Day 303, Tuesday, 26 January, 2010 – Australia Day


Another unplanned rest day as the black clouds, wind and then rain had us make the decision to stay put for the day.

Even in the rain there is plenty of history and scenery to look at in Waratah. One of Waratah’s claims to fame is that it is the only town in Australia with a waterfall in the middle of town. The waterfall is fed from a small chain of lakes that run through parkland behind the townhall and the caravan park where we are staying. For the past 12 years Waratah’s Australia Day celebrations have centred around the lakes and featured a series of yellow plastic duck races. You can buy a yellow duck in a series of races and the owner of the first duck to be blown across the lake wins a prize. All through these events the local feathered ducks just paddled around the lake as if it was just another day.

The cold and rain kept many visitors away this year but it did not stop the local kids jumping in to herd and then catch the ‘ducks’ at the end of each race. Disappointingly the poor weather stayed until the last race when the wind finally blew the rain away. The sun came out as they took down the last of the marquees.






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Waratah's Australia Day duck races



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