Australians all let us rejoice because it is almost Australia Day! We think that it is one of the best days of the year, and not just because it means a public holiday and a day off work (for most). There is something very patriotic and heartwarming about celebrating all things Australian. And there really are a lot of amazing things to celebrate. Plus, if there is one thing that Australians totally kick butt at, it is celebrating! From amazing BBQs, firework displays, concerts, cricket and even tuna tossing (yep…) we have the lowdown on what’s happening this Australia Day around town:
Artwine Estate – Awesome views of Adelaide’s rolling hills and vineyards? Check. Amazing food? Check. Stunning wines. Big check! Artwine Estate is always the perfect spot but it becomes even better when you get to enjoy it on a Public Holiday. This Australia Day they will be open and serving up some delicious share platters full of local produce that you can enjoy along with some of their beautiful wines. Sounds perfect.
Australia Day at the Bay – Enjoy Australia Day by the beach as Glenelg puts on a family friendly day of fun. Join in welcoming and celebrating new citizens with a special citizenship ceremony before more fun begins. The foreshore will come alive with live music, games, sports and other activities.
Australia Day in the City – This has to be the biggest event on Australia Day. Elder Park becomes a sea of 40,000+ people. From the street parade, a special Kaurna Welcome, a concert featuring superstar Samantha Jade and, of course, the fireworks, this is a family friendly event that seems to grow bigger every year.
Bar Torino – Bar Torino do stunning Spanish tapas style food, but for Aussie Day they will be serving up a limited edition Aussie menu for the day. We want in! With Aussie froths and triple J’s Hottest 100 playing all day, these guys have it sorted.
Bird in Hand Winery – Not that we ever need an excuse to head to one of the most beautiful wineries in the world, but a public holiday sure helps… If you are looking for something to do on Australia Day, Bird in Hand won’t disappoint. You can relax among the stunning vineyard views, with a drink in hand, and maybe a little something, something from their new Small Eats Menu. We have our eye on the Prawn and Green Papaya Salad and the Lamb Panzanella Salad. Yum! Although we can’t ever go past their amazing Antipasto and Cheese Platters. Oh well, we will just have to have it all…
BNKR Australia Day Sale – Ok, so technically not an event at a venue, but an event nonetheless! Don’t miss the amazing BNKR Australia Day Sale (get to it here) online… You can score yourself some awesome bargains with an extra 26% off sale items! Epic! Just use the code ’TWENTYSIX’ when you get to the checkout. Happy shopping.
City of Playford In Ya Backyard Family Day – This free event will be full of food, activities, entertainment and w whole lot of family fun! Get to Fremont Park from 8am for a free BBQ breakfast followed by a day full of non stop action. There will be a flag raising ceremony, local performers and upcoming artists performing, carnival rides, face painting, air brush tattooing, plus you can see the 2016 Australia Day Award winners receive their certificates.
Escape Hunt Experience Adelaide – Looking for a different kind of Australia Day? We think we may have the answer… Escape Hunt is a whole bunch of fun (trust us, we have tried it) and they are open this Aussie Day Public Holiday. Basically you are thrown into a room and have one hour to escape using the clues that you have been given. It makes you feel like a real life Sherlock Holmes!
Gemtree Wines – It will be business as usual for the producers of some of the best organic wine in the world. You can head to their sustainable cellar door (which, by the way, has some absolutely breathtaking views) and dabble in one of their epic platters. Wine, platter… Yep, that sounds perfect to us.
Grace Establishment – This place are going down right Aussie… For starters, their food menu will feature croc and camel dogs and emu steak sangas. Yep, you read correctly!! Croc, camel and emu… Plus they will be cranking the sweet tunes of the triple J Hottest 100 along with serving up $20 Gin Pitchers and $15 Pimm’s Pitchers. Delish!
Hains & Co – Arggggh, even pirates celebrate Australia Day! Get down to Hains & Co for some lamb, bevies, triple J’s Hottest 100 and, the most Aussie thing ever, some laneway cricket! Brilliant! All the action kicks off at 12pm…
Hotel Richmond – This uber chic inner-city hotel will have you covered if you are in the city on Australia Day. Rundle Mall is open as usual so if you are doing a spot of shopping and feel peckish (or thirsty) then just head upstairs to the sanctuary of this beauty!
Hotel Royal – Lamb and pig on a spit. We will give you a second to take that in… Yes, the Hotel Royal will be serving up delicious slow cooked meats along with drink specials, raffles and giveaways on Australia Day. You can also have a hit of crickety with the Royal Cricket Club as part of the indoor cricket competition. Plus you can try to hit one of Matt’s faces for 2 runs, 4 runs, 6 runs, or for a free drink! After all the cricket fun you might want to stick around and watch the Australia vs India Twenty 20 International. Bonza!
