The Ultimate Guide to Australia Day Celebrations

Australia Day Celebrations are moments of great pride and glory. It’s all about flag hoisting, ceremonies and cultural programs across the country. This is the day we acknowledge the coming of age of the new world, where tribute is paid to pioneers and freedom fighters who toiled to form this Great Southern Land.

And in honour of the great heroes inspiring our Australian lifestyle, MyCityLife has put together the ultimate checklist for the perfect Australia Day celebrations.

And for this checklist, we’ve scouted around for a conclusive wrap up of An Australian Weekend to suit every taste and occasion. From Friday January 23 to Monday January 26, we’ve got your Australia Day Weekend Celebrations covered in sunscreen, sand, chlorine and thongs. 

BEER


Our premium brewhouses know how to make it extra lagar for Australia Day.

Lagar Louts Big Night Out comes to Brewski in Paddington, with Newstead Brewing Co in tow.
From The Valley, The Woolly Mammoth showcases the top craft beers of 2014 and best in local bands.
Lock N Load in West End brings on the Craft Beer & BBQ Countdown Party in The Courtyard, with JJJ Hottest, top craft beers of 2014 and three hours of food and beverage.
In The City, The Gresham is the epitome of Queensland culture with its heritage-listed décor, chilled ambiance and well stocked bar. Get Queensland in a cocktail glass with a Sunnyboy served up by the best bartenders in town.
The Fox Hotel in South Brisbane celebrates the whole weekend long with Stone & Wood Eskies, Spit Roast Lamb Roast, DJs and JJJ Hottest 100. 
Over at Capalaba, microbrewery boss Bacchus Brewing Co. launches two new beers and features nine extra taps.

As the embodiment of all things Straya in a glass or bottle, Stone & Wood’s special edition Garden Ale is available all around The City. Perfectly suited to the occasion, get a glass or ten in youse with this mid-strength where the malt character dominates while the citrus and floral hops work on the nose. Garden Ale is on tap from Public, The City; NY Brewhouse in The Valley; Archive Beer Boutique, West End; Statler & Waldorf, Paddington and Eatons Hill Hotel. Cue the beer sigh … now.

BBQ FOODIE GOODNESS


It’s all about meat treats on Australia Day, especially with lamb. Richie Benaud won’t be Lambing it alone on Australia Day:
and neither should we.

Blackbird Bar & Grill presents BBQ & Beats, with BBQ treats, DJ beats and plenty of fine cocktail to chase.
The Great Aussie BBQ hits Riverbar & Kitchen in The City, with a menu showcasing selections from traditional, multi-cultural and modern Australian cuisine. Pair with the especial Pavlova Cocktail and Ginger Beer Slushies curated by Jeremy Shipley, a bucket of craft beers, and loads of live music all afternoon long.
From The Valley, Elixir Rooftop Bar brings a long weekend to The Roof, with Elixir’s Sunday menu of Rekorderlings, beers on tap and special sliders. Get really special with the ribs – lives will change.
Pig ‘n’ Whistle Brunswick Street is laying out the lamb spit and James Squire, with the Hottest 100 and live music playing across the systems throughout the day, as Australia v India ODI battle it out on the cricket pitch across the big screens.
Over at South Brisbane, The Charming Squire hosts Australamb Day Celebrations across the weekend, welcoming lambassadors with a special lamb menu matched to James Squire beers and plenty of local live entertainment.
Around the corner, the Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar presents a fancy BBQ for their special Straya Day Party.
From South Bank, Great Australian Bites hits all weekend long with four days of pop up food stalls showcasing modern Australian Cuisine and music and entertainment from a lineup of live music from local artists, concluding with the classic fireworks display on the Monday evening.
Live Fire Steak Bar goes Aussie Aussie Aussie with the Hottest 100, live music, 16 craft beers on tap and a deluge of steak.
From Eatons Hill Hotel, it’s all about Pig On A Spit.
On Ramada Couran Cove Island Resort, The Great Australia Day BBQ is the perfect island escape featuring a full program of food and fun family sports by the pool.

SUN, SAND & SURF


The Aussie Sun, she be dazzling – all year long. And on Australia Day Weekend, she be on fire. Slip, slop slap and go all Sun Mum 
with these hot beauties.

BOAT
The Island of Sin Boat Party brings DJ Ivan Gough and a plethora of dance overloads to the Gold Coast for sinful, sinful shenanigans.
Overboard Australia Day Boat Party means the best of Australia Day fancy dress unites with techno, tech house and deep house for a quiet sail down the river from Mowbray Park.

GET WET
From The Valley, Limes Hotel Rooftop Bar presents the usual plunge pool madness all weekend long with boardies, bikinis, Sunday Funday DJs, BBQ snacks, and summer cocktails.
From South Bank, Capri Sundays comes to Soleil Pool Bar for stylish celebrations with punch bowls, gelato ice creams, a Notorious Vixen Fashion Show and DJs until late.
Technically, not a pool, but the riverside is just as wet: From New Farm, Watt Restaurant + Bar will be buzzing all weekend long, featuring Aussie craft beers, a menu showcasing lamb cutlets, tiger prawns and TBone steaks and a special Watt curated playlist featuring the Hottest 100 and classic Australian tracks.

