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January 26: How Else To Celebrate The Long Weekend

Australia Day may be a contentious public holiday, but it is still a day off nonetheless. So what else can you get up to on January 26?

It may be tacky to say, but every day is Australia Day! Yet the fact remains that January 26 is not welcomed by all, and this list takes that into consideration. Why not enjoy your day off celebrating something else? Perhaps it’s a day of pooch-loving, enjoying an Aussie sport; whatever it is, you’ll find our top picks here in each state.

SYDNEY

Marrickville Dog Day

There is no greater way to celebrate your day off than attending a dog fair. Marrickville Dog Day features live entertainment, veterinary checks, pet-oriented stalls, dog adoption, and fabulous competitions to win. Whether you have a canine to show off or just love the hell out of dogs, Marrickville Dog Day will be a special day for you.

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The Henson, 91 Illawarra Road, Marrickville Free entry

MELBOURNE

Australian Open

Nothing says Australian like a day of tennis. It is one of our top national sports that keeps you on edge and is filled with some rather eccentric players. While the court side events are sold out, grab yourself a grounds pass, or you can beat the heat by throwing a tennis-watching party in your lavish air conditioned home.

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Various arenas Various prices

HOBART

The Goods

The Goods is a music party held at Hobart City Hall and features an array of new age music artists to enjoy. The headline act is SAFIA, a Canberra-born band with a deep love for indie and electronica tunes. There are also some local bands taking to the stage, including Chase City and Session B.

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Hobart City Hall, 57 Macquarie Street, Hobart

ADELAIDE

Factory FMX Display

Motorcross experts at Factory FMX will take to the skies on January 26 during the Port Lincoln Community Bank Tunarama Festival. Their live demonstration will showcase some neat tricks and death-defying stunts all syncronised to music and pyrotechnics, aiming to wow a crowd of thousands.

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Tasman Terrace, Port Lincoln, Eyre Peninsula Free entry

PERTH

5K Foam Fest

Perthians have figured out the best way to spend a day off: Running through foam and mud for a good cause! This is a great opportunity to tackle your healthy New Years resolutions if you haven’t already done so. They’re almost full, so be sure to register as soon as you can.

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State Equestrian Centre, 303 Cathedral Ave, Brigadoon 75 entry

BRISBANE

Day 3 Test Cricket - Australia v Sri Lanka

As any cricket fan will tell you, the main deciding day for test matches is Day 3. The team that batted first have ended their streak and it’s up to the other team to gain some mileage. Day 3 for the test match between Australia v Sri Lanka lands on January 26, which is the perfect opportunity to celebrate our favourite national sport.

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The Gabba, Vulture St, Woolloongabba Various prices
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