How we celebrated Australia Day 2013

Thousands of people throughout the Illawarra took part in Australia Day celebrations over the weekend, from barbecue breakfasts to spectacular fireworks. 

It was a long, hot day of fun, with the crowds well behaved right up to the final bang of the fireworks.

Hundreds of people saw out Australia at the fireworks spectacular off the coast at Wollongong.

 More than 3000 people woke early to get to Reddall Reserve on the edge of Lake Illawarra to enjoy Shellharbour City Council’s Australia Day breakfast by the lake.

The threat of thunderstorms in the afternoon didn’t dampen people’s enthusiasm for celebrating Australia Day at Belmore Basin.

The Kiama Downs Surf Life Saving Club and Minnamurra Rotary Club cooked bacon, eggs and sausages for 500 people at Jones Beach.

It might be Australia Day but it was international competitors who took out the aquathon at Belmore Basin.

Thousands of people have flocked to Belmore Basin, showing that Wollongong knows how to throw an Australia Day party.