GALLERY: Out and about on Oz Day in the Gong

As the aquathon presentation began, Wollongong’s focus briefly shifted away from the harbour and across to the Wollongong Town Hall for the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony where 57 candidates took the pledge of allegiance.

Zoe Timmins, of East Corrimal. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Zoe Timmins, of East Corrimal. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Kite flying on Flagstaff Hill. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Kite flying on Flagstaff Hill. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Kite flying on Flagstaff Hill. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Kite flying on Flagstaff Hill. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Nicholas Rhodes, 12, of Hurlstone. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Nicholas Rhodes, 12, of Hurlstone. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Kirra and Skye Kennedy, of Wentworthville. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Kirra and Skye Kennedy, of Wentworthville. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Dad David and baby Oliver Flanders, of Balgownie. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Dad David and baby Oliver Flanders, of Balgownie. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Sarah Duncan and Brodi Leussink, of Cordeaux Heights. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Sarah Duncan and Brodi Leussink, of Cordeaux Heights. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Samuel Arriaza, 3, of East Corrimal. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Samuel Arriaza, 3, of East Corrimal. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Andrea Cavallarin, 4, of Berkeley,  at Wollongong Harbour. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Andrea Cavallarin, 4, of Berkeley, at Wollongong Harbour. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Enjoying the Australia Day celebrations at Wollongong Harbour. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Enjoying the Australia Day celebrations at Wollongong Harbour. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

A spectator captures the action. Picture: DAVE TEASE

A spectator captures the action. Picture: DAVE TEASE

Pipers march along Cliff Rd. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Pipers march along Cliff Rd. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Pipers march along Cliff Rd: Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Pipers march along Cliff Rd: Pictures: DAVE TEASE

The gun battery march along Cliff Rd. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

The gun battery march along Cliff Rd. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

The gun battery march along Cliff Rd.  Pictures: DAVE TEASE

The gun battery march along Cliff Rd. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Convicts are part of the re-enactment. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Convicts are part of the re-enactment. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

"Convicts" join in the re-enactment. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

"Convicts" join in the re-enactment. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Pipers along Cliff Rd. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Pipers along Cliff Rd. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Patriotic residents enjoy the celebrations. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Patriotic residents enjoy the celebrations. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

People are out in their thousands to enjoy the celebrations. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

People are out in their thousands to enjoy the celebrations. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Pipers at Battery Park. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Pipers at Battery Park. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

A re-enactment of soldiers from the 1880s firing the cannon at Battery Park. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

A re-enactment of soldiers from the 1880s firing the cannon at Battery Park. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

A re-enactment of soldiers from the 1880s firing the cannon at Battery Park. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

A re-enactment of soldiers from the 1880s firing the cannon at Battery Park. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

It's Australia mate! Picture: DAVE TEASE

It's Australia mate! Picture: DAVE TEASE

Wollongong’s Australia Day ambassador Mat Campbell gave the Australia Day address, where he spoke of his pride not just in Australia, but the City of Wollongong.

Mr Campbell said Wollongong was a better place thanks to the many volunteers who selflessly give their time for many causes and encouraged the city’s newest Australians to do the same.

Back at the harbour with kites hovering above Flagstaff Hill and yachts racing beyond the harbour walls, the thong throwing competition took centre stage.

With many different throwing styles on display the winner of the Nippers competition, eight-year-old Aidan Testa of Figtree said the secret to ‘‘throw it high’’, before he took his prize home to enjoy at an Australia Day barbecue.

As the thongs were being thrown, a re-enactment party of soldiers and townsfolk from the 1880s was making its way from the Courthouse to the Smiths Hill Battery on Cliff Rd.

Elaine Hart, a member of the Rotary Club of Illawarra Sunrise,was part of the re-enactment.

‘‘We  call ourselves ‘the wenches’,’’ she laughed.

The Illawarra Sunrise club has been involved with the refurbishment of the gun battery.

Enjoying Australia Day in Wollongong. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Enjoying Australia Day in Wollongong. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Johnny Dellangen of Kanahooka living it up at Belmore Basin. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Johnny Dellangen of Kanahooka living it up at Belmore Basin. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Beckford Taylor, of Figtree in the thong throwing competition at Belmore Basin. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Beckford Taylor, of Figtree in the thong throwing competition at Belmore Basin. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Food stalls along Cliff Rd. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Food stalls along Cliff Rd. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Wearing the Aussie colours with pride. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Wearing the Aussie colours with pride. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Enjoying Wollongong's Australia Day events. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Enjoying Wollongong's Australia Day events. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

‘‘It is a great way to spend Australia Day,’’ she said.