The Grand Parade at Buderim on Australia Day always attracts an enthusiastic and patriotic crowd. Picture: John McCutcheon
The Grand Parade at Buderim on Australia Day always attracts an enthusiastic and patriotic crowd. Picture: John McCutcheon

Australia Day celebrations aplenty on offer

1. THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN DUNNY RACE

WHERE: Banana Bender Pub, Frizzo Rd, Palmview

WHEN: Sunday, January 26, 8am-5pm

COST: Free activities all day

THE Great Australian Dunny Races are back this Australia Day, taking place in front of the Banana Bender Pub. The free activities start at 8am so get ready for a day filled with true-blue events, live music and fun for the whole family. From noon, No Standing will be playing all your favourite Aussie classics in The Shed. General admission pricing applies to enter Aussie World for Australia Day. Hours will be 10am-5pm in the park.

2. NOOSA AUSTRALIA DAY FESTIVAL

WHERE: Lions Park, Gympie Tce, Noosaville

WHEN: Sunday, January 26, 7am-4pm

START the morning off right with a seafood omelette cooked for you by celebrity chef Peter Kuruvita at the Rotary Big Brekky from 7-10am. Then enjoy a day of family-friendly entertainment, live music and food trucks in Lions Park. Cost is $15 for the seafood omelette, or $10 for the big brekky.

3. AUSTRALIA DAY ON BUDERIM

WHERE: Buderim Tavern to Buderim Mountain State School

WHEN: Sunday, January 26, from 7.30am

THE Rotary Club of Buderim is hosting the Australia Day Grand Parade down Burnett St. The day will begin at 7.30am with Buderim Lions’ Famous Aussie Breakfast at Middy’s Cafe, followed by a flag-raising ceremony at 8.30am. The Grande Parade begins at 9am and includes military vehicles, school bands, clowns, floats, entertainers, dancers, horses, antique cars plus a myriad local clubs and organisations. Family-friendly entertainment and games will be held on the Buderim Mountain State School oval after the parade.

4. AUSTRALIA DAY SHOW ’N’ SHINE

WHERE: Glass House Mountains Sports Club, Steve Irwin Way, Glass House Mountains

WHEN: Sunday, January 26, 8am-4pm

COST: Gold-coin entry for spectators

JOIN in the fun at the Australia Day Show ‘N’ Shine, including fun for the whole family. The program includes a jumping castle, games and face painting for the kids, pie/lamination-eating competition, market stalls, food stalls, a licensed bar and multi-draw raffle.

5. AUSTRALIA DAY AT COOLUM BEACH

WHERE: Tickle Park, Coolum

WHEN: Sunday, January 26, 6.30am-2pm

THE program will feature a host of family fun: the Lioness Breakfast in the Park, all-day barbecue, Gone Bonkers children’s novelty events (including thong-throwing, sack races, a tug-o’-war and three-legged races), The Atomic Zebra magician and Suzy the face painter, Yum gelato ice cream-eating contest, Coolum’s Got Talent, Heart Beats dance group, Coolum Australia Day Awards and the Dave Flower Band.

6. HINTERLAND AUSSIE DAY EXPO 2020

WHERE: Maleny Showgrounds, Maleny-Stanley River Rd, Maleny

WHEN: Sunday, January 26, 8.30-11am

AUSSIE Day Expo 2020 at Maleny Showgrounds is all about families having fun together – with free entry, games and parking. The program includes billycart races, a mini obstacle course, tug-o’-war, sack races, gumboot-throwing and the Aussie Thong Relay. Face-painting, food, coffee and come-and-try displays also are on offer. Win great family prizes in the fun Expo Passport Draw. Get active – or just take a leisurely stroll and meet the 68 organisations bringing you this fantastic morning. Maleny District Sport and Recreation Club is once again hosting a great community event, where there’s something for the kid in everyone.

7. BEERS, BOATS AND BOARDSHORTS

WHERE: Brightwater Hotel, Mountain Creek

WHEN: Sunday, January 26, 11.30am-5.30pm

JOIN Brightwater Hotel and Sunshine Coast Radio Sailing Club for the launch of the inaugural Brightwater Australia Day Regatta. Races will be held throughout the day and there will be live music, a seafood menu, face-painting, crab races, raffles and prizes.

8. MARCOOLA ROCKS

WHERE: Marcoola Surf Club

WHEN: Sunday, January 26, 1-9pm

FOLLOWING the inaugural Marcoola Youth Surf Comp (9am-noon), Marcoola Surf Club will host Marcoola Rocks with games, free kids’ rides, food trucks, a barbecue on the deck and free family fun.

9. FAMILY FUN AFTERNOON

WHERE: Club Mooloolaba, Brisbane Rd, Mooloolaba

WHEN: Sunday, January 26, 2-6pm

INFO: www.clubmooloolaba.com.au

CLUB Mooloolaba is hosting its free Family Fun Afternoon On The Green. Enjoy live entertainment by Aussie Anthems while the children have fun on the giant waterslide and jumping castle. A good old-fashioned sausage sizzle will be held, with proceeds going to the Sunshine Coast Rural Fire Service.

10. SOUND FEAST

WHERE: The J, Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction

WHEN: Friday January 24, from 6pm

Sound Feast is a fantastic opportunity to come together and enjoy free, top-quality live entertainment. Event organiser and local muso Jay Bishoff co-ordinates the performers and MCs the evening, leading the audience through a great line-up of acts that he has thoughtfully curated. This month’s line-up includes Noosa’s own amazing magician, Sean Tretheway. Fat Picnic, who recently performed at Woodford Folk Festival, are returning with their soul-ska explosion that ranges across dub, funk, soul and ska. David Flower (playing guitar, harmonica and ukulele) has teamed up with Caroline Trengove (violin, flute and clarinet) to play as Tango Rose: a compelling and fiery duo combining funk, swing and boogie blues with vocal harmonies. Hot food is for sale and a full bar is available. All ages are welcome but minors must be accompanied by an adult.



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