6 Ways To Spend The Australia Day Long Weekend

6 Ways To Spend The Australia Day Long Weekend

What a hectic start to the 2020! We all get excited by a long weekend, that's for sure. And now more than ever, we're feeling the need to connect with our community and take some time to actually relax. 

So what to do? What to do? If there’s one thing the Highlands is NOT short of, it’s things to do. It doesn’t matter if you are adventurous, keen to kickback and relax or happy to hang out with the fam bam, there’s always plenty on. Have a look at this list of events on this Australia Day weekend around the towns.

And here’s some of our picks for what to do this long weekend.


Family fun at Berrima

Berrima comes to life as Highlanders celebrate Australia Day. Fun for all ages, there is plenty of market stalls, a petting zoo, face painting and lots of fun rides for the kids, and stacks to eat – we may have eaten our weight in lamingtons last year – oops! It’s a bit of a bummer that the Grand Parade isn’t happening this year but totally understandable considering the current climate. But the awesome news is the entertainment is bigger and better than ever. 

Let’s start with the amazing talents of the Wingecarribee Vocal Muster – these local singers and performers are crazy talented and will be sharing the entertainment line-up with the Bundy Uke Orchestra, The Amazing Wolloomoolosers – they know how to party, people! -  the Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood Experience with Zoe Carides, John Martin and Richard Lane, Melissa Hopkins and Berrima’s very own Bob Rogers! 

And in even more good news, there will be an opportunity to donate to the RFS and all the monies raised on Australia Day will go towards purchasing vital equipment for our local RFS units – sooooo good. More info about Australia Day at Berrima here

Australia Day celebrations Berrima


Classic Aussie tunes at Joadja Estate

Joadja Estate’s Music in the Vines is back - we love this long weekend tradition! Gather up a fun group and hang out on Australia Day at this fab local winery and vineyard. There’s delicious wine (of course!), wood fired pizzas, antipasto platters and awesome live music. Scissors Paper Rock is a super energetic band that don’t mind an Aussie classic cover or two or three! And they rock out awesome mashups, medleys and crowd favourites. We see some Farnesy in our future! Such a fun way to spend the Sunday arvo of a long weekend. 


Joadja Estate Southern Highlands


Give back and say thank you at FireAid 2020 

This is going to be one very special concert! Put together by John and Zoe Waters, FireAid 2020 will be raising funds for those that have been deeply affected by the bushfires, and our firefighting legends and their families. 

Hosted by Julia Zamiro, this is one awesome bill! Daryl Braithwaite, John Paul Young, Leo Sayer, John Waters, Megan Washington, Jack Jones, Justine Clarke, Margaret Urlich, Screaming Eagle, Stewart D’arrietta, Nyssa & Alex, Elle May, Ruby Tuesdays, Ella’s Holiday, Angus Murray and more…..Pha-yewwwww! 

Buy your tickets online here


FireAid 2020 Southern Highlands


Invite your mates over for a BBQ

Having your friends over for an Australia Day barbie is a fabulous way to celebrate the day. If you're looking for something delicious to go with the snag that you'll be throwing on the BBQ, you'll love these recipes from Black Hen Kitchen in Exeter. And here's some BBQ Tips & Tricks we put together too - cool tips from local foodies, chefs and butchers on how to make the most of your barbie and your menu (we like it low and slow!). 


Black Hen Kitchen Australia Day

Pool Party at The Bundanoon Hotel

We love a good pool party! And Bundy Pub’s pool parties are becoming quite legendary. Kick back in the garden, listen to awesome Aussie hits playing all arvo, a jumping castle (and the pool) to keep the kids busy, and yum food from the BBQ or the pub’s awesome menu. After a hairy few weeks in Bundy, everyone is ready to let their hair down so it’s going to be a corker! 

And if you fancy goin' eastside, Burrawang Village Hotel has a crackin' afternoon planned with jugs of Young Henry's, sack races and cricket in the garden. And Robbo Pub have got an arvo of live music, pie eating and if you fancy getting competitive, you can take part in the Keg Toss - hilarious! Love it. 

Bundanoon Hotel Australia Day


Long weekend event inspo

Head to The Mill in Bowral - they're open all long weekend! Grab an ice cream, some delicious pho and cheese to keep tummies happy. You can also pop in to the gorgeous stores there - fashion, beauty, lots to choose from.  And there’s lot more happening across the towns and villages of the Southern Highlands. This weekend is such a great opportunity to get out and about, support local events and businesses! Click here for a list of events happening on the long weekend in our beautiful region. 

Australia Day Southern Highlands




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