Where to go for an Aussie Day BBQ
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-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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
Crossing Pool in Millstream-Chichester National Park.
Federation Park in Exmouth.
Joseph Dunstan, Loiuse Allingham
and Ryan Powles ready to barbecue for Australia Day at the
The Vic Hayton Memorial Swimming Pool.