June Significant Days 

King Charles III seated on a golden throne, wearing a lavish royal robe and the Imperial State Crown. The throne is ornately decorated with intricate designs and the background features rich, decorative elements in gold and red.

June is a month of significant celebrations in Australia, particularly for residents of Western Australia and those recognising the newly renamed King’s Birthday. 

WA Day 

Western Australia Day, celebrated on the first Monday in June, is a public holiday that commemorates the founding of the Swan River Colony in 1829. This day is not only a celebration of the state’s history and achievements but also an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions and history of the First Nations people. 

Flag of Western Australia, featuring a blue field with the Union Jack in the upper left corner and a yellow circle with a black swan in the centre right.

For First Nations communities, WA Day can be a time to reflect on their rich cultural heritage and the impact of European settlement. It is crucial to recognise and honour the resilience, traditions, and ongoing contributions of Indigenous Australians to Western Australia’s diverse society. Celebrations and events often include Indigenous performances, art exhibitions, and community gatherings that highlight the importance of reconciliation and respect for the traditional custodians of the land. 

King’s Birthday 

In a significant change, the public holiday formerly known as the Queen’s Birthday, now observed as the King’s Birthday. Most states and territories will celebrate this on the second Monday in June, although dates in some States do vary. This change marks a new era, reflecting the reign of King Charles III. 

The King’s Birthday holiday is a time for Australians to enjoy a long weekend and participate in various community events, parades, and ceremonies. It is also a reminder of Australia’s connection to the Commonwealth and its traditions. 

As we celebrate these holidays, let us take the time to appreciate our shared history and the diverse cultures that make up our nation. Whether it’s reflecting on the past, enjoying community events, or simply spending time with loved ones, these public holidays offer a chance to connect and celebrate.