The wonderful world of Aus: Celebrating Australia Day 2013

To the citizens of Down Under, Australia Day is more than just a public holiday. On January 26 celebrations are to erupt all over the country with thousands of events that show off the pride of the nation.

Whether enjoying an afternoon on the beach with friends and family, having a barbecue in the garden, or listening to some of Australia's best musical talent at Sydney Harbour, Saturday's fun celebrates the original first fleet to arrive in the cosmopolitan city's cove.

And the tradition of watching the boats sail in still continues today.

Every year, Sydney's beloved Ferrython invites spectators from all around the world to join in on a spot of Australian enthusiasm as they come to cheer on the ferries that power down the Harbour and back to the finish line under the iconic Harbour Bridge. 

Scroll down for reasons to celebrate in style for Australia Day 2013...

Outdoor concerts, community barbecues, sports competitions, festivals and fireworks are just some of the events enjoyed on January 26 in communities across Australia 

In one of the many festivities that lead up to Australia Day in January, Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's giant rubber duck entered Cockle Bay Wharf on opening day of the Sydney Festival 2013, where crowds reached as many as 60,000 

Some fun-loving Aussies get ready to celebrate Australia Day amongst friends and family in their country's colours 

Every year Australia's Ferrython commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788 from Britain 

This January has already seen the sunny setting of Australia rocket in temperature as they experienced their hottest day on record – reaching 46.5C – a great excuse to get out the classic Aussie barbeque 

After a tense five-set semi-final match against Swiss tennis pro, Roger Federer, the British Olympic gold medallist Andy Murray will be sure to celebrate January 26 in style as he prepares himself for the final of the Australian Open in Melbourne 

Australia certainly has alot to celebrate with their sporting talents this year after claiming an overall medal count of 35 at the Olympic Games, seven of which were gold


Having attended school in Australia when he was young, Prince Charles recently visited the country with his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and spent some time with a couple of furry friends 

People stand to spectate the city's annual Ferrython along the Sydney Harbour bridge