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Seven Family Friendly Australia Day Events in and Around the Sunshine Coast

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Seven family friendly Australia Day Events, Sunshine Coast and surrounds, celebrate our people, Australia Day at Australia Zoo, Gubbi Gubbi people, Hopscotch Competition, Koala Throwing Competition, win the ultimate family camping prize, Australia Day in Buderim, Buderim Mountain State School Oval, Picnic on the Park, Australia Day on Bribie Island, Brennan Park, Bongaree, Australia Day at Caboolture Historical Village, Australia Day at Marcoola Surf Club, Australia Day at Gympie Station, Australia Day in Redcliffe, fireworks, live entertainment, Aussie-themed festivities, food trucks, barbecues, thong throwing, pie eating competition, cheerleaders
Celebrate Australia Day your way! Image: Celebrate Australia Day FB


Every year on Australia Day, we celebrate all the things we love about Australia - land, sense of fair go, the lifestyle, democracy, the freedoms we enjoy, but especially we celebrate our people.

Australia Day is all about acknowledging and celebrating the contributions that every Australian makes to our modern and dynamic nation. From our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who have been here for thousands of years, to those who have lived here for generations and to those who have come from all corners of the globe, to call our country, Australia, home.

Seven family friendly Australia Day Events, Sunshine Coast and surrounds, celebrate our people, Australia Day at Australia Zoo, Gubbi Gubbi people, Hopscotch Competition, Koala Throwing Competition, win the ultimate family camping prize, Australia Day in Buderim, Buderim Mountain State School Oval, Picnic on the Park, Australia Day on Bribie Island, Brennan Park, Bongaree, Australia Day at Caboolture Historical Village, Australia Day at Marcoola Surf Club, Australia Day at Gympie Station, Australia Day in Redcliffe, fireworks, live entertainment, Aussie-themed festivities, food trucks, barbecues, thong throwing, pie eating competition, cheerleaders
The First Peoples are the traditional custodians of our beautiful lands and waterways and have a fundamental role in the great Australian story - Image: Celebrate Australia Day FB


The marking of 26 January is an important date in Australia's history. Initially, this date specifically marked the arrival of the First Fleet of eleven convict ships from Great Britain and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by commander, Captain Arthur Phillip. Today, Australia Day has evolved into what is now a celebration of Australia's diverse people, reflecting our society, our landscape, our remarkable achievements and our bright future together.

To help families celebrate this important date, here are seven family friendly Australia Day events in and around the Sunshine Coast.
Please note due to Covid, these events may be cancelled at very short notice - readers are encouraged to check on the relevant Facebook links and/or websites to ensure they are going ahead.

Seven family friendly Australia Day Events, Sunshine Coast and surrounds, celebrate our people, Australia Day at Australia Zoo, Gubbi Gubbi people, Hopscotch Competition, Koala Throwing Competition, win the ultimate family camping prize, Australia Day in Buderim, Buderim Mountain State School Oval, Picnic on the Park, Australia Day on Bribie Island, Brennan Park, Bongaree, Australia Day at Caboolture Historical Village, Australia Day at Marcoola Surf Club, Australia Day at Gympie Station, Australia Day in Redcliffe, fireworks, live entertainment, Aussie-themed festivities, food trucks, barbecues, thong throwing, pie eating competition, cheerleaders
Spend the whole day at Australia Zoo - Image: author


1. Australia Day at Australia Zoo
1638 Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah
Tuesday 26 January | 9.00am to 5.00pm

Buy your tickets, via Australia Zoo website, online here

Australia Zoo have a fabulous family day planned for Australia Day with live entertainment; an Australia Day Hopscotch Competition; a Koala Throwing Competition (not real koalas, silly); a Treasure Hunt plus an opportunity to win an awesome family camping prize.
John Williamson, the true blue Aussie country singer, will be performing live in the Mount Franklin Crocoseum. Join in and enjoy all your favourite Aussie songs. This show is FREE with your paid entry to Australia Zoo.

