If you’re an Australian living in the UK, you would already be familiar with what Australia Day is all about. But for those of you who don’t know, Australia Day is a national day of celebration to celebrate Australia’s diverse society and its rich history. Many Australians choose the UK as second home which means a large population in the UK will want to celebrate Australia Day. To ensure you don’t miss out on all the fun, we have put together a few essential Australia Day traditions to make sure you celebrate in true Aussie style. . 

Enjoy a BBQ

This is one of the most traditional ways to celebrate Australia day. The checklist for hosting a perfect Australia Day BBQ is to make sure you have a barbeque, plenty of food and drinks (ideally sausages or lamb to keep within the Tru Blu theme), chairs, tables and of course your friends and family. There is nothing more Aussie than having a relaxed BBQ in your backyard with great company.

aussie bbq

Wear Australian gear

This is the one day where it is socially acceptable to wear the green and gold or wrap yourself in the Australian flag. It is traditional to wear anything with the Australian flag on it, ranging from temporary tattoos, t-shirts, novelty sunglasses or flip flops (or as the Aussies call them - thongs). 

Eat Australian Food

Eating traditional food is a must on Australia Day. From vegemite sandwiches, meat pies and roast lamb to Pavlova and Tim Tams - a vast variety is in order to have a real Aussie feast. Some of these items may be a little hard to track down but if you start planning early there are a few online stores you can order these foods from.  

beers and sunset

Throw a street party

Do you have some Australian friends with you in the UK? Maybe your neighbourhood is keen to celebrate in true Aussie style. Neighbourhood street parties symbolise all that is Australian- coming together with family and friends or your local community and having a good time. Everyone will bring a plate to share and you will celebrate Australia day well into the night. Not to mention a game of backyard cricket may also be on the agenda.

aussie picnic

Triple J Hottest 100

Most Aussies will have their radios tuned to Triple J for their annual Australia Day countdown called the Hottest 100. This counts down the top 100 songs from the previous year voted by the public. Luckily for those overseas, the countdown can be streamed live online.

Even though you’ll be on the other side of the globe, by following just one or two traditions you will be celebrating like a Tru Blu Aussie on this special day.