It’s crazy to think that we’re already into a full week into the new year, but here we are. And that means Australia Day is right around the corner.
This year, the holiday falls on Wednesday, January 26, which means that if you take Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday off, you can enjoy a five-day holiday for the price of two days of annual leave. Or, if you take all the surrounding days, you’ll have nine days off for the price of four. Which could be exactly what you need to start your new year.
Regardless of what you choose to do that week, and whether you are celebrating the controversial day, you are probably wondering what the day is open to do. If you are having a barbecue with friends, can you buy drinks the day of, or should you plan to do it the day before? Or, if you’re not celebrating and just want to enjoy the day off with a long lunch, can you?
You have come to the right place. Here’s an overview of exactly what will be open across the country on Australia Day.
Restaurants, bars or cafes
After the year we’ve had, it’s worth showing your support for local businesses by spending money at a restaurant, bar, or café that day.
Almost all restaurants and bars are expected to be open on Australia Day, however you may want to check the venue’s website or Instagram page beforehand. Many locations have been forced to close due to staff shortages caused by the COVID outbreaks.
If you want to mark the day and keep your traditions, be sure to order a Vegemite Sandwich, Lamington, Meatloaf, Sausage Roll, or Anzac Cookie.
If plans for prior years are something to go through, like restaurants, most bottle stores, including Dan Murphy’s, BWS, Liquorland, Vintage Cellars, and First Choice, will be open on Australia Day. However, stores in South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland may have reduced business hours or be closed during the day. Check online or call before heading to the store.
In previous years, Westfield shopping malls were open during normal business hours on Australia Day, although some closed earlier, at 4pm, in ACT and Queensland. They were completely closed in South Australia.
Woolworths, Coles and ALDI are expected to be open, although some stores may have reduced business hours. Again, check online or call ahead to avoid disappointment.
In observance of the holiday, all post offices will be closed on that day, so if you need to mail a package or collect one urgently, plan ahead.
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