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Australia Day on the Gold Coast 2022 | Fireworks and events

Fireworks, sailing trips, pop-up festivals and, of course, the beach. This is how the Gold Coast does Australia Day.

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With sun, surf, bronzed bodies and a lively atmosphere, you can't beat the Gold Coast on Australia Day. You can pretty much guarantee that wherever you turn, the flag will be flying, eskies will be strewn about and the nation's pride will swell.

Searching for something to do on Australia Day? We've got some ideas.


Australia Day fireworks on the Gold Coast

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The City of Gold Coast has confirmed its annual Australia Day fireworks at Broadwater Parklands.

While you're busy revelling, the little ones will remain amused all afternoon long at the entertainment playground. Pack the picnic rug and tuck into a feast of food trucks and watersport displays while the fireworks crack overhead.

The event starts at 4pm and ends at 8pm with the Australia Day fireworks.


Australia Day Gold Coast events for 2022

EventsDetailsWhereWhenCost
Australia Day at Broadwater ParklandsThe festivities at Broadwater Parklands are the quintessential Australia Day event. Enjoy live local music, food trucks and of course the 8pm fireworks. Take the kids along for fun at the Kid Zones.Broadwater ParklandsFrom 4pm, fireworks at 8pmFree
Celebrating Australia Day in HarmonyStarting with a Welcome to Country, this celebration will include up to 65 stalls, up to 185 international performers, arts and crafts, Aboriginal painting exhibitions, multicultural music, dancing, food trucks and kids activities as well as an illuminated globe.SouthportFrom 12pmFree
Roots of RhythmCelebrate Australia Day with the Southern Beaches community with performances by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dancers and dancers from the Afrekete Afro-Cuban community. Lunch is Kup Murri, a traditional Torres Strait Islander style of cooking. There will be a smoking ceremony, mural painting and workshops for kids.Southern Beaches Community Garden11am - 3pmTickets from $15 per person
Ngali Cultural CelebrationMeaning "we, together" in languages from the Guggu Yimithirr Nation, Ngali celebrates the achievements, culture and history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Expect cultural dances and performances by Indigenous musicians.SouthportFrom 12pmFree
Australia Day @ The Club, Sanctuary CoveCelebrate Australia Day with the annual Australia vs The Rest of the World Challenge. Dress up to represent your team and enjoy a classic sausage sizzle before teeing off for a 2-person Ambrose event and an Australian style roast in Lakeview Bar.Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club, The Parkway, Sanctuary CoveAn early celebration with a 12:30pm shotgun start on 23 January 2022Tickets from $55 per person
Australia Day @ Southport SharksKeep those little ones entertained with a free reptile show and kids disco, and keep the big ones entertained with late-night music by Acoustic Duo and a hearty feed of bangers, steak, roast and pav.Southport Sharks Corner Olsen and Musgrave Avenues, Southport4:30pm - 8:30pmTickets are $34.90 per adult and $15.90 per child over 5
Australia Day @ Coolangatta HotelLive music is always on at the Coolangatta, and on Australia Day, it's got to be an Aussie behind the mic. Catch a range of tribute bands including Outshined, Paradise City and Rhino.The Strand at Coolangatta2pm - 8pmTickets from $50.50 per person
Australia Day @ Grand View HotelGet into the groove with a performance by Aussie Pride at the Grand View Hotel.Grand View Hotel 49 North Street Cleveland1pm - 5pmTickets from $20 per person
Australia Day Party presented by Robbie OzCelebrate the day in style with a 3-hour boat cruise followed by a sunset beach party and barbeque.Departs from Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach1pm - 8pmTickets from $127.69 per person
Australia Day @ Dog & ParrotHead down to Dog & Parrot to enjoy free pool entry and a free barbeque. Fancy a challenge? Compete in the lamington eating contest to win a prize.Dog & Parrot Tavern, 2 Scottsdale Drive, RobinaFrom 11amFree
Australia Day @ Varsity Lakes TavernVarsity Lakes Tavern is the place to eat and drink on Australia Day with a selection of classic Aussie pub favourites on the menu.2 Santa Maria Ct, Burleigh WatersFrom 11:30No cover charge
Australia Day @ Twin TownsTwin Towns is hosting a free barbeque and performances by local talents Enso and Rabbit.Twin Towns, Wharf St, Tweed Heads4pm - 7pmFree
Annual Australia Day Beach RunMeet at the southern side of the Kurrawa Surf Club for an early start to Australia Day.Kurrawa Surf Club, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach6:45am meet, 7am startFree
Burleigh Swim RunChallenge yourself this Australia Day in the 12th annual swim run at Burleigh Heads. There are events to suit all levels and you can even join a team with friends or family.Justins Park, The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads6am-10amTickets from $30
Australia Day Eve Party @ Finn McCool'sCelebrate Australia Day early with an Irish twist and all the Guinness you could want.39 Cahill Avenue, Surfers ParadiseFrom 6pm, 25 January 2022Free
Made in Australia ShowThe Absolutely 80s "Made in Australia" tour makes its way to the The Star this Australia Day eve featuring music from a range of Australian artists.The Star Gold Coast8pm-10pm, 25 January$59.90
Australia Day @MiamiJoin the celebrations at the Miami where you can grab $1 oysters and join in the games like pie-eating and thong throwing.The Miami, 2043-2047 Gold Coast Highway, Gold Coast6am - 10:30amNo cover charge
Living in the 70s Tweed CruiseAll aboard and off to the 70s with this Tweed River Australia Day cruise. The 3.5-hour cruise will feature live music and hits from the 70s. Food included.Tweed Eco Cruises, 2 River Terrace, Tweed Heads3pm-6:30pmTickets from $70
Australia Day Eve Bondi Rescue PartyHead down to Retro's to boogie and celebrate Australia's beach culture.Retro's, 3-15 Orchid Avenue, Surfers ParadiseFrom 9pm - late, 25 January 2022Free entry

