Who doesn't love an extra day of relaxation and me-time? It might be why we adore our public holidays so much! To share our love for that coveted extra day off work, we've crafted the ultimate guide to maximize your long weekend. So whether you are after a favourite sneaky paint and sip session, a killer cocktail before seeing a show, or in search of a bit of family fun, we’ve got you sorted.
1. Paint Your Own Star Sign
Unleash your imagination and connect with the stars in the 'Paint Your Own Star Sign' session at Cork & Chroma! This astrological painting session is tailored to your personal star sign.
Begin with a mini quiz to get your creative juices flowing, then use a sketching guide to pencil your star sign on canvas. Once satisfied with your design, pick out your colours to bring your masterpiece to life. Don’t fret if your artistic skills are limited because you'll be guided by an experienced artist along the creative journey.
Don't forget to bring some nibbles and drinks from your fave Little Stanley Street restaurants. Our pick is a grazing box full of gourmet cheese and charcuterie from Church Mouse Cheese. Grab your tickets for $69pp here.
2.Fairy Tales and Riverfront Dining at Popolo
Step into the charming world of once upon a time at GOMA’s Fairy Tales exhibit. Expect to see well-known visual motifs of woods and trees, mirrors and blood, impossible shoes and clothing for royalty, castles and coaches, and at least one pumpkin.
Pair this with a luxe waterfront lunch at Popolo after the exhibit Indulge in mouth-watering seafood dishes that pair perfectly with a spritz or two! Our top pick is the pan-fried swordfish with leafy escarole and zesty salmoriglio dressing. Pair this with the Nettare Dorato cocktail that features Toki Japanese whisky, English breakfast tea, honey, cloudy apple, and lemon juice.
3. Sunday Social
There's no better way to relax into your long weekend than setting up for an epic picnic at Sunday Social on the Green, all while listening to the smooth tunes of the Birdman Randy trio. If you want to make it a bit more indulgent, get yourself a luxe picnic hamper from one of the retailers at River Quay here. Trust us, it's the perfect addition to listening to some relaxing music!
4. A Killer Cocktail Before The Show
Get a ticket to the show everyone has been raving about, Chicago! Before you experience the musical masterpiece head to Ahmets to indulge in the Turkish spritz. Made with the delicious flavour combo of Chambord, pomegranate juice, a dash of rose water, Dunes and Green, sparkling wine, a dash of soda water, and a rose petal rim with fairy floss (delish!).
5. Great Australian Bites
Riverside Green will transform into a lively hub of family fun. Think pop-up stalls with delectable delights from renowned local restaurants, a jam-packed live stage program showcasing local home-grown talent, cooking demonstrations, silent disco, interactive kids' activities, sensory zones, and a dynamic program of relaxed family-friendly activities to keep everyone entertained!
Oh, and did we mention Celebrity Chef Matt Golinski will be making a special appearance, providing cooking demonstrations and dishing out tasty treats.
6. Australia Day From The Smoker
The Charming Squire are turning the smokers back on for a good old public holiday barbeque! Get ready to enjoy the ultimate smoker platter. We're talking a mouth-watering line up of chicken wings, corn cobs, coleslaw, smoked sausage, beef brisket, and two half pints of any tap beer for you and a mate to enjoy for $55. If you're after something a little smaller, dig into your choice of bbq chicken wings, smoked hotdogs with onion, tomato salsa, grated cheese and secret sauce, or corn cobs with chipotle butter and parmesan (yum!). Reserve your spot here.