Throw a snag on the barbie: What's on this Australia Day?
AUSTRALIA Day holds different meanings for our diverse and multi-cultural population.
Three years ago, it meant a huge workload for the local police force.
Since removing alcohol zones in Gladstone and Tannum Sands, excessive alcohol, assaults and public nuisance offences have been reduced.
Arrests made in the Tannum region on Australia Day dating back more than three years exceeded all arrests made in the Yeppoon and Rockhampton regions combined.
While it is customary to celebrate the day with a barbie and backyard cricket, the public is reminded to take responsibility for their actions and to enjoy the day.
With a variety of family friendly options to celebrate the long weekend, families are encouraged to spend it wisely, making the most of what makes our country unique.
Austraila Day: What's on
- Agnes Water/Seventeen Seventy
Endeavour Park and 1770 Bowls Club
Free community breakfast at Endeavour Park followed by barefoot bowls at 1770 Bowls Club: 8am-8pm
Free sausage sizzle in the park with entertainment and games from 8am-noon followed by a barbecue and barefoot bowls at the bowls club from noon-8pm.
- Boyne Valley
Builyan Hall Australia Day Breakfast From 8am
Traditional Aussie breakfast with children's activities, pony rides, Australiana questionnaire, whip cracking, damper cooking and backyard cricket.
- Miriam Vale
Breakfast at Miriam Vale Community Centre 7am-noon
Aussie breakfast, national anthem, acknowledgement to traditional owners, Aussie quizzes, bush poetry, heritage display, cuppa and Anzac biscuits.
- South End
Golding Park, Curtis Island 10.30am-4pm
Aussie barbecue, outdoor activities, sausage sizzle, Triple J's hottest 100 countdown, swim at high tide.
- Turkey Beach
The Esplanade, from 9am
Barbecue breakfast, beach cricket and volleyball, tractor display, poster competition, jumping castle, face painting, Australian dress theme and live entertainment.
Marina Parklands, 3-7pm
Free sausage sizzle, pie-eating competition, free face painting, food stalls, jumping castle, fireworks.