As a city we are proudly a melting pot of cultures which means you’ll find a bountiful supply of beaut Australia Day events on the Gold Coast come January 26.
It’s the day we’re able to reflect on our connection with Australia, whether that’s as a born and bred citizen, an Indigenous Australian or someone who has moved here from overseas.
While Gold Coast clubs, pubs and restaurants will serve up a unique Aussie Day experience, the City of Gold Coast’s annual event is set to wow crowds with a fireworks display likely to rival New Year’s Eve. All are welcome to join the celebration, which unites our nation, at Broadwater Parklands Great Lawn in Southport from 4pm to 8pm.
Fill your tummies with fine fare from one of the 20 all-nation food trucks, listen to local musos on the main stage, or entertain the kids thanks to the Aussie Sporting Zone.
You can catch the G: Link to avoid parking problems, bring a picnic, an Esky of goodies and enjoy celebrating the country and all it stands for.
If crowds aren’t your thing, gather your friends and family and do one of these uniquely Gold Coast activities on Australia Day.
Here are seven ways to celebrate Aussie day in true Gold Coast style:
- Hire a paddleboard and enjoy a day on the water.
- Grab some mates and play barefoot bowls and a sanger.
- Spend a day screaming at one of the theme parks
- Have a bonza barbecue around the pool with mates.
- Don your swimmers and head to the beach.
- Turn up Triple J’s Hottest 100 and play backyard cricket!
- Go and watch some crabs racing with the kids.
Don’t forget your sunscreen, mozzie spray, hat and a fantastic attitude!
Live it up at one of these Australia Day events
A family-friendly event overlooking the Currumbin Creek from 10am with live Aussie tunes, tucker special, trivia and free face painting for the kids, and adults if you want! You can also catch Nigel Jones in the Main Bar.
Cabana Bar & Lounge Presents Australia Day
Enjoy Australia Day in style and comfort in Cabana’s open-air lounge from 12pm. The hottest 100 will be broadcast, toads will race and there will be special Aussie cocktails. Also, catch the Griffith University Australia Day Gift races on Fankhauser Reserve from your Cabana until 3pm.
Australia Day At Southport Sharks
Kids will love dancing on the main stage from 1.30pm with LOL Crew and there’ll be a visit from Mr Sharky at 2pm. Meal specials at Frenzy Food Court and a free live reptile show and face painting.
BBQ And Live Music On The Deck At Hard Rock Cafe Surfers Paradise
Head to the iconic restaurant for a rockin’ Australia Day and listen to best Australian covers by Andy Penney music while enjoying views, beverage on the deck and an Aussie hot dog.
Visit our what’s on calendar to see more information about BBQ And Live Music On The Deck At Hard Rock Cafe Surfers Paradise
Australia Day at Southport Yacht Club
From 12pm guests can enjoy live entertainment by Spin and there’ll be Aussie raffles and prizes for best dressed. Lunch is available in the Waterfront Restaurant.
Runaway Bay Tavern Australia Day Event
Enjoy a leisurely Aussie Day with a band from 3pm, cricket on the big screen, a free barbecue, a pie eating competition AND a throng throwing competition.
Australia Day Eve at NightQuarter
Celebrate Australia Day Eve with some Aussie spirit and a ripper night of live music from Daryl Braithwaite, Cookin’ on 3 Burners with Tex Perkins and more. There will be plenty of fun to entertain the ankle biters with thong throwing and lamington eating competitions.
Celebrate Australia Day At Fisherman’s Wharf Tavern
From 1pm there’ll be live Aussie cover music from Aus Rockks, there’ll be prizes for best dressed, drinks promotions and specials, and a fabulous waterside atmosphere.
Visit our what’s on calendar to see more information about Celebrate Australia Day At Fisherman’s Wharf Tavern
Advancetown Tavern Aussie Day Event
All welcome for the usual family fun such as face painting, balloon artist, jumping castle, swimming pool and the venue’s world famous annual pig races to raise money for the rural fire bridge. Rush Hour will perform their Oz Rock tribute show.
