Snags, sunshine and sack races – here's where to celebrate Australia Day on the Gold Coast

Snags, sunshine and sack races – here’s where to celebrate Australia Day on the Gold Coast

If there’s one thing we love as Aussies, it’s a long weekend, so we’re welcoming these three days of freedom with open arms! We know that there’s a lot of conversation still to be had about the changing the date of our national day, but there’s one thing us Aussies can all agree on – we’re bloody lucky to call this place home! If you’re keen to soak up the goodness of Australia Day, then here are a bunch of events happening on Saturday January 26 that will surely make you proud as punch to be Australian.

Broadwater ParklandsSouthport: If food, fireworks and a family-friendly vibe are your prerequisites for Australia Day, this is for you. Kicking off at 4:00 pm (ample time to hit the beach first), the free event will see Mason Rack Band headline a series of local musicians sending live tunes across the waterside. There will be a killer line-up of  food trucks and entertainment throughout the afternoon and evening, before the celebrations are capped off by a massive fireworks display.

Australia Day at The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach: Settle in for a day of sips and snacks in the sunshine with the Aussie Celebration on the Lawn – there will be a pop-up kitchen, ice-cold craft beer, live Australian music and DJ beats from Brooke Evers taking you into the night. The newly opened Harvest Buffet is showcasing Australian classics, utilising native ingredients with local seafood and meats, alongside treats like blue-gum honey mousse with rosella. Finish off upstairs at Kiyomi with native cocktails like the Taisho Spritz with 13- month-infused cumquat shochu with native riberries.

Australia Day Pool Party at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Southport: Don’t have a pool of your own? Make waves at the Australia Day Pool Party instead! Running from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, the Southport pool will be overflowing with fun activities, music, giveaways, a thong-throwing contest, a bomb-dive competition (we’re in) and a good old sausage sizzle. Plus, official Australia Day celebrations at the Broadwater Parklands (see above) kick off at 4:00 pm, so you’ll be right in the thick of the action!

Australia Day Bash at NightQuarter, Helensvale: NightQuarter is celebrating in true Aussie style – with beats, barbecues and beers. Kick off at 4:00 pm, there will be everything from cockroach races to lamington-eating competitions, sausage sizzles, native eats from the stalls, as well as fun treats like Gaytime cocktails and Tim Tam cronuts. Soak it all up to the tune of Aussie-rock cover band Prime Ministers of Australia.

Australia Day-Cation at The Island, Surfers Paradise: The Island’s sun-kissed Rooftop will transform with bright orange hues this Australia Day with it’s Aperol Australia Day-Cation. Settle in for an afternoon poolside with live bands, DJs, Aussie eats and Aperol spritzes flowing. Oh, and entry is free!

Australia Day at Southport Sharks, Southport: Things are being kept true blue at Sharks this year with fun, food and free entertainment for all ages. Keep the little tackers happy with a disco and a live reptile show, then dig into some tucker (think lamp chops, sausages, pavlovas and more) at Frenzy’s. To top it off, Aussie Pride brand will perform your favourite rock classics from 8:30 pm – you beauty!

Long Weekend Summer Party at Topgolf, Oxenford: The popular entertainment hub is throwing a three-day bash of golfing fun, delicious eats, ice-cold drinks and all-Aussie vibes. Gather here with the crew on Australia Day for cocktails, themed eats (hellooo steak sandwich) and live DJ beats from 2:00 pm. The fun continues on Sunday with the hottest 100 replay while DJ TwoFace will hit the decks on Monday for some public holiday fun.

Australia Day Chisel Revived at seagulls club, Tweed Heads: Nothing says Australia Day without classic Barnsey hits – so grab a cold one and prepare to get sweaty as you soak up the classic Aussie-rock vibe with seagull’s Australia Day Chisel Revived live tribute concert. The best part? It’s free!

All Aussie BBQ at Crafthouse, Tugun: This southern beer hub and eatery is doing it in style on Saturday – there will be prawns on the barbie, pies and chips, plus ice-cold beers and chardy by the glass, thong-throwing competitions and more. Gather your mates and head on down!

BBQ in The Backyard, Westfield Coomera: If you’re a firm believer that every Australia Day should involve a barbecue feast, then round-up the brood and head north because Westfield Coomera is putting on a killer spread! The free (yes, free!) barbecue will be held in The Backyard precinct, with live music, face painting, thong tossing and egg-and-spoon races to keep you and the family entertained!

Bonus round! It’s a long weekend, so keep the celebrations rolling – check out our round-up of things to do on the Gold Coast this (long) weekend. Oh, and if you’re heading to Brisbane, check out this wrap up of Australia Day events in Brisbane and a round-up of what’s on up there across the rest of the weekend.

To find out more about what’s on in the Gold Coast, head to our Event Guide.

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