Australia Day is such a great day.

In the middle of summer, just a day or two before school goes back. What better way to spend it then in the great outdoors with your favourite little people?

Here are some fun ways to chill out without breaking the bank. We’ve included some indoor activities just in case the weather doesn’t cooperate or you feel like home time.

Go for a family outing

Grab your bikes, scooters, rollerblades and skateboards. Find somewhere safe to spend an hour or more on your wheels. Mum and/or Dad can carry the backpack with water and snacks or sandwiches on their back. Make a day of it, stopping on the way home to grab a well-deserved ice-cream.

Water play

If it’s a nice day, sunscreen the kids up, get them in their togs and send them out with water guns, water balloons, buckets of water and let them go crazy. Nothing like water play to chill everyone out and give the kids a blast. You might even want to join them!

Bake ANZAC biscuits

If there is one day a year to bake biscuits with the kids, this has to be it. Google a recipe, and check out facts about the history of the biscuit.

Get your little chefs to put together an Aussie inspired 3 course meal

Nothing says Australian like some salt and pepper calamari followed by a homemade meat pie and chips, and for dessert, a divine pavlova or some lamingtons.

Hit the park or beach with a picnic

Too easy. There may be bike tracks or paths for kid’s wheels, so have a look online. Make sure you check out whether there are BBQs available, take some bread rolls, eggs and bacon, and make your own breakfast burgers. Don’t forget the picnic blanket and lots of water.

Cubby houses, puzzles, board games and a movie

Make a mess of the lounge room. Break out the puzzles, games and building blocks. Get the kids’ imagination going, making a cubby with sheets, blankets and chairs. Give them somewhere to hide out, and maybe have a nap. Round out the day with a cartoon movie and some popcorn.

Go for a bush walk

It’s never too early to get out and discover nature. Find a track to suit your kid’s ages and abilities and take a wander. Don’t forget to pack a picnic and take lots of water. The older the kids get the more they can carry!

Have you made plans for your Australia Day yet? No matter what you do, don’t forget to have fun. There are so many things that you can do to spend your day relaxing. Perhaps you’d like to have some friends over for lunch and chuck the big kids in the pool, or spend the day on the beach while Dad takes them swimming.

What’s your idea of a perfect Australia Day? Share with us in the comments. 

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  • It’s all about being outside, having a bbq and spending time with family or friends.


  • Fantastic ideas! I especially like the bushwalking idea and the cubby houses – maybe we could even make cubbies in the bush!


  • I like to hook up with friends for a bbq and swim or head to the beach with our family. Last year we went to Sydney Darling Harbour and that was lovely too, with life music and street arts and much Life !


  • My ideal Australia Day consists of friends, family, BBQ, backyard or beach. And how nice would it be to have and Australia Day without any protests and arguements, just evetyone together enjoying life in the best country in the world


  • We had a picnic with some group games – nice day.


  • If you have children, maybe hit a park that has playground equipment. Some have coin BBQs, tables and benches. A must is toilets nearby. In my area there is 4 playgrounds. Only one of them has a toilet – a unisex environmentally free toilet. That one also has 2 tennis courts which are used my locals during the warm weather.


  • My perfect Australian Day is a b.b.q or a picnic with loved ones.


  • Had a lovely BBQ with a few friends. Perfect day and celebration.


  • Fish and chips on the beach sounds pretty good to me.


  • So looking forward to spending time at the beach. A perfect way to spend Australia Day.


  • This article brings back so many great memories.


  • What a great list of things to do. I might try and fit a few of these before they go back to school


  • I am going to have my second baby ???????? ????

    • How exciting !! Hope all goes well !


  • Bbq and water play makes for the best Australia Day! :)

    • Taking the time to sit back a appreciate all we have to be grateful for in this country.


  • We were thinking of going to the movies on Australia Day. Maybe there won’t be many people around. :-)
    And then go and watch the fireworks.


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