Where you can celebrate Australia Day

IF you're looking for somewhere to celebrate Australia Day on Monday, here are some of the community events you can attend.


Gladstone Regional Council's Australia Day family fun day will be held on Monday at the Millennium Esplanade, Tannum Sands.

The day will kick off with the Australia Day Fun Run at 7am from the southern end of the esplanade.

Registrations will be taken from 6.30am, costing a gold coin donation which will go towards the Gladstone School Chaplaincy Service.

Main stage entertainment and activities will kick off at 3pm with official proceedings starting at 5pm.

Brisbane-based creative arts company Bazil Grumble will provide a range of children's entertainment in the afternoon.

Adults will also have a chance to dance along to main stage entertainment by solo artists Chris Bax, local band The Corporates and the Gladstone Municipal Band.

Celebrations also will include market and food stalls, a free sausage sizzle, roving performances and Australian themed drop in arts and crafts workshops.

The event will finish with a fireworks display.


South End Progress Association will host a fun day and free barbecue at Golding Park, South End, from 10.30am-3pm on Monday.

There will be plenty of free activities for adults and kids alike, with crab pot throwing, tug-of-war and beach sprints, plus a jumping castle, free face painting and kids races.

Cricket and volley ball will be on offer all day long, and raffles will be running at $2 a ticket.

Curtis Ferry Services is offering reduced fares for day trippers, but ticket pre-booking is required. 

Contact Trudy Sheppard from South End Progress Association on 0408 666 334.


An Australia Day breakfast will be held at Endeavour Park, Seventeen Seventy, from 8am-noon on Monday.

From face painting to jumping castles and fairy floss to LARC joyrides, the brekkie will have it all.

Residents can enjoy a free sausage sizzle followed by hours of free entertainment from local musicians.

Also on offer on the day will be Aussie Critters' Mask Making, clay sculpting workshops, community tug-o'-war and lots of children's games and events.

There will be lots of live entertainment, starting with the National Anthem by Sue Tickner, and performances by Leah Chynoweth-Tidy, Phil McIntyre and Andy Noy.

Residents interested in attending this event are encouraged to call Cheryl Wickes on 0428 452 836 for more information.


Turkey Beach Progress Association Inc will host an Australia Day breakfast at Turkey Beach Park shelter shed from 7.30am-10.30am on Monday.

The breakfast will feature bacon and eggs, baked beans and sausages.

It will be followed by a full day of fun in the sun with beach cricket and other games offered through the day. 

The location provides an opportunity for the entire family to celebrate as the children can go for a swim and the parents can relax under the shade of the shelter shed.

Contact Donna Wheeler from Turkey Beach Progress Association on 0407 745 177.


Miriam Vale Lions Club will host an Aussie Day breakfast at the Miriam Vale Community Centre from 7am on Monday.

Contact Alison Gibbons from Miriam Vale Lions Club on 4974 5172.


Builyan/Many Peaks Community Development Association will host an Aussie Day breakfast on Monday at the Builyan Hall from 8am-11.30am.

Contact Frank McKee on 4974 1249 for more details.


Bororen Hall Committee will host an Aussie Day sausage sizzle and cricket day at Bororen Community Hall from 7am-noon on Sunday.

Contact Shayna Pender from the Bororen Hall Committee on 0409 063 119 for more details.

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