foundation Day Public Holiday</div><div class='timeline-text'>Foundation Day was officially declared a public holiday in Western Australia.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2005</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Aboriginal Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Aboriginal people were officially recognized as the original inhabitants and traditional custodians of Western Australia.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Foundation Day Reimagined</div><div class='timeline-text'>Foundation Day was renamed as Western Australia Day better reflecting the spirit of unity, diversity and societal harmony.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Reconciliation Week</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first National Reconciliation Week was observed, acknowledging and fostering respectful relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Western Australia Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Explore the Outback</h3><p class='facts-text'>Take the opportunity to experience the wild beauty of Western Australia's outback. Whether on a tour or a self-guided trip, witness the stunning landscapes, and learn about the ancient Aboriginal culture.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Host an Aussie Barbecue</h3><p class='facts-text'>A clue to the heart of Western Australian culture is found at a barbie with friends! Invite your mates over for a celebratory cookout showcasing iconic Australian dishes like snags, shrimp, and kangaroo steaks. Don't forget to put some Vegemite sandwiches on the menu too!</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Visit Historical Landmarks</h3><p class='facts-text'>Immerse yourself in the history of Western Australia by visiting key landmarks like the Fremantle Prison, The Perth Mint, or the Shipwrecks Museum. Each provides a deeper understanding of Western Australia's rich history.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Organize a Beach Clean-up</h3><p class='facts-text'>Help preserve the beauty of Western Australian coastlines by organizing a beach clean-up day. Not only is it a great way to give back, but it's also an excellent way to spend the day outdoors, savouring the gorgeous coastal scenery.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Attend a Local Festival</h3><p class='facts-text'>Many communities around Western Australia hold annual Western Australia Day festivals. Check your local listings for events near you and enjoy a day of music, food, cultural performances, and much more!</p></div></div>

Why We Love Western Australia Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Honoring Diversity</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>We love Western Australia Day as it's not just a celebration of the state's magnificent landscapes, but also its rich culture and history. Recognizing the early Aboriginal inhabitants as well as the many waves of migrants and settlers, this day truly encapsulates the diversity of people who call Western Australia their home.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Exploring Scenic Landscapes</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Western Australia Day gives us the opportunity to explore the stunning outback and coastal scenery that the state is renowned for. Whether it's self-guided trips or organized tours, experiencing this wild beauty is a not-to-be-missed adventure.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Celebrating with Fun Activities</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The spirit of Western Australia Day is best enjoyed through fun activities, whether it's a classic barbie with friends, a historical tour, or caring for the local environment through a beach clean-up day. These events not only provide entertainment but also foster a strong bond amongst community members.</p></div></div>

5 Intriguing Facts about Western Australia Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Western Australia is the Country's Largest State</h3><p class='facts-content'>Covering one-third of the country's total land mass, Western Australia is the largest state in Australia, providing its people ample space for cultural diversity to flourish.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>A Premier's Active Citizenship Award is Given on this Day</h3><p class='facts-content'>The Premier's Active Citizenship Awards are announced on Western Australia Day, recognizing individuals and groups for their contributions to the community.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The First Monday of June wasn't Always Western Australia Day</h3><p class='facts-content'>Originally, Foundation Day was celebrated on June 1, regardless of the day of the week. It wasn't until 2012 that it was moved to the first Monday of June and renamed Western Australia Day.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Western Australia Day is a Time of Cultural Celebration for Indigenous Australians</h3><p class='facts-content'>Western Australia Day plays host to various Aboriginal cultural events, recognizing and celebrating the rich traditions and history of the Indigenous people who have inhabited the region for more than 40,000 years.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Each Year the Dalwallinu Shire Streets Decorates with the State Colours</h3><p class='facts-content'>The streets of Dalwallinu Shire, amongst many other communities, become a display of state pride, with decorations in Western Australia’s colours of black and gold, highlighting the warm community spirit associated with this day.</p></div></div>

Western Australia Day FAQs

Western Australia Day Dates

Year
Date
Day

2023

2024

2025

2026

2027

Cultural Holidays