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    Australia Day, the official National Day of Australia, commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet into Port Jackson, New South Wales, on the 26th of January 1788. On this special occasion, seniors in aged care facilities embrace the true Aussie spirit by engaging in activities they cherish.

    Embracing the Spirit of Celebration

    Join us as we share the best tips and ideas to celebrate Australia Day for seniors in aged care, and find joy in the traditions that define this significant day in the nation’s history.

    This article will give you some ideas to help get your Australia Day celebrations in full swing. 

    ✨Don’t forget to download the Free PDF Version of this blog for a fuller experience!✨

    Throw a Barbie

    A good Aussie BBQ is a great way to celebrate Australia Day. Some classic Aussie food like sausages and onions, party pies with tomato sauce and vegemite sandwiches will all go down a treat! 😉

    It is usually hot in January so some cool refreshments like beer, shandy (beer with lemonade), or soft drinks are a must.


    Display the Australian flag at your barbecue and decorate your tables with lots of Australian decorations. These are all readily available in the weeks leading up to the 26th Jan and cheaply brought at places like the $2 shop. 

    Another option is to print flags and glue them to wooden skewers to stand them up in glass jars on the tables. Collect gum leaves and nuts to spread along your table center pieces.

    Enjoy Iconic Aussie Tunes

    Elevate the atmosphere by tuning into iconic Australian hits like “I Am Australian”! Seniors are sure to delight in the vibrant sounds as they celebrate the spirit of Australia Day. Let the music add an extra layer of joy to the festivities! 🎶

    Here is a playlist we have put together for you to use on Australia Day in aged care:

    • Don’t Dream It’s Over – Crowded House
    • Khe Sanh – Cold Chisel
    • Down Under – Men at Work
    • Solid Rock – Goanna
    • Power and the Passion – Midnight Oil
    • Tucker’s Daughter – Ian Moss
    • A Pub With No Beer – Slim Dusty
    • You’re the Voice – John Farnham
    • Reckless – Australian Crawl
    • Treaty – Yothu Yindi
    • Sounds Of Then (This Is Australia) – GANGgajang
    • Great Southern Land – Icehouse
    • Better Be Home Soon – Crowded House
    • Working Class Man – Jimmy Barnes
    • Flame Trees – Cold Chisel

    Dress Up for Australia Day

    Create a spirited and festive atmosphere by encouraging staff members to don specially designed Australia Day t-shirts adorned with vibrant Aussie motifs.

    Take the celebration up a notch by incorporating the quintessential Australian hat, complete with dangling corks, into their attire.

    Aussie Games

    Infuse your Australia Day celebration with a dose of fun! Engage in classic Aussie games like the rubber thong toss, where the person with the farthest throw takes home the victory and prizes.

    Elevate your skills by accessing our free manual on mastering the art of rubber thong throwing – play like a boss now! 🎉🩴🎁

    Australia Day Quiz for Seniors

    Dive into the excitement and engage our seniors in this lively Australia Day Quiz, designed not just for fun but also to keep minds sharp and foster vibrant communication within our community.

    Let the quiz festivities unite us in a celebration of knowledge and joy! Are you up for the challenge? 🤔

    Make Australia Day a Day To Remember

    Transform the day for the esteemed senior residents in Aged Care into an extraordinary experience, brimming with joy and enduring memories! Infuse every moment with engaging activities, delightful surprises, and genuine camaraderie.

    Together, let’s craft a day that transcends the ordinary, leaving an indelible mark of warmth and cherished memories for our seniors. 🌟👵🧡

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