Op­tions ga­lore on Aussie Day

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL. -

IT’S al­most time to don the thongs and Aus­tralian flag-themed board­ies – Aus­tralia Day is just around the bend.

With Aus­tralia renowned for its love of sun and sand, what bet­ter place to cel­e­brate our na­tion than in the Whit­sun­days?

The re­gion won’t dis­ap­point ei­ther, with a wide range of op­tions on of­fer.

Boom Night­club is get­ting in on the ac­tion early, tak­ing ad­van­tage of the Aus­tralia Day hol­i­day with Aus­tralia Day Eve cel­e­bra­tions.

With a stel­lar DJ line-up in­clud­ing Dirty Tre­ble, Byn­ded, Dee­jay Micko, Benny Raw and Elkay and free cheese­burg­ers from 3–4am, there’s plenty to love about an early start to the fes­tiv­i­ties.

Not to be out­done, Phoenix is kick­ing it up a notch with two big days.

Mon­day will see a mul­ti­tude of crocodile hun­ters for the Steve Ir­win Theme Party.

Back­ing it up is the Beach Bums Party, cel­e­brat­ing all things Aussie with biki­nis and thongs.

Down Un­der Bar and Grill is tak­ing things to a whole new level with five big days.

Things kick off with Stolen Fri­day, build to Snap­back Satur­day, slow down again with Pool­side Ses­sions on Sun­day, get their se­cond wind with ladies’ night on Mon­day and cul­mi­nate with a bang come Aus­tralia Day with the Hottest 100 count­down.

Mag­nums Ho­tel is hit­ting a high note as well, stretch­ing the fun across six huge days.

Seth Sen­try sets the pace to­day, fol­lowed by jelly wres- tling and a wet t-shirt con­test on Fri­day and Satur­day re­spec­tively, then Mashd N Kutcher kick it fur­ther on Sun­day.

Van­dal­ism creates the vibe on Mon­day, with Aus­tralia Day fea­tur­ing live mu­sic, com­pe­ti­tions and games and the Hottest 100 count­down.

Mean­while, if some­thing a touch more se­date seems your go, the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel will be host­ing a raf­fle with an out­door set­ting, $500 cash and bar­be­cue up for grabs.

The Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club is get­ting into the spirit with beach cricket and thong throw­ing on the grass.

Up­stairs, Light­ning Jack and The Fly­ing Club will pro­vide the vibe, with a bar­be­cue lunch feed­ing the crowds and rais­ing funds for Sail­abil­ity.

If you’re keen to at­tend the of­fi­cial cer­e­mony, the coun­cil is host­ing the Aus­tralia Day Awards and cel­e­bra­tion and cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­monies at the Proser­pine En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre, with a bar­be­cue and live en­ter­tain­ment set to fol­low.

Photo: Kathryn Cy­gan

JOIN THE FUN: Heidi Paradies, Sam Hawyward and Tony Jones, of the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club, are look­ing for­ward to fun in the sun on Aus­tralia Day.

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