Time to get wet, down a few beers, enjoy the sunshine and sing along to all your favourite Aussie tunes. Where do we recommend you celebrate the spirit of the land of the forever smiles? Read on for our top picks.
The annual barbecue at Peppers Seminyak has become an institution for many local and visiting Australians as they play out a soundtrack of Triple J’s hottest 100 songs countdown. The party centres around their fabulous pool with live cricket coverage beaming through, beers, bubbles and some great Australian specials on the menu. We pigged out on the sausage rolls and pies last year and we’re heading back for more, while the barbie will be catching a snag or two. January 26 is the date, from midday to sundown, when the action moves to The Laneway and their cheeky cocktail bar.
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Cocoon Beach Club
Cocoon loves a day by the pool with the pool deck taking pride of place as party central. Australia Day is certain to be action-packed as the team of Aussies behind this venue will celebrate all our favourite homespun traditions. The party kicks off at 1pm and entertainment comes from an international line-up of DJs as well as a live show from the ultimate Australian showgirl, Eva Scolaro.
Also on the menu is a gourmet a la carte BBQ alongside the usual tapas and grazing menus, perfect poolside fare. Happy hour kicks in from 4 till 7pm with 2 for 1 cocktails and loads of fun in the sun. Entry is free but get in early if you want to book a daybed or cabana. Trade up to the VIP package to get the party started.
Plumbers Arms, Echo Beach, Scallywags Gili T and Gili Air
What goes down a treat with the coldest beer in town at our fave local pub? Why a barbie of course. The Plumbers Arms is turning up the volume on all things Australian, and there might be a dodgy pom to share a laugh with. Savour the flavour of their old fashioned Aussie BBQ with snags, steaks, burgers alongside some lite options for their dietary-wise clients. Expect a healthy soundtrack of favourites from their resident DJ Ary, who will be otherwise disposed at Echo Beach. Echo Beach’s champion DJ will be spinning the hits as the seafood and steaks hit the grill at this Canggu insitution. Watch the surfing live at no extra cost. Don’t miss out on the parties at Scallywags, Gili T and Gili Air if you’re over Lombok way where the barbie is king and the beach is bloody beautiful.
Finns Beach Club
Ooh, did someone say cricket? If you like playing as much as watching, Finns will be hosting a game on the beautifully manicured lawn. Those not inclined can laze by the pool, enjoy a splendid Aussie-inspired barbecue and sing along with the true-blue DJ. There’s no doubt this will be a popular choice for The 26th of January. If it all gets too much, Body Temple Spa is on hand for the perfect chill out session. It’s Australia Day and Finns Beach Club will celebrate it with you! Party starts at midday. Free entry with minimum spend.
Sundays Beach Club
What could be more Australian than a day at the beach? Slap on some zinc and get into the groove at Sundays Beach Club, your ticket to paradise. Music supplied by Triple J with their annual countdown of the hottest 100 true blue hits. A dedicated burger shack will be turning out some all time favourites, beetroot anyone? There’s seafood by the basket on the menu and a whole lamb roasted over the coals; ooh lamb sangers! They’ve got wine and bubbles promos, some cheeky Aussie cocktails and buckets of beer.
Make a day of it. Adults at Rp300,000 (150,000 food and beverage credit), kids Rp50,000 each.
Pavlova, barbecue, free-flow beer – Alila is throwing on a list of favourites in this popular street market overlooking the ocean at their Beach Bar. A dedicated soundtrack will feature all your favourites! Celebrate this special day by the pool accompanied by a breathtaking ocean view. Free entry, Rp250,000 for free flow beer and 55k per plate for barbecue items. Alila offers a wonderful laid back way to spend a day beside the sea and celebrate the land down under.