THAT’S THE AUSSIE SPIRIT


While it’s all so clichéd, that indomitable Australian essence has seen us laugh like a bunch of galahs donning cork hats and thongs through wars, riots, rebellions, Olympics, Test Matches and World Cups. We laugh in the face of misadventure and never give in to failure. It’s all a part of our multi-cultural makeup. Revel in the great ‘Strayan spirit.

From the city, Goya presents Goya Sundays at Bar Pacino with the latest in Greek music, cocktails and premium riverside views, while supporting the not-for-profit Greek youth group.
Head to Aboriginal Fine Art Gallery and delve into the finest indigenous paintings and artworks from remote desert and outback communities throughout Australia.
Or head South Bank side to the QAGOMA exhibit Terrain: Indigenous Australian Objects and Representations for indigenous cultural fulfilment. 
Over at The Queensland Maritime Museum, delve into an exhibit that explores Australia’s naval contribution to WW1 with They Went By Ship To Foreign Shores.

From Kangaroo Point, it’s all tradition with the 34th Annual Cockroach Races at The Story Bridge Hotel. It’s an Australian Day Street Party with live music and DJs, the J Hottest 100, prize giveaways, traditional and modern Aussie cuisine and plenty of cold ones. Every gold coin paid upon entry is donated to Variety The Children’s Charity. Watch 500 cockroaches race their way to glory.
From South Bank, The Hop & Pickle tackles the Australia Day Weekend with pub classics, BBQ prawns, sausage sizzle, lamb roast, Hottest 100, lamingtons and backyard cricket. 
South Bank Surf Club serves up cold ones all Australia Day long, with their famous Aussie BBQ, ping pong and live entertainment overlooking the beach and river views.
From The Valley, Social Sabotage gets all limbered with the Australia Day Eve Warm Up, presenting a day of meat trays, party pie platters, cold beers, colder ciders, and a selection of old school hottest 100s.
Over in Paddington, Iceworks turns it on with the Australia Day Eve Backyard Bash for a day of BBQ, beer, music and lawn game action.
In Stones Corner, Shady Palms presents their Australia Day Party with a Tinnie Bar, the Hottest 100s and meal deals of pies, hot dogs, steaks and chips and a bit of laneway mini-cricket action. 

TOP COMPANY


Our mates make things great, and our family makes things greater. So a weekend surrounded with great company means the best of everything.

Sounds In The Park comes to Roma Street Parklands with a BBQ and a concert of Aussie rock tunes in the Amphitheatre.
Australia Day at Gasworks brings a pop up bar by Hatch & Co, plenty of entertainment, rides and The Hottest 100s to the Gasometer from the heart of Newstead.

QUALITY TUNAGE


Music is at the heart of every kind of Straya Day Celebrations from live performances, to dance beats or JJJ’s Hottest 100. There’s plenty of music action available in every nook and cranny.

LIVE MUSIC 
Anonymous Heroes featuring local legends Mark Henman, Dave Orr and Chris Pearson brings the best in Aussie blues to Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall on Caxton Street.
The Elephant Hotel pulls out a pop up ice cream stall in The Yard with premium live acts and DJs for Strewth on Australia Day Eve.
Archive Beer Boutique in West End gets it on with live music sessions and $10 Schnitzels for Australia Day Eve, and JJJ’s Hottest 100 with local taphouse hottest 100 Craft Beers from 2014 with Aussie burgers on Australia Day.

MUSIC PARTIES
From the heart of the CBD, The Stock Exchange is hosting the ultimate Australia Day Eve Party with 2000 reasons to party: three stages, three levels, DJs and a silent disco.
Around the corner, Mucho Reggaeton gets tropical at Fridays Riverside for an afternoon of Latin beats with salsa, bachata and merengue.

THE DANCE FLOOR
The weekend kicks off with Australia’s Queen of hardhouse Bexta, returning to her roots for Candee Flip at Deluxe. Expect hard beats, raves and lots of phat pants on the Friday night.
Soul Clap and Nick Monaco hits Laruche behind the wheels of steel for a night of tribal, disco and funk.
EDM Masters, The Stafford Brothers return to where it all began, at The Family Nightclub.

On Australia Day Eve, the beats won’t die as dance music continues to wash through The Valley.
International superstar DJ-Producer Roger Sanchez hits Cloudland in The Valley, when Family presents an afternoon with The S Man.
LGM presents The Ratata Warehouse Party with techno maestro Simon Caldwall from an exclusive warehouse location in Newstead.
Alfred & Constance throws a house party to end all house parties, with three levels of DJs, tikis and pub food. From Fever Bar to The Vanguard Beer Garden and Tiki Bar, there’s no stopping the music.
Finally, The Bag Raiders hits the rave cave of TBC on Brunswick Street.

THE HOTTEST 100
JJJ’s Hottest 100 is simply known as The Hottest. In the countdown to the #1 for a year of JJJ Music, who will be victorious? Will they be Australian? Will they be international? Live? Indie? Dance? Will it be Tay Tay? The controversy is on.
In Petrie Terrace, The Caxton Hotel offers a Caxton kilo steak challenge with The 100 Countdown and cricket on the big screens.
The Triffid presents their Triple J Hottest 100 Party with Millions from the heart of Newstead. Enjoy while munching on a Howzat Burger.
In The Valley, The Wickham Hotel presents The Hottest 100 with craft beers and a spit roast in the beer garden with plenty of sunscreen on hand, for Australia Day In The Garden.

From the archives: This is from our original site, MyCityLife, posted back on 20 January 2015

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