Five Ways to Celebrate This Australia Day

Scott Wallace
14th Jan 2015

Australia Day is fast approaching, and many of us are probably still wondering just what we're going to do. Australia Day in Sydney is always huge, so it can be a little bit overwhelming. Never fear, for we have put together this guide on how to have a perfect Australia Day, enjoying all that Sydney has to offer. We will help you find the perfect way to express your patriotism and have an amazing day at the same time.

Live Music

No Australia Day would be complete without music. This year, there are many options for live music. First off, ahead of the long weekend on Friday the 23rd, Coogee Bay Hotel is hosting Selina's Rocks for Charity Concert, featuring three classic Aussie artists in Ian Moss, Eurogliders and Choirboys. Tickets, starting at $50 can be found here, and all proceeds go to the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. On the more frugal side of the live music coin, the day itself will be highlighted by free performances at The Rocks, including young Aussie bands and artists like Saskwatch, Little May, The Lulu Raes, Dustin Tebbutt and Thelma Plum. Regardless of your tastes, you will find some home-grown music to get down to this Australia Day.

Sydney Harbour

Everything is happening at Sydney Harbour. From the Australia Day Harbour Parade, to the Tall Ships Race, to the Red Berets Australian Army Parachute Display, the land, sea and air will all be lighting up for Australia Day. There's so much happening at the Harbour, that you don't even have to make a schedule - just wander around and soak up the celebratory atmosphere. There's also sure to be plenty of food and drink to enjoy, as long as you're prepared to brave the crowds!

Fun for Kids

It may be too late to see The Wiggles at the Opera House, since their performance has already sold out, but Hyde Park's Summer Playground has you covered if you have some tiny people celebrating with you. Kids will love the Nickelodeon-organised fun at the Summer Playground, featuring all their favourite characters like Dora the Explorer and Spongebob Squarepants. They'll be sure to be tuckered out by the time everything comes to an end at 4pm, so you'll be able to get some peace and quiet in the afternoon and relax in your own way.

Eat Some Native Animals

It's often said that we're the only country that eats our own coat of arms. Perhaps the perfect way to celebrate this Australia Day is to grab some emu and kangaroo (maybe crocodile and wallaby as well) and have a big fry-up. Many places in and around the city are serving special Australia Day menus, so you can stay in to eat, or go out. Most importantly, try something new, and maybe you'll find something else to love about Australia.

A Party at Your Place

All you need is some drinks, an esky full of ice, some great tunes (triple J's Hottest 100 countdown is always a huge favourite) and the whole day to relax without a care in the world. Really, is there anything more satisfying than staying at home with some great friends? Maybe you have room for an inflatable swimming pool to unwind in, or maybe you have just enough room for a case of beer. Either way, as long as you're having fun, you're doing Australia Day right.