The upcoming June long weekend gives us another public holiday to take advantage of. In 2013 the Queen turns 87 and although her birthday is actually in April, in Australia we are treated to a 3 day weekend in June. This year’s public holiday falls on Monday 10th (except for Western Australia when it is September 30th).
This holiday is celebrated in many Commonwealth countries on different dates, but is not actually a public holiday in the United Kingdom. This special day off work is a great chance to take a trip to visit relatives, spend some time with the family, or attend a sporting event.
However what better way could there be to celebrate this holiday, than by having a royal weekend? Here are our suggestions for how you can have the most royal of weekends, right here in Australia.
Treat yourself to high tea
Sipping tea from a cup in a plush room, eating delicious sandwiches and cream cakes sounds like a very royal afternoon to us. There are many hotels and cafes in most cities that you can enjoy high tea. Treat yourself to a small slice of the good life with champagne, tea, scones, jam and cream and cucumber sandwiches, all served to you on a silver platter.
In Sydney try the Victoria Room in Darlinghurst, The Tea Parlour in Redfern or the Sheraton on the Park overlooking Hyde Park. In Melbourne visit Madame Brussels in the city or for other ideas check out Time Out.
Live like a royal and go horse riding
Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter Zara won a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics in equestrian and Princes William, Harry and Charles have all been famously spotted playing polo. Experience the life of a royal by going horse riding over the long weekend.
If you’re in New South Wales why not spend the day at Glenworth Valley horse riding track, the largest in Australia, or if you’re in Queensland this June public holiday head to Tamborine Mountain Trail Rides. For polo clubs, check out the Australian Polo Federation with clubs country wide.
Have a street party
In Britain on public holidays, people take to the street with tables, chairs, streamers and balloons for parties filled with tea and Union Jack flag patterned cups. Why not get your neighbours together for a street party over the long weekend! (Check with your local council to see if you are able to close your street to traffic for a few hours.)
Attend the ballet
The Queen was once quoted as saying if she wasn’t a royal she would have loved to have been a ballerina. If you’re in Melbourne check out the Australian Ballet who will be performing over the June long weekend or if you are elsewhere, check out the calendars of state ballet companies such as the West Australian Ballet or the Queensland Ballet companies for upcoming shows.
Take a holiday in Australia
The Queen’s favourite country to visit is Australia! With a long weekend why not treat yourself to well-deserved holiday and take a short break in Australia. This huge country has so much to explore and includes holiday favourites such as The Blue Mountains, Byron Bay, the Great Ocean Road, Broome and Kangaroo Island.
So make the most of the June long weekend and take advantage of the Monday off work with some of these fun royal activities, or take a well-deserved break and visit some new places in Australia.