Australia Day on the Gold Coast on 26 January 2020 has been synonymous with good times and safety for the last few years. With a great variety of things to do and events happening all along the coast, one is surely going to be suited for your style and preferences. There are so many options that choosing what to do on Australia Day on the Gold Coast is going to be hard.

Locals and those visiting the Gold Coast usually get together to celebrate Australia Day with private and community events held around the city beaches and parks each year, including barbecues, ceremonies, parades, live entertainment and fireworks.

Here are three events and activities for Australia Day, do not miss out on #3. So grab your cricket bat and head to the beach with friends for an epic day of cricket, this is how the locals do Australia Day.

#1: Australia Day Pool Party

Get ready to cool off at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre for a traditional pool party, just a short stroll from the Parklands. From 11am to 2pm with giant inflatables, competitions, music, games giveaways and much more.

Time: 11am – 2pm

Cost: Normal admission charges to the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre apply.

#2: Free Festivities at Broadwater Parklands

Head down to the Broadwater Parklands in Southport in the afternoon from 4pm to 8pm for an evening celebration for Australia Day and different options of entertainment for the family.

Live music from local talents on the main stage with The Round Mountain Girls headlining and support acts Electrik Lemonade, San Mei and Liv Heyer. The night will boast delicious food vendors, the JJ Richards ‘Aussie Activities Zone’ including water play and art activities, as well as beach volleyball on the foreshore. So pack your sunscreen, hat and a picnic rug and gather your family and friends for a wonderful afternoon of food, fun and live music. Bring your own water bottle and visit the free water refill station to stay hydrated!

Time: 4pm – 8pm

Cost: Free event

#3: Australia Day Broadwater Fireworks

Australia Day on the Gold Coast fireworks at the Broadwater Parklands Southport is scheduled to start at 7.45pm, so make sure to plan in advance and give yourself enough time to be there on time and to pack your favourite picnic rug and/or outdoor chairs and find a place on the lawn to enjoy a wonderful afternoon of food, fun, music and spectacular fireworks.

Time: 7.45pm

Cost: Free event

How to get there?

The easiest way to get to the Broadwater Parklands is to catch the G:Link in Surfers Paradise, metres away from your apartment when you are staying at the Chevron Renaissance, Circle on Cavill or the H Residences building on Surfers Paradise Boulevard.

If you are self driving, give yourself plenty of time to find parking as parking space can be limited. Park along Gold Coast Highway, Gold Coast Aquatic Centre or Australia Fair Shopping Centre.

Where to Stay?

Gold Coast accommodation options are still available for a last minute getaway or a long weekend off with friends and family. Book online and stay in a self-contained holiday apartment strategically located in a central position on the Gold Coast. During Australia Day, popular options for family accommodation includes Sun City and Crown Towers, located a short walk to the G-Link.