National Wattle Day – Why Do We Celebrate?

Order of Australia – Wattle Medals

Wattles have long had special meanings for Australians and in 1988 the Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) was officially gazetted as Australia’s national floral emblem.

Queen wearing Wattle Brooch

Queen Elizabeth II wearing her Wattle Brooch

In 1992, the first day of September each year was officially declared  ‘National Wattle Day’ throughout Australia by the Commonwealth of Australia.

Wattle is our national floral emblem. It is a symbol that comes directly from our land; Wattle is Australian and represents us all.

Unlike other national days, National Wattle Day excludes no one,.

Like our multi-cultural mix of people, wattle has great diversity (with nearly 1.000 species) and resilience.

Wattle welcomes in the spring and is among the first plants to regenerate after fire, reminding us of the importance of renewal as it paints our national colours across our land

Wattle is a unifying symbol for all Australians.

Ravishing Wattle in BloomThere is no other symbol that says so much about us and our land, Australia. Wattle is a symbol of Australia and Australians.

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