Friday - - Leisure Charts -

Aus­tralia might be down un­der, but it has come up with some of our favourite an­i­mals, places and things – koalas, kan­ga­roos, Kylie Minogue, the Syd­ney Opera House, boomerangs, AC/DC, Hugh Jack­man… so what bet­ter oc­ca­sion than their na­tional day to cel­e­brate the con­ti­nent-na­tion. It falls on Jan­uary 26 this year, but restau­rants are host­ing cel­e­bra­tions on Jan­uary 27 and 28 so you can have a G’Day over the week­end.

Yalumba’s brunch has Aussie meats, pies and bar­be­cue, games and live en­ter­tain­ment, 12.30-3.30pm on Jan­uary 27. Dh499 per per­son. At Le Meri­dien Dubai Ho­tel & Con­fer­ence Cen­tre; call 04 702 2455.

PJ O’Reilly’s at Le Royal Meri­dien Abu Dhabi goes Aussie on Jan­uary 27 with the Rip Snorter Great Big Aus­tralia Day Gath­er­ing – a poolside bar­be­cue. Fam­ily pack­ages from Dh300, in­di­vid­ual from Dh200. Call 800 101 101.

To party like they do in the Land of Oz, head to Barasti Beach and Aus­tralian Busi­ness Coun­cil’s party on Jan­uary 28 for a BBQ, en­ter­tain­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties for kids. From 12pm, free en­try.

The Brunswick Sports Club has a Bo­gan Back­yard Party on Jan­uary 26 from 7pm. Res­i­dent DJs play Aussie clas­sics and guests can en­joy the Aussie Bo­gan Burger, meat tray raf­fles, party games and more.

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