If you’re hosting an Australia Day party but are worried you’ll forget something, don’t get your budgie-smugglers in a knot!

We’ve created a fair dinkum checklist for all your last minute purchases and preparation ideas before the shops are closed and people are over!

Whilst there is no wrong way to celebrate January 26, here are our Top 10 Australia Day Essentials guaranteed to give your guests a true blue Aussie celebration to remember.

1. A Backyard Barbecue

A backyard barbecue is the perfect way to enjoy great Australian snags, prawns, lamb and other favourites. Here is our barbecue preparation checklist:

  • Clean the barbecue the night before so you can get straight into cooking on the day
  • Check the gas bottle to ensure you have enough
  • Aluminium meat trays for cooking and serving
  • Cooking spray
  • Tongs

2. Australian Grub

Take the hassle out of planning your menu with our favourite Australia Day food you can add to your shopping list:

  • Mini sausage rolls and meat pies
  • Fresh prawns and seafood dip
  • Australian barbecue meats – snags, lamb, chicken kebabs
  • Bread and onions (for snags on bread)
  • Tomato and barbecue sauce
  • Australian cheese platter
  • Potato salads and salads
  • Lamingtons
  • Vegemite scrolls
  • Mini Pavlovas

3. Drinks, drinks, drinks!

Drinks and BYO
Drinks are a must! A great way to keep things simple and affordable is to ask guests to bring their own drinks (BYO). Also, organising a jug or punch bowl of something delicious and boozy will never go astray around Australia Day.

4. Esky and ice

A couple of eskies and ice are absolute essentials for a hot Australia Day. Keep your drinks cool and guests hydrated by organising eskies and ice for easy access on the day. It’s a good idea to try and arrange a guest to bring over a couple of bags of ice they can pick up on the way over. Fill up any ice cube trays in the freezer as well for back up.

5. Sun protection

Protection from the sun and its’ pesky UV rays is essential for all guests, especially if you will be spending the majority of the day outside. Here’s our checklist for sun protection and outdoor wear essentials:

  • Hat
  • Sunscreen SPF 30+
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Thongs
  • Beach towel
  • Loose fitting, cool clothing

6. Backyard cricket

A great Australia Day tradition is to have a few games of backyard cricket. Depending on the size of your yard, backyard cricket can be a fun activity for everyone to get involved in, even if some people haven’t played before.

If you’ve got a cricket set at home already, great! If not, grab a cheap plastic cricket set from your local department store, or improvise and use large sticks for stumps, a tennis ball and a bat.

7. Slip n slide

slip n slide
No pool? No worries! Create a slip in slide for some water fun in your backyard. Or, grab a cheap blow up pool and position an esky close by for easy access to drinks whilst you cool off.

But if you do have a pool, you’re guests will love you. Nothing beats a dip in the pool or at the beach on a hot Australia Day.

8. Decorations and costumes

Australia Day decorations
Celebrate loud and proud by organising some simple Australia Day decorations or themed costumes. Don’t be afraid ask your guests to dress up as well for the ultimate festive feel. Some decoration ideas are listed below:

  • Australian Flag
  • Bunting flags
  • Serviettes
  • Cups & plates
  • Novelty sunnies
  • Blow up pool toys

9. Cheer on the sport!

Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi Oi Oi! Australians are known for their love of sport, so what better way to celebrate Australia Day than to cool off from being out in the sun and watch some sports on the telly. The following sports are being aired on Australia Day:

Cricket – 5th ODI series

Australia vs Pakistan, 1:20pm (AEST)

Tennis – Australian Open

Semi Final – C. Vandeweghe vs V. Williams, 10.30am (AWST)
Semi Final – R. Federer vs S. Wawrinka, 4.30pm (AWST)

Soccer – A League

Melbourne Victory vs Sydney, 6.50pm, (AEDT)

10. Triple J’s Hottest 100

And finally, it ain’t an Australia Day party without listening and singing along to Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown as the sun sets. Organising music speakers the night before is a good idea so you have time to charge battery powered portable speakers overnight.

Enjoy your celebrations!