For many of us living down under, January 26 is a day to celebrate everything that makes Australia great, and this year marks the 234th year since the First Fleet arrived in Port Jackson. That means that after Christmas and New Year, there’s another reason for us to celebrate, because Australia Day is once again just around the corner.
If you’re wondering how to make it really memorable this year, here are some fantastic ways to do just that.
Get the barbie started
It’s a very traditional way of celebrating, but it just wouldn’t be Australia Day without the barbie grilling away in the backyard! Besides, the weather is simply perfect to gather around with friends and family while those delicious barbeque aromas are in the air.
Most Aussies will enjoy a snag, some succulent lamb and delicious prawns while celebrating this iconic public holiday. If you want to go even more Aussie, you can hit the grill with some kangaroo steak marinated in a mango-curry sauce, which of course, will go perfectly with some salads and bevvies on the side. But if you want this day to be truly memorable, here are some unique BBQ ideas to amaze your guests.
Head to the beach
The weather on Australia Day is usually pretty awesome, so it’s the perfect time to hit the beach. It’s perfectly fine to celebrate Australia Day by enjoying the sun and the sea with your family and friends.
Enjoy some backyard cricket
Australia Day wouldn’t be the same without a game of backyard (or beach) cricket. Don’t worry if you don’t have the right bat and ball – just improvise! If you have a tennis ball, a plank of wood and a rubbish bin (or some chalk to mark your wicket on a fence) you’re set and ready to go!
Watch some Aussie movies with Tim Tams and pavlova
If you don’t feel like heading out this year, why not celebrate Australia Day in the comfort of your home with an Aussie movie marathon! But not without some quintessential, mouth-watering snacks to nibble on while watching.
Whip out the classic all-time favourite Tim-Tam slam. Those chocolate covered biscuits are an Australian staple that are perfect to pair with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee. Make the night even sweeter with pavlova, but just be sure to make some extra for any unexpected guests!
Enjoy some uniquely Aussie food
Along with those Tim Tams and pav, indulging in a selection of Aussie treats is a great way to celebrate Australia Day, especially if you are celebrating with friends who come from different countries and cultures. Think meat pies, sausage rolls, avo or vegemite on toast, fairy bread and lamingtons.
Watch a fireworks display
Fireworks are on display throughout the country on January 26, so make sure you grab yourself a spot where you can watch the magical display. Just check with your local Council to see what’s on and where - then pack up a picnic supper and some folding chairs and sit back and enjoy the show.
Watch the Sydney ferries race
Whether you’re from Sydney or not, one of the most memorable ways to celebrate Australia Day is to head over to Sydney Harbour to watch the ferries race. The race starts around 10:45 am from Barangaroo Wharf, goes around Shark Island, and finishes up back at the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. In a tradition dating back to 1977, the Ferrython is one of Australia’s most popular and iconic free events.
But if you want to experience the thrill of the race, many commercial operators take bookings for day-time cruises so you can really get into the Aussie racing spirit.
Have a blast!
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