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 around town that will surely make you proud as punch to be Australian.
Australia Day at The Star, Broadbeach
The Star is dishing up Australia Day three ways this year. Enjoy lamb, pavlova, beers and entertainment on The Lawn at Garden Kitchen & Bar (psssst Amy Shark is performing later in the evening! For details, head here), while inside at Harvest buffet, some of the country’s edible national treasures are being showcased – think cheesy potato bake, kangaroo sausages, beef rissoles with gravy, big sausage rolls, plus Milo mousse, Wagon Wheel cake, Golden Gaytime slice or Weet Bix panna cotta! You can also gather the crew and settle in at The Sports Bar – towering Aussie-style burgers will be dished up alongside cold beers and plenty of live sporting action.
AIX x Hyde Paradiso: Australia Day Takeover, Surfers Paradise
Throw on your best Australia Day ensemble – beachfront beauty Hyde Paradiso is holding a special edition of its famed Bottomless Brunch! The event, held in conjunction with AIX Rose, promises tasty cocktails, free-flowing rosé or beer, a series of decadent dishes, live tunes and uninterrupted 180-degree views over Surfers Paradise beach. Enjoy a specially made AIX rosé ‘Paint the Town Pink’ Punch on arrival, then sip on bottomless AIX Rose or beer for two hours from first pour. To eat, there’ll be an Australiana-inspired brunch spread including fresh seafood, gourmet sausage rolls, lamb chops, salads and more. Yum!
Australia Day Celebrations at Broadwater Parklands, Southport
Be part of one of the Gold Coast’s biggest Australia Day festivities at the Broadwater Parklands in Southport. Kicking off at 4:00 pm, the day’s entertainment will be headlined by the Round Mountain Girls and supported by a line-up of local talent including Electrik Lemonade, SAN MEI and Liv Hever Music. The celebrations will be rounded out with a 15 minute firework display around 7:45 pm, synchronised to an all-Aussie soundtrack. There’s also the Australia Day Pool Party happening at Southport Aquatic Centre earlier in the day from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm – think novelty races, a giant inflatable obstacle course, dive board fun, a sausage sizzle and dive bomb competitions until 2:00 pm (regular pool entry fees apply).
Gins & Tins at Aviary Rooftop Bar, Southport
Kick back with your mates and a gin spritz in hand this Australia Day at the Aviary Rooftop Bar’s Gins & Tins Australia Day party. Brookie’s Gin will be on hand providing the spritz selection while Pirate Life will cover the beer. There will be $15 pizza all day, oversized games to play on the rooftop and acoustic tunes from Benny Hanna Music, plus a chance to win free beer for a whole year! Gins & Tins is also helping support the local fire brigade over the long weekend, donating $1 from every beverage sold directly to the Gold Coast Rural Fire Brigade Group.
Red Cross Bushfire Relief Appeal at Vinnie’s Dive Bar, Southport
The team at Vinnie’s Dive have pulled together an incredible day-and-night event for bushfire relief on Sunday January 27 (Australia Day). Essentially it’s 12 hours, with 12 bands providing non-stop music, with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to the Australian Red Cross. The daytime line-up will feature the likes of The Disables, The Wrath, Entrapment, The Dirty F Holes, GBU and more, while the evening line-up will see Donny Love, Radolescent, Lens, Stoker and honeygum hit the stage. Support your country on January 27, and have a rad time doing it.
Chisel Revived at Seagulls Club, Tweed Heads
Nothing says ‘Straya like listening to live Cold Chisel beats – and Seagulls in Tweed is certainly amping it up this weekend with a live show from Chisel Revived. Fronted by the searing vocals of Carter Roser, Chisel Revived will have you rocking the night away this Australia Day long weekend – it’s all happening on Australia Day eve (Saturday January 25) and best of all, it’s free!
Graze on the Green, Hope Island
If you’re looking for a relaxing way to spend your Australia Day, gather the friends and family for Graze on the Green at Links Hope Island. Pack the picnic rug and set up on the golf green for an outdoor afternoon complete with live music, pop up bars, food vendors and creative market stalls. The kids won’t miss out either, there will be a waterslide and jumping castle keep them entertained into the evening! The free event runs from 4:00 pm through until 9:00 pm.
Australia Day Dego at Lucky Bao, Mermaid Waters
Keen to feast your way through Australia Day? The team at Lucky Bao have put together a mouth-watering degustation menu that will send your tastebuds into a frenzy. It’s an ‘Aussie take on retro Chinese food’, with dishes like a burger bao with fried egg, pineapple relish and bacon mayo, honey-seasame king prawns, and deep-fried ice-cream. You can peep the full menu here.
Australia Day Lawn Party at Robina Town Centre
If you’re looking for a way to keep the kids entertained this Australia Day, head to the Promenade at Robina Town Centre for the Australia Day Lawn Party. The event will take over the Promenade green with a whole schedule of free kids activities, including a Nutbush dance workshop, emu egg and spoon race, classic Aussie thong toss, flour sack race and craft workshop dedicated to cork hat decorating. A live DJ will be aiding the celebrations throughout the day which will run from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.
Southport Sharks, Southport
There’s a huge day of family-friendly entertainment at Sharks on Sunday January 26. Mark Divola will kick things off at 12:00 pm performing on the main stage, followed by a free live reptile show at 4:00 pm. Get the kids involved at 5:00 pm with face painting and the kids disco with LOL Crew on the main stage. Feed the family from 5:30 pm at Frenzy’s buffet, which will have all your Aussie dinner favourites including lamb chops, sausages, pavlova, lamingtons, minute steak and lamb roast. Then ease into the evening at 7:30 pm with Acoustic BBQ Trio performing a set of Aussie classics.
Australia Day Street Party, Runaway Bay
You’re invited to hit the streets of Runaway Bay this Sunday. The Runaway Bay Tavern carpark will be transformed for the Australia Day party (from 2:00–8:00 pm), featuring free live music, market stalls, food trucks and pop up bars. If you’ve got the kids in tow there will be plenty to keep them entertained, including a free jumping castle.
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Robina Pavilion will also be going hard this Australia Day long weekend, with Triple J’s Hottest 100 live and loud on Saturday, pop-up bar by Brookie’s on Sunday, VB karma kegs for bushfire-relief pouring all weekend. There’s also Australia Day fun at Burleigh Pavilion from 11:00 am, with cheese and Vegemite pizzas, fire-roasted lamb pockets dished up alongside DJ beats by The Twins (from 8:00 pm), and just around the corner down the alleyway there’s the Aussie Icon Party happening at Nightjar with live Aussie beats and all-Australian beers.
There’s plenty more happening – check out this wrap-up of things to do on the Gold Coast this (long) weekend.