Every year when the Australia Day weekend rolls around there are almost too many celebrations to choose from, from massive EDM parties to family-friendly community events. To make your decision simpler we’ve rounded up our top four picks close to accommodation in Brisbane’s CBD, including free entertainment, a river cruise, a beer-lover’s lunch and the downright strange…
Relax over an Australia Day Long Lunch
1:00-4:00pm, Sunday 26 Jan at The Charming Squire in South Brisbane
Love eating? Love beer? Then you’ll be right at home at the Australia Day Long Lunch hosted by the good folks at The Charming Squire. There’s a full range of beers to choose from as you feast on a sumptuous shared barbecue menu curated by celebrated chefs Deniz Coskun, Tony Tierney, Steve Hursey and Jason Anderson. It’s just like a party at home, only with special limited edition beers and chef-prepared food. Cheers to that!
Tickets: $49 per person. Book at Eventbrite
Take in music and fireworks from South Bank in Brisbane
Performances from 2:00-6:00pm & fireworks from 7:30pm, Sunday 26 January at South Bank Parklands
South Bank hosts the Australia Day celebrations every year and it couldn’t be a better location to soak up the best of the city. Take in the river and city views over a takeaway hamper to the sound of live performers including Birdman Randy and The Ivory Street Preachers at River Quay Green. Then, lay back as the stars come out and colourful fireworks burst overhead. This alcohol-free space makes it a wonderful option for families.
Tickets: None needed! This event is free, so simply make your way to South Bank. More information.
Watch the iconic Australia Day Cockroach Races
Gates open at 11:00am with first race at 12:00pm, Sunday 26 January at the Story Bridge Hotel
It is…a little left field, but the Story Bridge Hotel’s annual Australia Day Cockroach Race has been drawing crowds for decades. Now in its 39th year, 2020 is your chance to take in all 12 cockroach races – including a steeplechase event! This is a street party with a difference, including live music from Aussie Boogaloo, The Joyners, Mira and more plus food trucks and cold drinks. Come dressed in your best Aussie outfit to win prizes, and find your place early alongside the five-metre circular track as the critters are released.
Tickets: None needed – entry is by gold coin donation. You can find more information here.
Cruise on the river at the Aloha Australia Day Boat Party
2:00 PM Monday, 27 January departing from Pontoon ‘A’ Southbank
Continue the good times after Australia Day! Join the Aloha Australia Day Boat Party on the Monday public holiday and cruise along the Brisbane River to the sounds of ukulele and pacific drumming. Don your Aloha outfit, and dance the night away to DJs and live performers. There will be island fire dancing to light up the night with the stunning city lights as a backdrop.
Tickets: From $64. Book at Oztix
Looking for accommodation or apartment hotels in Brisbane’s centre? Punthill Apartment Hotels offers modern accommodation in Spring Hill Brisbane that’s within walking distance of South Bank and the Brisbane River. With private balconies, well equipped kitchens, WiFi and a swimming pool, these apartments are the perfect option for your Australia Day getaway.