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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.
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The City of Gold Coast hasn't confirmed whether its annual fireworks show will be going ahead this year. We'll update you with the details when they come in.
Typically, though, the event is staged at Broadwater Parklands and features local musical talents along the lines of The Road Mountain Girls, Electrik Lemonade, San Mei and Liv Heyer.
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.
For more info: City of Gold Coast
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No matter which way you look at it, Australia Day on the Gold Coast is going to be a hot one. Cool down at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre and its pool party.
Make sure you're there bright and early for the big party from 11am-3pm. There will be giant inflatables, a sausage sizzle and a DJ on deck until 2pm.
Normal gate entry charges apply.
For more info: City of Gold Coast
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Reconnect with nature by discovering the vast range of local flora showcased at the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens. Those bringing kids on the day – or if you've got a competitive streak – can download the app to take on the discovery challenge on the day to win a random prize.
To make this an Aussie Day affair, a free sausage sizzle will be available on the day, too.
For more info: Discover the Gardens on Australia Day
Throughout the Gold Coast, restaurants and bars are hosting green and gold events with family-fun entertainment such as thong tosses and good ol' Aussie grub and drinks. Here's a selection of our favourites:
From gondola and canal to scenic and island cruises, the Gold Coast has all the on-the-water options to make your Australia Day.
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.
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.
Summer 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.
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.
Animal lovers and kids alike will adore the myriad animal encounters to be had on the Gold Coast. To keep with today's Australiana theme, our pick is Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, which houses koalas, crocodiles, emus and echidnas.
Forget throwing another "shrimp" (prawn) on the barbie and instead 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, too.
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.
|Attraction||Australia Day trading hours||Where to book|
|Wet 'n' Wild||10am-5pm||RedBalloon|
|WhiteWater World||10am-5pm||Experience Oz|
|TreeTop Challenge Mount Tamborine||10am-5pm||Finder|
|Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary||9am-4pm||Adrenaline|
|Tropical Fruit World||9:30am-1pm||Viator|
|Outback Spectacular||7:30pm show||RedBalloon|
|Infinity Attraction Gold Coast||From 10am||Adrenaline|
|Zero Latency Gold Coast||11am-9pm||RedBalloon|
|Skypoint Observation Deck||7:30am-7:30pm||Experience Oz|
These are the major shopping centres that typically open for the Australia Day public holiday (26 January) and their public holiday trading hours. These may be subject to change.
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