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Savvy Globe Trotter: Australia Day Overseas

January 22, 2013, 2:01 pm Tatyana Leonov Yahoo!7

The Savvy Globe Trotter, Tatyana Leonov, checks in around the world to see what’s on this Australia Day.

Savvy Globe Trotter: Australia Day Overseas

The Savvy Globe Trotter, Tatyana Leonov, checks in around the world to see what’s on this Australia Day.

At any one time there are millions of Aussies travelling or living overseas, and with Australia Day just around the corner, it’s no surprise that it’s celebrated around the globe wherever there are loads of Australians. Although I’ll be spending the day in Sydney, probably at a BBQ on a beach (it really doesn’t get better than that), I’ve found a few parties going on for those of us who aren’t so lucky.

Australia day around the world. Credit: Flickr/Thiru Murugan


If you’re in London you’re spoilt for choice with plenty of venues offering everything from kangaroo steaks and jumbo prawns, to movie marathons and Aussie beers. Any pub that’s part of the infamous Walkabout chain ( is bound to have a party on – the Triple J Hottest 100, Australian Open Tennis and the Australia Day Test Match on TV… If you like sport and beer, and are happy in the company of other (probably drunk) Australians, you’ll be right at any of the Walkabout pubs.

New York

The New York Magpies Australian Football Club ( is kicking off their 2013 campaign with a Green and Gold Party on 25 January (a day early but it will be 26 January in Oz) at Professor Thom’s in the East Village ( from 8pm. A $15 entry fee gets you into the pub where they’ll be streaming the Triple J Hottest 100. And if you wear green or gold you go in the draw the win prizes.


If you can’t pronounce the name of Beijing’s most tourist-friendly street (Nanuoguxiang), you’re not going to get any better after a few Australian beers at 12SQM ( The café/bar might be small (though it’s actually 45sqm, not 12 like the name would have you believe), but the party won’t be. Think meat pies prepared by an Aussie chef, Coopers, VB and Cascade, plus Aussie music… that might just turn into bad Aussie karaoke as the day progresses.


Apart from typical Aussie food and beer (think pies, sausages and vegemite on toast), the Woolshed Baa and Grill ( is bringing bush tucker back (was it ever in?). Crickets, worms, cockroaches, sheep’s eyes and bull testicles are just some of the delicacies on offer. There’ll also be an Aussie DJ spinning tunes, a live band, and a wet T-shirt competition at midnight. Sounds like it might be a little nuts… in a good way.


Brave the cold and turn up to the Southern Cross Australian Bar ( on 26 January wearing thongs, a T-shirt and shorts, and you’ll receive a free beer. If you’re rugged up (like the rest of Denmark) don’t stress, there’s plenty of entertainment – movies, food, beers, and a live Aussie guitarist… they’re hoping (registrations are apparently still open if anyone is keen).


Gracious hosts Max, Martyn and Fraser will look after you at the Down Under Bar & Grill Bangkok ( This year they’re planning to cook a big, juicy pig on a spit, stream the Australia Day Test Match and sell cold beer. Nice!


Footy, Fantales and Caramello Koalas, that’s what (some peoples) dreams are made off. The guys at Vancouver Cougars Australian Football Club ( have organised a day of sports and sweets. They’ve booked out the east and west fields of Montgomery Park from midday till 4pm for a game (or two) of footy, and from 6pm the party is at Ceili’s on Smithe Street (


There’s always something on at Coco’s Outback (, and this Australia Day it’s going to be big. They haven’t revealed too much, except that it will be “one of the biggest piss up parties of the year”….

About the Savvy Globe Trotter

Tatyana Leonov is a writer, editor, avid traveller and determined dreamer. She’s mastered (beginners’) yoga in Goa, partied with Russia’s elite in a Moscow club, sampled local delicacies all around the world (including a camel burger in Morocco and guinea pig in Peru), trekked to Nepal’s Annapurna Base Camp in Havaianas and had a short-lived career as a Bollywood star.

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  1. Bren Raymond06:30am Thursday 24th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Armador in Panama City Panama for a game of cricket against the Poms, they are taking it seriously flying gear in from London, wankers. 4pm, turn up for a bit of fun, after the cricket into the yacht club for a few sherbets. See ya there.

  2. Natalie09:25am Wednesday 23rd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Anyone know of anything happening in the LA/Hollywood area?

  3. manda06:43am Wednesday 23rd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I forgot what day it is

  4. Aaran H11:25pm Tuesday 22nd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    If your in Malmö (southern Sweden)on the 25th (26th in Oz ;) there will be "Aussie" beers for reduced price at Bakfickan pub on Köpenhamns vägen 7 and plenty of ex-pats from the Aussie rules club to party with!

  5. NH10:17pm Tuesday 22nd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Rumours of an Australian Embassy sponsored party over here in Timor Leste at Oceanview Hotel/Resort on Saturday!

  6. Colin05:20pm Tuesday 22nd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I think you spelt your name wrong it should have been MOANER

  7. Mona05:02pm Tuesday 22nd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    8 randomly-chosen cities = "around the world" ?????