Seven family friendly Australia Day Events, Sunshine Coast and surrounds, celebrate our people, Australia Day at Australia Zoo, Gubbi Gubbi people, Hopscotch Competition, Koala Throwing Competition, win the ultimate family camping prize, Australia Day in Buderim, Buderim Mountain State School Oval, Picnic on the Park, Australia Day on Bribie Island, Brennan Park, Bongaree, Australia Day at Caboolture Historical Village, Australia Day at Marcoola Surf Club, Australia Day at Gympie Station, Australia Day in Redcliffe, fireworks, live entertainment, Aussie-themed festivities, food trucks, barbecues, thong throwing, pie eating competition, cheerleaders
Enjoy a live performance from the Gubbi Gubbi people at Australia Zoo - Image: www.australiazoo.com.au


The Traditional Owners, the Gubbi Gubbi people of the Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions, will also perform live, just before the Irwin family feed the crocs in the Wildlife Warriors Show.
The Irwin family will be feeding the crocs on Australia Day in the Wildlife Warriors show. Learn interesting and educational facts about Australia's apex predator.

Seven family friendly Australia Day Events, Sunshine Coast and surrounds, celebrate our people, Australia Day at Australia Zoo, Gubbi Gubbi people, Hopscotch Competition, Koala Throwing Competition, win the ultimate family camping prize, Australia Day in Buderim, Buderim Mountain State School Oval, Picnic on the Park, Australia Day on Bribie Island, Brennan Park, Bongaree, Australia Day at Caboolture Historical Village, Australia Day at Marcoola Surf Club, Australia Day at Gympie Station, Australia Day in Redcliffe, fireworks, live entertainment, Aussie-themed festivities, food trucks, barbecues, thong throwing, pie eating competition, cheerleaders
Hop like a kangaroo in the Kangaroo Hopscotch Challenge - Image: www.australiazoo.com.au

Hop like a kangaroo as part of the Australia Day Hopscotch Challenge and win a free prize on your last jump. Prizes are only available while stocks last, so make sure you hop along there early.
Starting at 10.45am, the annual Koala Throwing Competition is a fun Aussie game that challenges your ability to toss plush toys. You have to be in it, to win it - get there early for a shot at a prize!
Seven family friendly Australia Day Events, Sunshine Coast and surrounds, celebrate our people, Australia Day at Australia Zoo, Gubbi Gubbi people, Hopscotch Competition, Koala Throwing Competition, win the ultimate family camping prize, Australia Day in Buderim, Buderim Mountain State School Oval, Picnic on the Park, Australia Day on Bribie Island, Brennan Park, Bongaree, Australia Day at Caboolture Historical Village, Australia Day at Marcoola Surf Club, Australia Day at Gympie Station, Australia Day in Redcliffe, fireworks, live entertainment, Aussie-themed festivities, food trucks, barbecues, thong throwing, pie eating competition, cheerleaders
Visitors to Australia Zoo have a chance to win the ultimate family camping prize - Image: Australia Zoo FB

Until 31 January, visitors to Australia Zoo have a chance to win the ultimate family camping prize - a Toyota Hilux and Jayco Camper, worth $90,717, including on-road costs. Just by visiting Australia Zoo for a day of adventure, you will receive an entry ticket on paid admission. Entries can be registered here, via the Australia Zoo website.
Australia Zoo have a mission for you! Gather your pack together and follow The Croods: A New Age Treasure Hunt to find a treasure. Check it out here!

2. Australia Day in Buderim
Buderim Mountain State School Oval, Main Street, Buderim
Tuesday 26 January | 3.00pm to 7.00pm


Rotary Club of Buderim are proudly hosting 'Picnic on the Park' in celebration of Australia Day 2021. Bring a chair and picnic rug to relax and enjoy the live entertainment and atmosphere at the 'revamped' Australia Day festivities, to be held at Buderim Mountain State School.

Seven family friendly Australia Day Events, Sunshine Coast and surrounds, celebrate our people, Australia Day at Australia Zoo, Gubbi Gubbi people, Hopscotch Competition, Koala Throwing Competition, win the ultimate family camping prize, Australia Day in Buderim, Buderim Mountain State School Oval, Picnic on the Park, Australia Day on Bribie Island, Brennan Park, Bongaree, Australia Day at Caboolture Historical Village, Australia Day at Marcoola Surf Club, Australia Day at Gympie Station, Australia Day in Redcliffe, fireworks, live entertainment, Aussie-themed festivities, food trucks, barbecues, thong throwing, pie eating competition, cheerleaders
Fabulous festivities are planned for Australia Day in Buderim! Image: Australia Day in Buderim FB

*Entertainment will include traditional and contemporary Australian music and bush poets, with a continuous program running during the afternoon into the evening.
Demonstrations and talks will take place at the Community Group Tents and Marquees on the Oval.
A variety of food and drink vendors will be serving snacks and dinner. Please note that this event is alcohol free.
All visitors must please pre-register by capturing the 'Success Screen' barcode on camera, before entering the Australia Day in Buderim celebrations.
There will, sadly, be no parade in 2021.

