Australia Day on the Gold Coast on 26 January 2024 has been synonymous with good times and safety for the last few years. 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 at HOTA

Be part of the festivities at the Gold Coast’s 2024 Australia Day Celebrations on Friday 26 January at HOTA, Bundall. From 4pm to 730pm there’ll be:

  • Live local musicians performing
  • An assortment of food trucks
  • Free kids activities
  • Fantastic fireworks finale!

Time: 4pm – 730pm on Friday 26 January 2024

Cost: Free

Venue: HOTA, Bundall

Organiser: City of Gold Coast

#2: Australia Day Cruise

Step aboard modern and spacious vessels, the Spirit of Elston or Kaiala, for a 3-hour night cruise featuring all things Australiana.

Feast on a traditional Aussie barbecue, including the much-loved sausage sizzle (with onions, of course!).

Sip on ice-cold beverages from our fully-stocked, onboard bar featuring local craft breweries as you tap your toes to live entertainment performing covers of classic Australian bands such as INXS and Powderfinger.

Top the night off with a dazzling display of fireworks from HOTA, Bundall.

Time: From 6pm to 9pm

Date: Friday 26 January 2024

Cost: $79 per person

Venue: Board at Sea World Cruises Terminal, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, 4217,

#3: HOTA Fireworks

Catch the Australia Day free fireworks on Thursday 26 January at HOTA at approximately 715pm, 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 spectacular fireworks.

Date: Friday 26 January 2024

Time: 7.15pm

Venue: HOTA

Cost: Free event

How to get there?

The easiest way to get to the HOTA is to catch the public transport 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.