From blasting Paul Kelly and ‘Give me a home among the gum trees’ to baking classic Aussie treats, there are a bunch of stereotypical ways you could spend your Australia Day. Get into the national holiday with our top ten ideas for family fun.

Play backyard games
Rain, hail or shine (okay, maybe not hail…) there is always fun to be had in the backyard. Invest in a backyard cricket set – or make your own with bats and wheelie bin ‘wickets’ – for endless hours of family fun, or relive your childhood with games like ‘Red Rover’, ‘44 Home’ and ‘What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf?’. If it’s raining, lay out a tarp, grab the washing detergent and create your very own slip’n’slide. 

Enjoy an Australia Day Long Lunch
The Charming Squire knows it’s not really Australia Day if you’re not throwing something on the barbie, which is why their executive chef Deniz Coskun has invited some of his nearest and dearest over for a barbecue. Did we mention his ‘nearest and dearest’ happen to be some of Australia’s top chefs? Feast on a shared menu curated by Deniz, Tony Tierney, Steve Hursey and Jason Anderson and wash it down with the full James Squire core range // www.visitbrisbane.com.au

Make Aussie arts and crafts
There are dozens of icons that are quintessentially Australian, and luckily for us, they make great arts and crafts inspo. Here are our top five Aussie crafts to try this long weekend…

Gather leaves and bark from your backyard to make a tree for a koala // Pictured right
Make a paper plate collage of the Sydney Opera House // Make it here
Craft a koala out of newspaper // Make it here
Paint wattle using pom poms // Make it here
Make a swooping magpie // Make it here

Join in on the Gold Coast’s Australia Day celebrations
Be part of the festivities on Sunday January 26 at the Broadwater Parklands! Headlined by The Round Mountain Girls and supported by an impressive line-up of local talent, the totally free festivities kick off at 4pm and run through ‘til 8pm. Expect delicious food vendors, an ‘Aussie Activities Zone’ with water play and arts and activities, and even beach volleyball on the foreshore. Don’t forget to bring along a gold coin to donate to Rural Aid Australia at the 92.5 Triple M tent. Be sure to pack your sunscreen, hat and a picnic rug to gather your family and friends for a wonderful afternoon of food, fun and live music // www.cityofgoldcoast.com.au/australiaday

Listen to the Triple J Hottest 100
Triple J’s Hottest 100 kicks the year off with a bang – for many, it’s more hotly anticipated than New Year’s Eve. Listen in as the hosts of the ABC’s youth radio station count down the biggest and best songs of 2019 – as voted by their listeners – whilst chatting to the artists and listeners themselves. It kicks off with the 100th most popular song at 11am (Queensland time) and the anticipation builds right through until around 5pm when the top 10 is revealed. Whether you’ve voted for your favourite songs of 2019, or just want to hear what everyone else loved over the past year, the Hottest 100 is a cultural event not to be missed.

Hit the pool
There’s no better place to spend the summer than your local swimming pool, and the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre is the best of the best. Cool off during Australia Day with a traditional Aussie pool party, on from 11am until 2pm. There will be giant inflatables, competitions, games and so much more – and, it’s all just a short stroll from the Gold Coast’s Australia Day celebrations at the Broadwater Parklands. Normal admission charges apply.

Get baking
Whether you’re entertaining or keeping it low-key, it’s not Australia Day without a few Aussie classics. Take the traditional route, or go for a fun twist on your childhood fave…

Anzac bikkies // Make them here
Pavlovas (in grazing board form?!) // Make it here
Lamingtons // Make them here
Fairy bread cob loaf // Make it here
Cheesymite scrolls // Make them here

Celebrate at South Bank
The long weekend is here, and there’s no better place to celebrate the sun, sand and sweltering heat that makes Australia, well, Australia, than South Bank. Enjoy free live music at River Quay, indulge in delicious takeaway hampers from the precinct’s best riverside restaurants, and complete your experience with a colourful fireworks display from 7pm. And, in between all of that, don’t forget to have a splash in the water at Streets Beach – because it’s not an Australia Day long weekend if you don’t go for a swim // www.visitbrisbane.com.au

Watch Aussie film and TV
From roaming the Aussie outback with Crocodile Dundee to exploring Fountain Lakes with Kath and Kim, Aussie entertainment is like no other. So, what better day to celebrate all that Australian film and TV has to offer than Australia Day? Escape the heat with a TV and movie marathon, educating your kids on the Aussie classics – we’re talking ‘The Castle’, ‘Round the Twist’, ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ and ‘Muriel’s Wedding’. And they say Australian’s don’t have culture?

Visit some of the Gold Coast’s best Aussie icons…
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