As soon as Christmas and New Year’s Eve are out of the way, Australians start looking towards the next holiday and an excuse to party – Australia Day. On the 26th of January every year, our nation becomes even more patriotic than usual and celebrates in a big way, with events held in just about every community to commemorate the arrival of the first fleet on Australian soil in 1788.
Whilst a lot of Aussies rejoice with a drink or two on Australia Day, family-friendly events and traditions can be a fantastic way to learn more about our country and appreciate the fantastic lifestyle we are so lucky to enjoy down under.
Enjoy a BBQ
The perfect and traditional way to celebrate Australia day is with a barbeque. With kids, it is sometimes more convenient for you and less boring for them to just host the event in your own backyard. Invite family, friends and neighbours around for a sausage sizzle and, if you are lucky enough to have a pool, invite them for a swim too. It doesn’t get much better than a relaxed BBQ in the backyard to celebrate a stinking hot Australia Day.
Head to a local park
Join the masses of other Aussies and explore your local park this Australia Day. Pack a picnic lunch and a Frisbee and plan for a whole afternoon in the sunshine with your family.
Wear your Aussie gear
The best way to celebrate Australia Day is to get comfortable and casual in your most relaxed Aussie outfit. Shorts and singlets or bathers are almost a prerequisite on Australia day, so don the green and gold or wrap yourself in the Australian flag and put your feet up (as long as you are wearing a pair of thongs!).
Cool down at the beach
In Brisbane, we are so lucky to be within easy driving distance of many beaches. Find a spot to park your family with an umbrella and a picnic and you’re set. Don’t forget the beach cricket for a truly Aussie day at the beach. Finish up your day with a yummy ice-cream from a local shop for a treat bound to build memories.
Watch the fireworks
Every year, Southbank is the place to be as they put on a fabulous Australia Day celebration. With live performances by local acts and loads of vibrancy, the Australia Day Festival celebrates all that is Australian. The festivities always culminate with an amazing fireworks display in the evening, which are a hit with revellers of all ages. Communities all over Australia also put on their own events and often include fireworks too.
Traditional Australian foods are widely available in stores in the lead up to Australia Day. From vegemite sandwiches, meat pies and sausage rolls to lamingtons and pavlova, celebrate our vast nation with a great Aussie feast.
Throw a street party
Neighbourhood street parties symbolise all that is Australian. It is about coming together in your local community and sharing. Everyone brings a plate and drinks and the celebrations can extend well into the evening. Those lucky enough to reside in a cul-de-sac might even set up their party right there in the street.