Australia Day 2024: Celebrations in Sydney, Brisbane & Gold Coast

Oi oi oi! G’day mates! Don your green and gold, get into the Aussie spirit – it's Australia Day. This year, January 26th falls on Friday – brace yourself for a sun-drenched long weekend! 

From the action-packed shores of Sydney Harbour to the bustling riverbanks of Brisbane and the shimmering sands of the Gold Coast, Australia’s major cities are gearing up for a memorable national day celebration. And you can be a part of it! 

Australia Day Events in Sydney

Every year, the celebrations take on a new paradigm, but one thing remains the same – Sydney Harbour is the ultimate place to be on Australia Day. There’s no comparison. Thousands from all over the country flock to the harbour to witness the annual Australia Day celebrations in Sydney.

Ferrython race on Sydney Harbour

Take an Australia Day cruise and witness a series of incredible daytime events. From the all-new Air Force Roulettes and the classic 188th Regatta to the fastest ever Ferrython Race, and plenty more. As the daytime program draws to a close, prepare for an evening of endless music, lights and fireworks! ‘Australia Day Live’, a unique land and water concert, will set the harbour ablaze with electrifying live music performances, a flotilla of yachts, jet skis, lit vessels and a brilliant fireworks show.

Australia Day Events in Gold Coast

The golden beaches and sparkling waters make the perfect backdrop for an epic Australia Day bash in Gold Coast. This year's celebrations are guaranteed to be a blast – expect live music, family-friendly activities, delicious food and, of course, a dazzling fireworks display. The beautiful HOTA Outdoor Stage in Surfers Paradise is where the magic happens.

Kids can unleash their inner explorers in the dedicated activity zone, while you taste your way through an array of treats from the on-site food trucks. The whole event will be accompanied by live music performances, which feature the latest Aussie and international hits. The celebrations will come to a rousing finale with a breathtaking fireworks display!

(Note: The event is right after the invitation-only citizenship ceremony, which will take place on the same stage earlier in the day.)

Australia Day Events in Brisbane

If you thought Australia Day events in Brisbane were mostly about backyard barbies, think again. Sure, having your mates over for an Aussie brekkie and grilling up some tasty Moreton Bay bugs is a top-notch way to start the day. But head out and there are endless possibilities waiting for you. 

The Gabba will host the Test series between Australia and West Indies – unite with fellow cricket fans to support the national team. South Bank is another go-to destination on Australia Day. The added bonus of it falling on a Friday and during the school holidays will make it a bustling hub of activities and celebrations. Expect live music acts at various stages during the day, lots of carnival games, tempting food stalls and an abundance of green and gold decorations in every corner. 

Cruise along the Brisbane River to take in the Australia Day festivities and other sites and landmarks on the riverbank. You can also enjoy an unforgettable on-water view of the much-awaited fireworks display! 

Beyond the Celebrations

Australia Day is a time to reflect and celebrate national pride. However, it's crucial to recognise the complexities of Australia's history and the different takes on it. You can take the opportunity to engage in respectful conversations with the locals, learn about the Aboriginal culture and support initiatives that promote reconciliation and understanding.

So, dust off your sunnies, pack your true-blue Aussie spirit and visit Sydney, Brisbane or the Gold Coast for an unforgettable Australia Day. Don't forget to share your adventures with *insert our hashtag*. Cheers!