Celebrated annually on January 26th, the first thing you can do to properly experience Australia Day is (assuming you're not already here) get yourself to Australia, of course!
Alright, the hard part's over. Now we celebrate! Check out our tips below for making the most of Australia Day 2017, and we hope to see you sporting your Mahiya goods with us in the New Year!
Best Ways to Celebrate Australia Day
A Brief History
Australia Day commemorates the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of ships from Great Britain and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander, Captain Arthur Phillip, in 1788. Today, Australia Day is a reason to celebrate everything we love about our country, from the people to the natural beauty to the vibrant culture.
Gold Coast Events
Australia Day Fireworks & Food Truck Feast - Southport
Located at Broadwater Parklands in Southport, this is the hot spot to be if fireworks are your jam. Setting off the only show on the Gold Coast, head here from 4pm to 8pm to enjoy a special feast from more than 20 food trucks, a kid's sporting zone, and live music performances from artists like Dan Carroll, Eleea Navarro, Jackson James Smith and more.
Pro Tip: Hop on the G:Link tram from Broadbeach South (or anywhere north of Southport) to Broadwater Parklands and save yourself from the hassle of driving and parking.
Burleigh Pro - Burleigh Heads
If watching some of the world's best surfers compete in the heart of the Goldie sounds like the perfect way to celebrate Australia Day, game on! Simply head to Burleigh Hill to grab a spot to witness the Burleigh Pro, a 4 day surf contest from January 26th to the 29th, featuring pros competing for the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series. Afterwards, hit up nearby Rick Shores or the Burleigh Surf Club for an arvo cocktail or two.
Pro Tip: Dogs are allowed, and eskies are too. Don't forget your sunscreen! And water. Lots of water.
Beach & BBQ - Everywhere Else
Keep it classic and hit the beach for a BBQ with friends and family! We recommend taking public transport, packing the esky with plenty of drinks and snacks, and heading to scenic spots like Tallebudgera Creek, Mermaid Beach, Currumbin Creek, Rainbow Bay or Burleigh Beach. Don't forget to pack your beach umbrella or a rashie for some sun protection, and please carry out all your trash with you when you leave. See you on the water, Straya!
Pro Tip: Bring your surfboard, paddle board or flamingo slash unicorn slash pineapple float for ultimate summertime celebration goodness. Because how sad is it to be the only one not floating in the turquoise water?!
Celebrate Australia Day at Victoria Park - Herston
If you're up in Brissy for the holiday, be sure to head to Victoria Park and their adjacent Bistro from 10am to 4pm to take advantage of fun activities like sack races, tug of war, life sized outdoor games, bouncy house, playground and more. For the golfers of the group, the driving range will be open all day, as well as the 18 hole putt putt course!
Pro Tip: Victoria Park Bistro is handing out free kid's ice cream between 10am and 11am, but we're betting if you ask nicely, they'll give it to you too.
Australia - Get Into It! - Logan
Head to the Police-Citizens Youth Club of Logan for a fun (and super delish) celebration from 12pm to 1:30pm. Join in on a traditional Aussie BBQ, or choose from cuisines including Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Fijian, Tongan, African New Zealand, Dutch and Hungarian. Yum!
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