One of the largest celebrations held throughout the country year after year is Australia Day. Celebrated on January 26th, Australia day is a public holiday that honours the arrival of the first British Fleet on Australian soil.
Visitors to the Gold Coast often join in the festivities to commemorate the day, with many community events held around the nation each year including barbecues, ceremonies, parades, live entertainment and fireworks.
Australia day on the Gold Coast is held in Evandale Park, with a range of events held all throughout the day.
Australia Day Gold Coast 2017 Celebrations & Fireworks
Australia Day recognizes that on 26 January 1788, the first British fleet arrived at Port Jackson in Australia. The event is celebrated to reflect the rich history, diverse society and the unique heritage of Australia. On the Gold Coast, Australia Day is celebrated by all residents and visitors. The Australian of the Year awards are also held on this day where people who have made outstanding contributions to Australia are recognised on this special day.
The Australia Day celebrations on the Gold Coast feature formal processions as well as family friendly entertainment. There are a number of scheduled events for the Gold Coast’s celebration of Australia Day including:
Council Chambers: Flag Raising Ceremony (9.30am) & Australian Citizenship Ceremony (10am).
City of Gold Coast Stage: 9am-3pm – MC Welcome (9am), performers TBA.
Kid Zone Stage: 9am-3pm – performers TBA.
Kid Zone: All day carnival rides, animal nursery and face painting.
Aussie Arena: Times TBA – performers TBA
There are also a range of other activities and attractions including Woodchopping, Cook-offs, wood-turning workshops, damper making classes, sheep shearing, pig racing as well as a snake show.
With so many things to see and do, the Australia Day Celebrations are a fun day out for the whole family. So come on down to the Gold Coast to celebrate all things Aussie!
Attached are maps for the previous years event. A 2017 program will be updated once it becomes available.