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Your Straya Day Foodie Guide

BBQs, Buffets & Booze!

Your Straya Day Foodie Guide

Do we even really need an excuse to eat way too much food and crack open a cold one? Not really, but we've got one anyway - Australia Day is this weekend! A lot of us will be spending Australia Day down at the beach, but if you want to enjoy the day without having to cook, clean and organise everything (um, who wouldn't?), we've found five of the best Australia Day parties to help you party all evening long! Get hoppy!

The Broadbeach | Broadbeach

There's nothing more Aussie than spending the afternoon at a bar with some steak and a couple of beers, and there's no better place to do so than the newly renovated Broadbeach Tavern! Re-opened last month with a stunning new interior and an even better menu, The Broadbeach is pulling out all of the stops for Australia Day, with plenty of exclusive dishes, cocktails and live music to keep the celebrations going all day long. Enjoy classic Australian Lamb Cutlets with Roasted Honey Pumpkin Puree and Red Wine Jus or a Garlic Prawn Pizza for $30 and $25, then round it all off with a beer or a unique Pavlova Cocktail perfect for the Australian Summer! Right across the road from Main Beach, you can also easily come in before or after a morning at the beach... We'll see you there!

The Bavarian | Various Locations

So maybe a German restaurant isn't the first place that comes to mind when we're looking for an Australia Day lunch space - but don't discount The Bavarian just yet. Starting the Australia Day long weekend on the 25th, everyone's favourite German restaurant will be kicking off the long weekend with plenty of beer and wings to go around, hosting $5 Happy Hour from 4-6pm combined with $1 wings for the perfect end to a long working week. Continuing the celebrations on into the weekend, The Bavarian is also whipping up an exclusive Aussie Day Loaded Schnitzel, smothered in authentic Aussie toppings including Beetroot, Pineapple, Bacon, Egg and Cheese! Want to get in on the action? Make sure you book before tables run out!

NightQuarter | Helensvale

Unless you've been living under a rock, I'm sure that you've heard the news that NightQuarter is closing down. Finishing off with a bang on February 1st, NightQuarter has just a few fabulous nights left - One of which is their ultimate Australia Day party on January 26th! One of their final nights, NightQuarter is pulling out all the stops, throwing a truly authentic Aussie Day celebration to celebrate all of the things we love about our country. Opening at 4pm, enjoy an evening of classic Aussie food and fun, with plenty of sangers and steaks to go around and plenty more competitions to satisfy the competitive soul in all of us. Compete in cockroach races, thong throwing, dunny roll throwing and a classic eating contest, then settle down for an evening of good Aussie food and everyone's favourite Aussie hits from the Backyard! If you needed another excuse to get down to NightQuarter this month, we've got you covered!

The Star | Broadbeach

What's better than one Australia Day party? Three! And what's even better than three - A whole week of celebrations! Celebrating Australia Day for the rest of the month, bars and restaurants in The Star are coming together to create a truly spectacular Australia Day, with live music, craft cocktails and an Aussie Day buffet that might leave you in a food coma until February. If you're feeling like a relaxed afternoon of celebrations, enjoy an afternoon of food, drinks and live music on the lawn, but if you're looking for a serious feed, look no further than Kiyomi or the newly-opened Harvest Buffet. Offering two Australia Day cocktails at Kiyomi and an incredible selection of Australian food at Harvest Buffet, you won't be short on choices this weekend - The only question is, where will you go first?

The Island Rooftop | Surfers Paradise

The Island is pretty iconic for throwing epic parties at every opportunity, so there was no surprise when they announced that they'd be throwing an Australia Day party too! Kicking off the party at midday on Saturday, The Island's Rooftop Bar will be transformed into a party hub, with live music, all-day eats and plenty of everyone's favourite Aperol Spritz to go around! Split between the Rooftop Bar and the Poolside deck, spend the afternoon sipping cocktails with your gal pals by the pool, then once the sun goes down head on up to the Rootop Bar to continue partying all night long! Oh, and did we mention that it's free all day? Um, #YESPLEASE!

About the Author

Aimee Higgins

Aimee Higgins

I'm a creative at heart - I love reading, I love writing and I love my social media! I spend the majority of my time sipping coffee and finding the next best cafe, but when I get a second off chances are I'll be brunching at my local or running off to whatever event is on that night! During Summer you can find me sipping coffee and tanning down by Burleigh Beach, and in Winter I'll be skiing the slopes of Perisher or buried under a mountain of blankets with chocolate and a good book.