The round-up: where to celebrate Australia Day in 2017
These days it’s pretty difficult to pin down what makes someone a quintessential Australian. Our increasingly diverse population is one of the things that makes Australia so vibrant, but it also makes it tricky to define what it is to be ‘true blue’. One thing we think Australians of every walk of life appreciate is a public holiday, and we’ve got one coming up! The Australia Day public holiday lands on Thursday January 26, which means that many will be looking to take advantage of a four-day weekend. If you are keen to get out and about on Australia Day, we’ve collated this bonza list of events, perfect for celebrating in style with our fellow Aussies.
St Jerome’s Laneway Festival: Live music lovers will already have picked up their tickets to this one, but if you are still umming and ahhing about your plans for Australia Day, maybe these names will convince you. A.B. Original, Clams Casino, Camp Cope, Jagwar Ma, Glass Animals, Julia Jacklin, Nao, Nick Murphy, Tash Sultana, Tame Impala and Dune Rats are just a portion of the acts playing at Laneway this year. If you love your music then we suggest you get amongst it.
Great Australian Bites: Australian’s love food – it’s an undeniable fact. We also love our fresh and local ingredients. Great Australian Bites is back again at South Bank for Australia Day weekend, boasting pop-up food stalls from top-notch restaurants as well as live music from the likes of Phil Jamieson, Dan Kelly and Halfway.
The Elephant Hotel: If you can’t wait until daytime to start celebrating, The Elephant Hotel is hosting a Australia Day Eve party with live music from locals acts Confidence Man and FeelsClub, with back-to-back DJ sets all night long.
Gasworks Plaza: To the rest of the world, Australians seemingly have a penchant for chucking a ‘shrimp’ on the barbie. While we’re not one to blindly accept stereotypes, we do love ourselves a cheeky prawn or three. Newstead’s Gasworks is hosting and Australia Day Seafood Festival all day long, featuring a massive seafood barbecue (extra prawns), pop-up bars, food stalls, prawn peeling competitions, watermelon eating and a light and sound show to finish up the proceedings.
Oxford 152: Bulimba bar Oxford 152 is inviting all comers to stop by on Australia Day for a bit of competitive action. Whether you fancy your chances at the 4 Pines beer pong championship or if you’d rather save room for the pie-eating contest – this is your shot at glory.
Saké: It’s all about the value at Saké this Australia Day – gorge on three robata dishes from the Australia Day menu for only $30 and wash it all down with Blushing Geisha craft beers.
The Brunswick Hotel: One of New Farm’s most reliable locals will be opening its doors to revellers in 2017, hosting a massive Hottest 100 Party from morning until night. Once the countdown is finished, live musicians will take centre stage while karaoke will take place in the front bar.
The Plough Inn: This South Bank institution is turning it on for Australia Day, featuring live music in the beer garden, a big Aussie barbecue and rib eating competition, and all the tunes from the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown.
Hamilton Hotel: Don your pluggers and your finest beach attire for a summery celebration at Hamilton Hotel. The establishment will be putting on a free barbecue for punters and will also be hosting a meat pie eating competition, prize draws and pub games all day.
Stones Corner Hotel: This popular Logan Road local will be hosting Australia Day celebrations from 10:00 am, including Wii Cricket competitions, a pool comp, prize giveaways and the chance to belt out the best Aussie tunes with a bit of true-blue karaoke.
The Charming Squire: This Australia Day The Charming Squire will be hosting the First Brewer’s Australia Day BBQ, serving up tonnes of meat, beer and entertainment from midday onwards. Expect tasty beers on tap, meats cooked in a special American smoker and great tunes to accompany.
The Defiant Duck: Newstead’s home of American eats will be lowering its US flag in favour of an Australian one when it hosts a huge celebration for its Oz Day at the Duck party. Live musicians will perform Aussie classics, while competitive types will be taking part in rubber ducky races and pool competitions.
The Fox Hotel: Start your revelry early at The Fox Hotel as it debuts its new monthly party series Solar Pop. Taking place on Australia Day eve, Solar Pop will combine music, art and interactive experiences and will feature performances from Germany’s Rampue and New Zealand’s Out of Sorts.
Victoria Park: Get the family together for a load of Australia Day fun at Victoria Park – we’re talking tug o’ war, sack races, jumping castles, outdoor games, food and drink offers and plenty of putt-putt action!
The Milk Factory: If you’d like to spend your Australia Day taking in some local music, The Milk Factory has what you are seeking. Valley 109 will be performing songs off its debut EP with support from rockers World Speed Record.
The Dalgety Public House: It’s all about the iconic Australian eats at The Dalgety Public House this Australia Day. The kitchen will be whipping up the likes of fluffy lamingtons, cob loaves, chiko rolls, meat pies, potato scallops and will be offering an all-Australian tap beer line up.
Story Bridge Hotel: The home of the cockroach races will be celebrating Australia Day once again in true-blue fashion. Head along to sample the fare at the assembled food stalls while having a boogie to the live music performances.
Pineapple Hotel: Woolloongabba’s popular pub is donning its thongs and footy shorts for one heck of a celebration. Test your strength with the annual pineapple-throwing contest or be content lifting pints of frothy beer and forkfuls of steak into your gob.
Bavarian Bier Cafe: We celebrate Oktoberfest like we invented it, so it’s only fair the Germans celebrate Australia Day too. Eagle Street’s Bavarian Bier Cafe is hosting a massive celebration, boasting buckets of Urban Craft Bewing Co. beer, massive one-kilogram schnitzelmeister challenges and the Hottest 100 countdown blaring all day.
New Farm Cinema: Film fanatics will have plenty to keep themselves occupied on Australia Day Eve, as New Farm Cinemas screens three iconic Australian movies, special Aussie trivia and plenty of Australian bites at the candy bar. Book your tickets for The Castle, Wolf Creek or Crocodile Dundee and settle in for a night at the movies.