Australia Day Events

Australia Day Events


Australia Day Events

Australia Day Events

Exactly what is the hugeness of Australia Day? Nowadays, particularly for some, hikers visiting Australia, it’s a vacation day work and a chance to drink with their companions. In any case, Australia Day implies something imperative for the historical backdrop of this nation.

Australia Day falls on the 26th January consistently. In the event that the 26th happens to fall at the end of the week, an open occasion will pursue the Monday straightforwardly subsequently.

The 26th January denotes the principal arrival by Captain Arthur Phillip at Port Jackson in New South Wales in 1788. This implied Australia was guaranteed as a major aspect of the British Empire. The early pioneers needed to commend this colonization and for a long time it was praised in just NSW. This festival has now spread to whatever remains of the nation in spite of the fact that it wasn’t authoritatively perceived as an open occasion countrywide until 1994.


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While in the main years after settlement Australia Day was a festival of growing the British Empire by the pioneers, this was clearly not an event that the indigenous Australians wished to celebrate. Nowadays Australia Day currently commends the multi-social and multi-ethnic decent variety of the nation, in spite of the fact that there are still a few people who are awkward with the term ‘celebrate’ in light of the fact that for a long time the 26th January was not a festival for the indigenous populace but rather multi day of grieving that their nation had been asserted by the British.

For a full history of Australia Day of in the course of the most recent couple of hundreds of years look at the NSW Australia Day site

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And additionally celebrations and network occasions Australia holds numerous functions on Australia Day, including citizenship services, Australian of the year and banner flying services (the Australian banner and furthermore the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags).

What’s on Australia Day?

Festivities, celebrations, network occasions and more have been composed all through the nation. For occasions occurring in your neighborhood worth looking at

A considerable lot of the bigger occasions have a liquor boycott, so do confirm before you set, you would prefer not to squander your alcohol!

In case you’re remaining at one of our Nomads Hostels in Australia, huge numbers of them are sorting out their very own Australia Day occasions at the bars situated inside them, be that as it may on the off chance that you need to go to an official Australia Day occasion amid the day here’s our pick of some the best:

Sydney – there are various occasions going ahead in Sydney on the 26th January, and it’s very difficult to pick only one, anyway it sounds like The Rocks and Darling Harbor are the two spots to be for some free unrecorded music! Begin the free day with an extraordinary execution of music and move by Indigenous entertainers at Barangaroo while the Aboriginal and Australian banners are raised on Sydney Harbor Bridge. Amid the day make a beeline for Darling Harbor for unrecorded music from around the globe, various sustenance slows down, watch the wheelchair race or participate in mammoth recreations like Jenga and Connect 4… The Rocks has markets, unrecorded music and burdens going on throughout the day.

Melbourne – Do not miss the Australian Day Parade which will happen from Swanston St to St Kilda Road from 11am to early afternoon. Docklands is the place to set out to toward a line-up of some neighborhood ability, and extraordinary nourishment trucks. Unrecorded music will played into the night in time for the firecrackers.

Byron Bay – A morning meal in the recreation center out of appreciation for Australia Day, this will be held by the Byron Bay surf club from 7.30am until 11am (or at Brunswick Heads from 7.30am until 10am). From 11am until 2.30pm watch the “Festival of the Survival of Indigenous Culture in Byron Bay” at Main Beach Park. Or on the other hand you could simply get your Aussie signals out and make a beeline for the shoreline for the day!

Brisbane – Head to Victoria Park in case you’re a child or a major child as there’s parts continuing for the youthful on the most fundamental level.


Australia Day Events:GET ready to celebrate Australia in style, with the Daily’s guide to 2018 Australia Day events across the Sunshine Coast.


1. Marcoola Rocks Australia Day

When: 10am-6pm

Where: Marcoola Surf Life Saving Club

Cost: Free entry to event, fun run entry $17-$28


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Marcoola is ready to rock the North Shore on Australia DayContributed

Meet some Australian creatures, take a turn on the entertainment rides, investigate the market slows down and go to the ridges for unrecorded music.

The Esplanade will be shut before the surf club to clear a path for the market.

The 10km fun run begins at 7.30am, before the 5km at 8am and 2.5km at 8.30am with the headliner beginning at 10am on the fundamental stage.

Visit the Marcoola Rocks Australia Day 2018 event page on Facebook for more information.

2. Noosa Australia Day Festival

When: Big Breakfast 7am, main event starts 10.30am

Where: Noosaville Lions Park, Gympie Terrace, Noosaville

Cost: Free entry

Live music acts like Alexander Mills, AZ U.R., Ryan Giles Band, Carl Lynch Band, Sharon Brooks and PocketLove Band, The Cherry Ripes and Phil Emmanuel will keep the crowd entertained.


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Harry Ioannou at the Noosa Australia Day Festival. Warren Lynam

Release the children wild for the rides, bouncy house, expand imaginativeness, confront painting, horse rides, reptile show and Nickleby the Magician.

Hit the recreation center at 7am-10am for the Big Aussie Breakfast, before looking at the Noosa Beach Classic Cars show and market slows down.

