Australia Day Guide 2019

Snags, lamingtons & thong-tanned feet

Australia Day Guide 2019

Cooking snags on the barbie. Stuffing your mouth with lamingtons. Walking around in Aussie day themed outfits. Listening to the countries hottest music countdown. These may be some, or all, part of your yearly Australia Day activities. Whatever the tradition, Brisbane will be buzzing with other activities.

So let's put our best thong-tanned foot forward and celebrate this beautiful country. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie...

The Hottest Weekend

Osbourne Hotel

Expect A LOT from the Osbourne Hotel's Hottest long weekend. The've collaborated with Brisbane's favourite liquor brands and DJ's.

On Saturday your true Aussie spirit will come to life with meat pie eating competitions (winner gets a $100 voucher) and a tap takeover by Newstead Brewing Co. With live music from 3pm until late, and did we mention Frosé and frozen cocktail specials?!

On Sunday, jam out to Triple J's Hottest 100 with a Pizza in one hand and an Aperol Spritz in the other. They're serving $10 pizzas all day and have a special Greenhouse Sunday featuring Kid Kenobi.

Brisbane Brewhouse

Whether you're playing cricket, meeting up with the fam, or planning on catching up with mates, or just nursing a hangover, Brisbane Brewhouse has something planned for everyone.

We're talking about true-blue Aussie food, thirst quenching beers, Aussie tunes, Australia v Sri Lanka Test live from the Gabba, to top it all off Triple J's Hottest 100 on Sunday!

Brisbane Brewing Co.

Swing on by to Brisbane Brewing Co for a bloody ripper of a special menu to match their fair dinkum beer line up for the weekend. Grab your makes for some grub and a bevo while you listen to true blue Aussie tunes.

The Burleigh Pavilion

If you're on the Gold Coast over the long weekend, be sure to drop into The Burleigh Pavilion for some true blue aussie vibes accompanied with fish and chips and an ice cold bev (or ten).

The Bavarian

Celebrate Australia Day at The Bavarian! Australia Day long weekend will kick off on Friday, 25 January with happy hour from 4pm to 6pm. Craft beers, spirits and house wines are all $5, with $1 chicken wings also on offer. A limited-edition Australia Day loaded schnitzel is also available all weekend for $25, featuring a classic chicken schnitty smothered, covered and loaded with authentic Aussie toppings of beetroot, pineapple, bacon, egg and cheese.

Live Aussie Entertainment

Story Bridge Hotel

Another year...another Aussie Day Festival! Head on over to the Story Bridge Hotel for a day under the sun filled with drinks, food, competitions and the much anticipated COCKROACH RACES. Doors will open at 11am, be a spectator or a racer, it's going to be a blast of a day either way!

Ballistic Beer

Skip the bottle-o and head straight down Ballistic Beer for locally brewed beer and finger-licking good food. The bubs and fur babies join in the celebrations and listen to The Sippy Downs LIVE at the brewery!

Hotel Brunswick

Have you got what it takes to be crowned champion prawn peeler? Then make sure to enter “Prawnies“, Hotel Brunswick's annual prawn peeling contest this Australia Day. 1st prize takes home $400!

Heats from 1pm, Kids Prawn Peeling 3pm, Grand final at 4pm, Followed by live music from Salt & Steel.

Hottest 100 BBQ at The Triffid

Triple J HOTTEST 100 BBQ, all weekend in The Triffid Garden with Free Bunnings BBQ's, Special Guest Acoustic Performances & Special guest DJ's. It's going to be one hell of a party.

Celebrate Australia in New Farm Park

Celebrate Australia Day watching the Brisbane Brass Band, featuring special guests, the National Youth Band of New Zealand, while relaxing on the lawn.

River Quay Venues


Burgers and beer – what’s more Australian than this? Spending Oz day chowing down on a delicious beef burger at The Stoke Bar. #lunchwithaview


Enjoy romanticism and adventure on Oz day with the French inspired menu at Aquitaine Brasserie. Embrace the diverse palette darling!


A sprit in hand and an Italian fare fit for an Aussie Queen (or King), what more could you want? Celebrate Oz Day the Italian way at Popolo!


If your looking to be impressed this Australia Day, book yourself a table to The Jetty South Bank! With Australian flavours to make you feel every bit the Aussie, do yourself a flavour! #allstarmenu


Fancy AF fish and chips by the water … Eat like the Mermaid (or Merman you are). Oz day is sorted! #nuffsaid

For Your Bathers

Australia Day at Coolum Beach

Forget Cricket, take your mates or your family and join in any of the actives set up at Coolum Beach. Challenge them in the thong throwing competition, keep cool with their ice-cream eating contest or be discovered at Coolum's Got Talent.

Aussie World and Downunder Drive

Why not spend Australia day at the Sunny Coast's Australian themed Amusement Park? Kick off the day with Dunny Races, tug of war, and loads of other entertainment on the Aussie World Oval.

Still not convinced? Entry tickets will be on discount on offer for those wanting to join in the continuing festivities in the theme park.

Visit Aussie World for more information and to book park tickets.

Noosa Australia Day Festival

How could a beach festival, live music and fabulous food get any more Aussie? Add Noosa to the mix. Grab your friends and bring the family to join the fun.

Fireworks at Southbank

Pack a picnic basket or nab a barbeque early at South Bank to spend a day in the city surrounded by the lively atmosphere of Australia Day festivities and be sure to hang around because at 7:30pm Brisbane will be putting on quite the fireworks show.

Australia Day Celebrations at Broadwater Parklands

With fun for the whole family, the night will also boast delicious food vendors and the JJ Richards ‘Aussie Activities Zone’. Relive the fun of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and give beach volleyball a try down by the Broadwater. The little athletes of the family will love the ‘Mini-Commonwealth-Games’.

Drink & Celebrate


Enjoy breakfast, brunch and lunch with this local charmer on Oz day. Say good-bye to tinnies and hello to divine wines and cocktails! #Feelingfancy


You wont find passion pop at this lounge bar. No. No. No. With good times and strong drinks, Savile Rowe is the best place to keep the Oz day festivities alive!


Save the date for Brisbane’s best jazz jam hosted by none other than Doo-Bop Jazz Bar! Featuring Sacha K Trio, Jeremy O’Connor & Dan Wolsner – where the bloody hell will you be?


Live music with free entry, what’s more Australian? Throw in Brisbane’s Heya Bar and you’ve got a combo every fair dinkum Aussie can drink to. #cheers


With the best views on the Gold Coast, Rick Shores is the perfect spot for a sophisticated Aussie Day lunch full of the best seafood on the coast. Be sure to have the 'Ricks' Fried Bug Roll and one of their famous cocktails... you can thank us later!

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Good Guide would like to honour the traditional custodians of our lands. We can now all proudly enjoy Australia together and respect the past and build a wonderful future, caring for our lands and people as one.

The Good Guide supports moving Australia Day to another day where ALL Australians can celebrate.

About the Author

Ysabelle Alesna

Ysabelle Alesna

Out in the beaches of Australia, you can find this charismatic girl laying in the sand with a sangria in one hand and her book in the other. If she's not at the beach, you can catch her on the hunt for the best tacos in Brisbane. She's a sucker for romance or fiction books, but also enjoys her true crime and murder podcasts.