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Australia Day

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 Gold Coast Events 2018, Broadwater Fireworks Celebration

Australia Day recognises 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.

In previous years, the main event has been held on The Great Lawn at Broadwater Parklands, Southport between 4pm-8pm. There has been over 20 food trucks and BBQ’s as well as plenty of activities for the kids and local musicians playing at the main stage. To finish off the day, there is typically a fireworks display at around 8pm.

Other highlights have included an Aussie Sporting Zone with activities from the Gold Coast Suns, the Gold Coast Titans and Queensland Cricket. There will also be heaps of other activities spread all over the Gold Coast, including RSL lunches, beach cricket and live music.

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!


26 January 2018

Event Times

Fireworks at 8pm


The Great Lawn, Broadwater Parklands


Marine Parade
Southport, QLD

Contact Details

(07) 5581 5220




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