25 Jan Different Ways to Observe/Celebrate Australia Day
Australia Day is one of the most popular public holidays of the year. It’s a day when most Aussies take a break from work and study to commemorate all things Australian.
There had been ongoing debates on moving the date for Australia day claiming January 26 to be celebrating violence instead of celebrating Australia. However, for some, this date had been what’s embedded in the tradition and what truly matters is the essence of observing the day. Hence, (quick disclaimer) the usage of the words “observe” slash “celebrate” in the title of this article just to be considerate on both parties.
So whether you’re a “believer” of this date or not, this January 26, we’re usually spoilt for choice when deciding how to enjoy the day. From barbecue parties to community events, here’s a few ways that you can maximise the time off from your otherwise stressful life!
Organise an Aussie BBQ Party.
If you like it traditional and intimate, plan a pool party/bbq party at your place. A backyard bbq is a popular way to celebrate Australia Day. It highlights all of the iconic aspects of the Australian culture – the bbq, pavlova, and a healthy dose of backyard cricket. Plus, you get to observe the holiday with your friends!
Experience outback Australia.
Get to know Australia through its natural beauty by heading into the bush and releasing your inner Alby Mangels. Invite your friends, set up a camp, (or go glamping!) and start a hike on a famous Australian trails. Connecting with the nature can be a beautiful reminder how amazing this country really is.
Discover how they do it elsewhere.
So your inner wanderlust is kicking in and you decided to spare some time to visit a place other than your city! You might want to explore any of the suggestions below: (from viator.com)
- Attend the official Australia day celebrations in Canberra, including an Australian flag raising ceremony, citizenship ceremonies, and a huge fireworks display.
- Watch the Australia Day Parade in Melbourne, and then dine aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant.
- Join the crowds for the gigantic Australia Day Party in Sydney’s Darling Harbour. Afterwards, cool off with a swim at Bondi Beach.
- Tuck into Aussie treats like pavlova, chocolate tim tams, and meat pies at the Great Australian Bites festival on Brisbane’s Southbank.
- Check off some of Australia’s bucket list wonders—climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, snorkeling or scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef, or driving along the famous Great Ocean Road.
If you wish to spend Australia day in the city instead, you can always book a hotel in the Perth CBD and
admire the Australia Day Skyworks in Perth from the water on a Swan River cruise. Take someone with you, your significant other or even your whole family to witness the show.
Regardless of the reasons why you’re observing slash celebrating Australia day, let’s encourage reflection and discussion of what it means to be Australian. Whether it be rediscovering the country or reconnecting with old friends, Australia day can be an opportunity for learning and rejuvenation.
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