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Published January 20th 2016
Celebrate the Aussie Way
Wow! Another Public Holiday! Australia Day, January 26th, a month and one day after Christmas Day is a celebration of the arrival of the First Fleet of the British Ships into Sydney, indeed Botany Bay way back in 1788. More about the History of the day here.
Aussies love a celebration, though I acknowledge that our First Peoples do not celebrate this day with the same enthusiasm. More information about Australia Day here.
In every corner of the country there will be some great celebrations, whether it be a back yard BBQ, or one of the many events held around the country.
Detailed below are just some of the events in the Moreton Bay Regional Council area on January 26th.
Caboolture Historical Village – 280 Beerburrum Road, Caboolture. The Village opens at 9 am with Admission $10 for Adults and FREE for children under 16 years. There is a fun filled day planned with Live Music and Entertainment all day with Bits 'N Pieces, Ben Barker on Didgeridoo, the Uke Jukes, and the Homestead Country Music group, The Kilties and the Caboolture Community Choir will also perform.
There will be stalls – for foods and gifts, The Australia Flag Raising Ceremony will be at 9.30 am at the Aviation Museum, the Movie Parade at 11.30 am, and the Grand Parade at 1.30 pm. There will be Cane Toad Races, Axemen demonstration, Re-enactments by Bushrangers, Egg and Spoon races, Gum Boot throwing, Thong Throws and a Treasure Hunt.
There's a Sausage Sizzle with special Aussie sausages (vegemite and cheese flavoured), and the Hotel Bar will be open from 10 am. There will be a Swaggie Competition – prizes for the best Adult and Child dressed as a Swaggie – competitors to meet at 11.30 am for the judging. More details go to the website.
Bribie Island – At Brennan Park - Toorbul Street, the events start at 8.40 am with a welcome by Australia Day Ambassador Dr Sally Goold, OAM., followed by a wide range of entertainment and events culminating in Fire Works at 7.30 pm. For more information go to this website.
Redcliffe – At Suttons Beach, Marine Parade, the events kick off at 10 am with Welcome to Country, followed by Entertainment and Activities all day.
There's Beach Cricket, Live Music, DJ, Kit and Animal Mask making and more.
Redcliffe RSL – Irene St. There will be an Australia Day Flag Raising and Cadet March from 7.30 to 8.30 am. More details go to the website.
Sandstone Point Hotel – Bribie Island Road. There's activities all day with Australia's tallest inflatable waterslide, and a full day of entertainment.
There will be pools to swim in, kid's face painting, rides, and Farm experience. As well, Lamington Eating Competitions, Sausage Sizzle and Lamb Spit Road, and Triple J's Hottest 100! More details go to the website.
Beachmere Tavern – Corner Beachmere and James Roads. Yabby Racing.
The Yabby Racing will be on from 12 noon, and there will be a Jumping Castle and Face Painting. Information here.