Best Australia Day Events Brisbane 2019

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With Australia Day this year falling on a Saturday, the whole family will be able to make the most of all the family-friendly Australia Day events. Brisbane is set to be alive with activity with many Australia Day events themed around the water or close to the beach ensuring a nice cool day will be had by all.

We’ve gathered all of the best kid-friendly Australia Day events in Brisbane and beyond from special Australia day events to local activities and ideas to make the most of your Australia day. We have even included some ideas so you can make the most of your day off if you want to stay at home from giant tim tam cakes to Australia day games.

The best Australia Day Events in Brisbane

Australia Day Saturday the 26th January 2019

Australia Day Redcliffe, beach volleyball

Australia Day Redcliffe

Australia Day on Bribie Island

Bribie Island |Australia Day on Bribie Island | 3pm – 8pm – Head on down to Brennan Park on Bribie Island this Australia Day for some Aussie Day fun!  The 5 hour Aussie Beach Party will feature a variety consist of beach games, competitions and demonstrations that have a unique Australiana theme. Live music will liven up the beach throughout the day and fun for the whole family will end with fireworks.

Australia Day in the Village at Caboolture

Caboolture |Australia Day in the Village | 9am – 5pm- Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Caboolture Historical Village where they whole family can celebrate Australia Day with toad races, an old vehicle parade, animals, live entertainment including live music,  bushranger re-enactments great food and more!

Australia Day Weekend at Victoria Park

Herston | Australia Day Weekend at Victoria Park  | 9.30am – 5pm  –  From sack races to tug of war, jumping castles to giant outdoor games you will find plenty of activities at Victoria Park to celebrate Australia Day Fun. Families will also enjoy live music, face painting, the kids’ playground and great food and drinks on offer.

Aussie Arvo – Free Pool Party at Lawnton

Lawnton | Aussie Arvo – Free Pool Party  | 2pm – 9pm –  Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Lawnton Aquatic Centre to celebrate Australia Day at Aussie Arvo. This free pool party will include live Aussie music, rides, poolside disco, games and competitions and a Splash ‘n’ Movie – The Greatest Showman from 7.30pm on the big screen. A sausage sizzle, popcorn and fairy floss will be available on the day for only $1 each!

Australia Day Family BBQ at Morayfield

Morayfield | Australia Day Family BBQ | 10.30am – 12.30pm –  Come down for a big family BBQ with the CSC crew for Australia Day 2019! Let the kids loose on the jumping castle, get decorated with the face painting or even watch the balloon twister at work and enjoy the free sausage sizzle!

Australia Day Celebrations at Aussie World

Palmview | Australia Day Celebrations @ Aussie World | from 8am – 5pm – Aussie World  is definitely the place to be this Australia Day. Starting at 8am, there will be a day full of Aussie fun with live entertainment, games, rides and Aussie food. The highlight of the day will be the famous Dunny Race Championship along with  Tug of War, Family Fun, Kids Activities and entertainment. It starts on the Aussie World Oval from 8am in the morning – with great coffee and Aussie breakfast. But the fun does not stop there, as Aussie World has over 30 rides and games the whole family can enjoy, including Leak’n Logs, water ride Plunge, the thrill ride Redback and fun Giant Slide to name but a few.

Australia Day in Redcliffe

Redcliffe | Australia Day in Redcliffe | 3pm-8pm – Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Suttons Beach to celebrate Australia Day with live music, beach volleyball, inflatables, lamington eating competition, Food Trucks and an 8pm Fireworks Finale.

Australia Day Celebrations at Sandstone Point

Sandstone Point | Australia Day Celebrations | from 12pm – late- Grab your togs and bring the whole family along to the Sandstone Point Hotel for their Australia Day celebrations. There will be so much for kids to do with waterslides, lamington eating competition, live music, the playground and farm experience and of course acres of grass for them to run around and kick the footy.

Australia Day at South Bank

South Bank | Australia Day at South Bank | 1pm -7.40pm – Celebrate Australia Day in the great outdoors! Bring along a picnic and enjoy the live music from1 pm – 5.30pm and then watch Brisbane’s biggest Australia Day fireworks light up the sky at 7.30pm. The fireworks spectacular on the river will be the perfect way to end Australia Day celebrations for the whole family.

Australia Day at Samford Historical Museum

Samford | Australia Day at the Samford Museum | 9am – 2pm – The Samford Museum at Samford Village offers a unique way to celebrate Australia Day. You can introduce kids to the pioneering history of Australia through their displays of vintage vehicles and other historical items. There will also be a bush band, sausage sizzle, bush poetry and a native bee display. Samford Historical Museum is located on Station Street in Samford. Read more about it on their website here

Australia Day by the Bay

Sandgate | Australia Day by the Bay | 10.30am – 4pm – Enjoy a full day of activities for the community including a citizenship ceremony at Sandgate Town Hall at 10.30am,  followed by a community afternoon with live entertainment, face painting and delicious eats and the world famous Cotton Street billy cart races starting from 3.00pm.