Things to do on Australia Day on the Gold Coast

Sail away on an Australia Day cruise

From gondola and canal to scenic and island cruises, the Gold Coast has all the on-the-water options to make your Australia Day special.

While you're there, why not pop the bubbly in celebration? After all, you're not driving.

If you want, you can up the stakes and charter a private vessel for a romantic day out on the water.

Surfer's Paradise River Lunch Cruise
Surfer's Paradise River Lunch Cruise

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Gold Coast Sightseeing River Cruise from Surfers Paradise
Gold Coast Sightseeing River Cruise from Surfers Paradise

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Visit a Gold Coast theme park

Synonymous with a trip to the Gold Coast is a trip to its large network of theme parks. Whether you're a SeaWorld lover or a Warner Bros. Movie World fan, each theme park transforms itself into an Australian paradise on 26 January.

Full events and activities for the date have yet to be released, but to give you an idea of what you can expect, in the past, SeaWorld has hosted roving entertainment and a barbeque in its plaza, while Dreamworld has hosted a shearing show and sausage sizzle, and sold lamingtons and ANZAC biscuits in its cafe.

3-day Pass: Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild
3-day Pass: Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild

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7-day Pass: Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World and Wet'n'Wild
7-day Pass: Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World and Wet'n'Wild

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Cool down on the water

Australia Day on the Gold Coast calls for one thing: a beach, a pool or an ocean adventure. Choose from scuba dives, jet boat rides, jet skiing, kayaking or even splash parks if you have little kids.

Gold Coast Fliteboard Guided Tour or Lesson
Gold Coast Fliteboard Guided Tour or Lesson

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Head to the rainforest

Not much of a beach bum? Prefer to stay away from the crowds this public holiday? Head west to the Gold Coast Hinterland and you'll discover relaxing walks, adventurous climbs and nature unparalleled.