3. Australia Day at Coolum Beach

When: 6.30am-4pm

Where: Tickle Park, Coolum Beach

Cost: Free entry


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Australia Day Events

At Coolum for Australia Day. Ryley Diamond, Callum and Shea McDougall and Charli Diamond.John McCutcheon

The day will start at 6.30am with a Lioness breakfast, before amusement rides and market stalls open at 8am.

Join in more activities through the day including thong throwing, children’s activities, an ice-cream eating contest, Coolum’s Got Talent competition (entry to the competition costs $10), tug of war, live music and more.

The car park at Tickle Park will be closed for the event except for disabled parking spaces.


4. Flag Raising Ceremony

When: From 7.30am

Where: Lions Park, Arthur St, Kings Beach

Cost: Free

The 5th Light Horse Regiment will parade Aboriginal and Australian flags along the beach, before cadets from the 106th Australian Cadet Unit raise the flags.

Representatives from the Gubbi Gubbi people will perform a Welcome to Country.

5. Australia Day on Buderim

When: 7.30am-11am

Where: Main St, Burnett St, Buderim Mountain State School oval

Cost: Free


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Count on the Rural Fire Service to cool the crowd down on the Australia Day Parade through Buderim.Jason Dougherty

Australia Day will begin in Buderim with a multi-denominational chapel gathering at the St Marks Anglican Church on Main St, before the Gubbi play out a Welcome to Country show.

The monstrous road march down Burnett St will commence from 9am, with buoys and vehicles from neighborhood clubs and gatherings advancing down to the school oval where the fun proceeds with “old fashioned amusements” and vehicle shows.


6. Aussie World and Downunder Drive

When: 8am-5pm

Where: Aussie World

Cost: Dunny races and morning activities free, entry to theme park $20


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Australia Day Events

The iconic Dunny Race event will run during Australia Day celebrations at Aussie World.Warren Lynam

Where preferred to spend Australia Day over the Sunshine Coast’s Australiana-themed park?

The day will commence with free exercises including the notorious Dunny Races, pull of war, family and children exercises and diversion on the Aussie World Oval.

Limited section tickets will be on offer for those needing to participate in the proceeding with merriments in the amusement park through the evening and night, including rides, stimulation and the Aussie Day Concert.


7. Australia Zoo

When: Activities all day

Where: Australia Zoo

Cost: Adults $59, children $35, concession $47, family passes available

Grab free billy tea and damper from 9am, get the kids’ faces painted and catch the Darren Percival show in the Crocoseum at 11.30am-midday.

Get in quick for pavlova and lamington decorating while stocks last, and book a place in the annual pie eating competition.

Visit for more information.

8. Twilight Markets

When: 5pm-9pm

Where: Bulcock Beach boardwalk, The Esplanade, Caloundra

Cost: Free entry



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Australia Day Events

Get in the action at the Caloundra Twilight Markets.John McCutcheon

The Caloundra Twilight Markets happen to fall on January 26 this summer, offering the perfect chance to wander through the stalls selling food and wares for a relaxing Australia Day evening.

9. Caloundra Power Boat Club

When: Midday-late

Where: Caloundra Power Boat Club, Golden Beach

Cost: Free entry, or $10 for Aussie Boogaloo Trio show

Celebrate Australia Day on the shores of Golden Beach with a barbecue on the beach at midday, followed by a thong throwing competition at 2pm and free face painting for kids.

Live music kicks off in the club from 4pm, before doors open at 5.30pm for the Aussie Boogaloo Trio show at 7pm.

Call the Caloundra Power Boat Club on 5492 1444 for more information or to book tickets.

10. Pineapples and cars

When: From 8am

Where: Glasshouse Mountains Sports Club

Cost: Gold coin entry

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Preview for the Australia Day Show ‘n’ Shine, Pineapple Festival Glasshouse Mountains Sports Club.Roman De Clara,12, Jade and Zali Fullerton ,7, and Andre De Clara,8,ready for the big dayWarren Lynam

Jump into everything pineapples at the Australia Day Show ‘n’ Shine, as a major aspect of the yearly Pineapple Festival.

Coordinators expect in excess of 200 autos and motorbikes to be on show, alongside the pineapple bouncy house, slows down, prizes and rides.

Exemplary Australia Day amusements including cricket, contact football, darts and different exercises will keep the group engaged.

11. Multicultural lunch

When: Midday

Where: Nambour Community Centre

Cost: Free

Up to 100 people are expected at Nambour’s annual Australia Day Multicultural Lunch, as the community unites to celebrate all things Australia and acknowledge its multicultural roots.

No RSVP is required for the free lunch, but attendees are encouraged to bring a plate of food to share.

Contact the Nambour Community Centre for more information.

12. Hinterland Aussie Day Expo

When: 7.30am-midday

Where: Maleny Showgrounds

Cost: Free

The Hinterland Aussie Day Expo will open with a flag-raising ceremony before festivities begin at 8am. Activities include billy cart races, tug of war, sack races, gumboot throwing and the Aussie thong relay. Food and coffee will be available as families explore the Australia Day displays.

