Australia Day in Noosa and beyond
Beach, barbecue, backyard cricket or listening to some of the best songs from the year on the radio – how do you celebrate Australia Day? We’ve got all of those activities – and much more – covered in Noosa and beyond this Tuesday 26 January 2016 … from thong throwing and a talent show to dunny races, burgers, pavlova and crocodiles!
The major Australia Day celebrations in the Noosa region are at Lions Park, Gympie Tce, Noosaville, with entertainment and fun for everyone from 7am-2pm. Sit under the shade of tree in the park or under a marquee with the beautiful Noosa River as a backdrop and enjoy the entertainment and family fun. There's a citizenship ceremony and big Aussie breakfast from 7am, followed by thong throwing, live music headlined by Mick Lindsay, pony rides, stand-up paddle boarding, sailing on a tacker with Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club for a gold coin, toilet roll toss, jumping castle, merry-go-round, a roaming magician, children's activities and community stalls.
The fun and festivities in Eumundi are around Caplick Park, Memorial Drive, with Australia Day awards from 9-10.30am as Rotary Eumundi serves up a Great Aussie Breakfast for a gold coin donation, and enjoy rollicking bush ballads from Flashjack. The fun continues from 11am-2pm with a classic car exhibition, old school Aussie games and competitions including relay races for the young and old, an Aussie bush BBQ, prizes for the Best Aussie Hat, and entertainment from Brown Trouts.
Relax on the deck at Sunshine Beach Surf Club, overlooking the beach and enjoy $15 Aussie burgers for lunch and dinner, and live Aussie music with AJ from 2pm.
Celebrate beachside at Tickle Park, Coolum with breakfast in the park from 7am. There's also children's events and entertainment, and Australia Day Awards from midday. See the first Coolum's Got Talent show throughout the day.
The Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads is having a Triple J Hottest 100 party on Australia Day with a sausage sizzle and great specials.
Noosa Heads Surf Club, overlooking Noosa's Main Beach, also has a Triple J Hottest 100 party, followed by DJ Romeo after the countdown.
Gather your mates and visit Bellingham Maze this Australia Day. Make a booking for a group of 10 or more and receive a 10% discount off your admission. Email bookings to email@example.com. You can BYO food and drink and have a picnic lunch or hire a BBQ and have a barbie with your mates. For smaller groups, purchase your tickets online at bellmaze.com. Bellingham Maze is at Tanawha Tourist Drive #25, Tanawha, about 40 minutes from Noosa Heads. Open 9.30am-4.30pm.
Australia Day at Aussie World, about 30 mins south of Noosa has True Blue Aussie competitions including the famous Dunny Races (pictured above), Tug of War, Mullet Tossing plus great Aussie food, 4 hours of live entertainment from a classic Aussie rock cover band in the air-conditioned Shed and all things Aussie! Plus all of Aussie World's fun rides and attractions. CLICK HERE TO BOOK
Get up close and personal with all the native animals at Australia Zoo and head to the Crocoseum at 11.30am as John Williamson performs classic Australian songs. Then stay for the Wildlife Warriors show. Decorate and devour pavlovas and join the pie and pavlova eating contest - to secure your spot, email firstname.lastname@example.org. There's also free Billy Tea and damper from 9am, face painting and a major prize draw. CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS
Some lucky ones have already started their Australia Day celebrations with an extra day off on Monday, and plenty of them are already here in Noosa. Surfers arrived early with the promise of a fantastic swell on the point breaks and open beaches over the weekend and leading into Australia Day.
The swell has brought deceptively powerful seas so if you are planning on an Australia Day swim, please make sure it’s between the flags on a patrolled beach.
If you’re planning on heading up to Noosa North Shore or Fraser Island, why not book a Suzuki Jimny 4WD in Noosa for a 2-day hire with UExplore 4x4 Auto Rental and receive a free camping package hire for 2. Available until 30 January and again for a romantic Valentine’s campaign getaway, from 12-19 February (conditions apply - see uexplore4x4.com.au or ph 1300 36 80 11).
Wherever you are on Australia Day, we hope you stay safe and have fun!