Whether you’re looking for somewhere to hang on the 27th while you countdown the Hottest 100, a place to reflect and acknowledge Survival Day, or somewhere to kick back by the beach and sink a few beers or cocktails, this is your guide to the January long weekend.
THE MOSELEY BEACH CLUB
During the heat of the day, sprawl across a shaded cabana with a tequila-filled pineapple in hand between dips in the sea. Attentive table service means you can order fresh oysters, melt-in-your mouth crispy squid or a beach burger without lifting your head from your pillow.
Come night, sip on a Malibu-filled coconut, or perhaps a Moët & Chandon cocktail, as you listen to the mellow acoustics of a local musician. Head up to The Moseley Bar & Kitchen later on in the night, after you’ve sunk a few Watermelon Paradiso cocktails and need a dancefloor moment.
After the beach vibes, but not so much the sand invading your clothes, bag, body and car for the next eight years? Relax on the colourful deck at beach bar SeaSalt; enjoying local, ethical seafood as you overlook Henley.
Sip on a Gin Colada or throw back an Aussie craft beer in this comfortable, Insta-worthy spot – or take away some FairFish sourced seafood, for a sustainable spin on fish and chips on the sand.
Head up to the hills for wine, produce and the arts, over this year’s CRUSH Festival. Visit Karramatta Wines for Prawns on the Lawn, or Tomich Wines to enjoy Adelaide Fringe installations, acrobats and entertainment, while you sip.
The heroes of Howard’s Vineyard are marrying rosé and dumplings to create a literal heaven up in Nairne, to be enjoyed alongside live sets from Dusty Lee on the 26th, and Sam Brittan on the 27th.
AUSTRALIA DAY IN THE CITY
Head to Elder Park at 6pm for a parade, multicultural food and beverages, and fireworks. Sit back and watch the sun set over the Torrens and Festival Centre while listening to The Sundance Kids. Then after you’ve danced the sun down… haha… celebrate Australia with iconic duo - The Veronicas, who we can only pray will bless us with anthems ‘4Ever’ and ‘Untouched’.
Australia Day in The City is the perfect way to wind down after a big day out, or set the mood for the night ahead.
Plus, if you’re looking for some environmentally-conscious fun, the event aims to be zero waste!
SURVIVAL DAY AT SEMAPHORE
While many of us commonly spend the January long weekend celebrating with beers and the past year’s beats; more and more of us are recognising the need to reflect on the history of this day, and it’s effects which still resound through our nation.
Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute is hosting a day to acknowledge the past and celebrate resilience, at Semaphore Foreshore, on January 26th. Enjoy the free entertainment by South Aussie performers, and learn more about the meaning behind the day through free workshops.