How we will be celebrating Australia Day at The Westport Club

The history of Australia Day

Here at The Westport Club, we love celebrating Australia Day as it’s a day that is dear to many Australians. But what actually is the meaning of this day?

Celebrated with a public holiday each year on 26 January, Australia Day marks the anniversary of the First Fleet arriving at Port Jackson, NSW in 1788. On arrival the First Fleet raised the Great Britain Flag at Sydney Cove.

In contemporary Australia, the day has come to be a celebration of the Australian culture, its diversity and our multi-cultural society. National celebrations usually include the presentation of the Australian of the Year Awards, announcement of the Australia Day Honours list and official addresses by the Governor-General of Australia and the Prime Minister.

Australian Citizenship Ceremonies are held across the country, welcoming new Australians, and the Australia Day Awards are also presented by local councils, recognising the achievements and community service of upstanding members of the local community.

Most Australians will celebrate with their friends and family by getting together for lunch, enjoying Australian pastimes like a game of cricket or heading to the beach for a day in the sunshine!

What’s On this Australia Day at The Westport Club

Australian classics will be high on the agenda this Australia Day at The Westport Club. With weather conditions set to be warm and sunny, it will be a great day to get outside and enjoy the best that the Aussie summer in Port Macquarie has to offer.

If you’re looking for something fun and affordable to do with friends, why not sign up for The Westport Club’s Australia Day barefoot bowls fun day. It’s free for members and just $10 for non-members. Participants are encouraged to dress in Australiana-themed attire, although it’s not imperative – just come along and have some fun getting active with friends and family! Complimentary lunch is included and the bar will be open for you to enjoy a few cold drinks while you’re at it.

Come down and enjoy barefoot bowls this Australia Day at The Westport Club

Bowlers and non-bowlers alike are welcome to participate in the Australia Day bowls session so get a team together, register by 25 January and start practising your bowls moves!

Meet and Greet will be from 9.30am with bowls commencing at 10am. The bowls session will be followed by lunch at 12pm.

Jimmy’s Bar & Lounge

All of that bowls activity will be enough to work up a thirst. After you finish conquering the bowling green, head to Jimmy’s Bar and Lounge for some Australiana cocktail and beer specials.

Australia Day beer specials at Jimmys Bar and Lounge The Westport Club

Hastings Coffee Co.

If you’re looking for a tasty Australia Day lunch, we’ve got plenty of options on offer including our home made meat pie. Our chefs will be up early baking batches of the “Old Mate” bacon and egg pie, served with chips and gravy for just $10.

What could be more Aussie than the good old Pavlova? Finish off with our home made “mini pav” with fresh cream and berries.

The Old Mate and Mini Pavlova on offer this Australia Day at The Westport Club

Aqua Restaurant

Aqua Restaurant will be the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely riverside lunch with friends come Australia Day. There’s not much better than sitting by the Hastings River in air conditioned comfort, enjoying a steak and a beer. Our chefs will be serving up our menu favourite “Surf and Turf”, featuring grilled sirloin steak topped with creamy garlic prawns. You can enjoy this Aussie favourite for the amazing price of just $20.


No matter what you decide to do this Australia Day, may it be spent doing the things you love with good mates. After all, it’s the Aussie way!