The Best Backyard Games for Your Aussie Home

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Aussies are known for their love of the great outdoors.

Many of us grew up with grassy backyards, Hills Hoists and outdoor swing sets, and a game of backyard cricket always on the agenda.

Today, one in two Aussie homeowners use their outdoor spaces for entertaining. If you’re looking to make the most of your backyard in Perth, you need the right tools: BBQ feasts, DIY backyard games (for the adults and kids) and an outdoor patio area transformed into a home retreat.

In rain, hail or shine, the best outdoor spaces can be used all year round. Don’t let the colder weather keep you in. Break away from the screen and enjoy your outdoor space with these backyard games.

Backyard Cricket

Backyard cricket has stood the test of time in Australia’s best backyard games.

Dispute the ‘official’ laws of backyard cricket, or play by family rules which have been passed down through generations.

backyard cricket

You’ll need:

It’s as simple as setting up a few stumps. If you don’t have stumps use the wheelie bin or an esky instead.

  • One (or more) cricket bat(s)
  • At least two cricket balls

The best part about this game is you don’t need much space to make it work. A side yard and anyone can get involved. Little equipment is required and the rules are simple (and interchangeable).

Outdoor Word Games

Have a word-lover in the family always up for scrabble?

outdoor word games

Take it outside and combine all favourite word games into the one. Get crafty and make large cardboard tiles with the letters (100 tiles in total). Use heavy duty cardboard and coat with a waterproof spray paint.

Find out how to make these backyard word games here. Great as a family or adult drinking game.

DIY Glow in the Dark Bowling

glow in the dark bowling

Regardless of how old you are, glow in the dark games/toys always seem to entertain.

Backyard bowling is a classic game. But adding a glow in the dark twist takes nighttime bowling to a whole new level. To make the glowing pins, activate two (or more) glow sticks in each bottle. For the mini bowling ball to be glow in the dark as well, use a hamster exercise ball and tape glow sticks inside.

You’ll need:

  • Glow sticks (at least two glow sticks per ‘pin’)
  • Ball heavy enough to knock over bottles
  • Empty tall bottles (about 1.25L) or for the adult version, use wine bottles (and drink) whilst playing (also known as Flonky Ball)

Chessboard Patio

Life-sized versions of classic games are always good for outdoor entertaining.

If you want a creative weekend task, this makes a big project that once set up, can be a lot of fun to play. It looks great as a statement piece as well, with the right DIY skills. 

life size chess board

Scale the chessboard to fit your own big or small space. For a modern look, opt for dark grey and white checkerboard. Or mix things up and use the design to inject colour into your backyard space.

Learn how to make a game board patio here.

Backyard Twister

Another timeless favourite, Twister can be easily set up as a backyard version. Better yet, you won’t need the Twister map.

Spray paint red, yellow, green and blue dots onto the grass area for a DIY lawn twister. Make your own spinner using cardboard, or use the one from the box.

You’ll need:

  • Four different colours of spray paint (follow the usual Twister colours)
  • Cardboard and cutting tools to make the circles. The “normal” Twister field is 4x6 circles, you could stick to this or make a more unconventional way, such as applying extra spots for a larger version

Learn the DIY version here or go for an inflatable outdoor Twister which can be purchased outright.

DIY Giant Jenga

Magnify the classic Jenga into jumbo size. If you have woodworking skills, this DIY project can be scaled up (or down) as much as desired. 

Giant Jenga accommodates multiple players. The aim of the game is to take turns removing a block until the entire tower comes down. The person who removed the culprit responsible for the tumble loses. For the serious gamers, special tumbling block tables can be purchased to keep the backyard game at eye level.

Find out how to make it here.

Mega-Sized Beer Pong

Traditional beer pong is an old party-favourite.

Enlarge the fun by replacing the cups with large buckets (or clean bins) and ping pong balls with cheap rubber balls or volley balls. If you want to play with the entire family, swap the beer for cordial or something child-friendly.

Same rules as regular beer pong applies.

A well-designed patio space in Perth will be the home of many backyard games. For more information about how to make the most of your space, contact our team

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