How to have a relaxed Australia Day

The other week, we looked at how best to stay cool on Australia Day. In today’s blog, we turn our focus to how to relax on our national holiday.


Have celebrations at home

One way of having a more relaxed Australia Day is to have celebrations at home. Keep in mind, however, that it will only be as relaxing as you set out to make it. So if you invite 500 people over, try to put on a huge lights and sound production, and handle all the catering yourself, that’s not exactly the makings of a relaxing ‘at home’ celebration.

Instead, your celebration should be a more minimal affair. Have a few of your closest friends and family over, perhaps set up on the deck, and have some food and drinks organised (and encourage people to BYO). What’s more relaxing than just sitting back and having a chat while a bit of music plays in the background? It’s a stripped back, simpler Australia Day.

Avoid the typical hot spots

If you’d still prefer to go out for the day, then this can be achieved without running into massive crowds where you’ll struggle to find a spot to sit down and unwind. It’s all a matter of location, of course, and the best locations to seek out are those that aren’t the typical hot spots people tend to congregate on Australia Day or other public holidays.

It’s a big, wide world out there, and with a little searching and forethought you’ll be able to find a spot to relax that others would otherwise never consider. To be safe, you can always start your celebrations earlier in the day than most, and then head off around the time you think any peak traffic could occur. So just in case others have happened to experience the same brainwave as you, you’ll be out of there before they start showing up in droves.

Recreational activities

Whether you’re lining up your next shot with a ‘house rules’ game of pool or cannon balling into a pool of the water variety, having a few recreational things for people to do is always a good thing. This can be a bit more manageable at home as there won’t be crowds of others, but even if you’re out and about, having a football, soccer ball or cricket set on hand is always a good thing. Some may be happy to sit around and eat/drink, but always account for those who want to get a bit of activity in on the day.

Watch an Australian film

We’d be remiss if a blog focusing on Australia Day didn’t mention an Australian film such as The Castle. But, of course, there are plenty of Australian films out there. Or, if not Australian, then these international films were created by Australians. Collateral, for example, was written by Stuart Beattie. The first Saw film was written and directed by Australians, with one of the duo, Leigh Whannell, playing a lead role. You could also go back and watch Mad Max, an Australian classic. Of course, not all of these are family friendly, so choose with caution if you’ve got kids with you (please, don’t show them Collateral or Saw).

If you happen to be a horror fan, an Australian film called The Babadook came out last year and is considered one of the best psychological horror films in a very long time. The point is, Australia’s contribution to the film world is far larger than you may realise, so why not celebrate the day by lying back and watching one, whether it’s a 100% Australian film or a film the eventuated from an Aussie’s original vision?