Head to East End for Aussie fun

East End is the centre of activities and festivities this weekend, with the East End Surf Challenge, the Fish Tea Cook Off, the Captain Leroy Watson Regatta AND Australia Day all taking place.  

Although Australia Day is officially celebrated on 26 January Down Under, up here in Cayman it’s all a bit more fluid. Heroes’ Day in Cayman is the nearest public holiday to coincide with the real Australia Day, so that’s when Aussie residents celebrate their special day.  

Ron Hargraves, owner of Tukka restaurant, is making something of a tradition of hosting this day of celebration of all things Australian and this year will be the 13th annual Gold Boomerang Competition. 

The party’s not exclusive to Aussies, however, so this Monday, whatever your origins, head out to Tukka and join in a day of typically Aussie food, drinks, games and fun. You don’t even have to drive as they will be laying on buses from Royal Palms to Tukka leaving at noon and 1.30pm – so if you’re not driving, and not pregnant, there will be no excuses for not getting involved in the (drinking) games.  

It’s a family-friendly day, too, says Ron, and he’s setting up a special creche-style room indoors for the babies, so that parenthood needn’t stop you celebrating! 

Australia Day in Cayman will start with a whole lot of Aussie tucker – Vegemite sandwiches (love it or hate it, it doesn’t get much more Australian than Vegemite), and Lamingtons (sponge cakes rolled in chocolate and coconut) will be handed out for free. Then you can sit down and tuck into kanga bangers, steak and mushroom pie, barramundi and chips – or anything on the regular menu, and wash it all down with a Fosters, Bundaberg rum or a bottle of Australian wine.  

Then the fun and games really begin. Teams must be five strong, with at least one sheila per team, and they’ll be completing strange obstacle courses, having didgeridoo and conch blowing competitions, playing golden boomerang games and more. There are awesome prizes up for grabs including flights to Miami and staycations at the Reef, Morritt’s and Compass Point. Teams can register on the day, so there’s plenty of scope for spontaneity and buses will return the west-side dwellers to Royal Palms again at 6pm..