Australia Day is coming up fast, so now is the time to start planning your Australia Day weekend for 2022.
While there are plenty of things to do in Perth, there are also loads of exciting events and activities taking place out in the country as well. If you're looking for something a bit different to do this Australia Day, WA is the place to be.
Here are some great ideas of things to do on Australia Day to get you started.
Take in some Australia Day fireworks
Fireworks are a staple of any Australia Day celebration, but it can get incredibly crowded in Perth city.
To avoid having to deal with masses of people, as well as traffic and parking difficulties, head out to Kalbarri to watch the fireworks display. You'll have a much easier time finding a prime spot and you'll get a fun road trip out of the deal as well. In addition to the fireworks, there will also be plenty of food stalls and a slippery slide, which is perfect for celebrating Australia Day with kids.
Celebrate local Australian heroes
What better way to enjoy Australia Day weekend in 2022 than by supporting some home-grown heroes?
Each year, the city of Geraldton takes the time to recognise local individuals who have been instrumental in giving back to the local community. While others may spend the day drinking way too much beer and getting sunburned, you can watch the Community Citizen of the Year Awards ceremony to see why we should all be so proud to be Australians.
Now that's what Australia Day should really be all about!
Spend Australia Day at the beach
If you're looking for something budget-friendly to do this Australia Day, load everyone up in the car and make your way to Horrocks to hit the beach. While travelling, keep the kids entertained with some fun road trip car games for kids.
You and your kids can enjoy fun in the sand and sun all day long. Be sure to bring along a portable speaker so you can enjoy the Triple J Hottest 100 over the Australia Day weekend while you lounge on the beach. Pack a picnic and some healthy road trip snacks to complete the experience.
In general, it is a good idea to get to the beach as early as possible to snag a spot, as it will likely get busier as the day progresses.
Shop for a good cause
In Jurien Bay, the local Lions Club puts on a fun, exciting market for locals and visitors to enjoy.
The organisation is instrumental in supporting a wide range of local projects that benefit the region, and proceeds from the market support those efforts. While the markets continue on Sundays throughout the year, they'll be pulling out all the stops on Australia Day to ensure everyone has a good time.
Stop by to check out wares from a variety of local vendors, as well as plenty of food stalls to satisfy your appetite.
Plan an Australia Day brunch
Not all Australia Day fun has to go into the wee hours of the morning.
If something earlier in the day is more your speed, make your way to Northcliff for a delicious brunch. Like Geraldton, Northcliff also honours local heroes in its Citizen of the Year awards, and you'll have the chance to watch the ceremony after the brunch is over. The event also includes live entertainment from local performers, including musicians, poets and more, so stick around for the whole day to ensure you don't miss out on any of the fun.
Take your family camping over the Australia Day weekend
If you would prefer to avoid the crowds entirely and celebrate Australia Day 2022 in your own way, try getting out of town for a fun weekend of camping with your family or a group of mates.
You'll find plenty of campsites outside of Perth; Summerstar provides some of the best in the region. Campgrounds can get quite busy during this time of year, so be sure to book your stay well in advance. This way, you'll be guaranteed to get a spot and won't be disappointed when the big weekend comes around.
Enjoy an Australia Day festival at the beach
Each year, Coogee Beach puts on a big festival for Australia Day, and this year is no different.
In addition to the beautiful weather, you'll also get to enjoy free water slides and amusement park rides, as well as a variety of Australia Day games and activities for both kids and adults. There will even be a sausage sizzle but be sure to arrive early before the stock runs out! If you arrive early enough, you can even catch the sandcastle competition.
Later on, take in the watermelon-eating contest, marvelling at how quickly and how much the competitors can eat.
Go somewhere in Western Australia you've never been
Australia Day is about celebrating all things Australia, so spend the day getting to know the local countryside even better.
Take your family out for a fun road trip throughout WA to see some things you've never seen before. Make sure to stop at some of WA’s best roadside attractions you find along the way. It's not about getting to any particular destination but rather having as much fun as possible along the journey. When everyone else is enjoying the festivities in the city, you'll have your pick of fun things to do out in the country with minimal crowds.
Make a weekend of it and stay overnight in each location along the way. Be sure to take some time to chat with the locals to learn more about living out in the country.
Book your Australia Day weekend early
No matter where Australia Day 2022 will take you, there is a Summerstar caravan park nearby to accommodate you and your loved ones for overnight stays. Get in touch with our friendly team today to reserve your stay at one of our many caravan parks and campsites throughout WA.
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