Australia Day 2015 Guide

It’s the day we celebrate the discovery of Australia in 1788 and while the meaning is still as significant as ever, the way we celebrate has changed a bit.

Beach, barbeques, beers and babes fill the days of most on ‘Straya Day, but for those who’re on the hunt for something a little bit more high brow with just as much debauchery, try some of the winning ideas our scouts have gone and found…


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Royal Croquet Club, Birrarung Maar

The Royal Croquet Club is Melbourne’s newest and hottest festival that features some of Melbourne’s most iconic food haunts, beverages, music and a spot of croquet thrown-in for good measure.
The festival runs from 16 January right through to the 1 February, however on the Australia Day weekend they really turn up the heat with Melbourne’s biggest Food Truck park.
Melbourne’s favourite food trucks will roll on in for the Australia Day weekend, including Hammer and Tong, Beatbox Kitchen, Cornucopa, Little Mushroom Co, Nuoc Mama, Shari D’s, Toasta, Trailer Made and RTW Bagels.
The festival will feature an additional four croquet pitches for the ultimate tournament, with the winning team taking home the first ever Royal Croquet Club Cup.
With free entry, it’s an easy option. See more online (WWW).
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Beer DeLuxe, Hawthorn 

Beer DeLuxe Hawthorn is turning on a truly Australian Australia Day: pouring $6 pints of Australia’s best craft breweries – Stone & Wood, Two Birds, Mornington and Boatrocker and serving up delicious Aussie beer food, the Aussie Lamb Burger with chips for just $15.
Find out more about their spread on their website (WWW).
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Grosvenor Hotel, St Kilda

An all you can eat BBQ is in for guests of the Grosvenor Hotel this Australia Day Eve with lamb obviously on the menu, followed by pavlova and trifle while listening to some easy going Australia Day tunes.

With happy hours extended and the festivities kicking-off from Australia Day Eve, fans of food, fun and good music will be titillated to their heart’s desire while overlooking the hustle and bustle of St Kilda Road outside.

Door prizes will be available and Happy Hour has been extended from 12-7.

Where:  10 Brighton Road, St Kilda
Cost:      $19pp
Time:     12pm-3pm
St Kilda Sea Baths

Captain Baxter and Republica, St. Kilda Sea Baths

Through every other day of the year, the St. Kilda Sea Baths are swamped by Melbourne’s European tourist population it seems.

Well, move over backpackers, it’s time for the Aussies to have their way at what has long established itself as one of the best beach front casual bar and restaurant locations the city has to offer.

This Australia Day they have a lot planned, offering the following at Captain Baxter and Republica.


With free entry on Australia Day Eve and the day itself, Australia Day Eve will welcome in DJs Cliff Raux Duo from 1-4 and Mayfield from 4-7.

Kicking on to the next day, from 3-6pm The Mad Hatters – which is Simon Phillips and crew – will stir up the crowd and make the scenic views of Port Philip Bay that much better.


With free entry, guests can head on up to the first floor of the Sea Baths from 12pm and enjoy music from live DJs Peril, Arlen and Jesus.


The Railway Hotel Deck, Windsor

The Railway Hotel – The Deck, Windsor 

The team at The Railway Hotel are advocates of all things Australian and Australia Day is no exception. The Hotel’s infamous sun-soaked Deck will be hosting the biggest Australia Day party of Windsor.
Renowned Chef Simon Tarlington will be cooking up iconic Australian dishes (think a fine-dining take on the classic snag sandwich) with Australian craft beer, spirits and wine being served throughout the day.
Everything served on the day will be Australian – sourced from every corner of this great land and the kitchen’s very own farmland.
See more at their website (WWW).
Veludo Garden Bar Melbourne

Veludo, St Kilda

One of St Kilda’s funkiest of venues is throwing open the doors to punters from local and abroad to sink Corona buckets for $25 while kicking back to the Triple J hottest 100 in the Veludo garden bar.

Followed by the venue’s most loved DJs spinning house, dance and party tunes, Veludo kicks on into the night, bringing the best of Australia Day out in everyone.

See more at their website (WWW).


For The Love Festival

For The Love Festival, St. Kilda foreshore

A day of music, food, fashion and culture, For The Love Festival in St Kilda is about a sun-drenched curation of local and international artists such as Aria nominated artists Generik, NERVO, Kaz James, Finnebassen, Grant Smillie, Andy Murphy, Winston Wolf and more.

