Rising temperatures meant those attending Dubbo's Australia Day ceremony at Victoria Park on Thursday experienced conditions fitting of the occasion.
A big crowd turned out under the beating sun to celebrate all it means to be Australian.
From mayor Mathew Dickerson's poem, to Australia Day ambassador and former tennis world champion David Hall's praise for the region, through to the annual awards ceremony, there was plenty to entertain the crowds.
Those in attendance also got to hear from councillor Lewis Burns, who, as an Aboriginal Elder, gave a speech and helped educate about the region and his connection to Country.
Australia Day award winners
Citizen of the Year: Peter Hargreaves
Senior Citizen of the Year: Brian Goodlet
Sportsperson of the Year: Emily Williams
Young Sportsperson of the Year: Jack Deveson
Service to Sport Award: Cameron Porteous
Cultural Person of the Year: Tony Wheatland
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