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Australia Day at South Bank

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by Geraldine Massey (subscribe)
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Celebrate Australia with music and fireworks
South Bank has been at the centre of Australia Day celebrations in Brisbane for many years, and 2018 will be no exception, albeit in a truncated version of past celebrations. Brisbane's favourite community get-together venue is hosting live music performances and (of course) a huge fireworks spectacular for Australia Day at South Bank, on Friday 26 January. And, it's all FREE.

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Image from Australia Day Brisbane website

This year's celebrations seem to be a much tamer affair than in years gone by, which I, personally, think is a real shame. Missing are the the traditional flag-raising ceremony, the twenty-one gun salute, and the aerial spectacle of the Royal Australian Air Force flypast. You'll have to go all the way to Townsville if you want to see these formerly key elements of a Brisbane Australia Day. There will also be no Great Australian Bites, no entertainment by community groups, no special kids' activities, and (sadly or not, depending on your point of view) no wife carrying competition. Make of this what you will.

What you will get is a line-up of live music performances at River Quay from 11am to 7.30pm and then the skies will light up with colour and excitement with a ten-minute fireworks display at the family-friendly time of 7.30pm.

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Image from Australia Day Facebook page.

River Quay is a great place to pull up a patch of lawn, throw down a picnic blanket, bring out the picnic fare, and sit back and bask in the views and Brisbane summer ambience. Doing this to the sounds of some great musical entertainment is an added bonus.

The best vantage point for the fireworks is Clem Jones Promenade, so make sure you get there early as the fireworks always attract crowds of families. Alternatively, you can enjoy all the action from places like Victoria Bridge, South Bank, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Captain Burke Park, Wilson's Lookout, and City Riverwalk, including the Riverside Centre and Eagle Street Pier.

As for all large South Bank celebrations and fireworks events it is best to take public transport to the event. Any why wouldn't you? River Quay is within easy walking distance of South Brisbane Railway Station, the Cultural Centre Busway Station or the South Bank CityCat Terminal. Go to Translink to plan your journey.

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Image from Brisbane City Council website.

Below is the musical program:

Andrea Kirwin
Performances at: 11am 11.30am
11.45am 12.15pm
12.30pm 1pm

The Fergies
Performances at: 1.15pm 1.45pm
2pm 2.30pm
2.45pm 3.15pm

Bearfoot
Performances at: 3.30pm 4pm
4.15pm 4.45pm
5pm 5.30pm

Hollow Coves
Performances at: 5.45pm 6.30pm
6.45pm 7.30pm

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Why? Celebrate Australia
When: Friday 26 January 2018. Music performances from 11 am, fireworks at 7.30pm.
Where: River, Quay, South Bank
Cost: Absolutely FREE
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