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Ultimate ways to mark Australia Day at home

Here's 12 ways you can have an epic and COVID Safe Australia Day at home

Stay COVID Safe at home

We know how much Aussie’s love summer and celebrating Australia Day, but staying COVID Safe and reducing the spread is a responsibility we all share.

It’s important to check for what you can and can't do under the rules, health and wellbeing advice, case locations, symptoms and testing clinics. Information changes regularly so make sure you stay up-to-date.

Learn more about First Nation Australians

There are lots of ways to do learn about First Nations Australians, including:

Play Aussie games

Australia Day is the perfect time to have fun. Some great game ideas include:

  • Celebrity Head: Make it Australian names only.
  • Toss the thong: Whoever throws their thong the furthest wins.
  • Aussie Trivia: Someone will need to organise the questions beforehand. And make it competitive by getting everyone to put in $5 and the winner takes it all. Or better yet, donate the money to a charity of your choice.
  • Water fights: Even if you don’t have a pool all you need are some water pistols and buckets — the perfect way to stay cool on a hot day.
  • Two Up: Sure, it’s an Anzac Day game, but we won’t tell anyone if you wont.

Hold an Aussie fashion show

Anything goes when it comes to an Aussie fashion show. Some popular choices include:

  • embracing a green and gold colour theme
  • making it all about the Australian flag (though try and think outside the box and get creative)
  • novelty sunnies
  • classic tees and boardies
  • beach appropriate bikinis, budgie smugglers and thongs
  • dress up us Aussie food or famous Aussie icons.

Bonus points for people wearing bucket hats and temporary tattoos.

Have an Aussie movie marathon

If you’re feeling the need to keep it low key, an Aussie movie binge-a-thon might be for you.

There’s so many Aussie gems and classics to choose from. Our favourites include:

  • Muriel’s Wedding
  • Babe
  • The Castle
  • Mad Max
  • Strictly Ballroom
  • Crocodile Dundee
  • Wolf Creek
  • Chopper
  • Gallipoli
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • The Dish

Don’t forget to close the blinds and make a big bowl of popcorn, for the real cinema at home experience.

Turn up the tunes

The annual Triple J Hottest 100 countdown is on every Australia Day. Voted by listeners, there can be real contention as to the hottest song of the year.

If the Hottest 100 isn’t your thing, make your own playlist with all your favourite Aussie songs. Here’s some ideas to get you started:

Attempt a Tim Tam Slam

Arguably Australia’s favourite biscuit, the classic Aussie Tim Tam Slam is a delicious Australia Day game if the weather is a bit cooler.

Grab your coffee or tea, bite off the ends of your Tim Tam and use it as a straw.

Make sure you slam your Tim Tam into your mouth before it becomes saturated.

Make it a ridgy-didge Australia Day

Brush up on your Aussie slang and, rang-a-dang-dingo, whoever uses the most true-blue phrases throughout the day wins.

Need help to improve your Aussie vocab? We have a comprehensive Aussie Slang Dictionary to give you a competitive edge.

You can also use our official Aussie Slang Quiz.

Fire up the barbie

It’s cliched, but oh so good. This cultural phenomenon of Australian home cooking is always popular – best of all you can make it alfresco and COVID Safe. Here are just some ways you can put your own spin on the classic Aussie BBQ:

  • Go classic: Snags with caramelized onion, burgers with beetroot and pineapple, or go with the crowd pleasing prawns.
  • Make it multicultural: Think Peri Peri chicken, or satay chicken skewers. YUM!
  • BBQ breakfast cook up: If you’re starting the party early go with bacon, eggs and backed beans and everyone will be happy.
  • Veggie theme: For those on a new year’s health kick, keep the calories in check with tofu burgers and grilled vegetables. Make them fun by putting them on skewers.

Go for a refreshing swim

More than 80% of Aussies live by the coast, so it’s totally understandable you might want to kick off your Australia Day at home celebrations with a quick dip in the surf before it gets too hot. Don’t forget to slip, slop and slapAnd make sure you follow any council "Swim and Go" guidelines.

Get into a game of backyard cricket, it’s a classic

It’s one of our most popular sports, but it can get heated. So before you set up the backyard wickets, check out the official rules of backyard cricket.

Keep it local

If you’re keen to get out and about, lots of local councils will have events going ahead. Make sure to check your local council’s website closer to the day for the most up-to-date information.

Watch official Australia Day events at home

We’re making it easy for you to enjoy Australia Day Live and WugulOra from your own home. So grab yourself a comfy, front row seat on your own couch and tune into ABC TV or iview