Celebrating Australia Day (on a budget!)

Did you know it’s Australia Day in a few days’ time? (Yipee!). We’re sure our Australian Qmee users will know! But some of our British, American and Canadian users may also know too.

If you aren’t sure what Australia Day is, let us fill you in – the day is a national public holiday that celebrates the Australian nation’s diversity, achievements and much more. The holiday marks the day that the first fleets arrived from Britain in 1788. In our opinion, the best thing about the day is… there are tons of way to celebrate it!

There are plenty of fun things you can do on the 26th to enjoy the holiday – cooking some Australian foods to show your national pride, watching some Australian films, dressing up in the Australian  flag’s colors to name just a few.

Take a look at some of the ideas below for celebrating the holiday whilst sticking to your budget and not spending a load of cash…

Enjoy the day with food and drink – nothing says Australia Day like cooking for all your friends and family! The more meat you grill, the better – you could even try cooking some kangaroo steaks to get in the spirit of the day. Don’t forget to grab a slab of Australian beer to share with everyone as well, and remember that if you fancy a dessert, Pavlova is Australian through and through! To save a bit of money, why not ask everyone to bring something with them to split the cost?

Decorate Australian-style – why not put up loads of Australian flags around the house to showcase your Aussie love! You could also use other Australian themed decorations such as tablecloths, towels, balloons and posters to turn your home in to an Australian wonderland for the day. The things you need to decorate won’t cost much at all.

See a fireworks display – many cities and towns have fireworks in the evening on Australia Day so grab a blanket, a picnic basket and some snacks, and head out at a reasonable hour to get a good view. If you don’t fancy going out in the evening, you could also watch the fireworks on the television as many are shown on different channels.

Head to a community event – most Australian communities will put on a few public events to celebrate the day. There’s usually festivals, concerts, sports matches and parades – so you’ll have lots to choose from! You could even organise something yourself, for your community, if you haven’t seen anything advertised.

These are just a few ideas of things you can do on the 26th to enjoy and celebrate Australia Day! Whatever you decide to do, we hope you have a great time.