Celebrate Australia Day
The Citysearch team have found some ideas to help you celebrate Australia Day. Whether you’re a foodie, art lover, music fan or sports nut there’s something here for you.
As you would expect, there are festivals, festivals and more festivals. Two of the big ones are the Australia Day Voyages Concert at Fed Square, with a great mix of indigenous and world music, and the “Australia, Let’s Celebrate” festival in Sydney, which kicks off with the Woggan-ma-gule Indigenous morning ceremony and then it’s party time with parades, musical performances, sausage sizzles and anything else that feels particularly Aussie.
Arty types can checkout the Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture exhibition at the Melbourne Museum, or for those who love the outdoors there’s the Mr Sandman Sand Sculpture at Waterfront City where 20 tonnes of sand has been transformed into breathtaking sculptures.
What if you’re music aficionados, or if the moshpit is more your scene? If you happen to be in Melbourne, the Big Day Out, Australia’s biggest one-day music festival, is on with huge bands including Muse, Powderfinger, Grinspoon and maybe even David Bowie. If you’re in Brissy, the Australian Rock Symphony will be giving Chrissy Amphlett, Diesel and Baby Animals an orchestral makeover and the Domain in Sydney also brings together a great selection of musicians.
For many of us, there’s only one real way to celebrate Australia Day and that’s through our stomach. In Sydney it’s all about the beef at the Herefords Great Aussie Barbecue in Hyde Park North or, for the more refined, the Fast Festival Feasts where a selection of swanky restaurants are inviting you to dinner for just – wait for it – $30! Melburnians wanting to celebrate Sam Kekovich style can attend the great Aussie Farmers Direct BBQ at Kings Domain Gardens and for the people of Perth, don’t miss the Great Aussie Breakfast at Sir James Mitchell Park or the Australia Day Fireworks Cruise from Fremantle to Perth…and back again.
Want something the whole family can enjoy? For those lucky enough to be on the Sunshine Coast, it’s hard to go past the late Steve Irvin’s Australia Zoo which, in addition to its huge collection of local wildlife, flora and fauna, has singer/songwriter John Williamson doing his thing on the most ‘true blue’ of days. The much-loved Circus Oz will be swinging its latest show into Sydney while in Melbourne, the classic children’s story Wind in the Willows is currently being brought to life in the Royal Botanical Gardens.
Sports fans, don’t worry we haven’t forgotten you. Why not join the thousands of fans at Melbourne Park and catch all the action over 12 days of history-making tennis at the Australian Open or apply the zinc, pack the sandwiches and support our boys as they do battle with Pakistan as part of the one-day international.
Finally, for all the cinephiles in Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, what could be better than grabbing a picnic basket and bottle of wine and enjoying a fantastic open-air cinema experience under the stars at Moonlight Cinema? Check out Citysearch for your city’s program.
And, after all that, if you still just want to have a sleep in and watch a DVD, well Citysearch has you covered there too with all the latest DVDs complete with reviews and trailers.