Decorating ideas for an Australian party

Updated February 21, 2017

Whether you have Australian heritage or simply are an admirer of Australian culture, throwing an Australian-themed party can be an exciting and, in some instances, exotic treat. One of the best time times to party Australian-style is on the 26th of January, which is Australia Day, the country's national holiday. If you are thinking of throwing an Australian Party, there are several decorating ideas that can help.

Australian flags

According to Party-Oz, one of the best ways to show off your Australian spirit at a party is to adorn your space with Australian flags. Possible options include draping a large Australian flag over a wall, setting up miniature flags on tabletops and in flower arrangements, as well as incorporating the flags on hats and other party favours. The current Australian flag, which was designed in 1901, did not become the official national flag until 1954. It features six white stars atop a blue background and has a Union Jack in its top left corner.

Green and gold

While the national flag of Australia is red, white and blue, the country's national colours are green and gold. Governor General Sir Ninian Steves made the colours official on April 19th, 1984, and many of the nation's sporting teams, such as their national rugby and soccer teams, use green and gold as their uniform colours. Bearing this multicoloured history in mind, try using green and gold coloured utensils, plates and napkins at your Australian party. You may also want to hang green and gold streamers, or adorn a wall with a green and gold Australian soccer or rugby jersey, provided you can track one down.


As part of your Australian party decorating, try hanging imitation road signs that display, and warn of, Australian animals like kangaroos, koalas and wombats. You may want to hang up imitation Australian street signs with names of famous cities, such as Melbourne, Brisbane, Sidney and Perth, as well as signs displaying well-known Australian points of interest, such as the Outback and Ayers Rock.

Cultural items

Two of the most recognisable cultural symbols of Australia are the boomerang and the didgeridoo. While the former is a curved, throwing implement that Australian aboriginals created as a hunting tool, the latter is a wind instrument consisting of a long wooden tube, which produces a deep, resonating sound when you blow into it. Hanging up decorative boomerangs on the wall is a great option for creating an Australian atmosphere. You may also want to set up a didgeridoo in the corner of a room, which guests can play as well as admire.

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