25 Australia Day soirees

Australia Day is the day we rejoice and celebrate this beautiful country, and if there's one thing Aussies love to do, it's to celebrate a public holiday!

Gather up your loved ones, find a spot close to the beach (pool will do, too), play a round of cricket, listen to Triple J's Hottest 100 and chuck a couple of prawns on the Barbie - all dressed up in Aussie colours, of course.
If this isn't exciting enough for you, celebrate this Australia Day in true blue Aussie style and check out our list of top events happening around the Coast.

Australia Day Eve

1.       The Bedroom Australia Day Eve Party
Celebrate Australia Day Eve at The Bedroom Lounge Bar in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Aussie DJ legends RAVE RADIO will be on the decks all night. This is set to be an unforgettable night to celebrate the amazing country we live in!
Where: The Bedroom Lounge Bar, Surfers Paradise
When: Wednesday 25th January,  9pm til late
Cost: $10

2.    Sin City Australia Day Eve Party
This night is going to be MASSIVE with the hottest Aussie Day line up to kick start the Australia day celebrations!
To get on the guestlist and receive FREE entry before 11PM click here: http://www.sincitynightclub.com.au/guest-list/.
Where: Sin City The Nightclub, Surfers Paradise
When: Wednesday 25th January, 9pm - late
Cost: Free entry before 11pm

3.       The Coolangatta Hotel Australia Day Eve Party
Cooly Hotel is kicking off the Australia Day festivities on Wednesday 25th January with live music from Jason Delphin and Alter Egos Dj's from 5pm til late.
Where: The Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta
When: Wednesday 25th January, from 5pm - late
Cost: Free entry

4.       NightQuarter Australia Day Eve Party
Celebrate Australia Day Eve with some Aussie spirit and a ripper night of live music from Daryl Braithwaite, Cookin’ on 3 Burners with Tex Perkins and more. 
Gather your mates and enjoy a few coldies at NightQuarter’s watering holes and they will do the hard yakka cooking the snags on the barbie when you’re peckish.
There will be plenty of fun to entertain the ankle biters with thong throwing and lamington eating competitions.
Where: NightQuarter, Helensvale
When: Wednesday 25th January, 6pm - 10pm
Cost: $35

5.       Miami Marketta Australia Eve Party
Miami Marketta is hosting a family friendly Australia Day Eve party you don't want to miss. Tapas, drinks and life music by Free The Genie and DJ Flyfingaz plus vintage stalls and the greatest shave competition.
Where: Miami Maketta, Miami
When Wednesday 25th January, 5pm - 10pm
Cost: Free entry

Australia Day events (North to South)

6.       Sanctuary Cove
Locals are invited to grab a picnic rug, gather family and friends and enjoy the family-friendly fun and entertainment on offer, including live Aussie classics from acclaimed Wes Taylor (11am to 2pm) and Greg Wall (2pm until 5pm). The Village Green will also be home to a range of free kids activities sure to keep them entertained.
Where: Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove
When: Thursday 26th January,  11am - 5pm
Cost: Free entry

7.       Broadwater Parklands
This one's for the whole family, the perfect Australia Day celebration filled with food, fun, live music and the City’s only spectacular fireworks display set to rival New Year’s Eve. Fill hungry tummies with over 20 all-nations food trucks, grab a snag from the Long Aussie BBQ and to finish a sweet treat from Reid Street Kitchen.
Where: Broadwater Parklands, Southport
When: Thursday 26th January, 4pm - 8pm

Cost: Free entry

8.       Cabana Bar & Lounge
Leave the kids at home and enjoy Australia Day in style from Cabana's open-air lounge from 12pm. The day will include Triple J's Hottest 100 broadcast live, toad races from 3pm - 4pm, free sausage sizzle with every drink purchased from 3pm - 4pm.
Where: Cabana Bar & Lounge, Southport Sharks, Southport
When: Thursday 26th January, 12pm - 10pm

Cost: Free entry

9.       Southport Sharks
Enjoy the kids Australia Day party at Sharks' Frenzy Food Court from 2pm. The LOL Crew will perform from 1.30pm and Mr. Sharky comes for a visit at 2pm. There will also be free face painting and a live reptile show from 4pm. For
Where: Southport Sharks, Southport
When: Thursday 26th January, from 1pm

Cost: Free entry.

10.       Southport Yacht Club
From 12pm guests can enjoy live entertainment by Spin and there’ll be Aussie raffles and prizes for best dressed. Lunch is available in the Waterfront Restaurant overlooking the picturesque Gold Coast Broadwater.
Where: Southport Yacht Club, Southport
When: Thursday 26th January, 12pm - 4pm
Cost: Free entry

11.   RSL Club Southport
Join the RSL Southport family to celebrate Australia Day from 10am. Great family fun at your local with live Aussie tunes all day by Bone Lazy and Bankxy. Aussie tucker specials, Aussie Trivia, fair dinkum giveaways plus free face painting.
Where: RSL Club Southport, Southport
When: Thursday 26th January, from 10am - late
Cost: Free entry

12.   Parkwood Tavern
There's no place like your local to spend this Australia Day. Plenty of family friendly activities this year with egg and spoon races, pie eating competition, toss the thong and the famous dunny roll! Free BBQ from 12pm, to get a taste of the Aussie grill.
Where: Parkwood Tavern, Parkwood
When: Thursday 26th January, 10am - 6pm
Cost: Free entry

