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Australia Day Long Weekend

January’s long weekend is looking hotter than 100 of 2018’s best tunes.

From the 26th to the 28th January, 2019 we’ll be chucking up our generic out of office email, slapping on some sunnies, and slipping into something more comfortable for three whole days of FREEDOM!

If you’re looking for the sweetest seshes in town, you better bloody believe they’re in this list, so get into the spirit, go, and for god’s sake take an Uber… not a Lime scooter. #dontdrinkandlime

Aussie Day Long Weekend | Riverbar & Kitchen | Eagle Street Pier

Chuck another Moreton Bay bug on the barbie. Riverbar’s free Aussie Day Long Weekend will be the bougiest true blue time of your life, starting from 5pm on January 25 and kicking on til late on January 29. Live music will be pumping everyday (along with games and prizes for best dressed), with an iconic flip over to triple J on Sunday for the only cocktail-fuelled Hottest 100 party you need in your life. Fizz up with a Berocca on Monday morning and come back for Brisbane’s biggest barbie, because how else would you want to top off the long weekend than listening to the sizzle of snags (read: Moreton Bay bugs) while perched on the beloved Brown Snake? Iconic.

Australia Day Long Weekend 2019

Hottest Weekend 2019 + Sliders N’ Ciders | Osbourne Hotel | Fortitude Valley

Things are looking saucier than a meat pie on payday at what’s set to be one heck of a long weekend party. Osbourne Hotel has more options than corks swinging off your slouch hat, with Saturday 26 seeing the likes of a meat pie eating comp from 2pm, followed by an arvo of live music, frozen cocktails and Newstead Brewing Co. on tap. Sunday is, of course, all about the Hottest 100 Countdown with your mates from 11am, with enough food specials (yeah hi $10 pizzas) and musical fave Kid Kenobi taking to the stage ’til late. Finally, settle down and get your daily fruit intake on Monday with a few surcharge-free ciders and sliders – don’t worry plant-based pals, there’ll be sliders just for you too! Aussie mateship at its finest.  

Australia Day Long Weekend 2019

Cocktail Summer Party | Cloudland | Fortitude Valley

Get out of the ‘burbs and into a cocktail! If you’re feeling like a retro start to the long weekend, head to Cloudland on the 25th for their Cocktail Summer Party! This ‘80s inspired retro sip-fest will see more Hawaiian shirts than you could possibly imagine amidst a sea of people moonwalking with cocktails in hand. General admission is free (yay) but if you’re feeling like a legendary to start the weekend, grab a VIP ticket for exclusive access to the mezzanine, a three-hour premium drinks package, access to luxury booths and… charcuterie boards! Get tickets and more detes for the Cocktail Summer Party here.

Australia Day Long Weekend 2019

Aus Day Long Weekend | Little Big House | South Bank

House parties, parmy spring rolls and piña colada slushies – these are a few of our favourite things, and a taste of what you can expect at Little Big House’s Aus Day Long Weekend. Save your pennies for the snacks and the sips because entry is as free as a bin chicken rummaging through a freshly set-up family picnic. With a cocktail out the back, verandah out the front and an old rocking Queenslander sesh, it’ll be the perfect pairing for live music on Saturday, a Hottest 100 party on Sunday and Monday’s recovery shenanigans, including the Hottest 200. You’ll find us living big with little regret on all three days.

Australia Day Long Weekend 2019

Australia Day Weekend | Victoria Park Bistro | Herston

Whether you’re up for hangs with family and friends, or just want a bit of solo time with a fresh pav (with mango, raspberries, fresh cream and mint, g’day darl), Vic Park’s Australia Day Weekend is ripe and ready for picking. The Bistro will be open all day with a koality menu set to play on your childhood faves, including slow roasted lamb shoulder with mint sauce, an Aussie beef burger and BBQ meatlovers pizza. Get your head in the game and take to the lawn for tug-of-war, sack races, and giant big boi games, and let the kids tucker themselves in the jumping castle while you watch in envy. If you happen to lose a thong on the green, you can grab a pair from the pop-up market carts, and a cheeky little browse wouldn’t hurt either. Find out more here, and embrace nature’s gifts on a sunny day out. 

