Lawn Bowls Sunday Session and Australian Drinking Culture

The weekend, that has just passed, has one more time proved my thesis that Australian’s are insane when it comes to partying. To celebrate Jared’s birthday appropriately we had festivities planned over the full weekend. We started off with a nice dinner with friends at a Mexican Restaurant on Friday, followed by a night out. Then hosted a awesome houseparty on Saturday and ended the bender with a Lawn Bowls Sunday Session.


For everyone reading this, that is not Australian or has never been to Australia before, this last sentence has probably not made much of a sense. At least that is what I am assuming, thinking back at myself being a backpacker, travelling to this continent for the first time. I had no idea! But fortunately Jared and other people I met all over Australia have been kind and patient enough to introduce me to this cherished cultural heritage of their country.

So let me explain:

A bender is what Australians call the status of being intoxicated for more than one day in a row. They also really like referring back to them at a later time, when they are proudly telling stories like “the 10-day-bender” I once had.

A sunday session is the act of getting together on a Sunday morning or early afternoon to drink even more alcohol, cause Friday and Saturday passed to quickly.


But even if you can probably detect some irony in my comments, to be honest it’s usually lots of fun. Especially when you are having a sunday session at a Lawn Bowls Club like we had. The sport, which’s objective it is to roll biased balls so that they stop close to a smaller ball  is quite popular here and you find the clubs everywhere. Also it’s usually pretty cheap – at our local Club it’s only 5 $ per person, plus the drinks you purchase at the bar.

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    • 6sensesoftravel
      6sensesoftravel says:

      Jocelyn, it’s kind of like Bocci Ball however you roll the balls along special greens and the balls are heavier on one side (called the bias) therefore the balls will curve in that direction so that makes it interesting!

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  1. […] If that doesn’t interest you then surely an afternoon Sunday session will! They are very common in Australia as workers try to squeeze every last minute out of the weekend. The appeal is in the usually cheap drink prices and relaxed atmosphere as popular rooftop bars are packed in to watch the sun go down over a few drinks and wind down the weekend. See more about a typical Sunday Session here. […]

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