13.   Fishermans Wharf Tavern
Celebrate Australia Day at Fisho's, right on the water from 1pm. With live Aussie cover music from Aus Rockks and prizes for best dressed, drinks promotions and specials it doesn't get more Aussie than that.
Where: Fishermans Wharf Tavern, Main Beach
When: Thursday 26th January, 1pm - 10pm
Cost: Free entry

14.   Melbas on the Park
Keep the Australia Day festivities going by heading to Melbas with your crew. Get excited for the top 100 best Aussie hits, meat tray raffles every hour and chicken parmiganas for only $12.50 from 5pm.
Where: Melbas on the Park, Surfers Paradise
When: Thursday 26th January, 4pm - 12am
Cost: Free entry

15.   Hard Rock Cafe
Listen to the best Australian covers by Andy Penney Music while having some drinks and BBQ on the deck at Hard Rock Cafe! Aussie Hot Dog for $10 only! Rock on the Aussie way!
Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Surfers Paradise
When: Thursday 26th January, 2pm - 5pm
Cost: Free entry

16. Jupiters Casino
Celebrate Australia day at Jupiters with a buffet lunch with prawns at Food Fantasy or a slow smoked BBQ out on the Lawn at Garden Kitchen & Bar. Hit the gaming floor afterwards, but don't forget to gamble responsibly, especially on Australia Day!
Where: Jupiters Casino, Broadbeach
When: Thursday 26th January, 12pm - late
Cost: Free entry

17.   The Kitchens
For families looking to sink their teeth into something scrumptious this Australia Day, The Kitchens will be firing up the ultimate barbeque celebration at the BBQ, Brews and Bites Festival, with cooking activations, beer sampling, Aussie-inspired games and live music in store from 11am to 7pm.
Where: The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre, Robina
When: Thursday 26th January, 11am - 7pm
Cost: Free entry

18.   Nobby's Beach Surf Life Saving Club
If you want to spend Australia Day at the beach, head to Nobby's Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, don't forget to bring your friends! Play thong pong, take part in the pie eating competition and watch hermit crab races. There is something for everyone on the day.
Where: Nobby's Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, Nobbys Beach
When: Thursday 26th January, 10am - 6pm
Cost: Free entry

19.   Burleigh Bears Leagues Club
Burleigh Bears Leagues Club is turning it on for you this Australia Day. An action packed day filled with entertainment from 1pm til late with Aussie games, prizes and BBQ.
Where: Burleigh Bears Leagues Club, Miami
When: Thursday 26th January, 1pm - late
Cost: Free entry

20.   North Burleigh BBQ
North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club is hosting an Aussie Day BBQ Party you don't want to miss. Grab a blanket and bring the family, where there’ll be food stalls, music and games to amuse the kids.
Where: Ed Hardy Park, North Burleigh
When Thursday 26th January, 11am - 3pm
Cost: Free entry

21.   Slater + Gordon Burleigh Swim Run
The Slater + Gordon Burleigh Swim Run Australia Day Challenge is a fun community fitness event held in front of the Burleigh Lifeguard Headquarters that is open to everybody from kids as young as 5 years to adults 60yrs+.
Where: Burleigh Heads Lifeguard Headquarters, Burleigh Heads
When: Thursday 26th January, 6am - 10am
Cost: Solo $40, Team $50, Young Gun $25

22.   Burleigh Pro
For all the surf rats out there, and those wanting to be, celebrate Australia Day at Burleigh Hill with the annual Burleigh Pro kicking off. Watch some of the world's best surfers compete for a spot in the WSL Qualifying Series.
Where: Burleigh Hill, Burleigh Heads
When: Thursday 26th January - Sunday 29th January
Cost: Free entry

23.   Currumbin RSL
Currumbin RSL is hosting Australia Day from 10am with a chance to win a share of $2,000. While you're there, Why not check out The Deck Creekside for totem tennis fun, La Bocca pizza for delicious Sam Kekovich inspired lamb pizza, The Deck Cafe for lovely lamingtons and pavlova and Nigel Jones, who's performing in the Main Bar.
Where: Currumbin RSL, Currumbin
When: Thursday 26th January, From 10 am
Cost: Free entry

24.   Tugun Surf Live Saving Club
Spend Australia Day at Tugun SLSC and compete in a thong throwing competition, free pies and sausage rolls throughout the day, lot's of prizes and giveaways and a free retro digital jukebox so you can play all your favourite tunes.
Where: Tugun SLSC, Tugun
When: Thursday 26th January, 12pm - late
Cost: Free entry

25.   The Coolangatta Hotel
On Thursday 26th come celebrate everything Australian with doors open from 9am. On offer are live music from midday til late, food and drink specials, giveaways and more. 
Where: The Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta
When: Thursday 26th January, from 9 am - late
Cost: Free entry

26.   Coolangatta Sands
Spend your Australia Day at the Coolangatta Sands Hotel with Average Joes performing live from 4pm -7pm. Take part in the pie eating competition and the chance to win a $50 bar tab.
Where: Coolangatta Sands Hotel, Coolangatta
When: Thursday 26th January, 12pm - 10pm

Cost: Free entry

 

If partying isn't your thing (shame on you), how about some shopping? Kirra Surf is celebrating everything Aussie by throwing a huge car park sale from Thursday 26th - Sunday 29th January. Enjoy up to 75% off selected styles, you would be stupid not to!
Where: Kirra Surf, 6-8 Creek St, Coolangatta
When: Thursday 26th January - Sunday 29th January

 

 

Words by By Louisa von Ingelheim