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Where to go for an Aussie Day BBQ

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While there are many sched­uled events to take part in around the re­gion, there are also many lo­ca­tions that make for the per­fect set­ting on the na­tional hol­i­day, with res­i­dents truly spoilt for choice.

MILL­STREAM

Mill­stream-Chich­ester Na­tional Park:

Ngur­rangga Tours leader Clin­ton Walker said for a scenic nat­u­ral spot that took a great drive to get there, Mill­stream-Chich­ester Na­tional Park in the Shire of Ash­bur­ton was a top con­tender.

“It is an oa­sis in the desert ba­si­cally,” he said.

“It’s got palm trees, lots and lots of wa­ter, and it’s very green.

“A lot of the bar­be­cues are ei­ther near the river or next to the old homestead and there are some nice bench ta­bles out there un­der the shady trees.”

The pub­lic bar­be­cue fa­cil­i­ties were re­cently up­graded and there are now an­other three — great news in case of an in­flux of fel­low bar­be­cue en­thu­si­asts.

KAR­RATHA

Kar­ratha Leisure­plex:

The Leisure­plex is a good bar­be­cue choice for Kar­ratha res­i­dents af­ter a lively Aus­tralia Day, with plenty of fa­cil­i­ties.

This hol­i­day it will of­fer live mu­sic, a bak­ery and a juice bar as well as a com­mu­nity bar­be­cue, and pool en­try will be free.

POINT SAMSON

Point Samson Fore­shore:

For a qui­eter coastal lo­cale for a bar­be­cue, it’s dif­fi­cult to go past the shores of the small town of Point Samson.

Roe­bourne Vis­i­tor Cen­tre as­sis­tant man­ager Yo­hanna Kelly said the Point Samson fore­shore was an idyl­lic spot for a re­lax­ing fam­ily bar­be­cue.

She said nearby Sam’s Creek was also a good spot for fish­ing and bird­watch­ing, and vis­i­tors should make sure not to miss out on the town’s fa­mous fish and chips.

TOM PRICE

Vic Hay­ton Me­mo­rial Swim­ming Pool:

The Vic Hay­ton Me­mo­rial Swim­ming Pool has been called one of the best pools in the Pil­bara and this Aus­tralia Day, it will host the main Tom Price Aus­tralia Day com­mu­nity event.

There will be a bar­be­cue break­fast be­fore a cel­e­bra­tion with the works, from a gi­ant thong race to a best­dressed Aussie com­pe­ti­tion.

Other good bar­be­cue spots in the Shire for the na­tional day are Moun­tain View Sport­ing Club, which is host­ing a fun day on Sun­day, Jan­uary 24, and shady King’s Lake, both in Tom Price.

PORT HED­LAND

Pretty Pool:

Cap­ture the essence of Aus­tralia Day with a bar­be­cue down at Pretty Pool.

The visu­ally pleas­ing area will have you re­lax­ing by the wa­ter watch­ing the tides roll in, ac­cord­ing to Town of Port Hed­land chief ex­ec­u­tive Mal Os­borne.

“All three parks in Hed­land will of­fer a fun-filled day with the fam­ily,” he said.

“It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber it is a day where we come to­gether as a na­tion and cel­e­brate what’s great about Aus­tralia and be­ing an Aus­tralian.”

Mar­quee Park:

Mar­quee Park also has a lot to of­fer fam­i­lies on Aus­tralia Day.

Si­t­u­ated in the lo­cal South Hed­land neigh­bour­hood, the park is free to en­ter and of­fers pa­trons a recre­ational space with a num­ber of pic­nic and bar­be­cue ar­eas avail­able for hire, a wa­ter play­ground with in­ter­ac­tive wa­ter-play equip­ment, and a dry play­ground.

Ceme­tery Beach:

Ceme­tery Beach Park is a great place to take the chil­dren on Aus­tralia Day, Mr Os­borne says.

The ac­ces­si­ble play­ground equip­ment, board­walk and binoc­u­lars to view the pass­ing ships will have ev­ery­one at the park shar­ing the Aus­tralia Day spirit.

MAR­BLE BAR

Aquatic Cen­tre:

In ar­guably the hottest town in the coun­try, Mar­ble Bar Aquatic Cen­tre is the nerve cen­tre of any com­mu­nity get to­gether.

With a free sausage siz­zle and a cool swim, it is just a fab­u­lous place to gather to cel­e­brate what’s great as well as to cel­e­brate, through the Premier’s Ac­tive Cit­i­zen­ship Awards, the peo­ple who make the re­gion great.

NEW­MAN

Aquatic Cen­tre:

With free en­try into the New­man Aquatic Cen­tre and so much go­ing on, why wouldn’t you want to be with fam­ily and friends at the coolest place in town, en­joy­ing ev­ery­thing from a re­fresh­ing dip to a com­pet­i­tive game of beach vol­ley­ball?

With ta­ble ten­nis, gi­ant in­flat­a­bles,

the tra­di­tional Aussie sausage siz­zle and great Aussie mu­sic, there will be no choice other than New­man Aquatic Cen­tre on Aus­tralia day, ac­cord­ing to Shire of East Pil­bara chief ex­ec­u­tive Allen Cooper.

EX­MOUTH

Fed­er­a­tion Park:

Ex­mouth Vis­i­tor Cen­tre of­fi­cer Jas­mine Mur­phy says Fed­er­a­tion Park is a lush green space in the heart of the town that of­fers plenty of room for out­door ac­tiv­i­ties.

“It makes for one of the best bar­be­cue ar­eas in Ex­mouth,” she said.

“There are plenty of shady grassed ar­eas to re­lax and set up your Aus­tralia Day feast and the huge grassed ar­eas are great for the cricket-crazed fa­nat­ics to have a game and bat­tle it out for brag­ging rights.”

Chil­dren can also play in the ocean­themed play­ground and cool off in a wa­ter spray area, and baby emus pay reg­u­lar vis­its.

On Aus­tralia Day, the Pal­tridge Me­mo­rial Pool next door will of­fer fun ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing an in­flat­a­bles play area and wa­ter games.

Pic­ture: Stephen Scour­field

Cross­ing Pool in Mill­stream-Chich­ester Na­tional Park.

Pic­ture: Sascha Unger/ Ex­mouth Vis­i­tors Cen­tre

Fed­er­a­tion Park in Ex­mouth.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Joseph Dun­stan, Loiuse Alling­ham

and Ryan Powles ready to bar­be­cue for Aus­tralia Day at the

Kar­ratha Leisure­plex.

Pic­ture: Shire of Ash­bur­ton

The Vic Hay­ton Me­mo­rial Swim­ming Pool.

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