Best Australia Day Events Brisbane 2020
With Australia Day this year falling on a Sunday, followed by a public holiday, 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 Sunday the 26th January 2020
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 of beach games, competitions and demonstrations that have a unique Australiana theme. Live music. ice-cream and lamington eating competitions will liven up the beach throughout the day and provide fun for the whole family.
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, live entertainment including live music, great food and more!
Australia Day Weekend at Victoria Park
Herston | Australia Day Weekend at Victoria Park | 9am – 4pm – 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 DJ, games and competitions and a Splash ‘n’ Movie from 7.15pm on the big screen. A sausage sizzle, popcorn and fairy floss will be available on the day for only $1 each!
Australia Day 2020 Pool Party on a Bowls Green
Oxley| Australia Day 2020 Pool Party on a Bowls Green | 12pm -9pm –
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.
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 more.
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 | 2pm -7.40pm – Celebrate Australia Day in the great outdoors! Bring along a picnic and enjoy the live music from 2pm – 6pm 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 and a native bee display. Samford Historical Museum is located on Station Street in Samford.
Australia Day By The Bay
Shorncliffe | Australia Day by the Bay | 3pm -9pm – Celebrate Australia Day with an Aussie BBQ in the park (all proceeds going to bushfire appeal), Sandgate Hawks AFL and Sandgate Gators Cricket activities, Jumping castle, Face painting, Sandcastle competition, Live entertainment from Ten12, Friday Marmalade, Camden and Riley, Timmy Thicc and Byron Hemma. The night will wrap up with a free screening of the great Aussie film ‘Red Dog’!
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 Spiders 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
- Spiders- The Exhibition: Queensland Museum’s newest exhibition will allow Brisbane families to discover these impressive creatures as they come face to face 200 spider specimens and 12 live species including Sydney Funnel Web, Trapdoor, Hunstman, Redback, and Tarantula spiders (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.
Construction Site at Ipswich Art Gallery
Visit Construction Site for awesome, hands-on, summer fun the whole family can enjoy. Construction Site Summer Fun presents multiple fun, interactive activities where you can creatively build and play in the air-conditioned environment including Blue Blocks, TapeScape, Ball Run and Construction Site Building Blocks. Read our Exhibition Review.
The Big Wedgie
Experience four great attractions – The Big Wedgie waterslide, The Just Right Wedgie waterslide, The Little Wedgie waterslide, and The Big Chucka. The Big Wedgie waterslide stands at a whopping 18.2 meters tall and 82 meters long with a thrilling 55-degree slope,as is the current world record holder for the world’s tallest freestanding inflatable waterslide! The Big Wedgie’s final weekend is the 25th-27th January at Broadwater Parklands. This is a ticketed event but one sure to be a hit in the summer weather. Read our information about The Big Wedgie here
Water, Below the Tide Line and Island Fashion are the current exhibitions you can explore with your Brisbane Kids. Open the entire Australia Day long weekend, the exhibitions include interactive artworks, hands-on and multimedia activities created by exhibiting artists, especially for children and families. Find more information on our website calendar.
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).
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)
Bracken Ridge Lions Club Miniature Steam and Electric Train Day
Bring the whole family along to the Bracken Ridge Central Lions monthly Steam and Electric miniature train day. Going for over 20 years this is a great family day out in the lovely suburb of Bracken Ridge where Brisbane Kids can enjoy train rides on the miniature steam train. McPherson park has great facilities for a BBQ or a picnic plus on Train Day there is also a sausage sizzle and cold drinks for sale. (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).
Australia Day Fireworks
For many families, Australia Day events are all about where to find the fireworks and in 2020 you can view 7.30 fireworks at South Bank. If you plan to head to this event for the fireworks then our best advice is to arrive early to reserve a nice shady spot under a tree.
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.