Australia Day 2015 Cairns

Australia Day in Cairns

Australia Day 2015 Cairns

 

Wow – what an epic day!

 

With all of our mates back at home in Melbourne, we occupied ourselves by trying to have the most Australian Australia Day possible, and that meant checking out all of the fun community events that were on offer.

 

Pie Eating and Bull Riding at Cazaly’s

Our first stop was Cazaly’s, a massive entertainment and function complex.  They were hosting a huge Australia Day bash, complete with jumping castles, face painting and the staff dressed up as iconic Aussie characters.

 

We watched a few rounds of the pie eating competition, downed our first beer of the day, and just as we were getting ready to leave, we were intercepted and convinced to have a crack on the mechanical bull – YEEHAW!

 

 

Sausage in Bread on the Esplanade

It was surprisingly easy to find a free parking spot in the city (nobody wants to park under the trees where the smelly bats live).

 

The Esplanade was packed full of picnickers and people cooling off in the lagoon, with the scent of BBQ wafting through the air.  The members of the Cairns Surf Life Saving Club were doing a sizzle so we pulled out a few bucks for a sausage in bread – a cheap snack before our next stop.

 

Australia Day 2015 Cairns

 

Thong Tossing at the Court House

Our next beer was at the Courthouse Hotel, and the main bar was packed with fellas wearing green and gold or donning Aussie flags as capes.  We were just in time for the Rubber Thong Toss so we signed up and took our beers outside to prepare.

 

This thong throwing competition was all about accuracy, as opposed to the Whyalla comp which was all about distance.  Whoever got their thong in the fountain scored, particularly if the thong landed in the top, central tier.   Dave made it through two rounds while Juz tossed her second thong right over the back fence and was declared 6 and out!  In fact, she was the only one to throw a thong over the fence, thus making her the unofficial winner for distance.

 

 

Pool Party at Gilligan’s

The heat and humidity lured us to our next location – Gilligan’s – who were having a massive pool party with Triple J playing over the speakers.  Juz had a dip in the pool and a few pina colada slushies, while Dave picked up another pair of sausage sizzles for snacks.

 

 

Cocktails at Salthouse

With the Hottest 100 approaching the top 20, we walked over to the Salthouse to chill out with a cocktail by the marina.  We scored some limited edition Australia Day XXXX Gold stubbie holders and Juz sipped on a Lady In Red concoction as the day started to come to a close.

 

Australia Day 2015 Cairns

 

Australiana Triviana at The Red Beret

We popped home briefly to shower and compose ourselves before heading to our final destination – the Red Beret for Australia Day trivia with our trivia teammate Philip.  Our team’s name was the Budgie Smugglers and we ended up in 5th place.

 

Australia Day 2015 Cairns

 

Getting to sleep wasn’t difficult.  We got home at about 9:30pm, watched rage briefly and passed out as soon as our heads hit the pillow.  Happy Australia Day!

 

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Australia Day in Darwin

The best way to celebrate Australia Day is with your best mates, but because all of our best mates are back in Melbourne, we focused our attention on how Darwin celebrates Australia Day.  We wanted to do as much as possible so we did some research on what was going on about town and made a day of it.

 

 

First up was to tune in to Triple J and start listening to the Hottest 100.  It wouldn’t feel like Australia Day without it.  We then drove to the Nightcliff Sports Club for some sausage sizzle, thong throwing and cane toad racing.  This was our first time looking at cane toads close up and they are pretty ugly with their warty skin and grumpy faces.  We munched on our free snag as we watched the toads jump over the yellow line and try to make a run for it.  We had a laugh watching women and children shriek as toads jumped in their direction and one toad had to be chased across the footy field to be retrieved.  Before long, thongs were being handed out and the toss was over before we realised what was going on!  Dave’s thong was a dud but we shrugged it off and left for the next event.

 

Australia Day Cane Toads!

 

The 12th Annual Australia Day Ute Run departs from Hidden Valley at lunchtime and cruises around town before settling at the Winnellie Greyhound Racecourse.  We were lucky enough to catch the precession heading down the Stuart Highway and got plenty of toots and waves from proud Aussies and their utes.

 

 

Before dinner, we ducked into a house party in the northern suburbs.  Everyone was in the pool, even a cute little bub with a floatie on each arm.  We stuck around for a chat and a few songs on the Hottest 100 before heading into the city.  The Precinct was supposed to be having a lawn party but because of the afternoon rain, it was more like a verandah party.  The outdoor area was dedicated to the Hottest 100 but once we went inside, the live act took over.   We were starving but the kitchen didn’t open for another 15 minutes so we went across the way to Fiddlers Green for allegedly the best chicken parmigiana in Darwin.  It was pretty good, with a big slice of ham, great tasting sauce and tasty cheese, but the chips really let the whole thing down.

 

 

We wrapped the day up with a night in front of the telly – the ABC News showed footage of the day and we saw ourselves on TV – three times!  Samson and Delilah was the movie of the evening, and after Juz put some moisturiser on her sunburn, we went to bed.  The end!

 

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