Arriving hot on the heels of Christmas and New Year celebrations comes Australia Day. The 26th of January marks the occasion of the "first landing day" back in 1788, when Captain Arthur Phillip (commander of the first fleet of 11 convict ships from the UK) arrived at Sydney Cove. The union jack was raised and symbolized British occupation of the eastern half of the continent, claimed by Captain James Cook on 22 August in 1770.
Over 220 years later, Australia enjoys the opportunity to celebrate its birthday and party with friends. Proud to be Australian, the parties take place all over Australia. On the Gold Coast, Gold Coast City Council host a jam-packed day of family fun. The Australia Day celebrations at Evandale Parklands, takes place on Saturday 26th January, 2013 (with Australia Day Observance, a public holiday, on Monday 28th January).
The day begins with the Australian Citizenship Ceremony and then the celebrations which follow, include: music on stage, kids shows, a playground with animal nursery, pony rides, puppet shows, sheep herding & shearing, pig racing and snake show. There are the traditional skills of blacksmithing, woodturning, pottery, spinning & weaving to check out. Watch the chips fly with Aussie axe men in the JJ Richards Wood chopping Championships. There's All Aussie Tucker Tents, AFL with Gold Coast Suns, NRL with the Jetstar Gold Coast Titans, Wild Rangers Australian Wildlife and the $5000 Gold Coast Gift Footrace. The Big Top Family Circus will have circus performances, Chinese lion dancers and even a kid's circus workshop - all you need for a great family day out. Click here for the program of events which take place between 10am & 4pm.
Image Susan Jackson
Image Susan Jackson
There is limited parking on site, so if you are not planning to get there early then consider using public transport. Australia Day is billed as "the biggest and best free one day event of the year", so get down to Evandale Parklands, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise and enjoy a great day out.