How to Celebrate Australia Day From Home – January 26th!
With Australia Day fast approaching, and the dream of a full return to travel still very much on the mind, we’ve put together a few simple ways in which we can mark the national day of Australia from wherever we are in the world. Normally, Australia Day is marked by community and family gatherings by Aussies and would typically include various celebrations, concerts and live events.
- Create (or eat) traditional Australian cuisine – from vegemite on toast bread to barbecue snags, Anzac biscuits, Cherry Ripe chocolate bars, meat pies and fairy bread, there are a variety of authentically Australian goodies to spread, bake and snack on that’ll last you for days. Here’s a list of traditional Australian eats to taste or attempt to make at home.
- Hold an Australian movie marathon – with the cold days here in Canada during this national event, it makes sense to stay in and build a watchlist with a variety of movies, as well as shows, that are either starred in by Aussie actors, or are written or directed by Australians, or simply set or filmed in the country. So grab a box of Tim Tams for your movie-watching snack, and check out some of our Aussie movie suggestions to queue up on your streaming services:
- Mad Max (1979) – The film is set in a post-apocalyptic Australia
- Moulin Rouge! (2001) – The movie was filmed in different regions within New South Wales, Australia and stars Australian actress, Nicole Kidman.
- Crocodile Dundee (1986) – The movie is about an American reporter visiting the Australian outback to meet a famous but eccentric bushman.
- Back to the Outback (2021) – Follow the journey of a few misunderstood, but very cuddly and sweet, animals as they attempt to find their way home (animated film).
- Light Between Oceans (2016) – The movie is set on an island off of Western Australia, but was partially filmed in Tasmania.
- Read Australian novels – Gather your virtual reading group and suggest novels that discuss Australia’s rich history and aboriginal culture, or you can recommend some fictional stories written by Australian-born authors. Some contemporary Australian authors we can recommend include Jane Harper, well-known for her crime and mystery novels, and Liane Moriarty, with multiple fictional best sellers with stories on relationships and often with big plot twists. Or you can try a more classic Australian novel such as The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough. If you prefer an easy, light read and wish to learn more about Australia, Bill Bryson’s In a Sunburned Country is fantastic!
- Host a virtual karaoke night – Put together an Australian music playlist using Spotify or YouTube (here’s a list of the top Australian songs of all time to get things started) and round up your relatives and friends on Zoom for an interactive live singing competition. The person with the most cheers wins the karaoke contest! Keep your game night strong with Australian decor and Australian-themed selfie photo booth props.
- Embark on virtual tours around Australia – from Museums to art galleries and even Northern Territory’s stunning and rugged outback, you can tour one of these magnificent locations right from the comfort of your couch! When travel resumes, don’t forget to call us to book these experiences in-person!