The Slater + Gordon Burleigh Swim Run Australia Day Challenge
This annual fun community fitness event held in front of the Burleigh Lifeguard Headquarters is open to for kids as young as 5 to adults who are 60+. There are three events, including a team option.
Visit our what’s on calendar to see more information about The Slater + Gordon Burleigh Swim Run Australia Day Challenge
Guanaba Country Music Club Australia Day Party
What else would a country music club on the Gold Coast do but host a fabulous party complete with music and a great atmosphere. Come from 11 and dress up as someone who enjoys the Aussie lifestyle!
Australia Day On The Gold Coast – Broadwater Parklands
Head to the Broadwater Parklands in the cool of the afternoon for an evening celebration that offers food, music, kid’s entertainment and incredible view of the Gold Coast’s Broadwater and spectacular skyline.
Visit our what’s on calendar to see more information about Australia Day On The Gold Coast – Broadwater Parklands
Australia Day At Benowa Tavern
Enjoy some Aussie-themed dishes on special and there’ll be a barbecue, a thong throwing competition and a lamington eating event held after lunch.
Dog & Parrot Tavern’s Australia Day Weekend
Visit the Robina venue for a family-friendly day offering a free sausage sizzle, fun and games to keep children amused in the afternoon, as well as comedy for adults from 7.30pm.
Australia Day At Coolangatta Hotel
There’ll be free entry all day and a party that celebrates what this great country is about, being Australian. Featuring live music, giveaways and food and drink specials.
Celebrate Aussie Day At The Boardwalk Tavern
An Aussie-theme party with mud crab racing, food specials and plenty of beaut events and entertainment on offer, all with waterfront views of the Hope Island Marina.
Australia Day at Parkwood Tavern
A stack of true blue Aussie events such as egg and spoon races, a pie eating competition, a toss the thong event and the tavern’s ‘famous’ dunny roll. There are also cash prizes to be given away. Free barbecue from noon.
Bearded Dragon Tamborine’s Australia Day Weekend
Offering families and friends a place to kick back in an awesome country setting, kids can enjoy Australian-themed activity tent, colouring competition, thong throwing as well as Aussie tucker and live music from noon. Reptile show, cane toad racing, lamington scoffing, prizes for best dressed and much more.
Visit our what’s on calendar to see more information about Bearded Dragon Tamborine’s Australia Day Weekend
Australia Day Celebrations At RSL Club Southport
This family-friendly event offers live Aussie tunes all day and fair dinkum giveaways as well as free face painting and trivia. There’ll also be some great Australian-themed tucker specials on offer.
Wicked Club Crawl On Australia Day
Some of the best bars, pubs and night clubs on the Gold Coast are on the list and attendees can dressed in best Australian theme before enjoying barbecue and party games. Prizes and giveaways offered throughout the night.
The Wallaby Hotel Celebrates Australia Day
Celebrate at one of the Gold Coast’s oldest hotels. All welcome at the Mudgeeraba venue to celebrate Aussie Day with entertainment in the form of live music, a pie eating competition, a thong throwing event and lots more. There’ll also be a free barbecue.
Celebrate Australia Day At Norfolk Tavern
Kick back and enjoy all things Aussie at the Ormeau restaurant that has plenty of entertainment on offer. There’ll be a thong throwing competition, an Aussie barbecue on the deck and music from noon.
Australia Day Golf Event At Links Hope Island
Member, mates and family are invited to Links Hope Island annual golf day. There’ll be optional pie eating competition as well as a family putting comp and thong throwing event. There’ll be prizes for best dressed and most creative cart.
Coolangatta Sands Hotel Aussie Day Event
The recently refurbished hotel is hosting its ‘ever famous’ pie eating competition with two divisions and there’ll be live entertainment from 4pm. There’ll be plenty of Aussie tucker and drinks specials to enjoy on the day.
The Gathering Feel Good Festival at Country Paradise Parklands
Get ready to be filled with inspiration and good vibes as you immerse yourself amongst a showcase of eclectic grooves, atmospheres and rhythms, brought to you by both local and international DJs, producers and artists. It will certainly be the place to party this coming Australia Day.