6 Ways To Spend The Australia Day Long Weekend

6 Ways To Spend The Australia Day Long Weekend

We all get excited by a long weekend around here. Especially one in the summer when we have the opportunity to get outdoors, relax with friends and celebrate the beautiful environment we live in.

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. Have a look here.

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. There is over 50 markets stalls, a jumping castle, face painting, local muso’s and lamingtons!!! Yippee – our favourite! The highlight is the Grand Parade - such a fun street parade quite unique to Berrima. See classic cars and vintage tractors, give the emergency services volunteers a wave and clap along with the local bands. Fun for all ages. 


Get your crew and sip some brews

The Highlands Beer and Cider Festival is on 26-27 January at the iconic Bradman Oval. How does kicking back with a group of friends, sipping on a range of delicious craft beers, wines or ciders and hooking into some equally delicious local food and produce sound? Pretty good, we reckon. Bring your picnic rug and chairs, and settle in for the day… this event has cruisy, chilled long weekend vibes written all over it!

Australia Day Highlands Beer Fest

(pic from @edenbrewery)


Get your Crackerjack on at Barefoot Bowls

Who ever says bowls is for those of us a little further along life’s journey hasn’t had a rollicking good time at barefoot bowls. Bowral Bowling Club is hosting a Family Fun Barefoot Bowls Day on January 26. There are prizes for best Aussie themed fancy dress so get your thongs out – no, not THOSE thongs! There’s a raffle, a sausage sizzle and novelty games – plenty to keep the whole family entertained.


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. Have a look a these recipes for the perfect Australia Day spread. You can read the recipes here.


Black Hen Kitchen Australia Day


Glide along the Kangaroo River sipping wine and eating canapes

Wild Food Adventures’ Canoes, Champagne & Canapes experience is for those of us who love getting back to nature but without giving up certain luxuries in life - like delicious wine and gourmet food -  actually, these are essentials in our book! These events have limited spots available so make sure you’re up a creek WITH a paddle and book your spot.


Chase some waterfalls

Now, we know Australia is girt by sea but cooling off at a local swimming hole is a very Highlands way to spend a long weekend. The whole experience is a bit of an adventure and it’s pretty refreshing to swim in natural waters, yes? Check out some of our picks for local swimming spots here.

Or if you prefer the sea air and the sand between your toes when you cool off, click here for some of our favourite beaches down on the coast. Just add ice cream….and sun block. A cossie would probably be a good idea too!




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