It’s Australia Day, the first public holiday of the year and one of the most fun. After all it is summer, it is hot and we are all still in holiday mode!

It’s the day when we all (well most of us) get a day off – even though we have only just returned to work and school for the year – but who’s complaining?

And while the day marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships at Port Jackson, many just see it as an excuse to embrace living in this beautiful country – because seriously we are so damn lucky!

As well as sleeping in and relaxing, some festivities include community events, citizenship ceremonies, Australian of the year and flag flying ceremonies (the Australian flag and also the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags).

How Aussies Celebrate Australia Day
Festivities usually include some of the following:

  • BBQ with family and friends at home or by the beach.
  • Food such as Lamingtons, meat pies, pavlova, prawns, Vegemite on toast and/or chips and steak.
  • Listening to music/radio (like the Triple J Hot 100 countdown or live bands)
  • A few sneaky drinks on a school night!

What’s On? If you are looking for something to do locally these are our top picks…

Gold Coast
Broadwater Parklands will go off with a bang from 4pm – 8pm. Gather you friends and family and pull up your picnic rug ready for an afternoon of fun, food trucks, live music and fireworks.

There’ll be loads of local music talent including sets from The Twine, Sunset City and Cheap Fakes, and the kids are sure to enjoy the JJ Richards Adventure Zone!

You’ll be entertained by fly boards, jet skis and jetpacks, while the fantastic fireworks light up across the Broadwater.

Note: There will be no parking available at Broadwater Parklands on the day. Try parking in areas close by such as Cloyne Road, Marshall Lane, Mal Burke Car Park and Carey Park Car Park.

For more info visit www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au

If you’re in Brisbane we recommend heading to Southbank for some outdoor fun.

Bring your family, pack a picnic enjoy free live music at River Quay from 11am before the evening ends with an impressive fireworks display from the banks of the Brisbane River from 7:30pm.

For more info visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au

Northern NSW
If you are south of the boarder there are early Breakfast in the Park events planned in the Byron Bay Shire.

  • Brunswick Heads // Housie Tent, Banner Park, 28 Mullumbimbi St, Brunswick Heads // between 7am and 10am
  • Byron Bay // Next to the Byron Bay Surf Club, Main Beach // between 7.30am and 11am
Katy Ferguson

Katy Ferguson  

Katy began her career as a journalist in Coffs Harbour in 2006. Her work has since taken her to Canberra, Melbourne and the Gold Coast where she now lives with her husband, two daughters and crazy American Staffy. Since having kids, Katy now enjoys life as a freelance journalist for Seven News on the Gold Coast and River 949 in Ipswich. She also writes for haven and scout magazines. In her spare time you'll find her learning to surf at Currumbin Alley, walking her dog around Emerald Lakes and being a part-time taxi driver to her kids!