Sydney-siders, en masse, love to celebrate Australia Day. It’s always a highlight of the summer, spent with friends and family soaking up the sun and basking in our extra day off.

Whether you like to celebrate on the beach, at a bar or at a gig, it’s all good as long as you do it in close proximity to a sausage sizzle, or at the very least a sausage roll. We count down our list of the best places to spend this year’s Australia Day in Sydney.

By The Beach

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Enjoy the Australia Day long weekend at the newly refurbished Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel where you can engage in beach sports including beach volleyball and a four-metre-by-four-meter water trampoline – not for the faint of heart. Or enter the ‘Every Man and His Dog’ paddleboat ride during the day and then wind up an afternoon of water sports with a traditional Aussie BBQ and spit-roast feast.
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, Military Road Watsons Bay

The Bucket List, Bondi
The Bucket List Bondi will start its Australia-Day festivities from 11am on the big day, serving specials including BBQ prawns, lamb plates with T-bone sausages and the classic pavlova with passionfruit cream and fresh mango. In perfect Aussie fashion, order a XXXX Gold brew and receive a complimentary stubby holder. You can’t get much more Australian than that. No bookings required.
The Bucket List Bondi, Bondi Pavillion/Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach


The Inner West

Adriano Zumbo
In the true spirit of Australia Day, Adriano Zumbo is transforming two of his patisseries into classic Australian bakeries aptly dubbed Fluffy’s Aussie Bakery for 10 days leading up to Australia Day. Classic Aussie treats will be available from the ubiquitous pavlova to finger buns and lamingtons. (Friday, January 17 – Sunday, January 26, 2014).
Adriano Zumbo Patissier Rozelle, 114 Terry Street Rozelle

The Bank Hotel
This is another one for the inner westerners, The Bank Hotel in Newtown is transforming its beer garden into a beach, covering the courtyard’s paved floor with sand ready for beach volleyball and a thong-throwing contest complete with lifeguards to watch over partygoers. You can grab a good feed at the bar with a choice between a sausage sizzle and lamb rolls. Then sit back and enjoy with a brew of your choice.
The Bank Hotel 324 King Street, Newtown NSW

The Welcome Hotel
If you love to engage in a bit of amped-up, cheesy Australian fun, then the Welcome Hotel’s Aussie Day activities will be right up your alley, also putting on a classic Australian BBQ with a twist; three different gourmet sausages to choose from. The wow-moment of Welcome Hotel’s festivities will be its all-in rubber thong-throwing contest.
The Welcome Hotel 91 Evans Street, Rozelle

The Newtown Hotel
To beat the heat, head to The Newtown Hotel, which will be hosting a pool party complete with super soakers. Be entertained by the Purple Sneakers DJs as well as Triple J’s countdown of the hottest 100 songs of 2013. Grab a glass of one of the 15 different ciders available and have yourself a true Newtown-style Australia Day.
The Newtown Hotel 174 King Street, Newtown


CBD and Surrounding Areas

George Street, The CBD
The south end of the street connecting the whole of the CBD will be shut down and turned into the Easy George Relaxation Zone on Australia Day. Sit down with a group mates and have yourself a picnic on Sydney’s main thoroughfare. The street will turn into the perfect place for a dance too, with sound experiences for the whole family.
George Street, Sydney

The Australian Heritage Hotel
The Australian Heritage Hotel will of course be the place to celebrate all things traditionally Aussie on the big day with a special selection of 130 Aussie beers and an exciting twist on their famous pizzas. Why not try a Coat of Arms Pizza to celebrate the day?
The Australian Heritage Hotel 100 Cumberland Street, The Rocks

Cloud Control At The Rocks Australia Day
The Rocks is gearing up for a big Australia Day devoted to showing off local music talent. Featuring artists such as Sketch The Ryhme, Emma Donovan and The Putbacks, the event also boasts folk/pop foursome Cloud Control as headliners. It kicks off at 12 noon and wraps up at about 6pm, just in time to grab dinner and a drink at one of The Rocks’ many restaurants and bars.
The Rocks, Sydney

Merivale Venues
Merivale venues the Beresford Hotel and El Loco at the Excelsior will be putting on its own party on January 26 and 27. Dance Australia Day away at the Beresford on Sunday night for its regular gay night Beresford Sundays and then relax the day after and catch an outdoor cinema screening at the venue.

At El Loco, expect to see an Aussie take on Mexican cuisine with the venue serving up kangaroo-meat tacos and mini lamb hotdogs along with $25 buckets of Corona all day Australia day. (January 26 and 27, 2014)
The Beresford Hotel, 354 Bourke Street Surry Hills
El Loco Excelsior Hotel, 64 Foveaux Street Surry Hills