Australia Day revellers soak up the sun for January 26 celebrations at the beach… while thousands take to the streets calling for the date to be changed

Australians across the country have embraced scorching temperatures to celebrate Australia Day in style – while others marched in packed Invasion Day rallies.

Despite intensifying debate surrounding keeping January 26 as our national day, revellers descended on beaches in their droves to take advantage of Australia’s sun, salt and surf on Friday. 

Partygoers in Sydney and the Gold Coast were seen relaxing with friends on boats, in parks and on the beach in celebration of what makes Australia The Lucky Country. 

Despite major supermarket chain Woolworths declaring it wouldn’t sell Australia Day merchandise this year, many were still decked out in Australian glag bikinis, bucket hats and temporary tattoos. 

The national day wrapped in Sydney with Australia Day Live at the Sydney Opera House, a concert featuring live musical performances and a dazzling fireworks display. 

Meanwhile, thousands rallied joined Invasion Day rallies in the first Australia Day protests since the failed Voice to Parliament referendum. 

Photos show Aussies across the country enjoying the hot weather, with most capital cities in the high 20s. 

Hundreds of Sydneysiders headed to Bondi Beach on Friday to soak up some rays on the national holiday

Aussies from all walks of life made the most of the picture perfect weather on Australia Day this year

Aussies from all walks of life made the most of the picture perfect weather on Australia Day this year

Something to celebrate: Love was in the air as these revellers enjoyed a well earned day off work

Australian flags were not as common as in years past as the day becomes increasingly controversial

Australian flags were not as common as in years past as the day becomes increasingly controversial 

Thousands rushed to the beach this Australia Day as temperatures crept into the high 40s in Sydney

Thousands rushed to the beach this Australia Day as temperatures crept into the high 40s in Sydney

Splish splash! Plenty of fun was being had at Wave Break Island on the Gold Coast

Sun's out...: It was a nice day for a float in the ocean as temperatures reached the high 20s

Sun’s out…: It was a nice day for a float in the ocean as temperatures reached the high 20s

Police patrols made sure nobody got too rowdy but for the most part everyone seemed to be relaxing and having funny

Police patrols made sure nobody got too rowdy but for the most part everyone seemed to be relaxing and having funny

Cheers! People were seen enjoying a drink as they marked Australia's national day

Cheers! People were seen enjoying a drink as they marked Australia’s national day

This man opted to drape an Australia Day flag over his shoulders for the national holiday

This man opted to drape an Australia Day flag over his shoulders for the national holiday

The boxing kangaroo made its debut voyage aboard a ship as partygoers enjoyed the blue skies

The boxing kangaroo made its debut voyage aboard a ship as partygoers enjoyed the blue skies

These two women kept out of the sun by fixing some umbrellas to their heads

These two women kept out of the sun by fixing some umbrellas to their heads 

Even for those that chose to ditch Australian flags this year, it was still a day of fun in the sun

Even for those that chose to ditch Australian flags this year, it was still a day of fun in the sun 

People of all ages came together to share in the good times and make happy memories on the national holiday

People of all ages came together to share in the good times and make happy memories on the national holiday

The unrelenting sun forced some to shelter under tents as the day continued in full swing

The unrelenting sun forced some to shelter under tents as the day continued in full swing

Eskies and coolers were as common as Austalian flags on the beach as everyone worked to stay hydrated on the Gold Coast

Eskies and coolers were as common as Austalian flags on the beach as everyone worked to stay hydrated on the Gold Coast

One Aussie aboard the S.S. Krazy Times kept to himself enjoying the brisk waves and good vibes

One Aussie aboard the S.S. Krazy Times kept to himself enjoying the brisk waves and good vibes

There were a million ways people showed their love for the Lucky Country from shirts, from flags and hats

There were a million ways people showed their love for the Lucky Country from shirts, from flags and hats

This man draped an Australian flag around his shoulders as he enjoyed the coastal breeze

This man draped an Australian flag around his shoulders as he enjoyed the coastal breeze

Have you ever seen anything so patriotic? This couple went all out in matching Australian flag suits

Have you ever seen anything so patriotic? This couple went all out in matching Australian flag suits

The waters were still and the atmosphere was perfect for those who opted to spend the day on the water

The waters were still and the atmosphere was perfect for those who opted to spend the day on the water

Thuis boat was a strong contender for the best effort for Australian flags on the water

Thuis boat was a strong contender for the best effort for Australian flags on the water 

This woman opted to wear an Australian flag headband as she made sure to stay hydrated

This woman opted to wear an Australian flag headband as she made sure to stay hydrated

This woman opted to wear Australia Day sunglasses on the national holiday

This woman opted to wear Australia Day sunglasses on the national holiday

A general view of Bondi showed no Australian flags in sight, as the date of the national holiday becomes more contentious

A general view of Bondi showed no Australian flags in sight, as the date of the national holiday becomes more contentious

Tens of thousands marched in the relentless heat at this protest in Sydney on Friday

Tens of thousands marched in the relentless heat at this protest in Sydney on Friday

Protestors flooded capital cities across Australia in protest of the national holiday being held on January 26

Protestors flooded capital cities across Australia in protest of the national holiday being held on January 26

In Melbourne crowds began to gather outside Parliament House at 10am before making their way to Flinders Station

In Melbourne crowds began to gather outside Parliament House at 10am before making their way to Flinders Station

The future of Australia rests in the hands of the youth, many of whom also attended rallies on Friday

The future of Australia rests in the hands of the youth, many of whom also attended rallies on Friday

Signage read 'No Pride in Genocide' with Aboriginal flags seen scattered throughout the crowd

Signage read ‘No Pride in Genocide’ with Aboriginal flags seen scattered throughout the crowd

Palestinian flags were just as visible as Aboriginal ones in the marches as the two coalitions converged on Friday

Palestinian flags were just as visible as Aboriginal ones in the marches as the two coalitions converged on Friday

This year saw the largest response yet from 'Invasion Day' - just months after the failed Voice to Parliament referendum

This year saw the largest response yet from ‘Invasion Day’ – just months after the failed Voice to Parliament referendum

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