Lara from Gold Coast Tourism has sent me her suggestions on what’s hot on the Gold Coast this summer and ways to celebrate the long weekend for Australia Day.
Fireworks and food truck feast – 26 January 2019
Hosted at Broadwater Parklands this free event runs from 4 pm to 8 pm with a mega fireworks display. There will also be live performances and stunts on fly boards, jet skis and jetpacks. Enjoy the best of local music talent with sets from The Twine, Sunset City and Cheap Fakes.
Beach Cricket or frisbee on the beach
You can’t miss the beautiful beaches on the Gold Coast, so pack a cricket bat, ball and frisbee to work off Christmas pudding. We love a competitive game of bocce. Try heading down to Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise, Coolangatta or The Spit to set up your own rules and enjoy a leisurely day.
Throw a Shrimp on the Barbeque
After you’ve worked up an appetite, head to one of the 380 public barbecues located in the parks and reserves on the Gold Coast. Invite all of your friends and family and ask them to bring a dish to share and b.y.o drinks. Here’s a list of some the best BBQ locations on the Gold Coast.
Celebrate at a local RSL or Surf Life Saving Club
The crew at Currumbin RSL and Surfers Paradise RSL are going all out to celebrate Australia Day. Think lots of cold drinks, raffles and live music to party to. Plenty of other options at your favourite local club.
Watch an Australia Day Sunrise
It’s worth it to set your alarm at least once a year to catch the sunrise over the beach on Australia Day. It’s such a peaceful and quiet time of day.
The best vantage points for viewing an Aussie-day-sunrise include Greenmount, Burleigh Heads and Kirra Lookout. If you want to impress your partner, grab a fresh coffee and a basket full of breakfast food and perhaps a bottle of champers.
Southport Yacht Club
Enjoy an Aussie barbeque feast on the waterscape pontoon of Southport Yacht Club with live entertainment. From 12 noon to 4 pm. Bookings essential.
2018 Burleigh Pro – 25 to 28 January 2018
Watch some of the best surfers in the world compete for World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series points and prizes at Burleigh Heads. Bring along your picnic rug and invite all your family and friends.
Don’t forget to pack your swimmers, round beach towel and a radio to listen to Triple J’s hottest 100.