Australia Day is approaching as fast as the First Fleet arriving into Sydney Cove. While the convicts apparently had a field day upon arrival, it’s a time to celebrate all things Australian. So do you have plans for this glorious day? Maybe you’re still tossing up the option of a mates dodgy barbeque or an all out drink-till-you-drop excursion? If you haven’t settled on a location or event, The Modern Connoisseur is here to help. We have devised a list of exceptional activities that are sure to help you bring in Australia Day with a bang!
If it’s a pub that you want on Australia Day, you can’t go pass The Esplanade Hotel. World famous in its own right, this year’s Australia Day will be spent pumping the sweet tunes of Triple J’s Hottest 100 through their sound system from midday, transitioning to an impressive live line up at night. The likes of ASTA, Gold Fields DJ, Papa vs Pretty and the headliner act World’s End Press are sure to get the party started. The best part is that entry is free! More information can be found here.
Beer free Australia Day
Beer is one of the foundation pillars that Australia is built on. Nothing depicts Australian’s love for beer more than a bogan skulling a tinny with sweat running down his hard-yakka face. As we raise our glasses to being Australian, it doesn’t necessarily have to be beer. Brunswick Street Cider House is hosting an unique Australian Day event: with an entry fee of $28, you will be provided with a personal stein to fill your glasses with 22 ciders or beer plus some food to keep you going. More information can be found here.
BBQ Meats at Hudson
If Australia Day means barbeque, then Sam Kekovich’s annual plea and dedication to lamb must be acknowledged. Whether it’s the sharp marketing or pure LOLs, nothing beats throwing some lamb down on the barbeque whilst downing a few beers. Quality meat is essential and this is were Hudson Meats has got all your needs covered. From hand made sausages, to a large selection of premium free range produce, fresh seasonal ingredients and the new ‘hudson at home’ glazes, jus and butters there is a wide range to choose from! More information can be found here.
Experiencing Australia Day in the thick of Melbourne
Surrounded by tons of people who are proud to be Australian can bring a heartwarming feeling. There is plenty to see and do in the city. You could relax at South Wharf and enjoy $20 jugs of sangria until 6pm at The Bohemian Bar & Restaurant (35 Dukes Walk, South Wharf) or head over to Henry and the Fox (525 Little Collins St) to enjoy eating our national emblem (kangaroo steaks!). There is always the option of marking out a bar crawl, parking yourself at one of the many rooftop bars or simply enjoy the events occurring at Fed Square – there is plenty to see and do in the heart of the city. More information on various events can be found here.
Australia Day in a Gelato
If a sweet delight is needed on Australia Day, then Gelato Messina has you covered. To mark this special day, Gelato Messina will be releasing a special green and gold gelato called the Great Australian Gold Rush. Made fresh in store and using Australian ingredients, it’s the perfect delight to cool down. More information about this event can be found here.
Open Air Cinema
Various open air cinemas will be operating throughout the day if a flick will get you into the Australia Day frame of mind. You can find our review of the various outdoor cinemas here. One promising Australian movie production packed with plenty of Australia Day themes is Backyard Ashes, which will be screen in a special open air session at The Sun Theatre in Yarraville at 7:30pm (gold coin donation). More information about this event can be found here.
Cultural and the Arts on Australia day
Sidney Myer Music Bowl will be hosting a celebration with a coastal and island theme – Tidal Rhythms at the Bowl. This event is for those who are looking to chill out and relax throughout the afternoon. If an uplifting beat is more your thing, Swedish DJ sensation Avicii will be playing Sunday night at the Royal Melbourne showgrounds. More information about Tidal Rhythms at the Bowl can be found here and tickets for Avicii can be purchased here.
This is only a taste of what Melbourne has to offer. Australia Day marks an important occasion to celebrate in various ways what it means to be an Australian. It’s this uniqueness and diversity which makes us a strong, united nation. From the team of The Modern Connoisseur we wish you all a fantastic Australia Day. May the hangovers, sun burns or post-event fatigue be nice to us all.