Australia Day Hotspots
Australia Day commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain on January 26, 1788. But it’s grown to be much more than that. On Australia Day we celebrate all the things we love about Australia: our beautiful land, our amazing beaches, our iconic flora and fauna, our democratic freedom, but particularly our people.
On Australia Day, most Aussie’s celebrate with BBQs, lamingtons (iconic Australian food), beach cricket, family and friends, green and gold, and of course- yay – public holiday!
If you are lucky enough to be in Australia for the country’s favourite public holiday – then you are in for a treat! Here’s our guide to what’s happening on the Gold Coast this Australia Day:
Australia Day Celebrations at Broadwater Parklands
Be part of the festivities at the Gold Coast’s 2019 Australia Day Celebrations on 26 January at Broadwater Parklands, Southport. Headlined by Mason Rack Band, the winners of the Gold Coast Music Award’s 2018 Best Live Act, and supported by an impressive line-up of local talent.
This FREE event kicks off at 4pm and concludes at 8pm with a spectacular fireworks display set to rival New Year’s Eve events.
Support our drought-stricken farmers – don’t forget to head to the Rural Aid Australia stand and donate a gold coin or purchase merchandise.So pack your picnic rug and gather your family and friends for a wonderful afternoon of food, fun, and fireworks; the only place to be on Australia Day is the Broadwater Parklands.
For more details visit: http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/thegoldcoast/australia-day-celebrations-20389.html
Australia Day Pool Party
No matter which way you look at the Australia Day on the Gold Coast is going to be a hot one. Cool your jets at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre and its pool party. Open from 6am, make sure you’re in the doors by 11am for the big party, finishing at 2pm. There will be dive demonstrations, races, inflatables, music, entertainment, competitions and that classic thong throw.
For more details visit: http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/australia-day-pool-party-47345.html
Spirit of Gold Coast Island Cruise
Join Spirit of Gold Coast for an Australia Day adventure! Celebrate the Aussie way with a cruise through the beautiful Gold Coast Broadwater, and enjoy your own leisure time on stunning South Stradbroke Island.
Relax while you enjoy good food and drinks with family and friends, or explore the natural beauty that South Stradbroke has to offer… The adventure and choice is yours! Enjoy an Aussie BBQ lunch with steak, fish, sausages, and a range of fresh salads as you listen to live music. There’s plenty of beach and lawn games with prizes to be won!
Departs at 11am, returning at 4pm.
For more information and tickets visit: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/australia-day-adventure-tickets-54509535488
Sea World Australia Day Fireworks Cruise
Get the best possible viewing position for this year’s Gold Coast Australia Day fireworks display taking place at the Broadwater Parklands that are set to rival those of New Year’s Eve on this must-do Australia Day cruise with Sea World Cruises! Come aboard and enjoy live music playing all your favourite Aussie hits, and enjoy a tasty sausage sizzle while soaking in the great views.
This 3-hour cruise departs at 6pm, returning at 9pm.
For more information and tickets visit: https://seaworldcruises.com.au/australia-day-cruise/
Aussie Celebration on the Star Lawn
From 14-28 January 2019, the Star casino is celebrating everything that makes Australia great. Come and enjoy their pop-up kitchen, craft beer, live Australian music, entertainment and more. Plus, superstar DJ Brooke Evers will be playing from 5pm-8pm on 26 January, and DJ Apollo Jackson will kick-off Sunday on The Lawn from 1.30pm-4.30pm.
Celebrate all things Australian!
For more information visit: https://www.star.com.au/goldcoast/whats-on/Australia-Day
Australia Day Bash
Grab your mates and a cold one and celebrate Australia Day at NightQuarter on January 26 with a barbecue, beats, and beers. Expect to see Aussie activities such as cockroach races, thing throwing, dunny roll throwing, lamington eating, sausage sizzle, snag eating competitions and even an Aussie magician!
Classic Aussie rock cover band Prime Ministers of Australia will be showcasing the greatest hits and anthems from Australia’s best loved artists, in an energetic and entertaining live show in The Paddock! There will be plenty of fun to entertain the ankle biters with dance parties, egg and spoon races, sack races and more! They can even explore the markets to discover native wildlife traditional treats and Australian culture on Aussie treasure hunt.
Feast on all you favourite Aussie treats! There will be Golden Gaytime cocktails, giant laminations, Tim Tam cronuts, fairybread donuts, Caramello Koala jelly cups and more.
For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/346920419429038/
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