At the end of January I got to take part in ‘Australia Day’ as you might have guessed it’s the national day of Australia, celebrating the ‘first fleet’ of boats that came to Australia from Britain. Compared to our national holidays back in Scotland, this one was a bit mental!
We started the day by heading down to Cottesloe beach to take part in the Havaiana Thong Challenge. The challenge was to see how many people they could get out onto the ocean on inflatable thong at once! (For those who are reading this thinking WHAT?! By thong I mean a giant inflatable flip flop and not a giant inflatable piece of ladies underwear) Every state across Australia was having a go at getting the most and hopefully breaking the world record which was broken last year here in Western Australia!
We got our thongs and spend the morning just chilling on the beach which was nice if not a little hot. When the time came we all got ready to go out into the water, this is where is became not so fun. As it was a genuine Guinness world record attempt every person who went into the water had to be counted… as you can imagine this took quite some time!! There were 3 waves of people heading in and we were in the middle wave which also meant we spent a good half hour just bobbing in a sea of people in the midday sun. And this is where I made a rookie mistake!!! I Had put all my sun cream on… however only put it on up to my shorts… when we went in the water the shorts came off and when we finally got out of the sun I had the worst ever sunburn right on my bum! OUCH!
We had to wait in the water for what seemed like forever before the siren rang to signal the start of the challenge, so we all held hands in the middle of the sea for 30 seconds to make the challenge legal in Guinness World Record terms. Due to the time difference we were the last state to go and had a slight unfair advantage of knowing how many people we needed to break the record…. Which we did! 2093 people all in the sea and all on these inflatable flip flops… was quite a funny sight!!
After the ‘excitement’ of breaking a Guinness World Record we went home to get scrubbed up, have a Barbie in true Ozzie style and a nap after being in the sun for so long!
We then headed to the river to watch the fireworks which I personally thought were great!! Before the sun went down a helicopter flew over the city and the river trailing behind it one of the biggest flags I have ever seen! This was to mark the start of the Sky show which was about to begin. Everyone had their radio on a certain channel and the fireworks went off in accordance to the music as well as a story/poem which was being read out all about Australia day, I thought it was quite clever and the show went on for about 30 minutes which is quite long I thought for a firework show!… however apparently they were not as good as the time before as there are usually lasers! ( I enjoyed them!)
And with that Australia Day was over…. a weird, wonderful and wacky holiday!
Although I do like telling people I have broken a Guinness World Record!!!