A fair dinkum guide to Australia Day on the Gold Coast 2021

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi Oi!

There’s so much to do on the Gold Coast this Australia Day and Australia Day weekend.

From the 23rd to the 26th January, the city will host music festivals, pool parties, fine dining experiences, nature walks, and so much more!


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While celebrations might look a bit different this year, with social distancing and Covid-safe plans, it is still possible to have fun and stay safe.

Here is our pick of where to enjoy some Aussie fun:

MOVIES UNDER THE STARS
When: 7pm, 19-25 January 2021
Where: Broadwater Parklands, The Great Lawn near The Fish Shak.
What: Grabs some popcorn and enjoy an Aussie movie under the stars at Broadwater Parklands in the lead up to Australia Day! The movie lineup includes Lion, The Sapphires, Kenny, Red Dog, The Adventures of Priscilla, Muriel’s Wedding and The Castle.
Cost: Free
More info: .eventbrite.com.au/e/movies-under-the-stars

SEND IT FESTIVAL
When: 2pm to 10pm, Saturday 23 January 2021
Where: The Meadows, Gold Coast Turf Club, Racecourse Drive, Bundall
What: The SEND IT festival is Australia’s biggest EDM festival. This 23rd January SEND IT features Australia’s number one DJ Will Sparks, as well as Bonka, Mashd N Kutcher, Lockdown, Brooklyn, Tom Bromley, Yanzo, YROR? + local supporting artists.
Cost: $54-$150
More info: senditfestival.com

GOLD COAST VIBEZ
When: 12pm to 9:30pm, Saturday 23 January 2021
Where: Departing Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, for Couran Cove Resort, South Stradbroke Island
What: This 18+ beach festival includes luxury VIP yachts transporting guests to Couran Cove Island Resort, Stradbroke Island for a hip hop, RNB, oldskool beach festival. Vibez’s artist line-up includes DJ Tikelz, Shely 210, NUZ, DJ Blaze & DOS, The Banditz, Mister P, Dezastar, J Alexander, Dj Ulahz and more. The official afterparty is at Havana R&B nightclub in Surfers Paradise.
Cost: $60-$90 + Booking Fee
More info: facebook.com/gcvibez

FINE DINING SUNDAY LUNCH AT THE NORTH ROOM
When: From 12.30pm, Sunday 24th January 2021
Where: The North Room, 1/2527 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Waters
What: Enjoy the finest Australian and local ingredients with a special Australia Day weekend Sunday lunch at The North Room! Owners Tim and Shannon Stewart say the day’s menu is likely to include one of their signature dishes, with local mud crab, house made bone marrow crumpet, cultured cream and salted yolk. Bookings are essential.
More info: thenorthroom.com.au/

AFREKETE AFRO-CUBAN DANCE, MUSIC AND CULTURE FESTIVAL
When: Friday 22 January 2021 to Sunday 24 January 2021
Where: Tugun Village Community Centre
What: Celebrate Australia’s diversity with a Cuban experience on the Southern Gold Coast! Join this inclusive weekend of dance and music workshops, performance and Salsa with Australia’s talented Cuban dance and music artists. Enjoy a Cuban art exhibition and marketplace with all ages, abilities and levels of dance experience welcome.
Cost: From $25
More info: afrekete.com/

AUSTRALIA DAY POOL PARTY
When: 11am to 2pm, Tuesday 26 January 2021
Where: Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Marine Parade, Southport
What: Looking for some family fun? Grab your friends and splash into Australia Day at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre Pool Party. The main party gets underway from 11am with giant inflatables, dive boards, a sausage sizzle and DJ on the deck until 2pm.
Cost: Regular pool entry fees apply
More info: goldcoast.qld.gov.au/thegoldcoast/gold-coast-aquatic-centre

FREE LIVE MUSIC AT THE COOLY HOTEL
When: From 3.30pm, Tuesday 26 January 2021
Where: The Coolangatta Hotel, Marine Parade, Coolangatta
What: The Coolangatta Hotel invites you to celebrate with free live entertainment from Mark Sheils at 3.30pm and The Fat Albert Band at 8pm. For those who prefer something sweet, you’ll be able to sip on one of their Aussie themed cocktail specials—the Lamington Love or Pavlova Martini. Bookings are recommended.
More info: thecoolyhotel.com.au/whats-on/australia-day-2021

THONG THROWING AT DIGGERS & SPORTS CLUB
When: From 12pm, Tuesday 26 January 2021
Where: Diggers & Sports Club, 9 Beach Rd, Surfers Paradise
What: It’s doesn’t get more Aussie then a thong throwing competition, and this Australia Day, you can do that and so much more at the Diggers & Sports Club in Surfers Paradise. There is also a $25 BBQ and a BEER package available, as well as live music and giveaways.
More info: facebook.com/events/865293310899075

BOTANIC GARDENS: GUIDED BIRDWALK
When: 9am to 10am, Tuesday 26 January 2021
Where: Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, 230 Ashmore Road, Benowa
What: If Australian birdlife intrigues you, join the Friends of the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens for a walk through the gardens, learning about some of the 130 species of birds that call the place home. Explore the lakes, lagoons and acres of native plants in this urban environment, which create the perfect habitat to encounter amazing bird life.
Cost: Free
More info: friendsgcrbg.org.au/

THE QUINTESSENTIAL AUSTRALIA DAY BARBEQUE
Of course, the perfect Australia Day can mean a swim, surf or snorkel at one of Gold Coast’s beautiful beaches or creeks, and cooking up lunch at the park in one of the Gold Coast’s best barbeque spots with some drinks from local distillers or breweries.

Whatever you get up to this Australia Day, have fun and stay safe!

This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by We Are Gold Coast.

 

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