Australia Day is celebrated each year on January 26th commemorating the arrival of the first British Fleet in 1788. Australia Day is a National Holiday and memorialized in many different ways. Dress in green and gold, or the flag colours- red, white and blue- we’ve listed the some ways you can join in the festivities here on the Gold Coast this year!
Broadwater Parklands Australia Day Party
Join the celebration that unites our nation at the Gold Coast Australia Day event at Broadwater Parklands, featuring the City’s only spectacular fireworks display set to rival New Year’s Eve.
Pack your picnic rug, gather your friends and family and head down to Broadwater Parklands in the cool of the afternoon for an evening celebration including:
Food truck feast – Fill hungry tummies with over 20 all-nations food trucks, grab a snag from the Long Aussie BBQ and to finish a sweet treat from Reid Street Kitchen.
J.J. Richards Aussie Sporting Zone – The kids will love the Aussie Sporting Zone featuring activities from The Gold Coast Suns, The Gold Coast Titans and Queensland Cricket.
Local musicians – Stroll along the pier or soak up the sounds from the main stage, our talented local line-up includes Jackson James Smith, Eleea Navarro, Dan Carroll and Juzzie Smith.
Date: Thursday 26 January 2017
Time: 4pm to 8pm
Location: The Great Lawn, Broadwater Parklands, Southport
Getting there: Catch the G:link to Broadwater Parklands or make your journey active and walk, ride, scoot or skate to the event. Visit the Google Transit map or use the TransLink Journey Planner for information on public transport routes to Broadwater Parklands.
Parking: Limited parking is available at Broadwater Parklands and at Carey car park.
Please note: This is an alcohol free event.
2017 Flight Centre Burleigh Pro
Surfing Queensland is excited to announce that the 2017 Flight Centre Burleigh Pro is back and is shaping up to be another massive event. Although this isn’t an Australia Day function- it definitely fits in with the theme of what Australia Day represents!
The event is a World Surf League (WSL) QS 1000-rated men’s and women’s surfing event, attracting a number of the best surfers from Australia and throughout the globe to the iconic Burleigh Point.
The four day Flight Centre Burleigh Pro will see some of the world’s best surfers battle it out against the local talent for the prize purse of AUD15,000 up for grabs and valuable Qualifying Series points. This will be the second QS event on the 2017 World Surf League Australasian calendar.
So head to the beach, watch the action and treat yourself to a tasty lunch at the Surf Club for the day or wander to the nearby North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club Party Aussie Day BBQ In the Park! Grab a blanket and bring the family to Ed Hardy Park from 11am to 3pm. This free event is open to the public and there’ll be food stalls, music and games to amuse the kids.
Date: Thursday 26 January – Sunday 29th January 2017
Time: 8am to 4pm
Location: Burleigh Heads Point Break, Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads, QLD 4220
Beach Cricket & BBQ in the Park
The classic way to celebrate Australia Day in true style is the good ‘ole BBQ in the park with a bit of beach cricket. The City of Gold Coast has more than 380 barbecues located in the many parks and reserves across the Gold Coast. These barbecues are cleaned and serviced frequently by the City’s maintenance team, making sure they are available for residents and visitors to enjoy at no charge. Bring your own sausages and don’t forget the sunscreen!
Use this map to find barbecues throughout the city: http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/thegoldcoast/public-barbecues-20670.html