Not only about the music, For The Love will be all about serving Huxtable, Mr Claws, Hammer & Tong, Asahi, Chandon, Somersby Cider, Belvedere and many others.

As delicious as it is entertaining, For The Love is perfect for a relaxed Australia Day eve.

See more at their website (WWW).


Club Aperol at Fatto

Club Aperol at Fatto Bar & Cantina, Melbourne

Aperol and Fatto Bar & Cantina just by the Yarra have joined forces this year to create an exclusive bar on Southbank to welcome-in the summer festive season and run through Australia Day celebrations. 

By transforming Fatto’s Southbank river terrace into a sophisticated Italian country club, Aperol is serving up a seductive mix of fun, food and music perfectly complemented a variety of hand crafted Aperol cocktails.

From January 15-31, guests can celebrate the tennis and Australia Day season in style at the exclusive rooftop space complete with breathtaking views of the Melbourne skyline, DJs, an Italian-inspired menu and of course, the seasons’ hottest drink, the Aperol Spritz.Club Aperol at Fatto will run from 4pm – 11pm, Wednesdays through Sundays until January 31st, 2015 at Fatto Bar & Cantina, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.
The Emerson

The Emerson, South Yarra

Converted pilgrimage must of the Australian homosexual, The Emerson throws its doors open this Australia Day to channel to great days of old and the greater days of present when the south-of-the-Yarra locals flock to it for its great DJ line-up, food and drink deals and stunning inner city views.
Kicking off on Friday 23 January with dancing and live performances in the Emerson Club, Saturday night sees the club featuring John Course and Andy Murphy, Sunday will play host to the venue’s usual Sunday crowd on the rooftop offing a complementary live gourmet BBQ from 2pm. Followed by D-Day, Australia Day on Monday they have plans to host our very first day party which will welcome-in interstate DJ BENI from Sydney playing throughout the day and a complementary live gourmet BBQ from 2pm.
See more online (WWW).


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Australia Day Eve, Cafe Del Mar

The night before D-Day is fast becoming as crucial as the day itself, so Café del Mar Sydney will celebrate Australia Day Eve in true Aussie style with lamb and pig on the spit from 2pm onwards. British DJ, Norman Jay, will be headlining with support acts from MO FUNK, Beth Yen, Johnny Gleeson, and Paul Wheeler. Meat on the spit and good music? Sounds like a win-win situation.

TICKETS: $25-$30 from Moshtix.

Watson's Bay Hotel

Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel

With the day set aside for paddle boarding races, brunches, live music, entertainment and food, the Watson’s Bay Hotel has a perfect set-up in line. Starting at 7.30AM, in conjunction with WATTSUP Stand Up Paddling, the hotel will bring the Every Man and His Dog stand-up paddle race back to Watsons Bay Beachfront.
From 9AM, an all- you-can-eat buffet offering for $75 per head. Book here:
Followed by the Australia Day bash at midday that carries guests through for the rest of the afternoon, live entertainment and DJs as well as a sizzling beach BBQ and drink specials make the afternoon what it needs to be.

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The Sky Terrace at Sydney’s Star Casino

The Star will be celebrating everything there is to love about being Australian this Australia Day long weekend with its dining and entertainment options for the most fabulous of guests.

With the likes of  Rock Lily playing host to a range of musical acts including Shannon Noll and Mahalia Barnes while serving Australia Day inspired cocktails such as the Rum Rebel and Convict Juice, The Star’s rooftop bar, Sky Terrace will be the place to be.

With sweeping views of major parts of the city, the Sky Terrace Bar will also be hosting an Australia Day BBQ with the sounds of DJ Klevakutz and DJ Alan T while party goers trial some Aussie themed drink specials and gourmet BBQ menu items such as home-made beef pies with mushy peas and gravy.

See more at their website (WWW).


Cafe Del Mar SYdney

Cafe Del Mar, Darling Harbour

With a perch high above Cockle Bay Wharf on Australia Day, rock out to the tunes of John Course from 2pm onwards.
With lamb and pig on the spit, live acts will entertain with Alex Mac, Julian Lacey, Charlie & Joel, Paul Wheeler and Nat Conway.
Overlooking the typical views that tourists and Sydneysiders dream of, this is the place to be
TICKETS: $25-$30 at Moshtix.
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