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Happy Australia Day!

January 20, 2014
Happy Australia Day!

We love a long weekend here at, and one is just around the corner thanks to Australia Day! With the hot weather well and truly here, it could be easy to opt in for a sleep-in followed by a relaxing session down at the beach, river or local pool.

But if you’re looking to burn off some of the kids’ energy, there’s plenty of ways to jam your January long weekend with family activities.

Splish, Splash

Getting to the water is a great way to spend some of Australia Day. But if you want to take it that one step further, or your kids swim like seals, then consider an Australia Day open water swimming event. These are literally country-wide along our stunning coastline, with local Surf Life Saving Clubs making a sensational day of it. Not only do events vary in distance, but there’s often a sausage sizzle, sponsor expos and plenty more involved as well. In many cases, Australia Day swim events are the primary fundraiser for local Surf Clubs, so it’s a great way to support these tremendous groups and the incredible (and largely voluntary) work they do for the public.

Fun on Bikes

If you have a budding Cadel Evans in the family, or you all love getting out to enjoy a ride together, then head to the Santos Tour Down Under if in Adelaide. This is the biggest, most popular professional road racing event in Australia – our answer to the Tour de France! But it’s not just for the professionals – the atmosphere is electric, there are literally hundreds of thousands who pour in to the city for a slice of the magic, and it’s an unforgettable way to spend the Australia Day weekend! If you do happen to be there with the kids, then head over to our friends at BikeExchange and pick up some of the super fun (and free) give aways (until of course they’re all handed out!).

Aussie Open – Finals

Feel like some twilight tennis? If you’re in Melbourne and you’re lucky enough to have tickets, then your Australia Day will be courtside in front of all the action. But for the rest of us, there’s always a great session in front of the TV or radio, enjoying the matches, the heat and this sensational sport. Or if you really want to get active then take the kids to East Melbourne’s Powlett Courts and let them have a morning hit with tennis champion Alicia Molik!

Raising the Flag

If you’re in Sydney, then consider an early morning wake-up in time to watch the raising of the Aboriginal flag over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This takes place approximately 7.30am and is followed by all number of Australia Day celebrations around Darling Harbour.

Honouring Aussies

There is of course an official side to Australia Day as individuals are recognised and honoured for their invaluable contributions to the public. Depending on the community, activities might also include special breakfasts, a sausage sizzle, BBQ lunches, wood chopping competitions, vintage car rallies, citizenship ceremonies, or even major street parades. Check in with your local council to see what is happening in your neck of the woods.

Finally, we asked around our team to find out what they’re doing, or what they’d love to be doing, this Australia Day. We hope you enjoy …

Top Ten Ways to Celebrate Aussie Day!

  1. Pack a picnic, head to the zoo and go looking for all the local wildlife!

  2. Get your family and friends together, but do it low-key. Everyone brings a plate to share!

  3. Cricket! Whether or not you’ve got the goods, or you need to adlib and use some sticks for wickets, backyard cricket and Australia Day go hand-in-hand

  4. Hand all the organising over to the husband and get him to manage a classic Aussie BBQ (we’ll be honest - this one has caused a bit of a mixed reaction in the office)

  5. Find the closest fireworks and get the kids excited about a night staying up to watch the sky come alive!

  6. Government House open day – the one day of the year when you can take the kids through for a bit of a sticky beak and then finish it off with breakfast in the gardens

  7. Head to the market early for the freshest of fresh local produce, then go home to whip up a pav with extra berries and cream

  8. Sit down with the kids and come up with a list of all the Aussie sayings you can brainstorm – should make for plenty of giggles!

  9. Go camping! Head just about as far away from the hustle and bustle as possible, and pack some good board games, a deck of cards, a camera and a family sized bottle of sunscreen and mozzie repellent!

  10. Head to the Beach! Grab your best cozi and sand bucket. Remember to split-slop-slap!