Whether you prefer to celebrate this country by cheering on your prize cockroach as it scurries towards the finish line or by throwing yourself down a slip ‘n’ slide with a snag in one hand and a stubby in the other, Australia Day Brisbane style is an occasion that is best spent with koala-ty company. Sure, bush doofs might be an emu-sing way to spend the day, but chances are you’re gonna have to chuck a sickie on Friday ‘cause you’ve ended up in the middle of woop woop.
So if you’ve spit the dummy ‘cause you’ve been bowled out by some dingus in backyard cricket, forget about putting snags in bread and drowning them in tomato sauce! We’ve mustered up a ripper collection of Australia Day events Brisbane wide where you can eat, drink and have a fair-dinkum day with your mates.
Test your skills in a surfing comp with a twist as The Breakfast Creek Hotel transforms their iconic venue for the ultimate summer bash! There’ll be a free mechanical surfboard on the lawn to imitate those iconic waves and test your skills once and for all, plus raffles with loads of giveaway goodies from midday. Of course, there’ll also be plenty of Australian-inspired tucker, including the Rib Tickler, a rib fillet steak topped with BCH smoked lamb ribs, and an exclusive Aussie-inspired rum cocktail.
What’s more Australian than the cricket, BBQ burgers, cold beer and the Triple J Hottest 100 playing throughout the day? Head to Pig ‘N’ Whistle West End for all of the above, with Australia v Pakistan on the big screens, raffles and giveaways, and plenty of specials to keep you partying from 11am until well into the night, with Australia Day inspired burgers like a lamb burger with bacon and egg and cheese and a fried chicken burger with pineapple, hot sauce and bacon on the menu!
Take a step back in time to the very first Australia Day and celebrate the arrival of the first brewer (a hoppy day indeed) with a glass of your favourite James Squire Beer and plenty of slow cooked meats! The Charming Squire will be dishing up a juicy BBQ for $30pp (or $25pp for beer club members
), along with a few special brews on tap and live entertainment, from 11am until late (but you can pop in earlier for breakfast!).
Lamington pavlova. Need we say more? Chester Street have created the mother of all Australia Day desserts, with a creation that involves layers of pav, lamington, cream jam and chocolate shavings. Pop in for a slice or order an entire cake for yourself!
Take your Australia Day plans Up a notch – all the way up to the Valley’s hottest rooftop bar! Up on Constance are opening their doors from 12pm for live entertainment after the Hottest 100, gourmet steak sandwiches and snags in bread, and best of all, plenty of cocktail jugs.
Snags just not going to cut it this year? Head along to Chur Burger instead, where they’ll be hosting a cheeseburger eating competition! 10 people will get the chance to eat as many burgers as they can in 5 minutes (entry is $20) to win $100, while everyone else can enjoy the show while enjoying an Aussie burger special, loaded fries, Triple J’s Hottest 100 and loads of giveaways!
If you haven’t got a Queenslander full of character with a big verandah out the back, you can make Alfred & Constance your home for the day, complete with the Hottest 100, jugs of James Squire beer and cider, and jumbo Bacardi Daiquiri jugs for patriotic prices. Grab a bucket of 4 XXXX Summer Brights to share with your crew and you’ll even get a free hat! If you just can’t wait until the 26th
, kick the celebrations off early on Australia Day eve and be one of the first to try the new brew from Balter Brewing, with A&C one of the few spots that will be pouring it on January 25.
We all know you need a little bit of courage to get through Australia Day – there’s a lot of beers and food to conquer – and what better kind of courage than Dutch Courage. The bar and eatery will be offering up thirteen locally made gins to celebrate Aussie Day. Not sure which one to try? Take advantage of the complementary gin tasting. Or just drink all thirteen. They’ll be plenty of Aussie food and tunes too. The best part? No dress code. Thongs and a cork hat it is.
Take everything we love about Australia Day (think meat pies, cob loaves, lamingtons, Triple J Hottest 100, cricket on the big screens and loads of ice cold beers), squash it all into one sophisticated pub, and you’ll have Dalgety’s plans for the afternoon!
Want to give your Brisbane Australia Day a bit of Italian flavour? The Royal are throwing an Italian BBQ that will have you saying ‘belissimo!’ to our deliciously multicultural country.
Tennis may not be quite as true blue as cricket, but it’s still a ripper of a game and will be playing all day at Treasury’s pop-up bar! Catch all the action as you sip on Pimm’s or jugs of frosé and play a round of table tennis or even real tennis on the half-sized court!
Forget pav and prawns, The Plough Inn’s Oz Day celebrations will be all about ribs! Only one catch: you gotta eat as many as you can in their rib eating contest! Sounds like a bonza way to spend the day to us.
Celebrate Australia Day in Bavarian style? Why not! Especially not when they’ll be dishing up an epic Aussie veal schnitzel challenge alongside their ice cold beers to the sound of the Triple J Hottest 100!
Lamingtons, pavlovas and snags on the barbie are all well and good, but what about paying homage to the humble meat pie? Glen Hotel is, with an epic pie eating competition along with lunch specials, pavlova cocktail jugs and tunes.
Celebrate Oz Day at the home of Brisbane’s famous cockroach races! Not only will there be action packed cockroach races throughout the day but there will also be live music and DJs, food stalls and tonnes of giveaways!
Why not spend the national holiday at the QLD icon that’s been around since 1886? With the Hottest 100 blasting upstairs, homegrown live music downstairs and the Pineapple Throwing Competition in full swing throughout the day, all you’ll need to top things off is one of their beer buckets!
What better way to be patriotic than enjoying the best eats South Bank has to offer? River Quay will be full of tasty bites and pop-up bars for the entire weekend, including some modern Australian bites from nearby restaurants, finishing with a spectacular display of fireworks that will light up Brisbane’s skyline on Australia Day. You beauty!
Do you prefer to spend Australia Day in Brisbane with scrumptious sweets instead of sauced-up snags? The French Patisserie will have you sorted with their freshly crafted ‘Lamarons’- the lovechild of the lamington and macaron. You could just buy one, but why not show some patriotism and go for the dozen?
Australia Day isn’t Australia Day without a few prawns, and Reef Seafood & Sushi will be dishing them up by the bucketful with a family friendly party! Grab a feed, get a drink from one of the pop-up bars and hang out in the gasometer with Triple J’s Hottest 100 from 11am.
What do we say to Australia Day, Brisbane? Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi, oi, oi!
Words by Ranyhyn Akui