Best Australia Day Events Brisbane 2021
With Australia Day this year falling on a Tuesday, 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 Tuesday the 26th January 2020
Australia Day in Redcliffe
Sutton Beach | 4pm – 8pm: Join in the celebrations at the gorgeous Suttons Beach in Redcliffe for an easy-going, Aussie time. Australia Day in Redcliffe is free to attend and one the whole family can enjoy. From beach activities to food trucks, fireworks and live music, Australia Day Redcliffe guarantees families a ripper of a time at the beach. Bring a picnic blanket and fold-up chairs, find the perfect spot and relax as you watch the kids play in the water and sand. Find out more here Australia Day in Redcliffe.
Australia Day at Victoria Park
Herston |Head along to Victoria Park Bistro to celebrate Australia Day with lots of family-friendly activities including a magician, live music, giant games and a jumping castle. Bookings are required. Find out more here Australia Day at Victoria Park
Aussie Arvo – Free Pool Party at Lawnton
Lawnton | | 2pm – 7pm: 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. A sausage sizzle, popcorn and fairy floss will be available on the day for only $1 each! Find all the details here Aussie Arvo – Free Pool Party
Australia Day 2021 Beach Party
Oxley| 2pm -9pm : Come and enjoy a family fun day and night to celebrate Australia Day at the Oxley Bowls Club Pool Party on a Bowls Green. The day will include: *Oxley Bowls Australia Day Cup *Backyard cricket *Rides *Raffles *Bar Open *Gumboot and Thong Throwing Championship *Drinks *BBQ *Raffles*Huge Splashing Kids pool *Barefoot Bowls*Entertainment*Rides*Games for kids *Live Music throughout the day *Fireworks. Find all the details here Australia Day 2021 Beach Party
Australia Day on Bribie Island
Brennan Park |4pm – 8pm: Join in the celebrations at the gorgeous Brennan Park, Bribie Island for an easy-going, Aussie time. Australia Day on Bribie Island is free to attend and one the whole family can enjoy. With live music and a fireworks finale, make sure you bring a picnic blanket and fold-up chairs, find the perfect spot and relax as you watch the kids play in the water and sand. Find out more here Australia Day on Bribie Island.
Australia Day at Caboolture Historical Village
Caboolture | from 9am: Come on over and enjoy the day sampling the food and drinks, listening to music and watch the Grande Parade. Gates open 9:00 am and entry is $10 with children under 16 FREE. Find out more here Australia Day at Caboolture Historical Village
Australia Day Family Celebrations
Bulimba Golf Course |12pm – 6pm: Join Bulimba Golf Club for a day of family fun in the sun! They’ll have live music, thong throwing competition, jumping castle, inflatable waterslide & sack races! Their big BBQ lunch will be served from 12pm and live music with Ollie Murk will be from 2-6pm. Find out more here Australia Day Family Celebrations
Australia Day Pool Party
Jindalee Pool |11.30am – 2pm: Come along to the Australia Day Pool Party and celebrate Australia Day with FREE entry to Jindalee Pool, FREE BBQ and FREE kids activities! Find out more here Australia Day Pool Party
Australia Day Celebrations on the Redlands Coast
Wellington Point |11am – 3pm: Council’s free pop-up event will feature a great line up of live and local entertainment including performances by a range of bands and local artists, food trucks and family-fun activities in a relaxing laid-back atmosphere. Find out more here Australia Day Celebrations on the Redlands Coast
Great Australian Bites on the Redlands Coast
Raby Bay |11am – 3pm: Celebrate Australia Day on Redlands Coast with friends, family, homegrown entertainment and a feast of local food. With free entry, stalls filled with delectable cuisine prepared by local food producers, popular food trucks, and lively entertainment from homegrown musicians, Great Australian Bites is the perfect way to enjoy the Australian summer in a fun and relaxed picnic-style atmosphere. Find out more here Great Australian Bites on the Redlands Coast
Australia Day Celebrations at Australia Zoo
Beerwah | John Williamson & the Gubbi Gubbi will perform live in the Mount Franklin Crocoseum followed by the Irwin family feeding the crocs! Take part in kangaroo hopscotch, Aussie icon hunt and koala throwing competition – don’t worry, the koalas aren’t real. Plus, a chance to win a Toyota Hilux and Jayco Camper. Find the details here Australia Day Celebrations @ Australia Zoo
Australia Day Celebrations at Sandstone Point
Sandstone Point | 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 of course acres of grass for them to run around and kick the footy. Find all the details here Australia Day Celebrations |
Lanterns in the Park
Springfield | 1pm – 9pm: Spend Australia Day at Lanterns in the Park with markets stalls, food, lanterns in the Twilight, entertainers, stilt walkers, jumping castles, live music and more. All the fun will take place at Robelle Domain . Find all the details here Lanterns in the Park
Free Entry To Ipswich Pools
Various Ipswich City Counil Pools | 10am – 4pm: Since 1997 it has been an Ipswich City Council tradition to hold Australia Day celebrations at local council pools and this year will be no different. Free entry will be at the following Ipswich City Council-owned swim centres: Bundamba Swim Centre, Goodna Aquatic Centre, Rosewood Aquatic Centre and Georgie Conway Leichhardt Community Swim Centre. Find all the details here Australia Day At Ipswich City Council Pools
Australia Day at South Bank
South Bank | Please note the annual Australia Day fireworks at South Bank have been cancelled for 2021.
What else is open for kids on Australia Day?
The Queensland Museum
The Queensland Museum is open on the Tuesday 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 Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Ocean Predators, 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
- Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Ocean Predators: The Sea Monsters exhibition combines real fossils from millions of years ago, gigantic replicas including a 13m long Elasmosaurus and 9m Prognathdon, 180-degree immersive video that puts you right inside the action, hands-on interactives and much more.(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.
Wind Tubes at Ipswich Art Gallery
Design and build your very own flying creation to test in the Wind Tubes. See your creation take flight and soar to the ceiling, and defy gravity by hovering high overhead… or just fall to the floor. It’s all about air and invention, with a little bit of mid-air mayhem. Bookings required
Now is the Time, The Motorcycle: Design, Art, Desire and Ross Manning: Idling Engines 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.
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).
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 each year is spent at South Bank watching the annual fireworks display. This year, unfortunately, they have been cancelled but a few local events, such as the Australia Day in Redcliffe, Australia Day on Bribie Island and Oxley Bowls Club will have fireworks for the whole family to enjoy.
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.