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What else is open for kids on Australia day?

The Queensland Museum

The Queensland Museum is open on both the Saturday and the Monday public holiday. The kids will enjoy the variety of exhibitions on show and you will enjoy the air conditioning and the coffee. It is completely free to enter apart from the Monkeys exhibition, which is a ticketed event. Some of the exhibitions you can see right now include

  • Wild State: A celebration of the biodiversity in Queensland with a range of incredible animals
  • Monkeys! A primate story: featuring 60 spectacular taxidermy specimens and articulated skeletons (ticketed event)
  • Playasaurus Place: A favourite especially with the little ones, with interactive learning opportunities and life-sized dinosaurs, dinosaur eggs and hatchlings, dinosaur footprints, rocks and fossils, and some of the plants and animals that helped form coal.
  • Lost Creatures- which is an introduction to some of Queensland dinosaurs. You can extend the play by using our dinosaur scavenger hunt.

Playing with Light at the Ipswich Art Gallery

Located at the Ipswich Art Gallery, Playing with Light is once again a masterful, family-friendly exhibition that gifts children the perfect indoor playground to explore in, learn from and interact with. Read our Exhibition Review.


Australia’s biggest waterslide festival’s final weekend is the 25th-27th January at Sirromet Wineries. This is a ticketed event but one sure to be a hit in the summer weather. Read our information about Slideapalooza.

APT9 Kids

Located at the Gallery Of Modern Art as part of ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9), APT9 Kids features 8 interactive artworks, hands-on and multimedia activities created by exhibiting artists, especially for children and families. Find more information on our website calendar.

Australia Zoo

Head to Australia Zoo on Australia Day and enjoy free billy tea & damper, pavlova & lamington decorating or take part in their annual pie eating competition! Troy Cassar-Daley will be performing live before the 12:00pm Wildlife Warriors show. Head to their website here

Free Waterparks and Brisbane Pools

Waterparks are what makes Brisbane the sunshine city and you will not be disappointed by the sheer volume free waterparks, from Settlement Cove to Robelle Domain, Ferny Grove Aqua Park, Wynnum Water Park and South Bank. If you are happy to pay a few dollars then head to your local aquatic centre or public pool and check out their Facebook page first to see what Australia events they have running at the same time. (Just use the search function on our website to find any of these water parks or local aquatic centres).

Lifeline Bookfest

Running across the same weekend as Australia Day is the Lifeline Bookfest and we only mention it because it is located at South Bank where so many families head to enjoy Australia Day. If this is you and you are planning to head to South Bank super early then its good to know that the Book Fest will be open from 7.30am and might be a nice segway before you head into the bustle of South Bank. You could also pick up some nice Australian themed books for the kids to read under the shady trees of South Bank. (more details on our calendar)

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Lone Pine is open on Australia Day with no holiday surcharge. Enjoy the sheep dog show, the lorrikeet bird feeding and our favourite- the bird show! Australian animals are the best!!

Brisbane’s best beaches

Okay, some are a small drive down the highway but we are blessed for choice when it comes to glorious beaches that are only a short drive from Brisbane. Whether you head up or down the coast, some of our favourites include Currimundi Lake, Currumbin Rockpools and Coolum. (we have reviewed all these places and more on our website, just search for them by name in the search bar above).

Coolum beach sunshine coast

Coolum Beach

Australia Day Fireworks

For many families, Australia Day events are all about where to find the fireworks and in 2019 you can view 7.30 fireworks at South Bank as well as the 8pm fireworks at Redcliffe. If you plan to head to these events for the fireworks then our best advice is to arrive early to reserve a nice shady spot under a tree.

Australia Day Fireworks at South Bank streets beach, families watching Australia Day fireworks

Australia Day Fireworks, South Bank

Australia Day at Home

For many families, the best Australia Days are spent at home enjoy the company of friends or each other, maybe a BBQ, a swim, a game of cricket or just an afternoon nap. Here are some of our favourite ideas for enjoying Australia Day at home.

Australia Day Games

Australia Day Games are Australian themed game ideas from tossing the thong to make an Australian shape from your Arnotts biscuit.

Australian Animal Colouring in

If you are planning to head to a local restaurant or to a picnic then print these Australian Animals Colouring In Printables first! Totally free.

To stay up to date with all the awesome family-friendly events happening in Brisdbane take a look at the Brisbane Kids Upcoming Shows page, the Brisbane Kids Event Calendar or sign up to the Brisbane Kids Weekly Newsletter. 

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