Australia Day is a day of celebration, to embrace all the things that makes Australia unique – our beautiful landscapes, our kooky wildlife, our love of sports, live music, gorgeous beaches, and the great Australian spirit. The awesome thing about Australia Day is that it’s a public holiday so you score a day off work or a long weekend!
Back in Melbourne, we celebrated Australia Day in a variety of ways, but whatever we did, it was with mates and with the Triple J Hottest 100 was always playing. Below are some pictures of our previous celebrations (BBQ kiddy pool party, picnic in the park & winery camping weekend).
Since we’ve been on the road, we’ve celebrated two Australia Days.
The first was in Whyalla SA, and we got involved in the town’s community celebrations down at the foreshore – sandcastle building, dummy spitting, market stalls, and some goon before bed. Dave even came second in the thong throwing competition!
The second was in Darwin NT. Juz was sick unfortunately but we still managed to do as much as possible. Toad races, the Annual Australia Day Ute Run, a pool party and chicken parmas at the pub.
Here are our favourite ways to celebrate Australia Day…
Listen To Triple J’s Hottest 100 On The Radio
For us and a lot of other Aussies, this is the ultimate playlist for your Australia Day celebrations. Trying to pick which songs will make it into the top 10 always makes for great conversation and debate! You can also listen to the Hottest 100 countdown whilst doing any of the other activities listed below.
Have A BBQ With Your Mates
You can’t get much more Australian than putting on your best pair of thongs, getting together with your mates, firing up the barbie and knocking back a few cold beers from the esky. The humble sausage in bread is a BBQ standard, as well as caramelised onions cooked with that secret ingredient (beer), but Dave’s favourite has to be lamb chops.
Don’t forget to BYO camping chair and esky. Inflatable kiddie pools are optional, but they’re a great way to keep the kids entertained or your feet cool.
Hang out at the beach or Inflatable playtime in the pool
Australia Day is right in the middle of summer so staying cool is not only important but super fun. Load up your car with a full esky, towels, umbrellas, chairs and various sporting equipment, and drive to the beach. Once you find a semi-shady parking spot 500m away, gather up everything you crammed into the car and awkwardly carry it all to the closest available patch of sand.
If you’re not a huge fan of sand in your bum crack, there always seems to be at least one mate having a pool party at their place. Expect giant inflatable thongs, pool noodle fights, backyard cricket and plenty of beer. Fair chance they’ll be having a BBQ too, so remember to bring some snags along.
Check out all the awesome inflatables you can get on eBay.
Picnic in the park
Fill one esky with food and another esky with beer, grab a picnic blanket and a portable radio and head to the park. For those who like being active, take a footy, soccer ball or Frisbee, or even a humble hacky-sack. One time we brought our volleyball set along, formed teams and got really competitive – lots of laughs.
Wherever you are in Australia, there will be a community event happening on Australia. Activities can range from citizenship ceremonies, sausage sizzles and fun runs to thong throwing competitions, dunny races and parades. Many events also hold fancy dress or best hat competitions! Find a winner on eBay…
Look for an event near you at http://www.australiaday.org.au/
If Australia Day in the city isn’t your style, load up the car with your camping gear and go bush. If you don’t have reception to listen to Triple J, you might have to sort out your own tunes, but all the other staples are there – mates, eskies full of beer, fun games, a campfire for snags and marshmallows and a tent closeby to welcome you after an awesome Australia Day.
HAVE A SAFE AND FUN AUSTRALIA DAY!
* Drink responsibly and don’t be a tosser on Australia Day… or any day for that matter.