7 ways to celebrate Australia Day

January 26 is nearing and you know what that means? Yep, it’s Australia Day – how are you going to spend this public holiday? Well, first you need to ask what makes an awesome Australia Day? Times are changing, and while the essence of the traditional Australia Day is very much alive, nowadays as our country continues to grow, our citizens are coming up with creative new traditions to celebrate.

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1. A Great Aussie BBQ

How can you not think about a great BBQ on Australia Day? At the beach, at your nearest park or even just at home, Australians all over the country are preparing to bring their barbeques out and putting on a feast – sausage sizzles, steak and prawns, cold potato salads and decadently sweet treats like lamingtons and Pavlova make a great Australia Day BBQ. Planning on hosting your own Australia Day event? Keep your beverages and cold meals cool with one of our mobile cold rooms that can make sure all your food and drinks are perfectly chilled and served just right on this especially warm summer day.

2. Make it all about thongs

A growing Aussie tradition is the ‘Havaianas Thong Challenge’. Imagine this – your local beach full of people with inflatable thongs at the beach. Hard to picture? Well in 2014, 4,859 people participated all over the country. What’s even more exciting is Havaianas also donate and support participating Surf Life Saving Clubs nippers. The surf life-saving culture is truly iconic of Australia, so by celebrating Australia Day by joining the Thong Challenge, it’s not only fun but meaningful, too. To find out more about how you can join in, take a look at the Australia Day Thong Challenge website.

3. Best Dressed

There are heaps of best dressed competitions being held all over the country on Australia Day. You could throw on a pair of shorts with Aussie flags printed all over them and paint your face with highlighter coloured zinc; or you dress up only in Green and Gold (our national sporting colours); there are heaps of ideas to show your Aussie spirit through dress on Australia day.

4. Keep an ear out

If you’re an audiophile, the best way that Aussies are celebrating Australia Day is by tuning into Triple J’s Hottest 100 Countdown. Starting at noon on Jan 26 – you’ll be treated to the biggest hits in Australia over the past year. If you’re celebrating outside with friends, odds are most restaurants and coffee shops will be airing the channel.

5. Think out of the box

From homemade slip and slides in the backyard to makeshift mini pools in the back of a ute with a nice cold beer, check out this album of Aussies making Australia Day special in their own way: www.your.australiaday.org.au

6. Watch the Tennis

As the Australian Open draws near to a close, things will be really starting to heat up on Australia Day. Each year spectators, whether at the match or watching on a screen, get decked out in Aussie gear to cheer their favourite players.

7. Gotta see it to believe it

What Aussie doesn’t love a spectacular fireworks display? Making them bigger and better, each year main city landmarks hold firework displays that’ll take your breath away – and as you stand there in awe surrounded by your fellow Aussies, you’ll feel even more proud to be an Australian today.

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