Once a year, you officially get to celebrate the fact that you live in the best country in the world (well, 2nd according to the United Nations….buzz kills). Australia Day has become an important cultural day on our calendar, and with good reason. It’s a pretty good feeling waking up every day in this fine land, and it should be celebrated.
If you’re throwing an Australia Day soiree, here’s where to start.
Triple J Hottest 100
It would be a travesty to start off this list without what has become a staple of the Australia Day festive landscape. Every year the hype builds around who’s going to take out this illustrious award.
At the time of this article, according to Sportsbet (yes, you can bet on this poll) the current favourites to win are:
Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MO – Lean On
The Rubens – Hoops
The Weekend – Can’t Feel My Face
Tame Impala – Let It Happen
Voting for Triple J’s Hottest 100 can be found on the ABC website.
If you’re having people around for Australia Day, you’re going to need music, and that doesn’t mean using your iPhone’s built-in speaker. Most people have access to a stereo of some sort, computer speakers, or even a TV (lame). Streaming music from your smart phone or tablet directly to a speaker will show off your tech-side. One of these nice little Bluetooth speakers for under $100 should make it a completely wireless experience.
If Triple J isn’t your thing, you can stream music from these great free platforms online (each have their own apps also).
If you’re pool hasn’t been getting a solid workout from the summer holidays, then you’d better get your pH levels in order to accommodate your sweltering guests.
Need some pool game ideas? No problem, Swim Swam has a great list to work off.
Inflatable birds and fruit are also ‘so hot right now‘. Ebay has an extensive selection…
Slip n Slide
If you don’t have a pool (or even if you do), the Slip n Slide is a fan favourite for all ages. While its safety is questionable, the level of enjoyment is not. If you don’t have a large, downhill area, then you’re going to have a bad time. If you do, check out this great post by The Art of Manliness on what you’ll need to build a Slip n Slide. Keep in mind that you may be in an area with water restrictions, so don’t be wasteful!
If you really feel like going all out, hay bales (try local produce stores) act as an excellent railing to ensure you sliders don’t drift afar! See below…
It isn’t exciting nor glamorous, though nor is Melanoma. It’s prime season to get burned, so make sure you’re covering where possible, and applying a healthy dose of sunscreen. Australia Day is also the only day of the year when wearing coloured zinc is socially acceptable, so go nuts! Priceline’s got you covered at $11.99 for three colours.
Try and stay in the shade where possible, especially during the times indicated by the Bureau of Meteorology. If you need to create some shade, hiring a marquee might also be an option.
Barbecuing is an integral part of the Australia Day process. Whether it’s a shrimp, steak, sausage, or veggie patty, everyone enjoys standing around the grill heckling the self-proclaimed chef. Check out a few of the following excellent resources to help you cater to your guests:
How to Cook the Perfect Steak – BBC Good Food
Top 10 Marinade Recipes – About Food
BBQ and Grilling Recipes – BBQ Pit Boys
Best Barbecue Side Dish Recipes – Southern Living
50 Jaw-Dropping Vegan-Friendly BBQ and Grilling Recipes – One Green Planet
23 Ways to Rock Your Vegan BBQ – Buzzfeed
Make sure your BBQ is ready to go and that it’s going to be large enough to crank out the food for your hungry guests. If you don’t have a barbecue, hiring one for the day is a great option.
If you’re a Thermomix master, The 4 Blades also has a great podcast with some BBQ recipes for you to try out.
If singlet, shorts, and thongs isn’t Aussie enough on Australia Day, you can always impress your friends with a little extra effort. Zazzle and Cafe Press both have a good range of Australia Day themed clothing.
Get Kooky also has a decent range of assorted Australia merchandise.
Played in at least 90% of backyards on Australia Day (unconfirmed), it wouldn’t be Australia Day without some Backyard Cricket. It’s important that you establish the official rules of the day from the outset. Thankfully Roar has published the official rules of Backyard Cricket. Print these out and distribute to avoid drunken bickering.
Australia is also taking on India in Adelaide on Australia Day in what is a ‘double celebration’ day (also Republic Day in India). You can grab tickets from the Ticketek website
Whether you’re relaxing with friends in the yard, swimming at the beach, or stuck at work earning an inflated hourly wage, Australia Day is a fantastic time to appreciate everything that makes this country great.