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Australia Day. It’s more than just snags on barbeques and backyard cricket.  It’s about celebrating what truly makes us Australian.  Here’s a quick list of our Australia Day traditions to help give you some ideas on how to celebrate.

Hit the beach
If you ask someone what they think of when you say “Australia” their response will almost always be “beaches”.  Cool down after the summer heatwave by heading down to the beach this Australia Day.  If you’re not willing to battle the crowds, we all know at least one person who has a pool, and Australia Day is the perfect time to capitalise on that.  Spending time by the water, be it the ocean or the pool, is an Australia Day tradition.  Remember, if you’re spending Australia Day in the sun, be sun safe!  Find new swimmers and beach gear at Quiksilver at DFO Jindalee.

Barbeque with the Crew
Australians love any excuse to light a barbeque, and Australia Day is where our skills are put to the test.  So spend the Australia Day long weekend around the grill, catching up with friends and family you don’t otherwise see.  Be sure to pass around the tongs and play a round or two of backyard cricket before cooling off in the pool or with a cold drink.  If you’re low on barbeque utensils, head in to Form Home and Box and Barrel Home Wares for all your needs.

Taste the Tradition
Don’t forget to indulge in all of your favourite Australian treats.  We’re talking lamingtons and pavlova.  Start a new tradition of making your own Australia themed treats this Australia Day.  Lamingtons are an easy, sweet treat to enjoy on Australia Day.  Not only do they taste great, but they are also heaps of fun to make with the kids.  Anyone who has ever tried to bake a pavlova will tell you that it’s not easy to get right.  So instead of making your own, buy a premade base and get crafty with the topping. Pavlova decorating is a delicious activity that everyone can enjoy.  So get creative this Australia and make some treats for the whole family to enjoy.  Cooking utensils can be found at Form Home and Box and Barrel Home Wares.

Watch the Tennis
Australia is proud of its sport, and Australia Day is the day for all of us to observe our most ancient tradition: tuning in to the Australian Open.  This is perfect for if you’ve decided to stay in the air conditioning this Australia Day yet still want to partake in celebrations.  The Australian Open is a mid-summer tradition that brings the greatest tennis players from around the globe to compete in Melbourne over a week and a half.  If you’re over tennis by lunch, then switch over to the cricket in the afternoon and watch the Australia VS Pakistan One Day International.

Tune in
And of course, it doesn’t matter whether you’re inside, in the backyard or at the beach, you can always tune in to the Triple J Hottest 100 for the best music Australia has to offer.

Those are some of our favourite things to do, what are some of your Australia Day traditions?

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