3. Australia Day on Bribie Island - FREE Entry
Brennan Park, Bongaree
Tuesday 26 January | 4.00pm to 8.00pm


Seven family friendly Australia Day Events, Sunshine Coast and surrounds, celebrate our people, Australia Day at Australia Zoo, Gubbi Gubbi people, Hopscotch Competition, Koala Throwing Competition, win the ultimate family camping prize, Australia Day in Buderim, Buderim Mountain State School Oval, Picnic on the Park, Australia Day on Bribie Island, Brennan Park, Bongaree, Australia Day at Caboolture Historical Village, Australia Day at Marcoola Surf Club, Australia Day at Gympie Station, Australia Day in Redcliffe, fireworks, live entertainment, Aussie-themed festivities, food trucks, barbecues, thong throwing, pie eating competition, cheerleaders
Celebrate Australia Day on Bribie Island! Image: Moreton Daily FB


Join in the Australia Day celebrations at the spectacular Brennan Park on Bribie Island for an easy-going, dinkum Aussie affair. Bring a picnic blanket and fold-up chairs, find yourselves a perfect spot and relax, as the kids play in the water.

Visitors to Australia Day on Bribie Island will definitely not go hungry with a variety of yummy food stalls, selling their tempting delights. Australia Day is not Australia Day without live music. The Main Stage will host a fabulous variety of live performers, including local talented bands - Main Stage entertainment to be confirmed.

Make sure you're still around at 8.00pm for an awesome firework finale display.
For road closures please follow the link here.

4. Australia Day at Caboolture Historical Village
280 Beerburrum Road, Caboolture
Tuesday 26 January | 9.00am to 4.00pm


Seven family friendly Australia Day Events, Sunshine Coast and surrounds, celebrate our people, Australia Day at Australia Zoo, Gubbi Gubbi people, Hopscotch Competition, Koala Throwing Competition, win the ultimate family camping prize, Australia Day in Buderim, Buderim Mountain State School Oval, Picnic on the Park, Australia Day on Bribie Island, Brennan Park, Bongaree, Australia Day at Caboolture Historical Village, Australia Day at Marcoola Surf Club, Australia Day at Gympie Station, Australia Day in Redcliffe, fireworks, live entertainment, Aussie-themed festivities, food trucks, barbecues, thong throwing, pie eating competition, cheerleaders
Wattle you be doing on Australia Day? Image: Caboolture Historical Village FB


The Caboolture Historical Village is back to trading normally seven days a week, with the folk at the Village busy planning a fabulous Australia Day event for all.

Invite your family and friends to celebrate Australia Day at the Caboolture Historical Village and help to make it one of the biggest and best yet.

5. Australia Day at Marcoola Surf Club - FREE Event
In and around the Club at 64-76 Marcoola Esplanade, Marcoola
Tuesday 26 January | From 7.00am onwards

For additional information re activities, please contact Ms Amanda Janssen at lifesaving@marcoolasurfclub.com.au

Seven family friendly Australia Day Events, Sunshine Coast and surrounds, celebrate our people, Australia Day at Australia Zoo, Gubbi Gubbi people, Hopscotch Competition, Koala Throwing Competition, win the ultimate family camping prize, Australia Day in Buderim, Buderim Mountain State School Oval, Picnic on the Park, Australia Day on Bribie Island, Brennan Park, Bongaree, Australia Day at Caboolture Historical Village, Australia Day at Marcoola Surf Club, Australia Day at Gympie Station, Australia Day in Redcliffe, fireworks, live entertainment, Aussie-themed festivities, food trucks, barbecues, thong throwing, pie eating competition, cheerleaders
There's heaps to do at Marcoola Surf Club on Australia Day! Image: Marcoola Surf Club FB


Marcoola Rocks is a family friendly event that caters for all members of the community. Marcoola Rocks hosts kids' rides, carnival games, street food stalls and live band entertainment. All the events take place on the sand dunes to showcase Marcoola Surf Club and the larger Surf Life Saving movement to the community, while celebrating everything that is great about Australia.

