If you want a little something more exciting and inventive for the long weekend than BBQ and brews, read on. We’ve whipped up a list of some of the best (and weirdest) Australia Day food specials from venues all around Perth. So maybe ditch the barbie and book a cool spot for a night on the town. Go ahead; we won’t judge.
Here are all the Australia Day specials you can sink your teeth into this long weekend.
Peach Pavlova Cocktail
The Peach Pit
The Peach Pit is celebrating Australia Day in style with a Peach Pavlova Cocktail that’ll bring your taste buds on a delicious ride. There’s also a beachfront Sunday session, where you can dig into some burgs and enjoy an ice-cold beer or two. There are limited spots available though, so get on it quick.
Looking to celebrate with a view? The Aviary is slinging delicious specials from 25 January until 27 January. Bite into Vegemite pizza, sip on $8 Swan Draught pints and sit back and relax while the Hottest 100 blares in the background. Can we get a ‘hell yes’?
Pavlova Smash Cocktail
If you’re feeling extra festive, head to The Globe this weekend and sip on a well-deserved Pavlova Smash cocktail. We can’t tell you what’s in it, but it looks delicious.
Tim Tam Cob Loaf
The Guildford Hotel
You’ve got to see it to believe it, because The Guildford Hotel’s Tim Tam Cob Loaf is truly a sight to behold. The indulgent cob is packed with chocolate mousse and ganache, Oreo crumb, and served with Tim Tams and Fairybread for dipping. Pair it with the Guildford’s barbie sanga and you’ve got yourself a serious Australia Day feast.
Native Plum & Eucalyptus Spritz
Bib & Tucker
Bib & Tucker is open all long weekend if you’re feeling like some quality grub. They’re also serving up a special Native Plum and Eucalyptus Spritz all weekend that really puts the ‘fresh’ in ‘refreshing.’
Mary Street Bakery
Lamingtons are great but you know what would make them even better? If they were doughnuts. Luckily, Mary Street Bakery read our minds. You can drop by any of Mary Street Bakery’s locations this week and grab a lamington doughnut. Filled with raspberry custard, drizzled in chocolate glaze and sprinkled with coconut, it’s the perfect start to the long weekend.
Australia Day High Tea
Bar Uma’s keeping it classy this Australia Day with a scrumptious high tea that’ll satisfy the pinkie-raising snob that lives within us all. We’re talking Vegemite and cheese twists, chocolate chip scones, red velvet lamingtons, Tim Tam Jaffa cakes...add some free-flowing sparkling and you’ve got yourself the swankiest Australia Day celebration yet.
Poolside Peruvian Australia Day Dinner
Give the barbecue a rest and head over to UMA for a five-course Peruvian dinner. Start off with a refreshing Pisco Sour on arrival, swan around the pool and nibble on canapes. Then dive into a five-course extravaganza and watch the fireworks from the rooftop. Sounds like the perfect evening, no? Tickets are $149 per person and you can book them here.
Greek Australia Day Lunch
Greek out this Australia Day with Brika’s Australia Day lunch special. On Sunday, 26 January, Brika’s dishing up melt-in-your-mouth lamb on the spit, paired with a pant-splitting $49 Souvla platter. Chicken, lamb and pork with feta sauce, paprika aioli and tzatziki, pita and patates; what can go wrong? To wash it all down, you can pound back four Mythos beers for $25 or share a sangria jug for $30. Book it here.
Firework Hampers And Oz Day BBQ
Besides serving up gourmet hampers you can enjoy while watching the fireworks, Petition is also hosting an Australia Day BBQ on Sunday, 26 January. So whether you’re looking for a place to chill or somewhere to stop in for a quick bite before the fireworks, Petition has you covered.
Bottomless Beachside Australia Day Brunch
Scarborough Beach Bar
If you want to load up on beachside vibes, Scarborough Beach Bar has you covered. This Sunday, they're hosting an Australia Day-themed bottomless beachside brunch with a boozy option that’ll set you back $49 per person. Not a bad way to celebrate, if you ask us.
What to do less eating and more partying? Here are all the hottest spots to celebrate Australia Day.
Image credit: The Guildford Hotel