Full-day Springbrook National Park Tour from the Gold Coast
Full-day Springbrook National Park Tour from the Gold Coast

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Springbrook and Tamborine Rainforest Glow Worm Tour
Springbrook and Tamborine Rainforest Glow Worm Tour

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Encounter local critters

Animal lovers and kids alike will adore the myriad animal encounters to be had on the Gold Coast. To keep with the day's Australiana theme, our pick is Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, which houses koalas, crocodiles, emus and echidnas.

Dolphin Deep Water Adventure at Sea World
Dolphin Deep Water Adventure at Sea World

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Go fishing

Forget throwing another "shrimp" (prawn) on the barbie and throw a mammoth catch of the day on it instead. Need some direction? Book a spot on a dedicated fishing charter where you'll be led by an expert to all the best spots – and get some tips while you're there.

Half Day in Afternoon Fishing in Gold Coast
Half Day in Afternoon Fishing in Gold Coast

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Fly high in a hot air balloon

Want to start the new year off on the right foot? Tick off this bucket-list activity on Australia Day and marvel at the wonderful land we live in from your view from above.

Gold Coast Hinterland Hot Air Balloon Flight with Breakfast
Gold Coast Hinterland Hot Air Balloon Flight with Breakfast

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Hot Air Balloon Flight with Breakfast and Photos
Hot Air Balloon Flight with Breakfast and Photos

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Top free things to do on Australia Day on the Gold Coast

  • Play beach cricket. Up your game on the beach this year and pack the cricket set for a match on the sand.
  • Host a barbeque. No room in your backyard? No worries! The Gold Coast is home to over 380 public barbecues in its parks and beaches.
  • Get to know your local pub or RSL. If your local pub or RSL isn’t doing something to commemorate the founding of our nation, we’ll eat our hats! Want to keep it local? Wander into your local to say "G'day".
  • Play barefoot bowls. Have a few laughs with mates new and old with a barefoot bowls session. Some Gold Coast faves include Burleigh Heads Bowls Club, Broadbeach Bowls Club, Southport Bowls Club and Tugun Bowls Club.

What's open on Australia Day on the Gold Coast?

AttractionAustralia Day trading hoursWhere to book
Movie World9:30am-5pmRedBalloon
Sea World9:30am-5pmRedBalloon
Wet 'n' Wild10am-8pmRedBalloon
Dreamworld10am-5pmExperience Oz
TreeTop Challenge Mount Tamborine10am-5pmFinder
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary9am-4pmAdrenaline
Tropical Fruit World9:30am-1pmViator
Infinity Attraction Gold Coast10am-10pmAdrenaline
Skypoint Observation DeckClosed for Australia DayExperience Oz
WhiteWater WorldClosed for Australia DayExperience Oz
Outback SpectacularClosed for Australia DayRedBalloon

Are shops open on Australia Day?

These are the major shopping centres that typically open for the Australia Day public holiday (26 January) and their public holiday trading hours.

  • Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre: Open 9am-5:30pm
  • Robina Town Centre: Open 9am-5:30pm
  • Paradise Centre: Open 9am-12am
  • Pacific Fair Shopping Centre: Open 9am-6pm
  • Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre: Open 6am - 10pm
  • Australia Fair Shopping Centre: Open 9am-5:30pm
  • Marina Mirage: Open 10am-6pm
  • Westfield Helensvale: Open 9am-5:30pm (TBC)
  • The Strand at Coolangatta: Open 10am-5:30pm (TBC)
  • Southport Park Shopping Centre: Open 9am-5:30pm (major retailers) and 10:30am-4pm (specialty stores) (TBC)
  • Runaway Bay Centre: Open 9am-5:30pm (major stores) (TBC)
  • Soul Boardwalk: Times vary depending on the store (TBC)

Some opening hours of attractions and shops above are based on regular opening hours. Opening hours for Australia Day on the 26th are yet to be confirmed and may be subject to change. Updated as of 13 January 2022.


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