THINGS TO DO: 6 ways to celebrate Australia Day on the Gold Coast

22 January 2018

What better way to celebrate the Aussie green and gold than on the Gold Coast!

Australia Day on the Gold Coast often boasts some of the most iconic Aussie celebrations, think barbies on the beach, riding the waves on golden beaches, picnics in parks and a whole bunch of Aussie pride.

Offering a host of fun and exciting events for everyone, Brisbane Airtrain has got you covered when it comes to the best events on the Gold Coast this Australia Day long weekend.

Here is Brisbane Airtrain’s pick of what’s on and why you need to visit:

1. Broadwater Parklands

A family favourite filled with fun, food and music for the whole family. Running from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Australia Day, the afternoon of entertainment features live music performances from The Twine, Sunset City and Cheap Fakes, and the JJ Richards Adventure Zone to keep the kids busy. Enjoy the sunset and stay late for a fireworks display, with a special display of jet skiing, fly boards and jet packs. There will also be a range of food trucks serving up delicious food and drinks to keep that hunger at bay or why not bring a picnic to share and make it a summer evening the whole family will enjoy. With direct access straight from Brisbane Airport to the new tram connection at Helensvale, you can take a scenic walk from Broadwater Parklands tram station through the parklands to reach the center of activity and enjoy the evening.

2. Southport Yacht Club

If you’re not in the mood to light the BBQ up this Australia Day, head to Southport Yacht Club from 12:00pm-4:00pm for a relaxed afternoon of good food and good company on the Waterscape Pontoon. Book now so you don’t miss out!

3. OzFest

For the past four years, Miami has hosted one of the Coast’s greatest Australia Day celebrations and this year will see an entire Saturday dedicated to a festival of Australia’s best music artists. Taking place on January 27 at the Miami Tavern, you can enjoy the melodic sounds of Polish Club, Cosmic Psychos, Peach Fur and more. Book your ticket now for the extended Australia Day celebrations of OzFest.

4. Currumbin RSL

A popular choice for Gold Coast locals, Currumbin RSL’s position creekside makes it the perfect place to celebrate the day after surfing the barrels at Currumbin Alley or SUPing away the day on Currumbin Creek. With lamingtons, live performances and an Australia Day themed Bingo, head to the RSL for an afternoon on the Deck or live entertainment in the Main Bar.

5. Beachfront Markets

Explore the 120 market stalls along the Surfers Paradise and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and food stalls on hand and watch as the sets over the Gold Coast’s glitter strip. Accessing Surfers Paradise from Brisbane Airport is a breeze thanks to the tram connection at Helensvale. Switch from train to the tram and jump off at the Cavill Avenue station, head towards the coast on foot for five minutes until you spot the bright market stalls and golden beach ahead.

6. Burleigh Hill

If you’re looking for a less boisterous way to enjoy Australia Day, why not head to one of the Coasts best vantage points, Burleigh Hill, for a relaxing afternoon picnic. A favourite amongst locals, Burleigh Hill’s grassy patch overlooks the famous Burleigh Beach and right up to Surfers Paradise, with BBQs and plenty of pine trees it’s a top spot to celebrate a top country with mates. Also, just a short stroll away is the North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club where you can find food stalls, games and more!

Top tips thanks to Brisbane Airtrain – the fastest, easiest and most cost-effective way to reach Brisbane, the Gold Coast and suburbs from Brisbane Airport. The Airtrain stops at all Gold Coast stations from Beenleigh to Varsity Lakes and with the newly launched tram connection at Helensvale, it has never been easier or more affordable to get to the Gold Coast’s glistening beaches to experience all the action right away.

Savings include:
· Early bird savers offering substantial discounts of up to 15 per cent if you book online seven or more days before travel*
· A Kids Travel Free policy for kids aged 14 years of age and under travelling between the Airport and Brisbane City stations when accompanied by an adult.
· For exclusive offers and discounts, customers are encouraged to book online prior to their travel date.

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Kids on the Coast/Kids in the City
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