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11 Things To Do This Australia Day Weekend

By Sophie Hodges
18th Jan 2019


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If you’re looking to make the most of the long weekend, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve wrapped up some of the best things going down over Australia Day weekend.

All Weekend

AO Live Stage

The Australian Open Live Stage is putting on some serious talent over Australia Day weekend – Craig David anyone? Yeah, thought so. You can also catch Birds of Tokyo, Yo Mafia, Angus and Julia Stone, JET and plenty more.

Builders Arms

If you want to set yourself up for a few days, The Builders Arms has you covered. Open from midday to late every day from January 26th or 28th, these guys will be screening all the Aussie Open finals, serving $6 Young Henry’s tinnies and glasses of Pinot Gris for $13. Then tuck into their sausage sizzle, white bread, Meatsmith sausage and burnt beer onions for $9. Yes, please.

Australia Open lunch At Saké Restaurant & Bar Hamer Hall 

Saké Restaurant & Bar are putting on a $49 set menu of contemporary Japanese dishes and a glass of red or white wine – what more could you want pre-tennis? Or post. Or even during.

Get loaded at Rockpool Dining Group’s Bavarian restaurants

Munich Brauhaus and The Bavarian are putting on limited edition loaded schnitzel for $25, available all weekend in honour of Australia Day. Your classic schnitzel loaded with Aussie favourites; beetroot, pineapple, bacon, egg and cheese.

Galah’s Bespoke Cocktails

Available from the 26th, Galah bar has created four bespoke cocktails in celebration of Australia Day, and are donating $1 from each of the four cocktails sold to Bird Life Australia. Our pick? The Kookaburra—blueberry juice with a strawberry gum syrup, Never Never gin, Amaro and lemon juice or the Rainbow Lorikeet – a tutti fruity layered beverage paying homage to the colourful bird.

Great Australian Bites for Australia Day at Docklands

In celebration of Australia Day, the restaurants, bars, and ice-creameries of Docklands are offering a range of special dishes. We’re talking Lamington Martinis, Tim Tam Crumble Waffles and Fairy Bread gelato. 

Friday 25 January

Zoo Twilights

Kicking off on the 25th, the Zoo Twilights will run until March 9th and they’re giving us some great gigs. All proceeds from the summer concert series will go into the Zoo’s conservation work. January 25th sees Client Liason take the stage – run, don’t walk. And the 26th has headline performances from Briggs and Archie Roach.

Saturday 26 January

Mt Baw Baw Slip-n-Slide

If you feel like a drive and the weather permits (which let’s be honest, knowing Melbourne we’ll be hit with a scorcher) get yourself up to Mt Baw Baw and smash some hills on the giant slip-n-slide.

Sunday 27 January

Hop Quest 2019

Beer Deluxe is showcasing some of our best homegrown talents at their annual Hop Quest. From 11 am Fed Square will be taken over by 20 of the best Aussie craft breweries, and they’re all bringing a brand-new brew with them.

Hottest 100 Countdowns

Looking to have a few beverages and countdown the Hottest 100? Look no further. The Corner Hotel will be streaming the countdown from midday on their rooftop bar, as will the Northcote Social, take your pick.

Sunday 28 January

Starward Urban Picnic

Starward are putting on an urban picnic at their distillery lot. BYO blanket and picnic basket, or pre-order a hamper from Meatsmith. Hit up the distillery for whisky cocktails and check out the outdoor Fever Tree tonic bar.​

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Image credit: Builder's Arms Hotel

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