13. Australia Day citizenship ceremony

When: 7.30-10am

Where: Town square, Little Main St, Palmwoods

Cost: Free

Welcome the Sunshine Coast’s newest citizens at the Palmwoods citizenship ceremony. Breakfast will be available from 7.30am before the ceremony begins at 8.20am.

14. Buddina Australia Day Breakfast

When: 7am-10am

Where: Allan Walker Park, Pacific Blvd, Buddina

Cost: Free

ENJOY a free sausage sizzle, tea, coffee and drinks while the kids jump into games and an Aussie songfest. The Kawana Waters Uniting Church will host the event.


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Australia Day Events


15. Maleny’s Australian Film Festival

When: From 2.30pm

Where: Maleny Community Centre

Cost: Film sessions $15 or $10 for members, festival pass $60 or $40 for members

See some of Australia’s latest, most acclaimed film offerings and meet an Aussie cinema great during the Maleny Film Society’s weekend-long annual film festival.


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Australia Day Events

The film Australia Day, starring Bryan Brown, will screen at the festival. CONTRIBUTED

Veteran actor Max Cullen will be a festival guest, and will host a Q and A session on Saturday.

The festival continues through to Sunday, with a total of eight sessions over the three days.


16. MooloolaBaBQ Festival

When: 10am-8pm

Where: The Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba

Cost: $15, children aged under 5 free


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The Bruton family: Vaughan, Sam, and Donovan, 5, love a barbecue on Australia Day.John McCutcheon

The grill is an Australian symbol well deserving of festivity, and the MooloolaBaBQ Festival means to do only that.

Give a shout out to the opposition and test some prime grill treats as cooks in 10 groups fight it out for the Australian Barbecue Championships.

Look at the sustenance slows down and unrecorded music, and bring the children along for the bouncy house, petting zoo and face painting.


Most Local Government organisations have a range of Australia Day Awards.  The Australian of the Year and Order of Australia Awards are also announced on Australia Day.   Your club, school, organisation could create its own Australia Day awards (e.g. Local Legends, Aussie of the Year).


Community Activities

  • Invite members of your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to participate
  • Hold a photographic exhibition or competition
  • Show some Australian short films or have a film making competition
  • Create your own Australia Day postcards
  • Hold a best dressed competition, display or fashion parade (hats, historic costumes, Australian designers)
  • Have a gardening competition or floral displays
  • Award a prize for the best decorated cake or greatest Aussie food platters
  • Invite local talent to perform at an event (musicians, dancers, poets, story tellers)
  • Hold an Australia Day themed concert
  • Stage a debate along an “Australia Day” theme
  • Include fun Australia-themed competitions in your event such as boomerang throwing, gumboot throwing, egg and spoon races, yarn-spinning, thong throws.
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Australia Day Events

  • There is a lot of Australia Day themed food to be included in a breakfast, morning or afternoon tea e.g. Big Aussie BBQ, damper, picnic, bush tucker tastings,  lamingtons, pavlova, meat pies, sausage sizzle
  • Heritage or local history tours, walks, talks or displays
  • Sporting tournaments or Aussie sporting events, like backyard cricket rules or touch footy
  • Hold a bush dance
  • Displays by emergency services and other community based organisations
  • Family Tree research opprtunities and events
  • Showcase your multicultural community – activities, music performances, food, workshops, voices.
  • Create a time capsule
  • Hold a treasure hunt
  • Tree planting
  • Demonstrations and displays– e.g. Woodchopping, working dogs, sheep shearing, whip cracking, ukulele, vintage cars, something unique to your community.
  • Sculptures – e.g. sand, vegetables, iconic landmarks
  • Multi-faith services
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Australia Day Events

Children’s Activities

  • Animal farms and displays – e.g. sheep shearing, sheep dog demonstrations
  • Face painting
  • Jumping castles
  • Hold a pool party
  • Kite flying in the park or on the beach
  • Set up amusement rides
  • Damper cooking classes
  • Art and craft activities – e.g. lantern making, colour in Australia themed pictures, kite making
  • Put on some short shows – e.g. puppet show, music, dance
  • Hold a talent quest
  • Have a colouring in competition

Youth Activities

  • Battle of the Bands or Australian Idol type event
  • Aussie sports tournament
  • Essay competition, writing
  • Paint a Mural wall, either temporary or permanent
  • Hold a pool party
  • Street theatre, music or dance performances
  • Skateboarding or BMX displays
  • Photography and film classes

Activities for Seniors

  • Hold an arts and crafts exhibition
  • Australiana quiz
  • Australia Day themed morning or afternoon teas, lunches or dinners
  • Gardening or floral displays
  • Photography or painting classes
  • Australian music concerts, recitals, morning melodies
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Australia Day Events

Workplace Activities

  • Join in Australia Day in the Office
  • Hold a morning tea, afternoon tea or BBQ
  • Decorate the workplace with Australian flags and Australia Day merchandise



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