Whether you’ve got Tuesday off or not, we’ve got you covered with Australia Day events all weekend.
Taps Fortitude Valley
If the thought of being able to drink craft beer on tap (or buy an Esky full of it) tickles your fancy, Taps’ Australia Day party is the place to be. You can also compete in thong-throwing contests, play Beer Pong and listen to Triple Js Hottest 100 all day long. The party kicks off from 10am until late.
The Story Bridge Hotel
It wouldn’t be Australia Day without the famous Cockroach Races. You can even book a corporate box for an unprecedented view! Don’t forget to dress up too, you could win the Miss Cocky Competition or Best Dressed Group. The race starts at midday and entry is just a gold coin donation to Youngcare.
The Normanby Hotel Esky Races
Ever wanted to spend your Australia Day racing a 1000W Esky around a carpark for your chance to win $5000 worth of prizes? Of course you have! Your wish is granted thanks to the Normanby’s annual Esky Races. The free event also includes live entertainment and Triple J’s Hottest 100 playing loud. Strap on those knee pads and get racing.
Australia Day Eve
Can’t party on Australia Day? These venues have got your back with their weekend and Australia Day Eve events.
Portside Wharf pop-up
Celebrate Australian producers with a range of artisan cheeses and fine wine served at the Portside Wharf Precinct from 21-24 January. Local business The Cheese Pleaser will be there with platters of four carefully selected cheeses for $12. You can even bring along your own picnic and set up on the turf to enjoy live music in homage of legendary Aussie artists.
Great Australian Bites
More than just a catchy name for the South Australian coastline, the Great Australian Bite is a showcase of local culinary masters at Southbank’s River Quay from 23-26 January. Experience live entertainment from local artists while devouring taster plates and sipping drinks from pop-up food stalls. If you stick around until 7:30pm you will also have a perfect view of the fireworks.
The Flying Cock Spot On party
Head along to the fun and unique dive bar for their Spot On event. Party from 6pm on Monday 25 January with live music from local up and comers and not to mention a ripper selection of craft beers and ciders on tap. You will need a ticket for this one, so head to Moshtix for yours (don’t worry, they’re only five bucks).
The Normanby Hotel pre-sizzle
Yes, the Normanby is certainly getting into the Australia Day spirit this year with multiple events. Northsiders can head to their local for a Pre-Sizzle Sunday Australia Day Warm Up Party on Sunday 24 January from 11am. The free entry event will include live music from Bonka, Cutloose, Charlie Hustle and more as well as a competition for the best Hawaiian shirt to win pole position in the Australia Day esky races.
The Elephant Hotel Strewth Party
This free Australia Day weekend party will run from 2pm on Saturday 23 January until late. This year, the event is focusing on the best of bands in Brisbane (Say that five times fast). Check out rock’n'roll headliners Velociraptor along with Babaganouj and WAAX. More acts are to be announced before the event. Also, don’t forget to purchase a schooner of Coopers on the night to go in the draw to win a BBQ.
Walkabout Creek picnics
In the natural surrounds of the D’Aguilar National Park, just 12kms from the city, you can enjoy a picnic, walking trails, swimming spots and maybe even a game of backyard cricket. The best part is, you don’t even have to pack your own hamper! Hampers can be ordered online from Cuisine on Cue and collected from the Green Tree Frog Cafe on your arrival. Too easy!
South Bank Fireworks
The Southbank Parklands will become an alcohol free-zone for Australia Day, making it nice and safe for young families. Get in early to snag a good spot for the 7:30pm fireworks.
Australia Zoo is holding a special Australia Day show in the Crocoseum from 11:30am. John Williamson will be performing live followed, of course, by a live croc feeding. There will also be plenty of activities including pavlova decorating, a pie eating contest, face painting, free damper and many prizes to be won. Ticket purchase is essential!
Kookaburra Showboat Cruises
Enjoy a three course meal for lunch or dinner with fabulous views of the city by day and fireworks by night. There will be competitions for the best Aussie costume as well as lucky door prizes to win. Ticket prices range from $39-$79 and you can find more information here.
Get Away for a Day
There are so many nice spots to day trip around Brisbane, so why not take advantage of the public holiday and get away to somewhere a little more relaxed.
Cedar Creek Falls
Just a scenic 12 minute drive from Mount Tamborine you will find Cedar Creek Falls. Trek down a breezy bushwalk to discover spectacular lookouts, cascades and waterfalls. The bush trail leads right down to the falls so you can explore the rock pools or just sunbathe (safely) on the warm rocks. It’s the perfect place to relax with friends and get away from it all, even just for an hour or so.
Located 10 minutes from Beechmont lies the Killarney Glen waterfalls. If you’ve ever seen a perfectly heart-shaped lagoon in your Instagram feed and was sure it couldn’t be the real deal, this place will prove you wrong. The naturally occurring heart pool is a favourite for daring swimmers and not to mention a great photo opportunity. Time is of the essence if you want to access this spot, as it is sometimes closed off. Weekends and School Holidays are the best times to go so get in this week before school returns for 2016.
If you were stuck for ideas on what to do this Australia Day, hopefully we’ve helped! What will you be doing this Australia Day?