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 2017 Celebrations & Fireworks
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 2017, the main event will be held on The Great Lawn at Broadwater Parklands, Southport between 4pm-8pm. There will be plenty of food trucks and BBQ’s to keep everyone full as well as plenty of activities for the kids and local musicians playing along the pier. To finish off the day, there will be a fireworks display at around 8pm.
The celebrations also feature formal processions as well as family friendly entertainment 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!