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Australia Day in Brisbane: Things to do on the Public Holiday

Recapture that summer holiday vibe with our round-up of the best things to do on the Australia Day public holiday.

Kath & Kim’s Aussie Drag Brunch
Kath & Kim’s Aussie Drag Brunch

Want to make the most of your public holiday? It’s the Australian way! We’ve put together the top eight events across Brisbane (and some beyond, if you’re keen to get out of the city) so that you can recapture that summer holiday vibe… even if only for the day.

Please check with individual operators for opening times and current COVID-19 regulations to ensure your personal safety.

The Charming Squire
The Charming Squire
The Charming Squire

If downing a couple of cold ones is what you had in mind on Australia Day, the Charming Squire is the best place for it. Opening from 11am with a barbecue kicking off on the terrace at midday, you can enjoy live entertainment and limited release beers whilst enjoying a laidback and true blue Australia Day event.

3/133 Grey Street, South Brisbane

Victoria Park Bistro
Victoria Park Bistro
Victoria Park Bistro

Warm up for the public holiday with a weekend full of activities at Victoria Park Bistro. The 18-hole putt putt course and driving range gets our recommendation and there’s plenty of activities for the whole family with a jumping castle, giant games, a magician and live music. 

309 Herston Road, Herston

The Sandstone Point Hotel
The Sandstone Point Hotel
The Sandstone Point Hotel

The classic Sandstone Point Hotel festivities are back this Tuesday 26th January with lamington eating contest, a fifty metre slip ‘n’ slide, kangaroo relays and more! With plenty of food stalls and entertainment available to keep you occupied, this is an Aussie Day easily well spent.

1800 Bribie Island Road, Sandstone Point 


Australia Day on The Terrace
Australia Day on The Terrace
Australia Day on The Terrace

The Emporium Hotel is never one to miss out on a special event and this year is no exception! With incredible cocktails featuring iconic Aussie treats such as Weis Bars, Fantales and pavlova, you can delight and surprise your tastebuds. Leave some room for your savoury palate too, with barbecue plates of lamb and grilled prawns on the menu as well. 

From 2pm - 6pm, walk-ins only

267 Grey Street, South Brisbane

Kath & Kim’s Aussie Drag Brunch
Kath & Kim’s Aussie Drag Brunch
Kath & Kim’s Aussie Drag Brunch

Celebrate Aussie Day a little early, with something noice, something different. Kath & Kim’s Aussie Drag Brunch will be hosted at the beautiful Cloudland venue, so prepare to be entertained by your hosts BeBe Gynn and LuLu Lemans as well as some special VIP guests. Your booking is all inclusive, with a two hour Italian-inspired brunch and drinks package (think mimosas, sangria, spritzes and bloody marys). 

Saturday 24 Jan, 11am-2pm

641 Ann St, Fortitude Valley

Twilight River Cruise
Twilight River Cruise
Twilight River Cruise

Keen to sail a tall ship but not so keen on the wide open waters? Find the perfect happy medium with the Twilight River Cruise this Australia Day. The Sail Training Association is hosting a special event where you can be as involved in the sailing process as you like, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy some BYO snacks while you soak up the views. 

4pm-8pm, departs Mowbray Park Jetty, Park Ave, East Brisbane

Booker Place Park
Booker Place Park
Australia Day Extravaganza

A fun event for the whole family, led by the local community is happening this Tuesday 26th January, 2021 at Booker Place Park. Enjoy kids activities such as slides, swings, jumping castles and more, food vans and Aussie-themed competitions to keep you busy all day long. You’re encouraged to wear your best and brightest Australiana outfits! For tickets/registration and more info, click below.

Booker Place Park, Birkin Rd, Bellbowrie

Story Bridge Hotel
Story Bridge Hotel
Australia Day Festival

Spend your Australia Day at the iconic Story Bridge Hotel, who are hosting a true-blue Aussie event! With a carpark party, all day live entertainment, Aussie themed food and drinks and a best-dressed competition, if you like to have a good time… this festival is the place to be! Your ticket includes a drink upon entry and a donation to Youngcare, who assist young Australians with disabilities access suitable housing. The day is split into two sessions, so don’t delay and book in now!

200 Main Street, Kangaroo Point