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Australia Day in Brisbane in 2022: Fireworks, events and things to do

A guide to what's going on in Brisbane on 26 January.

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Australia Day is one of the biggest days on the calendar. It's the day that the First Fleet landed in Port Jackson and it's a day to appreciate how multicultural our country has become.

From fireworks displays to all-nighters at the pub, whatever you have in mind for the day, there's an event out there to cater for it. Check them out here.

Australia Day fireworks go off against the Brisbane skyline as viewed from Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park.

Australia Day fireworks in Brisbane

The 2022 Australia Day fireworks at Brisbane's South Bank are yet to be confirmed. We'll provide more information when it becomes available.


Australia Day events in Brisbane in 2022

EventsDetailsWhereWhenCost
Rotary Scenic Rim Australia Day Bike RideGet up at the crack of dawn to complete a bike ride around the Scenic Rim where you'll pass significant First Nation sites along the track. When the ride is finished, breakfast will be waiting for you at Jimboomba Hall.Jimboomba Hall, 1-3 Honora Street, JimboombaFrom 5amFree
Australia Day 2022 Pool PartyIt's all happening at this family friendly event on Australia Day with a citizenship ceremony, Local Heroes awards and fireworks at 8pm.
The little ones can also join in by dipping their toes in the splash pool, playing backyard cricket and taking a turn on the rides.
Oxley Bowls Club, 24A Englefield Road, Oxley2pm-8pmFree
Australia Day on Bribie IslandBrennan Park on Bribie Island is set to be a hub of activity and entertainment. The first performance is at 4:10pm, with the evening fireworks at 8pm.
Enjoy performances from Kiana Jazz, Bassline Studios Band and more, test your surfing skills on the mechanical surfboard and hang out on the foreshore before the sky lights up with fireworks at 8pm.
Brennan Park, Bribie Island4pm-8pmFree
Great Australian BitesIf you're hoping to spend Australia Day away from the big city, follow your nose to the Great Australian Bites festival. For another year running, this foodie fest will head to regional Queensland on and around Australia Day.Palmerin Street, WarwickWarwick's event is on 22 JanuaryFree
Australia Day at Sandstone Point HotelA mega slip 'n' slide, sausage sizzle and lamington eating competition is what you can expect at Sandstone Point Hotel on Australia Day.1800 Bribie Island Road, Sandstone Point12pm until lateFree
Australia Day at The Gap TavernHead to The Gap for a day spent by the pool. There's also a pie eating contest and beer pong championship game to be won.The Gap Tavern, 21 Glenquarie Place, The Gap12pm-10pmFree entry

Things to do on Australia Day in Brisbane

Have an Indigenous cultural experience

From dreamtime stories to Indigenous art, make this Australia Day a special one by going on an Aboriginal tour of Brisbane. Some tours are available on 26 January and others are available throughout the week of Australia Day.

Brisbane Like a Local Customised Private Tour
Brisbane Like a Local Customised Private Tour

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Enjoy the day with a wine in hand

Throw caution to the wind and pick a bottle of local wine off the shelf from your local bottle-o. If you want to take this to the next level, head out for a winery tour where you can sample a variety of wines and meet a Queensland winemaker.

Scenic Helicopter Flight with Winery Tour
Scenic Helicopter Flight with Winery Tour

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Full-Day Winery Tour from Brisbane by The Vino Bus
Full-Day Winery Tour from Brisbane by The Vino Bus

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Sail away on an Australia Day cruise

Turn the public holiday into a marked special occasion by boarding a boat and sailing down the Brisbane River on a backdrop of colourful fireworks.

Buffets, live music and picturesque views are some things you can expect to be included for your sailing.

Get out on the water

Surf, swim, stand-up paddleboard, kayak, sail – the options are endless with these water activities Australians love. Pick your favourite or why not book in a beginners lesson for a new sport?

Meet the local wildlife

Australia is home to an abundance of native wildlife which you can find in Brisbane and surrounding areas.


Top free things to do on Australia Day in Brisbane

  • Barbeque at South Bank: Pack a picnic basket or nab a barbeque early at South Bank and spend a day in the city surrounded by the lively atmosphere of the Australia Day festivities.
  • Head to the beach: Weather permitting, grab your towel and togs and make a day of it at a beach on the Gold Coast or Bribie Island.
  • Visit an art gallery or museum: Discover more about Brisbane and its history at the Museum of Brisbane and explore the Australian Art Collection featuring Indigenous and Australian collections together at the Gallery of Modern Art.

What's open on Australia Day in Brisbane?

AttractionAustralia Day trading hoursWhere to book
Australia Zoo9am-5pmAdrenaline
Story Bridge Adventure ClimbDawn to nightAdrenaline
TreeTop Challenge at Tamborine Mountain10am-5pmAdrenaline
Kingston Park RacewayTBCAdrenaline
Wheel of Brisbane10am-10pmGroupon
Museum of Brisbane10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm toursMuseum of Brisbane
Lone Pine Sanctuary9am-5pmLone Pine Sanctuary
Escape Hunt10am-10pmEscape Hunt
Pixar Putt10am-8pmPixar Putt
State Library of Queensland10am-5pmMembership required
GOMA10am-5pmFree entry
Museum of Brisbane10am-5pmFree entry, bookings required

Are shops open on Australia Day in Brisbane?

Here are the major shopping centres that are usually open on the Australia Day public holiday and their trading hours. Opening times are subject to change.

  • Queen Street Mall: Times vary
  • Westfield Chermside: Open 10am-5pm
  • Westfield Carindale: Open 9am-5:30pm
  • Westfield Northlakes: Open 10am-5pm
  • Westfield Garden City: Open 10am-5pm
  • Westfield Helensvale: Open 10am-4pm
  • Strathpine Centre: Open 10am-4pm

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