It might not technically be a long weekend, but we’ve found plenty of things to eat, drink and do this Australia Day.
Summer isn’t over yet, and this Australia Day there are plenty of reasons to keep the holiday vibes going. From delicious drinks to floating bars and restaurants, we’ve curated your ultimate guide to what to do this Australia Day. Plus, find out which venues will be open on the public holiday, too.
Skip the sore head and sip hangover-curing Bae Juice
While we might tell ourselves otherwise, drinking on a school night isn’t always a great idea. And with Australia Day backed up by a workday, we could all use a helping hand to beat the potential hangover. And that’s where this revolutionary booze-free drink comes in.
Say hello to Bae Juice, the new hangover preventing drink made with 100% Korean pear juice. So, how can juice stop a sore head? Research has found that Korean pears can help to speed up the metabolism of booze and maintain peak hydration.
Plus, Korean pears contain special enzymes that help to detoxify after drinking faster, keeping to post-booze-blues at bay. But here’s the catch: you’ll need to drink Bae Juice before you start drinking for the best results.
Bae Juice is winning Aussies over in droves, with the brand just wrapping up their biggest month in sales (ever), selling an incredible 100k products in just one month.
Ready to try Bae Juice for yourself? Head to the chilled section of your local Woolworths to score yours for the special price of $3.50 a pop (until Jan 26th, usually $4 each). Find out more (and buy in bulk) here.
Celebrate on Sydney Harbour with Captain Cook Cruises
Come together with your nearest and dearest this Australia Day and celebrate with a dining experience on Sydney Harbour. Whether you’re looking for a lavish long lunch, floating cocktail bar, or dinner on the deck, Captain Cook Cruises has you sorted with a range of cruising options.
During the day, climb about the flagship MV Sydney 2000 head to the Sky Deck for a four-course premium long lunch paired with flowing wines, beers, and spirits (from $159 per person). Enjoy your own first-class private table with prime views of the 185th Australia Day Regatta (the oldest continuously conducted annual sailing regatta in the world) from 1 pm.
As day turns to night, the Sky Deck will transform into a luxe dining room with a four-course dinner menu and paired wines, beers, and spirits (from $159 per person). You’ll be right in the thick of the Australia Day Spectacular action, with fireworks, live music performances, a parade of jet skis, fly boarders, yachts and so much more. Get in quick, there are only a limited number of spots aboard the MV Sydney 2000.
For a more relaxed lounge-style bar experience, climb about Harbour Bar (with the floating Lunch Bar departing at 11 am and the Dinner Bar at 6:30 pm). Choose from a 100+ strong drinks list, with premium wines, spirits, liqueurs, and bar snacks on the menu.
Ready to celebrate Australia Day on Sydney Harbour? Book your spot with Captain Cook Cruises here.
Craft a refreshing long mixed drink with Fever-Tree
Toast to Australia Day with a simple, refreshing cocktail using Fever-Tree‘s award-winning range of mixers. These premium, top-notch sodas, gingers, and tonics deliver on all fronts this summer with a bunch of unique mixers to suit all tastes.
Looking for a quick and easy drink to sip this Australia Day? Why not try your hand at a simple long serve, made with just a couple of quality ingredients.
For lovers of a refreshing spritz, get your hands on Fever-Tree’s new Soda Collection. There are three unique flavours to try (including Pink Grapefruit, Lime & Yuzu, and Italian Blood Orange) and all are less than 40 calories. Simply add a splash of your favourite craft spirit, top with a Fever-Tree soda, garnish and enjoy!
Whisky lovers, cool off with the perfect highball using one of Fever-Tree’s premium ginger ales (including a Dry Ginger Ale, Spiced Orange Ginger Ale, and Smoky Ginger Ale). Plus, enjoy a classic G&T with Fever-Tree’s wide range of tonics. Need some inspiration? Check out the ultimate G&T recipe here.
Get your hands on Fever-Tree’s premium tonics, and gingers from your nearest Dan Murphy’s, or nab Fever-Tree’s sodas from your nearest Liquorland, First Choice Liquor, or Vintage Cellars.
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Wondering what venues are open on January 26th?
Here is your go-to guide to some of our favourite spots that are open on the Australia Day public holiday.
- Alberto’s Lounge, CBD (open from 5 pm).
- The Allawah Hotel (open 9 am till late).
- The Baxter Inn, CBD (open 5 pm till 1 am).
Bert’s Newport (open 12 pm to 4 pm).
- Bungalow 8, Sydney Harbour: book in for their Day Bed Package (two hours of Prosecco and Bintangs from a personal esky with delicious shared dishes for $79pp).
- Butter, Chatswood (open 11:30 am to 5 pm).
- The Collaroy (open 10 am to 12 am).
- Coogee Pavilion (open 12 pm to 10 pm).
- Harbord Hotel, Freshwater: open from 7 am for brekkie until middnight.
- Icebergs x Ketel One Botanical Terrace, Bondi: score limited edition drinks at this lush oceanside oasis.
- Love, Tilly Devine, Darlinghurst (open 5 pm to 12 am).
- Manly Wine: swing by for installations of lush Sakura blossoms and delicious Japanese fusion bites.
- Queen Chow, Manly (open 12 pm to 3 pm).
- The Rook, CBD: serving their daily Aperitivo Hour from 4.30-5.30pm.
- Shady Pines, Darlinghurst (open 4 pm till midnight).
- Vic on the Park, Marrickville (open 10 am to 1 am).
- The Winery, Surry Hills: swing by for Aperitivo Hour featuring cold carafe’s of freshly poured prosecco with antipasti board for $55 + make a booking for a long lunch ($59 pp) in their floral terrace or garden gazebos.