We love Australia. We’re blessed with endless beaches, sporting heroes such as the great Sir Donald Bradman, and some of the most glorious weather around. And, although our politicians might be infuriating at times, at least there’s no orange man in a bad toupee threatening to nuke the rest of the world. So, all in all it’s pretty good down under!

If you’re hosting a backyard bash this long weekend or just don’t want to show up to a party empty-handed, we’ve gathered some of our fave recipes to help you celebrate the extra day off work. Easy to assemble, inspired by some classic Australian meals, and delicious when downed with a beer: we guarantee any of these will be a big hit.

1. Throw it back to primary school parties with homemade sausage rolls (or buy the frozen ones from Coles – no one needs to know).

1_Homemade Sausage Rolls

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2. Everyone has their own preferred potato salad recipe (usually passed down from your grandma), but this version from Jamie Oliver is a game-changer, we swear.

2_Potato Salad

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3. Throw some shrimps on the barbie with this shrimp skewer recipe.

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Image: Awesome Cuisine

4. Impress EVERYONE with these delish Tim Tam & Milo truffles.

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Image: Love Swah

5. What is Australia Day without a cob loaf?! Oh, and more seafood. Obvi.


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6. Not only are these Lamington Biscuits absolutely adorable, but they go down a treat after a sausage sizzle.

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Image: Raspberri Cupcakes

7. Because what is Australia Day without a pavlova?! Not a party we want to be a part of, that’s what.


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8. An easy, delish and colourful pasta salad never goes amiss. Especially the kind you can whip up in 15 minutes.

8_Pasta Salad

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9. Grilled pineapple is the best way to eat fruit. Confirmed.

9_Grilled Pineapple

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10. Still on that grilling train, how about grilled corn on the cob with spicy sriracha aioli? Yes please.

10_Grilled Corn

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11. We guarantee you’ll make friends with this salad. Quinoa, mango, avo, feta, grilled corn… That’s a recipe for friendship.

11_Quinoa Avo Corn Salad

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12. Level up those Australian vibes with this super cute (and easy – there are only 4 ingredients!) Iced vovo ice-cream sandwich recipe. Drooool.

12_Iced Vovo Iced Cream Sandwich

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13. These cheesy, tear apart vegemite scrolls are an Aussie favourite. One of these bad boys, a blow-up pool and a couple of goldies and you’ll be set.

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Image: Bake Play Smile.

14. Let Buzzfeed’s Zooper Dooper Stupor (and a bunch of other slightly distressing but monstrously delicious shots) totally mess you up.

14_Zooper Dooper Stupor

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15. Okay, not really a recipe, but a block of XXXX Gold tinnies. Because you can’t spell “Australia Day” without XXXX.

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Image: Dan Murphys

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