Australia Day is on January 26 every year and marks the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 and the invasion of this continent. Across Australia there are parades, barbecues, parties and fireworks, citizenship ceremonies, protests and mixed feelings.
Read on below for some ideas for your own Australia Day party.
Or try something different and have an Aussie Icon’s Party with a options like Edna Everage, Australian politicians, etc.
Things To Do & Eat On Australia Day
- Try some of these quintessentially Australian foods:
- Prawns, lamb steaks, barbecued mango, potato salad, coleslaw, hamburgers, damper, prawn and avocado skewers.
- You’ll need a range of drinks for children and adults, alcoholic and non-alcoholic. If you’re going to a public park, make sure you take plenty of water, as there aren’t always clean drinking taps around.
- Children: Fruit juice poppers, apple juice, fizzy drinks, water.
- Adults: Beer, wine, water, fizzy drinks, orange juice, water.
- You can’t forget the deserts:
- Lamingtons, icy poles, Anzac biscuits, pavlova, decorate a cake for Australia (or even bake a cake in the shape of Australia!).
- Backyard and beach sports. Play cricket, soccer, football and gripball.
- If you’re looking for something to do on Australia Day in your city, see the BCL January What’s On pages for each capital city and their respective states: Adelaide | Brisbane | Canberra | Darwin | Hobart | Melbourne | Perth | Sydney |
Australia Day Decorations & Catering
- Party Supplies Online – Sydney-based party products store in operation since 1991. They specialise in themed and coloured tableware, balloons costumes and more. See the product range for Australia Day, which includes bandanas, hats, balloons, tableware, and wigs featuring the Australian flag or green and gold.
- Party Products Australia – Over 6000 party products, from plates and cups to pinatas and helium balloons. Fast flat rate delivery Australia wide. See their Catering supplies for general catering, or see Australia Day Theme for balloons, banners, flags, bunting and hats. You can also shop by colour for yellow and green.
- Pink Frosting – Canberra-based premium party shop specialising in special occasions, weddings, birthdays for adults and children. See their Australia Day decorations.
Australia Day Party Costumes & Clothing
- Party Supplies Online – Australian shop with Dress ups and Fancy Costumes. They sell Hats, Gloves, Glasses, Noses, Beards & Moustaches, plus a whole heap of complete Ladies’ and Men’s costumes. Based in Sydney, Parties Online have been selling party products since 1991.
- Costume Box – Thousands of fancy dress costumes, wigs, hats, accessories and masks. Most costumes dispatched within 24 hours. All costumes displayed are in stock. Browse their Australia Day section for face paints, wigs and hats with an Australian theme.
Australian-themed Costumes from Costumebox
- See BCL Australiana for more Australian products.
Australia Day Experiences
See BCL What’s On pages for Australia Day events around Australia. You can post your events on their forum.