It’s that time of the year again where the nation puts on their best green and gold to celebrate what it truly means to be part of this country. This year the holiday falls on a Monday, creating a long weekend at the peak of the Australian summer.
Whether you enjoy fun in the sun or would rather relax with family and friends, we’ve put together some of the best tips for getting the most out of this festive day.
Have a BBQ with family and friends
There are plenty of Australia day traditions, but probably none more sacred than snags and lamb on the barbecue.
If you’re keen for some outdoor fun in the sun, why not ‘throw another lamb chop on the barbie’? (Obviously Paul Hogan famously talked about ‘shrimp’, but we think lamb makes a lot more sense!) A BBQ is the best way to catch up with friends and spend time with your loved ones. Chuck on some tender steak, veggies and you have yourself the perfect weekend party.
If your barbecue’s looking a little worse for wear, or if you’re not in a position to cook with gas (like an apartment), don’t let that spoil the fun! Try an electric grill on for size instead.
- Get ‘paintriotic’
Stock up on face paint and the temporary tattoos, and have some fun with dressing up! Your look doesn’t have to be limited to the Australian flag:
- Dress in Green and Gold to represent our national colours
- Slap on an Akubra hat for an authentic outback look
- Break out the jerseys! Socceroos, Wallabies – it’s all good!
- Check out the Australia Day events
Some of the most spectacular firework displays across the nation are on Australia day, e.g. in Sydney’s Darling Harbour. No matter which city you’re celebrating from, there’s always a big event happening close by, with most local councils organising great stuff.
Beyond the pyrotechnics, these events usually feature live music and some great food stalls too!