Australia Day Long Weekend 2019

Australia Day Long Weekend | Treasury Brisbane | CBD 

Baby in the summertime drinks, that is where we’ll be. Summertime Drinks is exactly what’s kicking off Treasury’s long weekend plans in none other than the iconic Queen’s Park. An outdoor bar slinging SOFI spritz cocktails will be a great start to a work-free weekend come nightfall of Janaury 25, before INEXCESS (yep, an inxexcellent INXS cover band) takes over LiveWire from 8:30pm. If that’s not enough rock for ya, come back the following night (same place, same time), for Dragon. In between all the drinking and dancing, don’t forget to stop for a bite of Black Hide’s new summer menu! Tuck into some premium Angus and Wagyu steak cuts and shed a joyful Aussie tear. It’ll be a tip top time. 

Australia Day Long Weekend 2019

Brewery Open Day | Felons Brewing Co. | Howard Smith Wharves 
If you’re not about Australia Day but still want an excuse to crack open a cold one with your mates, Felons Brewing Co. is the only place you need to be. Spread out over January 26 and 27 for a massive two-day sesh, the popular Howard Smith Wharves brewery will open their doors with a little more in store. Be there from 11am-late for hourly tours and tastings, live entertainment, face painting, pooch pampering and pop-up bars (meaning you HAVE to tackle a Sonny Cider spritz or two if you know what’s good for you). That’s how it’s done, son. 
Australia Day Long Weekend 2019
Tim Tam margaritas | El Camino Cantina | Bowen Hills 

Ready for the ultimate Tim Tam slam? The king of choccy biscuits is teaming up with your fave Tex Mex restaurant to create what Aussie dreams are made of. On January 26, El Camino Cantina will be cooking up The Tim Tam Rita, a smooth blend of tequila and caramel liqueur topped with a caramel Tim Tam biscuit. Better get those pipes ready for more than just a marg, as an Aussie classic playlist will pumping all day, and we know darn well you’ll be busting out a tune or two.

Australia Day Brunch Club | Beirne Lane | Fortitude Valley 

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Brunch, brunch, brunch! Beirne Lane’s infamous Brunch Club is turning true blue on January 27, with something a little more substantial than bulk snags on white bread (as fantastic as that sounds). Set to be the best three hours of your life, the Hottest 100 will be blaring as you tuck into three-hours worth of lamb rolls, lamingtons, pavlova and beer, all being bottomless (and with plenty more brought to the table). Packages start from $49 depending how patriotic you want to get, with all details available here. May the odds be ever in your flavour. 

The Bogan Brunch | Dalgety Public House | Teneriffe 

Tell the misso to chuck on her best thongs and hop in the ute, you’re takin’ her somewhere a little bit special. Listen here cobber, Dalgety Public House has everything you need to celebrate Australia Day from a classy goon sack to a cheeky Passion Pop. Yeah, nah, you gotta eat as well. Open your gob for snags, Vegemite sangas, Jatz crackers (that’s a bit noice), Dagwood Dogs and more aye? Our lord and saviour Daryl Braithwaite and his mate John Farnham will be on repeat all day, so stop mucking around, shine up that Southern Cross tattoo and get tickets here. 

Ginuary | Covent Garden | West End 

The Hottest 100, but for gin. Covent Garden is back again for their annual Ginuary event on January 27! From 11am-7pm (with free entry boiii), a world of gin tastings, micro-masterclasses and giveaways will turn your long weekend into a strong weekend. Plus, a GIY (gin it yourself) pop-up bar will allow you to get your mix on by choosing one of seven tonics and over 100 different garnish combinations. If you don’t trust yourself paying for drinks on the day, the $99 VIP package is for you, guaranteeing four hours worth of sips. Raise a glass and get your ticket here. 

Reckon it’ll be suss if we call in sick on Tuesday?

See more: 99+ things to do in Brisbane

Words by Nicole Portacha
- the gourmand who can’t stop thinking about piña coladas now DAMN IT