What’s on This Australia Day in Every State
Australia Day is the day we celebrate our beautiful country together as a nation and it only seems right that we do it in style. No matter which state you’ll be showing your patriotism in this year, we’ve rounded up the best Australia Day festivities in every city, so you can savour one of our favourite days of the year. Read on to find out how you can make this Australia Day your best one yet.
Great Australian Bites
The picturesque River Quay Green on Brisbane’s South Bank will be brimming with some of the city’s finest culinary talent this Australia Day weekend for the Great Australian Bites. Aquitaine Brasserie, Cove Bar & Dining, Popolo, and The Jetty will showcase quality cuisines in pop-up food stalls which will be complemented with live local entertainment. Make sure you stick around for the fireworks display from 7:30pm.
The Pineapple Hotel
If you’re going to be in the vicinity of Brisbane’s CBD, the iconic Pineapple Hotel is the place to be this Australia Day. In true Aussie style, this establishment will be playing Triple J’s Hottest 100, holding its 10th annual pineapple throwing competition (your chance to win $750!), and “raising a few cold ones to the lucky country”.
Campari House Rooftop Party
This cool Melbourne venue will be hosting a soiree on its charming city rooftop—grab a beer, an Aussie inspired-pizza, and revel in the surrounds of the world’s most liveable city.
Australia Day Riverside Party
The Wharf Hotel in Melbourne’s Docklands has nailed the ultimate Melbourne-esque Australia Day Party—watch the Australian Open on your pick of eight big screens over a jug of Pimms while listening to the countdown. Optional: taking part in the thong throwing competition.
AusFest 2016 Craft Cider Festival
The first venue in Australia dedicated to cider, the Cider House is fittingly hosting a craft cider festival this Australia Day titles AusFest 2016. Receive your own personal stein on entry, choose from the 15 craft ciders or beers on tap, grab a pulled pork roll, and try your hand (or head) at the 2016 Apple Bobbing Championships.
Havaianas Thong Challenge
If you want to be involved in a world record attempt for the largest number of giant inflatable Havaianas out on the ocean, or just celebrate in the sun with fellow Australians, then make your way to the beautiful Glenelg Beach to the Havaianas Thong Challenge this Australia Day.
Flinders Street Markets
If you love shopping and want to skip the beach and beers this year, Flinders Street Markets has your name written all over it. Browse the isles of organic food, vintage furniture, handmade craft, and local artists, while being entertained by the local buskers.
Australia Day Hottest 100 Beach Party
Sunbake on the sand, take a dip in the pool, take a ride down the giant water slide, and then watch a screening of The Castle at sunset. The Australia Day Hottest 100 Beach Party could potentially be the ultimate way to spend the 26th of January. BYO togs, Havis and beach towel.
The “Dress for the Best” themed party at Hopscotch Bar will be putting your classic Aussie shindig on—Triple J’s Hottest 100 tunes, a lamb spit, and fine brews in its industrial-meets-cool interior and vast beer garden.
In an Australia Day tradition, the Sydney ferries will take to the harbour for their annual venture from Circular Quay to Shark Island and then back for a scenic finish at the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Pack a picnic, find a spot on the foreshore, and choose your favourite ferry to cheer on!
Australia Day Spectacular
An iconic Australian location, one of our favourite Aussie artists, and a fireworks show—what more could you want? Australia Day Spectacular will kick off at 6:15pm at Darling Harbour’s Cockle Bay Wharf when you can enjoy an Australia Day ceremony in the beautiful setting before dancing the night away to Sneaky Sound System from 8pm. The best part? It’s free!
Watson’s Bay Hotel
We can’t think of a more ideal location to spend Australia Day—a BBQ, Aussie tunes being DJ’d all-day long while overlooking a view of the harbour and city skyline under a stripy beach umbrella—yes please! And while you’re enjoying your snag, head down to the beach front to witness the Every Man and His Dog Race—it could be the cutest thing you see all year.
A Day on the Beach
A Day on the Beach is a celebration of Australia Day, the Australian lifestyle and all facets that define our culture. Think sporting activities, sandcastle competitions, live music, BBQs, and sailing. Held in the pristine backdrop of Kingston Beach, this is one event not to be missed.
John Butler Trio
Three of our favourite Aussie acts, John Butler Trio, The Waifs and San Cisco will be playing an exciting concert on Australia Day at the beautiful St David’s Park in central Hobart. Lucky Tasmanians!
Australia Day Skyworks
This is as spectacular as it sounds. The 2016 City of Perth Australia Day Skyworks will feature an innovative fireworks and laser show designed by acclaimed pyrotechnics—get ready to see “PERTH” in sky-high sparkles. 2016 promises to be the most impressive year yet!
The Old Brewery Australia Day BBQ
Watch the Australia Day Skyworks from The Old Brewery’s prime location while indulging in a gourmet barbecue, pavlova, and lamingtons! If we lived in Perth, we know where we’d be headed.
Australia Day Raft Up
The Australia Day Raft Up consists of five boats in convoy, floating trampolines, and a free BBQ. Our advice? Buy your tickets now.
2016 Australia Day Fun Run
For our #fitgirls, the 2016 Australia Day Fun Run along the stunning Darwin waterfront if the perfect way to start your national day of celebration. Gather your girlfriends and opt for the 2.5km or 5km fun run before treating yourself to a well-deserved post-run vino.