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‘Straya 101: How do I play Goon of Fortune?

Ah Goon of Fortune. Where do I begin.

This traditional Aussie drinking game is a classic, and no backpacking experience Down Under would be complete without it!

For those who haven’t heard of it yet, Goon of Fortune is a drinking game played in the backyard on the Aussie-invented Hills-Hoist clothes line. Loosely based on the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ game show, it’s become an Aussie favourite that’s played in thousands of backyards across the country.

What you’ll need:

1. Multiple goon sacks
2. A hills-hoist clothesline (image below)
3. Pegs
4. A bunch of mates! 

How to play:

Grab a full goon sack and peg it onto the clothesline. Round of your mates and get them to stand in a circle around the clothesline. When everyone’s in position, give the line a spin! When it comes to a stop, whoever is closest to where the goon sack landed takes a drink. After they drink, they then give the line a spin again. Keep repeating this until one person if left standing. If you leave the game or refuse to take a drink, you are eliminated.

There are heaps of different versions of the game, some with rules like having to stand on one leg after a certain amount of drinks, having a partner complete tasks while you drink, or even getting ‘dacked’ (Aussie word for having your pants pulled down) after 20 drinks.

However you play, remember to always drink responsibly.

Looking for Australia Day inspo? Check out these 7 must-knows to help you out!


by Jaimmi McGregor

Digital Marketing chicka for Wake Up! Serial choc-a-holic, Dad joke enthusiast and travel lover from Australia. Follow along on @jaimmimcgregor_

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