7.00am - Fun Run
9.00am - Marcoola Youth Surf Comp
12.00noon to 5.00pm - Tinnies and Tunes downstairs
12.30pm - Youth Cheerleaders
1.00pm to 3.00pm - Face Painting with Suzy
2.00pm - Snakes with VIP Reptiles
3.00pm - Thong Throwing
3.30pm - Pie Eating Comp

6. Australia Day - Family Fun Day at historic Gympie Station - FREE Event
Old Gympie Station, Tozer Street, Gympie
Tuesday 26 January | 8.00am to 2.00pm


Seven family friendly Australia Day Events, Sunshine Coast and surrounds, celebrate our people, Australia Day at Australia Zoo, Gubbi Gubbi people, Hopscotch Competition, Koala Throwing Competition, win the ultimate family camping prize, Australia Day in Buderim, Buderim Mountain State School Oval, Picnic on the Park, Australia Day on Bribie Island, Brennan Park, Bongaree, Australia Day at Caboolture Historical Village, Australia Day at Marcoola Surf Club, Australia Day at Gympie Station, Australia Day in Redcliffe, fireworks, live entertainment, Aussie-themed festivities, food trucks, barbecues, thong throwing, pie eating competition, cheerleaders
Enjoy Family Fun Day at the historic Gympie Station - Image: Mary Valley Rattler FB


As a special thank you to emergency and front-line workers to recognise their hardwork and efforts in 2020, the Mary Valley Rattler train journey has already been fully booked, but family fun is still happening at the historic Gympie Station.

Families are invited to join in the FREE entertainment and kids activities at the Family Fun Day. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from the Rusty Rails Cafe. Local favourite bands will be entertaining visitors throughout the day. The Australia Day - Family Fun Day at Gympie Station is supported by the National Australia Day Council.

7. Australia Day in Redcliffe - FREE Entry
Suttons Beach, Redcliffe
Tuesday 26 January | 4.00pm to 8.00pm


Seven family friendly Australia Day Events, Sunshine Coast and surrounds, celebrate our people, Australia Day at Australia Zoo, Gubbi Gubbi people, Hopscotch Competition, Koala Throwing Competition, win the ultimate family camping prize, Australia Day in Buderim, Buderim Mountain State School Oval, Picnic on the Park, Australia Day on Bribie Island, Brennan Park, Bongaree, Australia Day at Caboolture Historical Village, Australia Day at Marcoola Surf Club, Australia Day at Gympie Station, Australia Day in Redcliffe, fireworks, live entertainment, Aussie-themed festivities, food trucks, barbecues, thong throwing, pie eating competition, cheerleaders
Aussie-themed festivities and free family fun at Suttons Beach - Image: Moreton Daily FB


Aussie-themed festivities and FREE family fun will take over Suttons Beach in Redcliffe on Australia Day, promising families a ripper of a time at the beach.

Bring a picnic blanket and chairs, find the best spot and chill as you indulge in divine foods from the variety of food trucks. From 4.00pm the Redcliffe stage will host a selection of very talented local performers - entertainment to be confirmed.

Turn your eyes to the sky from 8.00pm to take in a spectacular fireworks finale.
Parking is available in Suttons Beach car park and surrounding streets.

Seven family friendly Australia Day Events, Sunshine Coast and surrounds, celebrate our people, Australia Day at Australia Zoo, Gubbi Gubbi people, Hopscotch Competition, Koala Throwing Competition, win the ultimate family camping prize, Australia Day in Buderim, Buderim Mountain State School Oval, Picnic on the Park, Australia Day on Bribie Island, Brennan Park, Bongaree, Australia Day at Caboolture Historical Village, Australia Day at Marcoola Surf Club, Australia Day at Gympie Station, Australia Day in Redcliffe, fireworks, live entertainment, Aussie-themed festivities, food trucks, barbecues, thong throwing, pie eating competition, cheerleaders
Reflect, respect and celebrate on Australia Day! Image: Celebrate Australia Day FB


Australia Day is so much more than barbecues and fireworks. At its heart, Australia Day is a day driven by communities and unified by the celebration of what is truly great about Australia and being Australian. Reflect, respect and celebrate on Australia Day! However you choose to celebrate, celebrate Australia Day your way!
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Why? To enjoy a day celebrating what is truly great about Australia and being a dinkum Australian
When: Tuesday 26 January 2021
Where: Sunshine Coast and surrounds
Cost: All FREE events, with a couple incurring an entrance fee
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