How do you typically spend your Australia Day? Patriotically starting off with some vegemite on toast, a surf on Bondi Beach or even hanging out with a kangaroo? Whether you’re looking for ways to keep the kids entertained or to simply just want some ideas on how to spend the 26th of January, here are some of our top things to do on Australia Day.
The Bondi Icebergs Swimming club was established in 1929 and has been one of the most recognisable and probably most photographed pools in Sydney ever since. Bondi Icebergs pool is a great place to gather with friends and family on the most famous beach in Australia. Whether you’re mixing with locals or visitors from around the world, you’re sure to be surrounded by some great people here.
If you live around Melbourne, feeling adventurous and up for a 3 ½ hour drive, then check our Ladies Bath Falls. Once you get there you’ll need to be up for a bit of a walk, just a few kilometres from the bottom of the mountain. Once you’ve got your steps up with the walk you’ll be rewarded with stunning rock pools and idyllic waterfalls that’ll just make you want to go for a dip.
The National Portrait Gallery is a great way to spend the day if you want to spend the day indoors and learn about some amazing Australians. With fascinating Australians such as 'Queen Rose’ of the Wathaurung People, Florrie Forde and Barry Humphries featured, this is one trip that will educate you on some outstanding Aussies and make you proud to be Australian.
Bike rides can be one of the most fun ways to explore any city, and with Adelaide Free Bikes, Adelaide makes it easy for you. So if you’re Adelaide bound, grab your helmet and get peddling.
Located 45 minutes south of Perth, Penguin Island is the place to go in the Perth region if you’re wanting to meet these little furry friends. Rangers at the Discovery Centre have daily feedings so you can see the penguins up close. It’s a fun way to spend a morning, no matter what your age. After that you’re just a 5 minute ferry ride from Shoalwater Bay where you can enjoy the rest of your Australia Day outdoors.
If you’re in or around Darwin, this gallery is a must do. Here you can browse the exceptional Aboriginal art that is created by artists who use traditional colours and follow practices from inspired by Dreamtime history.
There are few things more iconically Australian than the Great Barrier Reef. So when in Queensland and considering how to spend your Australia Day, this is a great option if you have the time and your budget allows. Picture yourself swimming with Nemo and Dory who can commonly be found exploring the reef.
There are few places more beautiful than Cradle Mountain in Tassie. Just a 2.5 hour drive from Launceston, you can easily take a day trip to explore this Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Depending on how active you’re feeling you can go on a hike and take in ancient plants and if you’re lucky you might spot a Tasmanian Devil. If hiking is not your thing, pack a picnic and spend your Australia Day kicking back and relaxing in nature.
However you decide to spend this Australia Day, we hope you have fun and stay safe.
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