Port Lincoln Tunarama Festival – This event actually runs from the 22 – 26 January and is the perfect excuse to get away from the city for Australia Day. And tuna tossing, well that is totally normal when you are in Port Lincoln for the World Famous Tuna Toss. But this event is more than just tuna, with a little something for everyone. From arts and cultural displays, local market stalls, and so much more, we will be heading there just to dive into eating some of the freshest seafood in the world. Yum!
Republic – This place has got the right idea… Australia Day should be celebrated the whole weekend! Kicking off on Sunday with their ‘Something on Sunday’ event, you can enjoy food and drink specials from their new Summer menu, plus catch tunes from some of Adelaide’s hottest DJs from 12pm. And then the real celebrations start… On Tuesday 26 January Republic will salute Richie Benaud with an Australia Day Lambassador Party, because anything else on Australia Day is in UnAustralian. The cricket will be broadcast, there will be $15 lamb and drink specials. Everything you need on Aussie Day. Plus the best Richie Benaud get up wins a cricket esky. For those less interested in sport and more interested in music, triple J’s Hottest 100 will be playing. Want a booth? Bookings can be made at 8362 4657.
Salisbury Australia Day Family Picnic – Get down to Carisbrooke Reserve from 8am for some free Aussie Day fun thanks to the City of Salisbury. Dabble in some breakfast before the day really gets started. You will need to fuel up for all the action. From performances, a roving circus act, the firing of a WWII cannon, the raising of the flag and so much more, this is a great all rounder for the family.
Sean’s Kitchen – Serving up special menu items to celebrate our great nation, Sean’s Kitchen will be a delicious place to spend your Aussie Day!
Survival Day at Semaphore Foreshore – The Sempaphore foreshore will come alive when the Survival Day celebrations hit to commemorate and celebrate the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. With a day full of family fun, presentations, information sessions, workshops and entertainment, this is a day for all to enjoy. Following the Raising of The Flag and Welcome to Country ceremonies, there will be a live concert hosted by Natasha Wanganeen and Harry Coulthard-Dare, with a fantastic line up of local performers including Electric Fields, Bec Gollan, Allan Sumner, Nuh-thin’ Yet and many more. A fundraising BBQ, traditional dancing and a fireworks display are sure to wow the crowd that attend this wonderful event!
The Lion Hotel – Get set for an epic burger deal this Australia Day! This year it is all about the Lion Burger – beef, chicken, lamb or mushroom (because even vegetarians love a burger) served with fries and a Boags. Sounds pretty damn Aussie to us! Plus The Lion is always a great place to enjoy some sun in their beer garden or catch the cricket on their big screen.
The Mile End – From the food to the music, everything at The Mile End will be so Aussie for all of the celebrations. But they don’t just celebrate for the day, oh no, they will have an Aussie inspired menu all week! That will include the True Blue Aussie Lamb Burger, Wattle Seed Ice Cream and a Wattle Seed Milkshake. We will have one of each! On the day The Mile End will keep you entertained with Triple J’s Hottest 100 plus the cricket live on the screens. A special mention also must go to the drinks specials which will include $6.50 pints all day and $10 bottles of wine. Yes!
The Unley – This place will have it going on! Let’s us start with the drinks… $25 Jug Specials: Iced Tea and Sea of Green, plus $6 Aussie tinnies. Yum! They will be streaming the triple J hottest 100 which is a must on Aussie Day, cricket will be playing on all of the screens, then there is the Aussie Sliders Selection + Fries (all Aussie Day weekend). Does it get much better?
Unley – Oxford Terrace Celebrations – The Australia Day street party on Oxford Terrace will kick off at 11:00am and will run through to 2:00pm, (one hour longer than last year). There is a fantastic program of activities planned as follows:
· Storytelling by Mem Fox
· Rumbo & Jumpo Children’s Show (a giant kangaroo and koala who sing and dance!)
· Me n Me Mates traditional Aussie folk band
· Dan Burt’s One-Man-Band
· Face Painting
· Children’s craft, chalk and bubble play
The local Scouts Group will be running the BBQ this year, sausages and vegetarian patties will be offered completely free.
Free water and orange juice will be provided to new citizens and Scouts will have soft drinks available for purchase.
For Citizenship Ceremony guests there will be free coffee from La Scala and ice cream from Bushtucker (Aussie flavoured ice cream such as Lemon Myrtle) via a voucher system.
Have a Happy Australia Day everyone!