Observed as a public holiday in all states and territories around the nation, Australia Day is a day of epic celebration and national pride. And if you’re a true blue Aussie and travelling the globe, the travel experts at Cheapflights.com.au know you will still be looking for somewhere to party.
For those planning to be overseas on 26 January 2016, here are five awesome places to celebrate with style.
1. New York: Boasting 3,000 members (including Hugh Jackman), the New York Australian Community throws an annual celebration in the Stone Street Historic District of New York, where cobblestones line the streets and five-storey high buildings are dwarfed by the surrounding skyscrapers.
Enjoy $5 Coopers Ale on tap at Beckett’s or The Dubliner pub, with both venues offering lots of space so everyone can join in the celebrations. For those looking for a quieter, more relaxed experience, Beckett’s wine bar also offers live Aussie music in the upstairs lounge and a bar menu featuring a burger with ‘the lot’ plus the Chef’s own meat pies.
2. London: Around 400,000 Australians live in England and the country’s capital is one of the biggest expat hubs in the world. There are many events and places to celebrate but Belushi’s in London Bridge is renowned as the number one bar for Aussies. From Bundy Rum and a premium ‘Aussie Works’ burger, to freebies and Triple J’s hottest 100 countdown, this is a true Straya Day frolic.
3. Tokyo: Join the Australia Society for the annual Australia Day black tie ball at the Conrad Hotel. Make an entrance to live jazz music, enjoy a delicious four course meal complemented with a fine selection of Australian wines from Jeroboam, and dance the night away as popular Tokyo band Brad and The Hitmen take the stage.
4. Shanghai: Craving a good old fashioned Australian BBQ? Spend your Australia Day at Kakadu, a modern casual Australian restaurant with a small but plush lounge and a menu scattered with ‘bush spices’ and game meats like crocodile and kangaroo. You can also enjoy a range of steaks while listening to your favourite Australian hits. They fire up the grill around 12pm and the party carries on well in to the night.
5. Whistler: Ever seen a kangaroo swoosh down a ski slope? This is a spectacle observed every January 26 in one of Canada’s most popular ski resort towns. Known as a ‘mini-Australia’, thousands of young Aussies flock to work on the mountains every year, and as January brings some of the best snow to the slopes, many visitors choose to celebrate Australia Day with a ski or board run, donning their favourite Aussie fancy dress.
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