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Australia Day Celebrations

26 January at Broadwater Parklands and Gold Coast Aquatic Centre. Featuring a pool party, live music, food truck feast and a spectacular fireworks display.

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Australia Day on the Gold Coast

Australia Day Celebrations 2019

Be part of the festivities at the Gold Coast’s 2019 Australia Day Celebrations on 26 January at Broadwater Parklands, Southport.

Headlined by Mason Rack Band, the winners of the Gold Coast Music Award’s 2018 Best Live Act, and supported by an impressive line-up of local talent.

This FREE event kicks off at 4pm and concludes at 8pm with a spectacular fireworks display at 7.45pm set to rival New Year’s Eve events.

With fun for the whole family, the night will also boast delicious food vendors and the JJ Richards ‘Aussie Activities Zone’. Relive the fun of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and give beach volleyball a try down by the Broadwater. The little athletes of the family will love the ‘Mini-Commonwealth-Games’.

Support our drought-stricken farmers - don’t forget to head to the Rural Aid Australia stand and donate a gold coin or purchase merchandise.

So pack your picnic rug and gather your family and friends for a wonderful afternoon of food, fun and fireworks; the only place to be on Australia Day is the Broadwater Parklands.

Register your interest today on the Australia Day Celebrations Facebook event page and tag your friends!

Download the Australia Day Celebrations competition terms and conditions.

Getting to the event

Catch the G:link to Broadwater Parklands or make your journey active and walk, ride, scoot or skate.

This event is supported by JJ Richards, 92.5 Gold FM and Nine News Gold Coast.

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre Pool Party

Looking for a way to cool off during the day?

Splash into the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre for a traditional Aussie pool party, just a short stroll from the Parklands.

Families can enjoy the fun from 11am to 2pm with giant inflatables, competitions, games and much more. Normal admission charges apply.

For information check out the Australia Day Pool Party in our events calendar.

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Notice of filming and photography

By entering this City of Gold Coast event, you consent to be photographed, filmed and/or otherwise recorded and to the release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction of the photographs and/or recordings now or in the future in any medium without restriction or financial compensation and waive any and all claims connected with the taking, recording, publication and use of the photographs and recordings. You acknowledge and agree that you have been fully informed of your consent, waiver and release before entering the event.

If you do not agree to the above please do not enter the event venue.

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  • What time is the event?

    The event starts at 4pm and concludes at 8pm.

  • What time are the fireworks?

    The fireworks will start at 7.45pm. The spectacular fireworks display is set to rival New Year’s Eve; crowds will be wowed by the high powered jet skis while the fantastic fireworks light up across the Broadwater in an amazing 15-minute display.

  • Is the event free?

    Yes

  • What's not free?

    There will be a bunch of food vendors serving delicious snacks and drinks that can be purchased on the night. Support our drought-stricken farmers and head to the Rural Aid Australia stand and either donate a gold coin or purchase some of their fundraising merchandise. There will be an ATM available at the event.

  • What will I see at the event?

    Mason Rack Band, the winners of the Gold Coast Music Award’s 2018 Best Live Act, will be supported by an incredible line-up of local Gold Coast talent including Wayward Suns, Mistram and Katie Who.

    The kids will love the JJ Richards ‘Aussie Activities Zone’. Relive the fun of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and give beach volleyball a try down by the Broadwater. The little athletes of the family will love the ‘Mini-Commonwealth-Games’.

    The Gold Coast Titans will be set up on the lawn behind the main stage with activities for the whole family.

    Spend the day relaxing then head to the Broadwater Parklands from 4pm and fill up from the all-nations food truck feast before grabbing a spot on the lawn for one of the city’s most spectacular fireworks displays at 7.45pm.

  • What about the pool party?

    The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre Pool Party is being held at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre from 11am to 2pm. Normal admission charges apply.

  • What's happening on the main stage?

    4pm Katie Who

    4.45pm Mistram

    5.40pm Wayward Suns

    6.35pm Mason Rack Band

    7.45pm Acting Mayor Councillor Donna Gates to start the fireworks display

  • What public transport will get me there?

    Catch the G:link to Broadwater Parklands or make your journey active and walk, ride, scoot or skate to the event.

  • Where can I park?

    There will be no parking available at Broadwater Parklands on the day. However, Southport is exempt from parking charges on public holidays. Parking areas close to Broadwater Parklands include Cloyne Road (Marshall Lane), Mal Burke Car Park and Carey Car Park.

  • Can I bring alcohol?

    No, this is an alcohol free event.

  • Can I bring my pet?

    For the wellbeing of all attending the event, we recommend pets are left at home.

  • What if it rains?

    If the event is cancelled due to wet weather or for any other reason, we will update the Facebook event page, or listen to 92.5 Gold FM for updates.

  • What food will be available?

    • The Weiner Haus
    • Urban Gourmet
    • Dans Dim Sims
    • Micasa Food Truck
    • Zicatela Woodfired Mexican
    • Jardin Juice
    • Churros & Chocolate
    • Poffertjes King
    • Woodfired Pizza
    • Whips & Co
    • Bugsys Ice Cream
    • Bruce the Food Truck
    • Samba Catering Co
    • Sushi to the Max
    • Pumping Pizza and Pork
    • On a Roll
    • Little Havana
    • Cycho's Buffalo Wings
    • Barraca Portuguese Street
    • Mr Kebabie
    • Cactus Coffee
    • The Rusty Chippery
    • Notoriouse E.A.T
    • The Kitchen Garden
    • Surf Burger
    • Pequena Cocina
    • Greek Recipe
    • Rolls Pho Mi
    • Spud the Food Truck
    • Garlic & Spice
  • Can I refill my water bottle for free?

    Yes you can – look out for the refill stations and bring your own water bottle to refill for free. 

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